Guidelines For Writers

Submission Guidelines

The contents of the manuscripts shall be the sole responsibility of the authors and publication shall not imply the concurrence of editors and publishers. The following are the submission guidelines:

The mode of submission is by email attachment to: as Microsoft Word (.doc) files. Please include your full name, affiliation, and the title of the manuscript in the email.

All manuscripts shall be subject to an editorial pre-screening process to assess suitability for the journal. Manuscripts that pass this initial screening process will be sent to reviewers in a double-blind peer review process of evaluation. Submission of a manuscript to the journal indicates formal acceptance by the author(s) of these peer review conditions and procedures. Submission of the manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. Final responsibility for the selection and acceptance of manuscripts for publication rests with the Editors.

Manuscript Structure

Manuscripts should be divided into headed sections (Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results and Discussion and Conclusions) but should not be numbered. Leave margins of at least 1 in. (2.54 cm) at the top, bottom, left and right every page. The manuscript should be formatted in one column format with double line spacing throughout. The text and references should be checked thoroughly for errors before submission. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that the typescript is correct in style, syntax and spelling. The text should be in Times New Roman font size 12. Insert the page number at right side bottom of the page. The length of the manuscript should be between 5000 to 7000 words, with tables, illustrations and excluding the references.

Manuscript Submission

Authors should submit two files. They should contain the following elements:

  1. Authors should submit two files. They should contain the following elements: Title Page File: This page should contain the full title of your paper (not more than 15 words) with name(s) of all the authors, institutions, phone and fax number and e-mail address. The corresponding author must be highlighted for editorial correspondence.
  2. Anonymous File: An anonymous file must exclude author identifying information. It must consist of the title of the manuscript, abstract of not more than 200 words and full manuscript including references. Keywords must also be provided on this page (Not more than five keywords in alphabetical order).

Language (usage and editing services)

Manuscripts should be written in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). The use of editing services is highly recommended to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors.


Any words to be abbreviated should be written in full when first mentioned, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.

Tables and Figures

Tables and Figures should be in camera-ready form in the final version of the accepted paper. Each table and graph must have self-contained descriptions explain the contents. They should be numbered consecutively.

Example: "Table 3" on one line, and in the next line include the title of the table before the table itself.


Acknowledgements should appear at the end of the text before the references.

Footnote & Endnote

The footnote should not be used. Endnote should be used instead.


All citations in the manuscript must appear in the reference list, and all the references must be cited in the text. The reference list must be arranged in alphabetical order following the APA style 6th ed. APA publishes references in a hanging indent format, meaning that the first line of each reference is set flush left and subsequent lines are indented. Some examples are given below:

Books: e.g. Tanenbaum, A.S. (2003). Computer networks (4th ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Journal: e.g. Ziegler, J. (2006). Do differences in brain activation challenge the universal theories of dyslexia? Brain and Language, 98, 341-343.

Journal article with DOI: e.g. Herbst-Damm, K.L., & Kulik, J.A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24, 225-229. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225

Journal article without DOI: e.g. Sillick, T.J., & Schutte, N.S. (2006). Emotional intelligence and self-esteem mediate between perceived early parental love and adult happiness. Journal of Applied Psychology, 2 (2), 38-48. Retrieved from

Online Newspaper Articles: e.g. Becker, E. (2001, August 27). Prairie farmers reap conservation's rewards. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Originality and Copyright

Manuscripts submitted to the journal should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form, or be under consideration for publication with another journal.Authors submitting manuscripts for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. For ease of dissemination and to ensure proper policing of use, manuscripts become the legal copyright of the publisher unless otherwise agreed.

The journal's policy is to own copyright in all contributions. Before publication, authors assign copyright to the Publisher, but retain the rights to republish this material in other works written or edited by the authors subject to full acknowledgement of the original source of publication.The copyright agreement will be sent together with the acceptance letter. All authors should be aware of the importance of presenting content that is based on their own research and expressed in their own words. The editor may make use of software for checking the originality of submissions received.

Prof. Dr. Haim Hilman Abdullah
International Journal of Organizational and Business Excellence (IJOBE)
Dean School of Business Management (SBM)
Universiti Utara Malaysia
06010 Sintok, Kedah.


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