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Journal of Modern Languages


E-ISSN: 2462-1986

Print ISSN: 1675-526X


The Journal of Modern Languages (JML) is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. Founded in 1983 at the University of Malaya, the JML is dedicated to the publication of significant research findings of an empirical, experimental or conceptual nature in the broad field of modern language studies.

Publication Frequency: The Journal produces one regular issue plus a special issue annually. The regular issue is scheduled to be published in December. Special issues address linguistic themes relevant to South East Asia and the Pacific Rim, especially the languages of the region. The language of publication is normally English, but we may accept contributions in Malay for special issues.

Focus and Scope: The JML welcomes papers in:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Discourse Studies
  • Translation and Interpretation

Peer-review Policy: Manuscripts submitted to JML first undergo an internal review by one of the editorial board members whose research niche falls within the focal point of the manuscript. It is followed by a double blind review process. As regards the originality and similarity index, manuscripts are checked via the turn-it-in software. However to our experience, there have been cases of plagiarism which the software has failed to detect. In these cases, if editor and/or reviewers doubt the originality of any part(s) of the work under review, the Editor-in-Chief's decision is final.

Article Processing Charges (APCs): The JML does NOT charge APCs or submission charges.


Editor-in-Chief : Professor Dr. Zuraidah Mohd Don (University of Malaya, Malaysia)

Editorial Board :
Editorial Committee
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Shamila Pillai (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Faridah Noor Bt Mohd Noor (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suad Awab (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Toshiko Yamaguchi (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Dr. David Yoong Soon Chye (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Dr. Mohsen Khedri (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Dr. Sheena Kaur (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Dr. Leela Koran (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Dr. Chau Meng Huat (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Dr. Looi Wai Ling (University of Malaya, Malaysia)

International Advisory Board Members

Prof. Dr. Srikant Sarangi (Aalborg University, Denmark) Prof. Dr. Janetversity of Wellington, New Zealand)
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University, UK)

Prof. Dr. Ran
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Prof. Dr. Günter Radden (
Universität Hamburg, Germany)
Prof. Dr. Robert B. Arundale (University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA)

Prof. Dr. Alireza Jalilifar (Shahid Chamran University, Iran)

Prof. Dr. Farzad Sharifian (Monash University, Australia)

Prof. Dr. Yufang Qian (Zhejiang University of Media and Communication, China)

Prof. Dr. Christopher Sinha (Hunan University, China)

Prof. Dr. Michael Hoey (University of Liverpool, UK)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jason Miin-Hwa Lim (Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Michelle M. Lazar (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Due to the high rejection rates and stringent selection, it is advisable that authors familiarise themselves with the listed conventions and guidelines of this journal. In order to stand a higher chance of getting published, save us a lot of time and work, and avoid (possible) disappointment from rejections, authors should:

  1. ensure their papers are not published elsewhere and that they have ownership of their papers.
  2. ensure their papers follow the style sheet.
  3. conduct interesting analyses, use interesting data and avoid clichés. 
  4. avoid obscure language as reviewers of this journal are from disciplinary-diversed backgrounds. 
  5. conduct analysis using scientific, systematic, detailed and theoretical approaches.
  6. ensure their work makes an original contribution. 
  7. revise their own papers and get someone to evaluate their work prior to submitting their papers.

Authors can send their pre-reviewed papers to with a subject heading that reads, "JML submission: [title of paper]".



There are two Word document files that must be prepared and submitted for review: 

1. Supplementary document

The supplementary document must have these details: 

  • Title of paper
  • Abstract (maximum of 150 words)
  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Biodata (maximum of 60 words)

2. Main document

    • Papers must be typed with a 1.5 spacing throughout.
    • The paper's font must be Times New Roman throughout, font size 12, justified. Footnotes must be font size 10, justified. The title must be in bold, font size 16, indented right. Table contents must be size 10. 
    • The maximum number of words for the full article is 7,000 words, inclusive of footnotes, references and the abstract. The number of words for submission of research notes should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words, inclusive of footnotes, references and the abstract.
    • Titles should not be obscure and lengthy (not more than 15 words).
    • The abstract should be 150 words long, and no more than 6 keywords must be provided.
    • Sections and subsections must be numbered. 
    • There should be a break for lengthy quotations over 40 words. They should also be indented with quotation markers. 
    • Only papers in English (American or UK) are accepted. 
    • Tables and figures should have short descriptive titles (above the tables and figures).
    • Examples should be accompanied with glosses.
    • Artwork or figures should be at least 300 dpi.
    • Essential notes should be placed as footnotes, as indicated by the superscript numbers in the text. 
    • Referencing and in-text citation method should follow the APA style.

Authors are encouraged to use the provided template to format their papers.





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