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 1985 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 addressing critical analyses of modern languages from various fields of discipline including:
Language maintenance and death
Translation and interpretation
Discourse and conversational analyses
Peer-review Policy/Process: Manuscripts submitted to JML first go through an internal review. That is, they are previewed by the editor-in-chief or one of the editorial members. The papers are also checked for their originality using 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 reviewers doubt the originality of any part(s) of the work under review, they are asked to inform the editor about it.
Once the basic requirements met, JML papers are sent out for double blind review from experts in the field, either from the editorial board or identified reviewers. Reviewers are requested to evaluate the articles based on a number of evaluative criteria available in the assessment from including the clarity, quality, thoroughness, relevance, significance, and soundness of the works. Reviewers are also most welcome to leave comments in the manuscript itself and in the review form. These comments are very valuable for the professional development of any authors and will unquestionably help them improve their work. Comments from the external reviewers are sent to the authors and they are notified of the journal’s decision (accept, accept with minor/major revisions, revise and resubmit, reject). This entire review process will take anywhere between 2 - 4 months after submission of manuscript. The editor’s decision is final.
Research Notes: We are pleased to introduce a new section in our Journal called \'Research Notes\'. We welcome submission of smaller scaled research papers in progress that provide substantive and critical directions in their research. Examples include innovative research methodologies, projections of prospective findings and ways to test critical assumptions of literature. Research Notes will be peer reviewed.
NOTE: The first authors of selected papers will be given free off-prints and a PDF file.
Editor-in-Chief : Professor Dr. Zuraidah Mohd Don (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Editorial Board :
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jariah Mohd Jan (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Dr. David Yoong Soon Chye (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Dr. Sheena Kaur (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Dr. Toshiko Yamaguchi (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Dr. Mohsen Khedri (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
International Advisory Board Members
Prof. Dr. Srikant Sarangi (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Prof. Dr. Danilo Dayag (De la Salle University, Philippines)
Prof. Dr. Janet Holmes (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University, UK)
Prof. Dr. Elena Semino (Lancaster University, UK)
Prof. Dr. Randy John La Polla (Nyayang 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)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jason Miin-Hwa Lim (Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Michelle M. Lazar (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES :
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:
ensure their papers are not published elsewhere and that they have ownership of their papers.
ensure their papers follow the style sheet.
conduct interesting analyses, use interesting data and avoid clichés.
avoid obscure language as reviewers of this journal are from disciplinary-diversed backgrounds.
conduct analysis using scientific, systematic, detailed and theoretical approaches.
ensure their work makes an original contribution.
revise their own papers and get someone to evaluate their work prior to submitting their papers.
Authors can send their pre-reviewed papers to firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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 6,000 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 6 keywords must be provided.
Sections and subsections must be numbered.
There should be a break for lengthy quotations over 25 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.