Submission of Articles

Manuscripts to the Malaysian Journal of Chemistry, should be submitted in MS Word format (via E-mail or CD) to: Editor-in-Chief, c/o Institut Kimia Malaysia, 127B Jalan  Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Articles/Manuscripts should be e-mailed to:

All contributions will be evaluated (double-blind peer reviewing process) by two subject specialists. The submitting/corresponding author takes responsibility for the paper during submission and peer review.

Language and style

All manuscripts must be written in English and should be typed in a single column width with double spacing.

Authors’ names

The author’s name, academic or professional affiliation, e-mail address, and full address should be included on the first page. All correspondence will be only with the corresponding author (should be indicated), including any on editorial decisions.


Papers for Malaysian Journal of Chemistry should include an abstract not exceeding 200 words. The main text of the paper should be divided into sections and subsections, as exemplified in the current issues of the articles in the IKM website:


The Journal will follow the IKM author-date style of referencing examples of which is given below. References should be numbered consecutively in the text, thus: "According to a recent theory [4] ……" and collected at the end of the paper in the following styles, for journals, proceedings and books, respectively:

  • Journal
  • Ong, H. T., Nurhidayatullaili, M. J., Sharifah, B. A. H., Boondamnoen, O. and Tai, M. F.  (2015) Properties of iron oxide nanoparticles,Malaysian Journal of Chemistry, 17(1), 1-11.
  • Journal/ Proceedings
  • Johnson, K. L., Kendall, K. and Roberts, A. D. (1971) Roy. Soc. London, Ser. A, 324,301-313.
  • Proceedings
  • Archer, B. L. (1976) Biochemistry of enzymic deproteinisation of Hevea brasiliensislatex, in Int. Rubber Conference '75, Kuala Lumpur, Vol. II, 532.
  • Books/Monographs
  • Israelachvili, N. (1985) Intermolecular and Surface Forces,Academic Press, London.
  • Reports
  • Frisch, M.J. and Trucks, G.W. (1998) Gaussian 98 (Revision A. 3), Gaussian Inc. Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • Thesis
  • Rai, A.K. (1995) Studies on Removal of Chromium(VI) from Electroplating Wastewater, Ph.D. Thesis, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.
  • Standards
  • ASTM D 5045-99 (1999) Standard Test Methods for Plane-Strain Fracture Toughness and Strain Energy Release Rate of Plastic Materials, American Society for Testing and Materials, PA 19428.
  • Chapter in Edited Monographs
  • McBrien, M. (2006) Selecting the correct pH value for HPLC, in HPLC Made to Measure:  
  • A Practical Handbook for Optimization, S. Kromidas, Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, Germany.
  • Illustrations
  • All illustrations, of whatever type, should be numbered in a single sequence and referred to in the text and caption as Figure 1, Figure 2; Table 1, Table 2 etc. A separate list of captions for illustrations could also be provided.
  • Units and Abbreviations
  • It is desirable that SI units be used. If unconventional units are employed (e.g. deniar) appropriate conversion factors should be given. All abbreviations should be spelt out in full on first appearance, e.g. scanning electron microscope (SEM).


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

  1. Publication and authorship. All articles which are contributed to the Malaysian Journal of Chemistry (MJChem) for publication would be critically evaluated (double-blind peer reviewing process). Relevance, significance, originality, legibility and language would be the deciding factors in the review process. Articles would be judged as acceptable ‘in its present form’, ‘with minor revision’, ‘with major revision’ or as ‘unacceptable’. Articles revised, as per the recommendations/comments of the reviewers, could be re-evaluated by the reviewers when requested to. There is no guarantee that the revised submission would be accepted. On acceptance for publication, papers would be subjected to editorial amendments.
  2. Authors' responsibilities. The title of manuscripts should reflect the content and contain terms that could improve and enable easy retrieval of the article during a literature search. An abstract is also a significant part of a scientific article and critical for information retrieval purposes/literature search―thus, it should preferably be a self-contained entity that could credibly reflect the article without reference to the main text. Article contributions are not a license for lengthy discursive treatments and internal laboratory reports are not usually considered suitable without drastic revision. By submitting a manuscript, the authors have to agree that the copyright for the article is transferred to the Publisher (Institut Kimia Malaysia), if and when accepted for publication. The copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article. Authors are bound to maintain a high ethical standard relating to the publication of manuscripts. At the onset when submission of articles are acknowledged, a signed Letter of Warranty is secured from author(s) affirming that the article submitted is original; has not been published elsewhere; is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal; will not be submitted for such review while under evaluation by this journal; and the authors agree not to withdraw it, once it is accepted by the Editorial Board to commence editorial processing. Authors are obliged to (1) participate in the peer review process (2) provide retractions or corrections of mistakes and (3) identify all sources used in the manuscript and these must be manifested distinctly in the references/bibliography.
  3. Reviewers' responsibilities. The role of a reviewer is prime and vital to the editorial processing of journal publication, and thus they are responsible for upholding the high ethical standards relating to the publication of manuscripts. Being subject experts, they are obliged to demonstrate their competency and adhere to the general code of conduct, and conflicts of interest guidelines. Reviewers should treat the manuscript as confidential, judge it objectively, provide an evaluation in a timely fashion and avoid personal criticism in their article review. Being ‘gatekeepers’ of scientific information related to R&D in their specific area of expertise, they should ensure that the evaluated articles provide informed and unbiased scientifically valuable material, with due accuracy, originality, and impact. Also, the reviewers should distinctly point out relevant published work which is not yet cited.
  4. Role of the Editorial Board/Editor-in-Chief/Executive Editor/Editor/Technical Editor. Collectively responsible (directly/indirectly) for the editorial policy, administrative and executive actions regarding acceptance/rejection of manuscripts and publication of the Journal while ensuring that the revised articles are in accordance with the recommendations of the referees.


For enquiries, please contact:

IKM Secretariat
127B, Jalan Aminuddin Baki,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60 000 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: 603-772 83272;
Fax: 603-772 89909
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