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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and referencing requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines. You are required to use the template provided. The Editorial team will reject the paper if the manuscript is not properly formatted.
  • Three (3) potential reviewers who are not from UNIMAS and the author's institution have been nominated and their names, title, affiliation and email address have been included in the "Comments for the Editor".
  • The Declaration of Originality form (Download The Form Here) has been completed and submitted with the article.
  • The manuscript submitted must be in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, WordPerfect document file format (.doc or .docx). Do not upload in PDF format.

Author Guidelines

Title Page (Put in a different file/doc)

Title, author’s name and affiliation, postal and e-mail address of each author. Please indicate corresponding author with an asterisk.

Article (Main Document) - Follow the template given

Title, abstract not exceeding 200 words, 4-6 keywords. Articles not written in English should be accompanied by a title, abstract and keywords in English.

Text in single-spacing and margins – top and bottom, left and right – should be 1.50 inches wide, Calibri 11 point.

Do not indent the first paragraph of each section. Indent the first line of subsequent paragraphs by ½ inch.

Use the five-level headings in APA style:


                                Centred, Bold, Upper and Lowercase Letters

Flush Left, Bold, Upper and Lowercase Letters

Flush Left, Bold, Italics, Upper and Lowercase Letters

                Indent 0.5 Inch from Left, Bold, Upper and Lowercase Letters, Period at End.

                Indent 0.5 Inch from Left, Bold, Italics, Upper and Lowercase Letters, Period at End.


Quotations. Use double quotation marks to enclose quotations of fewer than 40 words. Within this quotation, use single quotation marks to enclose quoted material. Long quotations should be placed in a block which is indented ½ inch from the left margin.

Words and phrases in other languages. Please italicise these words and provide a translation.

Do not use footnotes. If notes are unavoidable, use a numeral in superscript and list notes at the end of the article, before the References. 

Place the headings above the table and figure respectively as shown below:

Table 1 (bold)   
Types of Communication Strategies Used across Age Groups (italics)

Figure 1 (bold)   
 Frequency of Communication Strategy Use across Age Groups (italics)

Conclusion should just should briefly state the main results, the main contribution of the study, limitation of the study, and recommendation for further research.

Citation and References

Follow APA style (7th ed.) for citation and referencing.  For Malay names, use the father's name.  

For references, provide the digital object identifier (DOI) number. 

Each reference cited in text must appear in the reference list. Uncited sources must not be included in the Reference list. 

Please use the journal's template provided here: http://www.ils.unimas.my/submit-manuscript

Submitting Your Manuscript

Please prepare your manuscript according to the ILS guideline and template, and submit it via ILS Online Submission System. You need to register prior to submission. If you have problems submitting via the system, please email us. 


1. Please suggest 3 potential reviewers who are not from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and the authors' own institution.  The following details should be provided: reviewer's name, title, affiliation, and email address. Be aware that the choice of reviewers is at the discretion of ILS.

2. We would also like to advise author(s) that the review process usually takes about 2 months.

3. We have a rigorous initial quality check. Your manuscript may be rejected if it does not meet one or more of ILS requirements:

  • compliance with author guidelines
  • similarity index
  • scientific merit and contribution of the research
  • journal scope and readership
  • diversity in authors and research areas

4. Authors who have published in ILS have to skip three issues before their next submission will be considered, regardless of whether one is an author or a co-author.

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