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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 submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

1. Rationale
The Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development (FCSHD) of the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) has the pleasure to announce the inauguration of the Journal of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development (JCSHD), as a peer-reviewed research journal, in September 2015. The overarching goal of this endeavour is to create a robust platform for its academic staff to contribute to the further promotion of scholarship and dissemination of scientific knowledge in cognitive sciences, human resource development, and counselling which have formed essentially three core disciplinary areas of focus and competence of the FCSHD.  This journal envisages expanding its contours by inviting academics and industry practitioners from other seats of higher learning and the industry in Malaysia and overseas, respectively for making it an international journal within the time span of three to five years.

2. Scope
Original and unpublished work related to research clusters of three departments which include, but not limited to, cognitive psychology, human factors/human computer interaction, learning sciences, computational intelligence, training and development, career development, organizational development, human resource practices, organizational counselling, family counselling, mental health counselling, and rehabilitation counselling.

3. Frequency of publication
Bi-annual (two times a year), in March and September

4. Mode of publication
Online Only

5. Format of manuscripts
The JCSHD welcomes research articles, both conceptual and empirical, case studies. practitioner perspectives, and book reviews. We are committed emphatically to respect scholarly discourses which are based on a variety of ontological, epistemological, and methodological traditions and paradigms of social research. A distinguishing feature of this journal is its creation of a dedicated space for Academia-Industry Forum where faculty members can conduct joint research with Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), managers, and employees of various business functions of public and private sector organizations for unearthing ground and less known realities of related managerial and organizational practices. Notably, this Academia-Industry Forum may not require authors to concentrate on theoretical perspectives on chosen areas of interest in preparing their manuscripts for submission. Optimistically, this is a proactive step towards forging mutually beneficial collaboration and cooperation between the university and the industry.

6. Manuscript preparation guidelines for authors

The MS word of the manuscript template and authors guidelines can be downloaded here.

This proposed journal adopts guidelines for referencing as they are recommended and illustrated in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (sixth edition), i.e. APA style. All articles should be typewritten and single-spaced (with one inch [2.5 cm] margin throughout) using Times New Roman Font Type with 12pt in size.

Each submission should not exceed 5,000 words in case of research articles and case studies. However, the word limit for manuscripts for the Academia-Industry Forum and book reviews should not exceed 2,000 words. Each submission will be subjected to double-blind peer-review process. All authors are required to adhere to the specific guidelines which follow:

6.1 Language and Spelling
The manuscript must be prepared in English using standard written English and British style of spelling.

6.2 Title page
This should include: (i) the name(s) of the author(s) (ii) a title indicating precisely and concisely what the paper is all about (iii) the institutional affiliation(s) of and address(es) of the author(s) (iv) the e-mail address, telephone and fax number of the corresponding author.

6.3 Abstract
This should be presented as one paragraph, not exceeding 250 words and avoiding abbreviations and acronyms.

6.4 Keywords
The provision of four to five keywords would contribute to indexing purposes.

6.5 Acknowledgement
This (if any) should appear on the title page.

6.6 Subdivision of the article
The authors must divide the paper into clearly defined and numbered sections using Hindu-Arabic numerals. The subsections should be numbered as 1.1, 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2 etc.

6.7 Tables and Figures
All tables and figures should have a heading and a number such as Table 1, Table 2, Figure 1, Figure 2 etc. as well as the source. These tables and figures must be inserted within the paper, avoiding doing so at the end of the paper.

6.8 Citation styles
Authors are encouraged to practice appropriately both author prominent, i.e. Ismail and Osman-Gani (2012) ... and information prominent, i.e. ... (Ismail & Osman-Gani, 2012) citing. The authenticity of the source of literature matters in deciding on the scholarly merit of the concerned paper.

In case there are six or more than six authors of a publication, then authors may use the family name of the first author followed by et al. (year of the publication) in all citations.

6.9 Referencing
All references should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted in reverse chronological order, i.e. the latest first.


Reference to a Journal article
Lee, H. Y., & Lee, H. W. (2018). The effects of cross-modality and level of self-regulated learning on knowledge acquisition. Educational Technology Research and Development, 66 (2), 247-265. doi:10.1007/s11423-017-9543-0 

Reference to a Book
DeSimone, R. L., & Werner, J. M. (2012). Human resource development (6th ed. International). Australia: South-Western, Cengage Learning

Reference to a Chapter in an edited book
Nakamura, K., & Hiraki, S. (1997). Japan. In H. C. Katz (Ed.), Telecommunications: Restructuring work and employment relations worldwide (pp. 228-262). Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press.

Reference to a Newspaper article
Tuah, Y. (2015, March 13). Mixed views on BNM’s 2015 outlook. The Borneo Post, pp. B1.

Reference to literature available online, i.e. online newspaper article (an example copied from Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition)
Brody, J. E. (2007, December 11). Mental reserves keep brains agile. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com

6.10 Endnotes
Footnotes are not acceptable, but endnotes instead.

6.11 Brief profile of the Author(s)
This should be presented at the end of the paper, i.e. after references and should include where the author(s) has obtained his/her present terminal degree from, his/her major research interests, current areas of teaching, and e-mail address for correspondence.

7. Proofreading
Authors of manuscripts accepted for the publication in JCSHD are responsible for checking the final proofs of their submission. 

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