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Peer review is the critical assessment of a manuscript by experts who are usually not part of the editorial team. It is intended to improve the presentation clarity and scientific integrity of the record under review and to help editors decide as to which manuscripts are preferable to be accepted for publication. Even though peer review is seemingly expected to reduce scientific misconduct and to filter low quality papers, there is no guarantee that this will always be the case. The reviewers are asked to evaluate the manuscript under review based on certain factors that have been designed to make the peer review process as rigorous as possible. Editors will then decide whether a manuscript is accepted or not by considering the reviewers’ advice.





Submission of new manuscripts to Malaysia Architectural Journal (MAJ) must be done only electronically after registration on our website. The corresponding author then can track the latest status of their manuscript and upload or resend the requested documents. The entire review process and the communications between the journal, the reviewers and the corresponding author are done through the journal management system and they will be archived for future reference when necessary.

Upon receiving a new submission, the editor-in-chief will be notified by the journal management system. He will briefly review the manuscript to verify its accordance with the journal’s policies such as our scope and style guidelines or he may assign editors to handle the new submission. Sometimes, a new manuscript is rejected without being referred to the reviewers for peer review due to reasons such as redundancy with recently published material in the journal or insufficient overall quality for further attention.

After the manuscript has passed the initial screening, the manuscript will be striped of any identifying information and it will be sent to a number of available reviewers with the closest expertise. The manuscript will be put on hold until at least three reviewers, one of whom is usually a member of the editorial board, have finished refereeing the manuscript and have sent their comments via the journal management system. Reviewers can leave comments for the authors, suggesting them or asking them to clarify ambiguous phrases, restructure the presentation of the material or add extra research evidence and facts in support of the conclusions or to strengthen the arguments.

The authors may be asked to revise their manuscript to address the issues and concerns raised by the editors and the reviewers and to resubmit their manuscript. The revised manuscript will then go through a new round of peer-review, if necessary. This cycle continues until a final decision as to whether accept or reject the manuscript is made. The final decision is made on the basis that there is no strong disagreement between the evaluations of the reviewers or among the editors. If a manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author will be asked to fill and sign the copyright transfer agreement. Accepted manuscripts will not be published unless all necessary documents have been submitted. Rejected manuscripts will not be considered any further.

PAPER SUBMISSION
Authors are requested to use the format for research papers submission to MAJ.

JOURNAL TOPIC AND SUB TOPIC
In order to provide more opportunities and participation space that will involve more potential participants and prospective paper writer, this paper strongly encourage submissions from all areas of architectural research including:
> Research by design
> Practice related research
> Pedagogy
> Technology
> Sustainable
> Heritage
> Urbanism

LANGUAGE
Papers will be published in English.

SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Contributors are invited to submit manuscripts electronically through email the manuscript to maj@ads.my

Contributors are accepted on the understanding that the authors have obtained the necessary authority for publication. Upon acceptance of an article by the journal, the authors will be asked to transfer the copyright of the article to the publisher. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information.

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PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Manuscript must be prepared using Microsoft Word format The preferred length for articles is around 6 to 10 pages. However, shorter contributions will be welcomed and longer articles may be considered for publication. Manuscripts should be typed in double-spacing on one side of A4-sized paper with 1.5-inch margin on the left, using 10-point regular Times New Roman font. The pages should be numbered consecutively.

(a) The first page
The first page should show the title, author(s), affiliation, country and e-mail address in the style as follows:
Title : 15-pt bold Times New Roman, justified
Author(s) : 11-pt bold Times New Roman, align left
Affiliation and Country : 10-pt regular Times New Roman, align left
E-mail address : 10-pt regular Times New Roman, align left, underlined

The first page should also contain an abstract of not more than 200 words and up to five keywords to facilitate indexing. The abstract should summarise the objectives, main findings and conclusions of the paper.

(b) References
Only references which are cited in the text should be included in the Reference List. The APA Style reference system is adopted for the journal. Please refer to guidelines presented in http://www.apastyle.org for details for submissions. References within the text will be shown in bracket by quoting first, the author’s name followed by a comma and year of publication all in round bracket, e.g. (Hamid, 2019). 

References should appear at the end of the article, arranged in alphabetical order by the first author’s surname as follows:

For books: surname, initials, (year), title, publisher, place of publication
For journals: surname, initials, (year), title, journal, volume, number, pages
For conference papers: surname, initials, (year), “title”, conference name, place, pages
Example:

Book
Pescod, M. B. (1989), Environmental Engineering, Wiley, London Pescod, M. B. and Mara, D. (1987), Sewage Treatment, In Pescod, M. B. (Ed), Water and Wastewater Treatment, Wiley, London. pp 135-155 (1987)

Journal
Wakeman, R. A. (1989), Ultrasonic Cleaning of Membrane Processes, Journal of Membrane Science, 3(2):34-41

Conference Paper
Suleyman, A. M. (1999), Use of Morringa Oleifera as Coagulant in Water Treatment, Proceedings of the International Conference on Water Treatment, Sarawak, Malaysia, pp 139-145

(c) Figures, tables and captions
Figures and tables must be included within the text rather than grouped at the end of the paper. Captions should be centred with respect to figures and tables and numbered consecutively. Table headings must be placed above tables, and figure captions placed underneath figures.
To facilitate clear reproduction, all photographs and images must be sent in their originals and cited the original sources.

AUTHORS

Research reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.
Presented results should be clear, honest and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.
Research methods should be clear and unambiguous so that findings can be confirmed by others.

Adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarised, and has not been published elsewhere.
Take individual and collective responsibility for submitted and published work.
Accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting.
Disclose funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest when exist.

Check manuscripts for possible breaches of copyright law (e.g. where permissions are needed for quotations, artwork or tables taken from other publications) and secure the necessary permissions before submission.
Avoid anything in the text of the manuscript that might be legally actionable, such as defamation.

Avoid sexist and biased language that could be interpreted as denigrating to others; e.g. use plural rather than single pronouns (“they” rather than “he”) are recommended.
Be prompt with manuscript revisions. If an Author cannot meet the deadline given, the Author should contact IUKLRJ as soon as possible to determine whether a longer time period or withdrawal from the review process should be chosen.

POST PUBLICATION
MAJ holds the copyright to all published articles.

EDITORS
Adopt peer-review methods best suited for the journal and the research community it serves.
Ensure that all published reports of research have been reviewed by suitably qualified reviewers.
Ensure that non-peer-reviewed sections of the journal are clearly identified.
Encourage reviewers to ensure the originality of submissions and be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism.
Ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for to review each submission.
Encourage reviewers to comment on ethical questions and possible research misconduct raised by each submission.

REVIEWERS
Inform editors of possible fabrication, falsification, misconduct or inappropriate data manipulation.
Explain accurately the reasons why a submission is declined.
Conduct reviews objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate.
Identify and suggest key research publications not cited by the authors, if this is the case.
Refuse to review a manuscript if there is a potential conflict of interest.
If asked to review a manuscript they have previously reviewed, reviewers should make that prior review known to the MAJ, unless it is clear that they are being asked to provide a reappraisal.
Evaluate manuscripts objectively, fairly and professionally. Reviewers should avoid personal biases in their comments and judgments.
Be prompt with reviews. If a reviewer cannot meet the deadline given, the reviewer should contact the IUKLRJ as soon as possible to determine whether a longer time period or a new Reviewer should be chosen.

TRANSFER OF COPYRIGHT
MAJ accepts manuscripts that have not been published elsewhere and are not under consideration for publication by other print or electronic media. The authors agree to transfer the copyright to MAJ editorial office. However, it can be reprinted with a proper acknowledgement that it was published in MAJ.

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