Submission Guideline

Guidelines for contributors

Articles published in this journal focus on the up-to-date linguistics research on the Malay language conducted by academics both from within and outside the country. The articles are subject to a review process and only selected articles will be published. Research areas concerning the Malay language that are under-researched will be given priority. Research on speakers of Malay outside the Malay world is also encouraged.

Contributors are invited to submit articles on Malay Linguistics. Authors are requested to adhere to the guidelines below:

Title Page
The title page must include:

  • Title of article
  • Author's full name
  • Author's address
  • Author's affiliation and institution
  • Author's e-mail address


  • Articles  written in Malay.
  • Text submitted must be original and must not have been published in any media, printed or online.
  • Articles should be between 4000 and 8000 words in length, including abstract, endnotes, appendices and references.
  • The title of the article must be included together with the abstract on the first page of the text.
  • The text should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document in 12 point Times New Roman font, double spaced.
  • A maximum of three levels of headings should be used. These should be numbered accordingly.
  • Articles in or containing Jawi script should be submitted in pdf format in addition to Microsoft Word.


  • All articles should begin with an abstract of 200-250 words.
  • The abstract must include objective, theoretical framework, analysis and findings.


  • These should appear after the abstract and not exceed 10 words.


  • These should be kept to a minimum and should be placed at the end of the main text.

- All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically. When citing works by the same author in the same year, use letters a, b, c etc. to distinguish citations.

- All references cited in the text should be presented in the following style:

Articles in journals:

  • Sharifah Raihan Syed Jaafar. (2015). Pembentukan kependekan kata nama Melayu. Jurnal Bahasa, 15(2), 219- 236.


  • Asmah Haji Omar. (2018). Teori dan kaedah fonetik. Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.


  • Zalipour, Arezou. (2009). From Poetics to the Romantic: Conceptual History of Imagination in Poetry. The 2009 Proceedings of International Conference on Social Humanities (ICSSH 2009). Singapore: IACSIT Publishing.

- References from distinguished resources are preferred.

In-text References

  • State in the text the author's name, the year of publication and the page number, e.g. (Nor Hashimah et al., 2009:77-96).

Online References

  • Nadon, S.m., Koverola, C., & Schludermann, E. H. (1998). Antecedents to Prostitution: Childhood victimization”. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Http:// Retrieved 9 June 2010.


  • It is a condition of publication that the author of the article assigns publication rights (copyright or license) to DBP for publication both in print and online (journal).
  • If the author wishes to republish the article(s), he or she must seek permission from DBP and proper acknowledgement must be made..