Publication Ethics for Contributors

Publication Ethics

The journal publishes manuscripts written both in English and the Malay language. Manuscripts submitted for publication must be original contributions. They should not have been previously published or under consideration by any other publisher. Only under special circumstances will the Editorial Board consider republishing specific papers already published elsewhere (with due copyright permission)-if such papers are deemed worthy of wider circulation and at the request of the author.

SEASSR upholds high ethical standards and expects all contributors to do the same. All sources for data, ideas, quotes, etc. must be made transparent and properly cited.

Sources of funding for the article (if any) should also be acknowledged at the end of the manuscript.

In order to promote quality scholarship, SEASSR encourages single authorship as the standard practice, but recognises that joint authorship is also permissible. However, each manuscript should not have more than three authors, arranged in order of their contribution. Others who may contribute ideas or information to the manuscript can claim authorship only if they actively co-write the manuscript, otherwise their contribution should only be recognised in the acknowledgments.

Authors/contributors must consciously check their manuscript before submission to ensure its accuracy, objectivity, originality and integrity, and remove any traces of plagiarism.

Submission of Manuscript

Manuscripts for submission should be typed double spacing using Times New Roman font size 12, and sent by email to the chief editor at the following

The manuscript should have the name(s) and affiliation of the authors) or contributor(s), their contact and email addresses, and a short biographical note. While the manuscript is under consideration, the contributor(s) should inform of any change in address or affiliation. To ensure confidentiality, the name and affiliation of the contributor(s) should appear on a separate cover page of the manuscript for purposes of the review (see below).

In case the manuscript has more than one author, it must indicate the name and email address of the corresponding author.

Format and House Style

Articles should normally be between 6,000-8,000 words in length (including Notes/References). Research notes, book reviews, conference reports, communications, think pieces, and commentaries should not be longer than 4,000 words. Only in certain situations, research notes will be allowed to exceed 4000 words but must not be more than 6,000 words.

The title of a manuscript should be clear, concise and catchy. The manuscript must have an abstract of not more than 200 words, followed by five key words. Manuscripts in Malay should have an abstract in both Malay and English.

All illustrations, such as tables, figures, charts and graphs, should be serially numbered and appropriately labelled, and provided on separate pages from the text. Please indicate clearly in the text where the illustrations should appear.

The house style of SEASSR is based on the Chicago Manual of Style with minor modifications. Contributors must use the author-date system for references, that is, by denoting the name(s) of author(s) with the year of publication in parenthesis. Reference list should be included at the end of the manuscript arranged in alphabetical order. All references cited in the text must be complete and appear in the reference list. Contributors must ensure the accuracy of all information in the references and ensure consistency of style throughout the manuscript. Footnotes maybe used but only when very necessary, and should appear as endnotes at the end of the manuscript.

Author date citation in text

(Wang 2005)
(Zawawi 2012: 165-200)
(Tomayo et al. 2012)

References: Books (authored, edited) and Book Chapters

Berger, Peter L. 1963. Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective. London:Penguin.

Lombard, Denys. 2012. The Concept of Space and Time in the Southeast Asia Archipelago. In Geoffrey Wade & Tana Li (eds.), Anthony Reid and the Study of Southeast Asian Past. Singapore: ISEAS.

Schottenhammer, Angela & Roderich Ptak (eds.). 2009. The Perspectives of Maritime Space in Traditional Chinese Sources. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.

References: Journal Articles

Dotzler, R.J. & R. Koppel. 1999. What Sociologists Do and Where They Do It: The NSF Survey on Sociologists’ Work Activities and Workplaces. Journal of Clinical and Applied Sociology 1(1): 71-83.

Mishkova, Diana. 2010. Scale and Cognition in Historical Constructions of Space. Historein 10: 93-105.

References: Newspapers, periodicals, and on-line sources

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 2010. Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity.
20121203-182010-779067.pdf. (accessed on 20 September 2015).

Clanton, Naomi. 2015. The Belt and Road: What are the Opportunities and Challenges? Asia House, 20 November.
challenges/. (accessed on 25 November 2015).

Dingli, Shen. 2015. China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ Strategy is not Another Marshall Plan. China & US Focus. (accessed on 25 August 2015)

Liu Cigui. 2014. Reflections on Maritime Partnership: Building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. China Institute of International Studies. (accessed on 10 May 2015).

Mark, Joshua. 2014. Silk Road: Definition. Ancient History Encyclopedia. (accessed on 20 October 2015).

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the People’s Republic of China. 2013. ‘Premier Li Keqiang Attends the 16th ASEAN-China Summit, Stressing to Push for Wide-ranging, In-depth, High-level, All-dimensional Cooperation between China and ASEAN and Continue to Write New Chapter of Bilateral Relations’ (MOFA Statement issued on 10 October 2013).

Nataraj, Geethanjali. 2015. India should get on board China’s Maritime Silk Road. East Asia Forum (Economics, Politics and Public Policy in East Asia and the Pacific). 27 June. (accessed on 25 November 2015).

OECD Development Centre & the ASEAN Secretariat. 2013. Southeast Asia Economic Outlook 2013 with Perspectives on China and India: Narrowing Development Gaps. Paris: OECD. Available online from the OECD iLibrary at: (accessed on 15 February 2014).

Tiezzi, Shannon. 2014. China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Vision Revealed. The Diplomat, 9 May. (accessed on 28 August 2015).

Yang Razali Kassim. 2016. Is Malaysia Tilting Towards China? RSIS Commentary, No. 318, 30 December, Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.

Whang, Rennie. 2016. Forest City Developer Presses ahead amid Reclamation Issues. Straits Times (Business Section), Singapore, 8 March. http://www. (accessed on 31 March 2016).

Wu, Wendy. 2016. US could Join China-backed AIIB in Wake of Trump Win, Bank Chief Says. South China Morning Post (14 November). (accessed 20 January 2017).


The contributor must ensure that his/her manuscript does not infringe any copyright laws, and must indemnify the editors and publisher against any copyright infringement. It is the responsibility of the contributor to obtain permission to use copyrighted material and provide such evidence upon submitting the manuscript.

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