Aims and Scope
The Malaysian Journal of Qualitative Research (MJQR) is a biennial publication of the Qualitative Research Association of Malaysian (QRAM). It is unique in that it aims to publish high-quality research that addresses issues and insights on qualitative research disciplines ranging from the social sciences and management sciences to science and technology.

The aims of MJQR are:

* To promote and enhance the understanding of qualitative research and its applications.
* To serve as a platform for a forum on the fundamental topics of qualitative research, including matters of ethics.
* To facilitate the sharing of ideas and critical problems faced by qualitative researchers and practitioners.
* To provide an avenue for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas on the practical applications of qualitative research.

MJQR aims to have a balanced selection of manuscripts that are theoretical, empirical, research-based and “practice-oriented”.

The journal welcomes several types of contributions: reports of original empirical investigations, and replications or extensions of important previous work; critical, integrative theoretical work, methodological contributions and book reviews. A preference, however, will be given to empirical studies.

Guidelines for Submission of Articles


Guidelines for preparing manuscripts

1. Format. Article should be submitted in quadruplicate to the Editor. Manuscripts must be typed using New Times Roman (Font 12) on one side of an A4 page only and all parts must be double-spaced with 5 cm margins. Authors are to submit both hard and soft copies of the manuscript. Editors cannot accept the responsibility for damage to or loss of manuscripts submitted.

Manuscripts will not be considered for publication if they have been published before or if they are under review by another journal or publisher. Papers accepted for publication must not be published elsewhere without the consent of the Editor and Publishers.

Disks must be clearly marked with the following information: Operating system; disk format (e.g. DS/DD); word processor used, including version number; authors’ names; short title of article. Please ensure that the disk file exactly matches the accompanying printout. The hard-copy will be considered as the definitive version.

The journal will only accept papers submitted in English. All manuscripts are requested to be prepared in accordance with the journal’s style, which is outlined below.

2. Length. The length of an article should be between 5000 and 7000 words inclusive of all documents (table, illustrations, bibliographies as well as appended texts).

3. Title Page Affiliations. The title page should carry the title, the author(s)’ name(s) and affiliations and their affiliated institution(s). In the case of a long title, an abbreviated version of no more than 40 characters (including spaces) should be supplied by the author for running heads.

Enclose a coloured passport size photograph and a brief biographical note of the author(s) with a corresponding address.

4. Abstract. Provide an abstract of 200 – 250 words on the first page of the first hard copy.

5. Figures, Tables and Illustrations. Each should be clearly titled and numbered consecutively. All visual presentations including photographs, illustrations, tables, charts, diagrams, etc. must be camera ready for immediate reproduction. All original figures or glossy should be provided. A list of the figure, tables and illustrations captions should be typed on separate sheets at the end of the manuscripts.

6. Headings. Headings are as illustrated:

Field Research: An Introduction
(Major divisions, placed at centre, in bold)

Types of Field Research
(Major subdivisions, placed at margin)

Participant observation
(Subdivisions, placed at the margin)

Advantageous and disadvantageous
(Subdivisions, placed at the margin, in italics)

7. Notes. Endnotes may be used but avoid footnotes.

8. References. Please adhere to the instructions provided for citations in text and the bibliography.

In text. The author(s)’ name(s) and date of publication should be given, e.g. (Jones, 1975); for quotations (Jones & Smith, 1974, p.79).

In references. References should be cited as illustrated below. References to articles and chapters in edited books should be as shown in the examples below.


Marohaini Yusoff (Ed.). (2004). Composing behaviours and processes of secondary school students. Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Press.

Woods, P. (2001). Successful writing for qualitative researchers. London: Routlege Falmer.

Ely, M., Vinz, R., Downing, M. & Anzul, M. (1997). On writing qualitative research. London: The Falmer Press.

Ely, M., Anzul, M., Friedman, T., Gardner, D. et al. (1999). Doing qualitative research: Circle within circle. London: The Falmer Press.

Chapter in Book
Denzin, N.K. (1994). The art and politics of interpretation. In Denzin, N.K. & Lincoln, Y.S. (Eds.), Handbook for qualitative research, (pp.485-500). California: Sage Publications.

Journal Article
Ball, S.J. (1990). Self-doubt and soft data: Social and technical trajectories in ethnographic fieldwork. Qualitative Studies in Education, 3, pp.157-171.

Unpublished Thesis/Dissertation
Samuel, M. (1992). The social construction of text: A study of two contrasting pedagogies. Unpublished doctoral thesis, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Hoepfl, M.C. (1997). Choosing qualitative research: A primer for technology education researchers. Journal of Technology Education, 9 (1). Retrieved on 12th
April, 2005 from

Paper Presentations
Loughran, J.J., & Gunstone, R.F. (1996). Self-study in teaching and research. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, April 1996.

Alina Simon. (11 September 2003). Education: A call to corporate sector. New Straits Times, p. 8.

9. Use of Language. Authors are responsible for delivering their paper in English (British spelling). Authors are also reminded that they are writing for an international audience and advised to avoid colloquialisms and sexist language.

10. Proofreading and Corrections. Proofs will be sent to the author (first-named author if no corresponding author is identified on multi-authored papers) and should be returned within the specified time given, preferably by e-mail.

Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors. Authors are requested to answer all queries in full. Subsequent additional corrections will not be possible, so please ensure that your first communication is complete.

11. Refereeing Procedure. A minimum of two referees as well as the editor will review each manuscript. The refereeing process may take up a minimum of two months from the date of receipt. Manuscripts that require extensive review may take more than two months.

If you have any queries regarding the journal, please leave email us at the address below:
QRAM Secretariat [email protected]