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About JML

  Print ISSN: 1675526x
Publisher: UM

The Journal of Modern Languages (JML) is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. Founded in 1985 at the University of Malaya, the JML is dedicated to the publication of significant research findings of an empirical, experimental or conceptual nature in the broad field of modern language studies.

Publication Frequency: The Journal produces one regular issue plus a special issue annually. The regular issue is scheduled to be published in December. Special issues address linguistic themes relevant to South East Asia and the Pacific Rim, especially the languages of the region. The language of publication is normally English, but we may accept contributions in Malay for special issues.

Focus and Scope: The JML welcomes papers addressing critical analyses of modern languages from various fields of discipline including:

  • General Linguistics 
  • Descriptive Linguistics
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Pedagogy 
  • Language maintenance and death 
  • Sociolinguistics 
  • Translation and interpretation 
  • Discourse and conversational analyses

Peer-review Policy/Process: Manuscripts submitted to JML first go through an internal review. That is, they are previewed by the editor-in-chief or one of the editorial members. The papers are also checked for their originality using the turn-it-in software. However to our experience, there have been cases of plagiarism which the software has failed to detect. In these cases, if reviewers doubt the originality of any part(s) of the work under review, they are asked to inform the editor about it.

Once the basic requirements met, JML papers are sent out for double blind review from experts in the field, either from the editorial board or identified reviewers. Reviewers are requested to evaluate the articles based on a number of evaluative criteria available in the assessment from including the clarity, quality, thoroughness, relevance, significance, and soundness of the works. Reviewers are also most welcome to leave comments in the manuscript itself and in the review form. These comments are very valuable for the professional development of any authors and will unquestionably help them improve their work. Comments from the external reviewers are sent to the authors and they are notified of the journal’s decision (accept, accept with minor/major revisions, revise and resubmit, reject). This entire review process will take anywhere between 2 - 4 months after submission of manuscript. The editor’s decision is final.

Research Notes: We are pleased to introduce a new section in our Journal called \'Research Notes\'. We welcome submission of smaller scaled research papers in progress that provide substantive and critical directions in their research. Examples include innovative research methodologies, projections of prospective findings and ways to test critical assumptions of literature. Research Notes will be peer reviewed.

NOTE: The first authors of selected papers will be given free off-prints and a PDF file.

Last update: 06-07-2015