Malaysian Journal of Soil Science (MJSS)
Papers should be written as concisely as possible and be
typed double spaced on one side of white quarto (216 mm x 295
mm) or A4 size (210 mm x 295 mm) paper with about 3.5 cm
margins on all sides. Note that double spacing rule applies to
all text, including footnotes, references, legends, etc.
regardless of the size of type in which the material appears
in the final printed form. Articles should not exceed 15
printed pages, i.e., about 45 quarto pages of typewritten
script. Each page should be numbered beginning with the title
The title of the paper, name of the author and full address
of the institution where the work was carried out should
appear on this page. A short title not exceeding 60 characters
should be provided for the running headline.
An abstract not exceeding 200 words should follow
immediately after the title of the paper.
Up to a maximum of ten keywords are required. They should
be placed directly below the abstract.
Tables should be typed on separate sheets of paper (one of
possibly two tables to a sheet) and numbered in Arabic
numerals. Their preferred position should be indicated in the
text. Each table must have a brief title. Column headings and
descriptive matter should be brief. Vertical rules should not
Illustrations & Photographs
All illustrations should be prepared on separate sheets and
numbered in Arabic numerals. The number of the figure and
author's name should be written in pencil on the reverse of
each illustration. Figures should be about twice the size of
the printed form. Diagrams and graphs are to be referred to in
the text as 'Figures' and photographs as 'Plates'. Photographs
should be in black-and-white with glossy finish and supplied
with appropriate scales drawn on a separate sheet. All
illustrations should carry the same abbreviation as in the
text. The approximate place of insertion should be indicated
in the text.
Units of Measure
Metric units must be used for all measurements throughout
References cited in the text are to be listed at the end of
the manuscript starting on a new sheet. They are to be
arranged in alphabetical order beginning with the author's
names and initials, followed by the year of publication, title
of periodical, volume and page. Example:
Parlange, J.Y., R. Haverkamp and J. Touma.
1985. Inflitration under ponded
condition : 1. Optimal analytical
solution and comparison with
experimental observation. Soil Sci.,
In the text, references should be cited with the name of
the author(s) with the date of publication in parenthesis,
e.g., Philip (1957), Taylor and Baker (1986), Smith et al.
Only published or "in press" items should be listed.
Reference to unpublished material should be confined to text
footnotes. Abbreviations of titles of periodicals should
conform to those used in 'A World List of Scientific
The legends for all illustrations should be given on a
separate sheet of paper.
Footnotes are to be used sparingly. They should be numbered
consequetively in Arabic numerals and typed at the bottom of
the page below a horizontal line.
All manuscripts will be reviewed by two or more editors or
selected reviewers for opinions on suitability of the paper
for publication and for suggestions to improve the paper.
Authors will receive 25 free copies of their article.
Additional reprints can be made available on a fee basis.
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Submission of manuscript
Manuscript in triplicate are to be sent to:
Editor, Malaysian J. Soil Sci.
Department of Land
Universiti Putra Malaysia