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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • The text is 1.5 single-spaced; uses a 9.5-point font for text and 11.5-point for article title; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia

Notes for Contributors


Submission of Manuscripts

Papers are accepted for consideration on the understanding that they are original and not, in any manner, in breach of copyright.  Authors are requested to submit an electronic copy of the manuscript via email to the Editor-in-Chief in a Microsoft Word file to expedite the publication process.

Manuscripts submitted to Publication must be written in UK English language and prepared in Microsoft  Word  document  (.doc  or  .docx),  preferably using Times  New Roman  fonts  for  text, typed one and a half-spaced, on A4-size page paginated with one inch (1) margins on all sides. Since the second page bears the complete title, the subsequent pages should have a running-title. Manuscripts  should  conform  to  the  style  set  forth  in  the  Publication  Manual  of  the  American Psychological Association (APA) (Sixth Edition, 2010).



The first page of the manuscript should contain the title and the author’s identification.

Title header: If a long title is necessary, please prepare an optional short title. Example:


Contextualisation of Fractions: Teachers’ Pedagogical and Mathematical Content Knowledge for Teaching (Upper lower case bold/ centered/ 11.5pt)

Author Identification

The  author’s  identification  includes  authors’  names,  current  institution  name  and  address,  and corresponding author’s email address.

Muhammad Bin Abdullah (bold /9.5 pt)

Research & Development Division

SEAMEO RECSAM, Penang, Malaysia

Email: mabdullah@recsam.edu.my



The manuscript should be accompanied by an abstract of about 200 - 250 words divided into four sections, namely; purpose, method, findings, and significance on a separate page with four to six keywords separated by comma.


Example: Purpose Method Findings Significance

Keywords: Fractions, Numeracy, Teachers’ content knowledge of mathematics, Teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge of mathematics, Contextualisation



The Introduction is written two lines below the keywords. The manuscript should not have headers, footers, or page numbers. It should be in a one-column format.  References are often noted in the text and cited at the end of the paper.



It is commonly held belief among teachers that encouraging students to be confident about their mathematical   abilities   will   improve   performance   (Burton,   2004). Studies   on   mathematics achievement and confidence, which in . . .


Section Headings and Subheadings

Use up to three levels of heading.

  Main heading: Titles of article (upper lower bold/ centered/11.5pt)

  Subhead 1: (Upper lower bold, left / centered alignment/10pt)

  Subhead 2: (Upper lower, regular italics / non-italic (bold), left alignment/9.5pt

  Text (Upper lower/ justified/ 9.5pt) Example:

Models of Chemistry Education and the Matriculation Chemistry Course: A Review

(Main Heading/11.5 pt)

Planning and Implementing of Action (Subhead 1/10 pt)

Developing STEM Learning Strategies (Subhead 2 / 9.5pt)

The xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Text /9.5pt)


Visuals & Graphics

Authors should include tables, figures, lists, photographs, drawings, illustrations, etc., with their manuscript submissions. All visuals must be submitted along (embedded) with the manuscript as well  as  in  separate,  high-resolution  (at  least  300  dpi)  image  files,  such  as  .JPG  files.  Digital figures  should  not  be  embedded  into  Microsoft  Word,  PowerPoint,  PDF,  Photoshop  files. Photographs taken from Internet should observe copyright. Each figure and table should be numbered and mentioned in the text.


Colour Mode

The author should submit high-quality prints with good contrast and tonal range. Prints or images should clearly show important features and the appropriate level of detail.   Images supplied will be published in black and white (unless otherwise arranged), therefore, it is important that these are comprehensible in colour as well (i.e.  by using  colour  with  a  distinctive  pattern  or  dotted lines).  The text should reflect this by not using words indicating colour.  Tables and diagrams should not be submitted in colour.


Figures & Captions

All figures/illustrations/artwork, and diagrams should be in high quality electronic form, suitable for scanning and reproduction. Indicate in the running-text where the illustration is to appear. The figures should be clear, easy to read and of good quality. Styles and fonts should match those in the main body of the article. If the figures are not included in the soft copy, please submit clearly labeled figures or photographs on an A4 paper and indicate on the manuscript where the figures are to be inserted. All figures are to be labeled according to the APA format and in black and white.

(Figure title/caption is centred justified, lower case, and the word “Figure Number” in italics)


Tables & Captions

Tables  are  numbered  using  Arabic  numerals  and  provided  with  titles  in  italics,  left  justified, uppercase, lowercase, and 8.5pt.



References  cited  in  the  manuscript  should  be  listed  alphabetically,  at  the  end  of  the  paper following the American Psychological Association (APA) (Sixth Edition, 2010).


(i) For books:

Holemberg, J.  (Ed.).  (1992). Policies for a small planet:  From the International Institute for Environment and Development. London: Earthscan.

(ii) For articles:

Ellerton, N.  F. (1995).  Moral dilemmas for mathematics education researchers. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 7(2), 91-93.

(iii) For chapters within books:

Brophy, J.  E., & Good, T.  L. (1986).  Teacher behaviour and student achievement.  In M.  C. Wittrock (Ed.), Handbook of research in teaching (3rd ed., pp.  328-375). New York: Macmillan.



(iv) Electronic sources:

Basden,  J.,  Boone,  S.,  Fetter,  A.,  Koenig,  J.,  Lanius,  C.,  Mabbott,  A.,  et  al.  (2000). Encouraging mathematical thinking:  Discourse around a rich problem.  Retrieved 7 August 2007, from http://mathforum.org/brap/wrap/index.html


Acknowledgement (if applicable)

The authors should acknowledge all source of funding that has contributed to the publication.



The  last  page  of  the  manuscript  should  have  the  details  of  all  authors:  full  names,  current institutional names and addresses and e-mail addresses.



Muhammad Bin Abdullah, Research & Development Division, SEAMEO RECSAM, Penang, Malaysia

Email: mabdullah@recsam.edu.my