GEMA Online™ Journal of Language Studies

GEMA Online™ Journal of Language Studies GEMA Online™ Journal of Language Studies provides a venue for language researchers and practitioners to share theories, views, research results and classroom practices. ISSN: 1675-8021 (ONLINE) Journal metadata

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  • Aims and scope

    GEMA Online™ Journal of Language Studies is an internationally refereed scholarly online journal published by UKM Press. The aim of this journal is to provide a venue for language researchers and practitioners to share theories, views, research results and classroom practices.

    The journal invites articles between 3,500 to 5,000 words in length excluding acknowledgement, references, and appendix. Papers on theories and practices including those on discussions of and reflections on methods, techniques and ideas useful in the classroom are also welcomed. The articles can be from any of the following areas:

    - Linguistics; cross-cultural linguistic research and theory, and applied linguistics. All branches of linguistics
    study on languages and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Rim area.

    - Teaching of English as Second/Foreign Language.

    - Literature; postcolonial literature from or on Asia and the Pacific Rim, Asian literature in English.

    - Teaching of other Languages, particularly the teaching of languages from the Southeast Asia region.

    - Language Learning and Technology.

    - Research Methods in Language Studies

  • Profile

    GEMA is mainly published in English and Malay. Papers in Malay should have abstracts and keywords in English. Writers are asked to submit their papers in Microsoft Word document with Tables and Figures embedded in the text itself. Authors are encouraged to download recent papers to have a feel of what is expected.

    Papers submitted for consideration of publication in GEMA must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere either in electronic or printed form. These papers should also have not been published previously. The corresponding author should declare regarding this issue when submitting the paper to the Chief Editor.

    Submissions are accepted electronically only.

  • Indexing

    GEMA Online™ Journal of Language Studies is indexed and abstracted in the following databases: 

    SCOPUS, Linguistics Abstracts Online (Wiley-Blackwell), Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO), Linguist List, Open J-Gate, Ulrichs Web Global Serials Directory, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Malaysian Indexing and Abstracting System (MyAIS) and

  • Editors

    Editorial Board (2009-2012)

    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saadiyah Darus (Chief Editor)
    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rosniah Mustaffa
    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tan Kim Hua
    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fazal Mohamed bin Mohamed Sultan
    Dr. Noorizah Mohd Noor
    Dr. Raihanah Mohd Mydin
    Dr. Kemboja Ismail
    Dr. Hjh Zaini Amir (webmaster)

    GEMA Advisory Board 2009-2014
    Prof. Dr. Ambigapathy Pandian, Universiti Sains Malaysia
    Prof. Dr. Andrew Lian, University of Western-Illinois, U.S.A.
    Prof. Dr. Hilary Nesi, University of Coventry, U.K.
    Prof. Dr. Ing. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver, University of the Western Cape, Republic of South Africa
    Prof. Dr. Lily Rose Rosa-Tope, University of Philippines
    Prof. Dr. Mao Sihui, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao
    Prof. Dr. Roland D. Sussex, University of Queensland, Australia
    Prof. Dr. Zaharani Ahmad, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

  • Guide to authors

    Submissions should include the following information:

    Author: In form: Full name of author(s) with email address and institution.
    Title: Title case only.
    Abstract: Up to 250 words. Provision of abstract is essential. Papers in Malay should also have an abstract in English
    Keywords : Maximum of five keywords. Papers in Malay should have keywords too.
    Biodata: Approximately 50 words in length.
    References: In APA except for Malay/Chinese/Indian names

    Guidelines For Authors

    In Microsoft Word, choose Page setup
    Top 25.4 mm, Bottom 25.4 mm
    Left 31.7 mm, Right 31.7 mm
    Gutter 0, Gutter Position left 
    Orientation Portrait

    Width 215.9 mm
    Height 279.4 mm

    Header 12.7 mm
    Footer 12.7 mm

    Vertical alignment: Top

    ***If you are using Microsoft Word 2007, to change from inches to mm, go to ‘Word Options’, then ‘Advanced’, then ‘Display’. Change ‘Show measurements in units of’ from inches to millimeters.


    Text – all in Times New Roman, Font 12 unless stated otherwise (see below).
    Line spacing 1.0. Justified.

    Title of paper              
    Title Case, Bold
    Example of title case: An Assessment Of ESL Learners Proficiency: A Case Study
    Times New Roman Font 14

    Name of author(s)     
    Name (italics)- Maslida Yusof
    E-mail address (italics) (Type the e-mail address and press ‘enter’. A blue line should appear). 
    Institution (italics)
    Times New Roman Font 11
    *Note: The first author is usually the corresponding author. 

    Times New Roman Font 12, bold
    For papers in Malay – abstrak in Malay should come first, then abstract in English

    (in Malay for papers in Malay) – five katakunci.

    For papers in English
    Times New Roman Font 12, bold.

    (in English for papers in English) – five keywords

    Heading of paper   (equivalent to 1.0)                 
    Times New Roman Font 12, Drop caps, bold 

    Sub-heading of paper (equivalent to 1.1)           
    Times New Roman Font 12, Sentence Case, bold 
    Example of sentence case – Conclusion and implication 

    Sub-sub-heading of paper (equivalent to 1.1.1)    
    Times New Roman Font 12, Sentence Case, do not bold 


    The first reference
    First row, No indent
    Second row, Hanging indent – Press on the ‘space bar’ 12 times.

    The second reference (just follow like the first reference).

    List of references

    A book 
    Bennet, C. D. (1975). Spatial and temporal uses of English prepositions: An essay in stratificational semantics.  London: Longman Group Ltd.
    (There is one space between initials of author).

    A book (Malay writer)
    Asmah Haji Omar (2004). Penyelidikan, pengajaran dan pemupukan bahasa. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.
    (Full names of Malay, Chinese and Indian authors should be used).

    Byong-Seon Yang. (1994). Morphosyntactic phenomena of Korean in role and reference grammar: Psych-verb constructions, inflectional verb morphemes, complex sentences, and relative clauses. Unpublished Ph.D thesis. New York: State University of New York at Buffalo. 
    (Note the first capital letter after the colon in the title).

    Chapter in a book (in Malay)
    Maslida Yusof  (2007). Struktur semantik Preposisi ‘Bertujuan’: Satu analisis berdasarkan korpus. In Nor Hashimah Jalaluddin, Imran Ho Abdullah & Idris Aman (Eds.), Linguistik: Teori dan aplikasi (pp. 152-166). Bangi: Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

    Chapter in a book (in English)
    Grossman, P., Wilson, S., & Shulman, L. (1989). Teachers of substance: The subject matter knowledge of teachers. In M. Reynolds (Ed.), The Knowledge Base for Beginning Teachers (pp. 23-36). New York: Pergamon.
    (Note In M. Reynolds, and not In Reynolds, M.)

    Journal paper
    Celce-Murcia, M., Dornyei Z., & Thurrell, S. (1997). Direct approaches in L2 instruction: A turning point in communicative language teaching? TESOL Quarterly, 31(1), 141-152.
    (Note that the volume of the journal is in italics. The issue number is in brackets).

    Online papers/ information
    Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli. (2009). Orang Bateq. (Online) Retrieved 14 July 2009, from
    (Note the word Online in brackets).


    Cynx, J., Williams, H., & Nottebohm, F. (1992). Hemispheric differencesin avian song discrimination. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 89, 1372-1375.
    (Note the Proceedings is in italics and Volume number is in italics too).

    World Atlas. 
    Retrieved 7 October 2008,  from

    The title of the table is centred - above the table
    e.g. Table 1: Assessment of ……………………. (for papers in English)
    Jadual 1: Penempatan pelajar………………. (for papers in Malay)

    The title is centred - below the figure.
    e.g. Figure 1: Students’ participation……………. (for papers in English)
    Rajah 1: Gender pelajar ……………………. (for papers in Malay)

    About the authors (for papers in English)
    Insert a short biodata of authors in English according to names that appear accordingly after the title of paper (a maximum of 50 words only for each author).
    e.g. Mansor Ahmad (Ph.D) is …….

    Penulis (for papers in Malay)
    Insert a short biodata of authors in Malay according to names that appear accordingly after the title of paper (a maximum of 50 words only for each author)
    e.g. Zaidah Ali (Ph.D) adalah …….

  • Contact

    The Chief Editor

    GEMA Online™ Journal of Language Studies
    School of Language Studies and Linguistics
    Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
    Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 
    43600 UKM Bangi
    Selangor, Malaysia

    Please submit your articles to

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