About the Journal

Jurnal Kinabalu is published once a year by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. The primary aim of the journal is to publish manuscripts that are based on research undertaken by scholars, academicians or researchers in the field of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. Jurnal Kinabalu is committed to preserving its rich history and maintaining the tradition of excellent knowledge sharing and dissemination. It serves as a platform for the exchange and discussion of global problems and issues.  This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Jurnal Kinabalu is a multidisciplinary publication in the field of social sciences and humanities. It welcomes contributions and explores topics that span multiple social science disciplines. This approach can lead to a richer and more holistic understanding of various social sciences issues and phenomena.


Aims and Scope

Jurnal Kinabalu is a peer-reviewed journal committed to advancing scholarly knowledge by encouraging discussions across diverse branches of social sciences and humanities. The journal shares articles and reviews that, through their content or approach, appeal to a wide audience of scholars. Although the primary focus is on social science and humanities studies, other pertinent articles are also considered for publication.

Published by Penerbit Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Jurnal Kinabalu is overseen by an independent Editorial Board comprising university staff members. This Board collaborates with a distinguished panel of scholars from local and international universities. 


Contributions should be strictly in Bahasa Malaysia or the UK English language. The text must be clear and concise, conforming to accepted standards of Bahasa Malaysia or English style and usage. For English manuscript written by non-native English speakers are advised to seek professional help with the language. Manuscripts are considered for publication on the condition that they are solely contributed to Jurnal Kinabalu and have not been published elsewhere. 

Initially, the manuscript will be assessed from an editorial point of view. Should the Editorial Office find the manuscript appropriate, it will enter the peer-review process. The corresponding author will then be informed of the evaluation along with editorial remarks. The preferred word processing program is Microsoft Word. Please use this template  here for manuscript written in English, and click here for manuscript written in Malay.

The following areas are covered in the Journal;
Human Resource Management
Human and Community Resource Development
Political Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology
Other areas in Social Sciences
All manuscripts must be consistent with the Journal’s manuscript preparation requirements.

Submission Fee/Processing Fee

Presently, there is no submission fee/ processing fee for any of the manuscripts.

Review process

This Journal ensures double-blind peer-reviewing.


Title: A concise and informative title that accurately reflects the content of the article.
Authors' names and institutional affiliations.
Name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed.
Corresponding author. Name and e-mail address of the corresponding author.

Abstract: A brief summary of the article, typically around 150-250 words, outlining the research question, methods, results, and conclusions.

Keywords: The authors should provide 3 to 5 keywords for indexing purposes.

Introduction: Provides background information on the topic, states the research question or problem, and outlines the significance of the study.

Literature Review: Surveys existing literature relevant to the research question, highlighting key findings, debates, and gaps in knowledge.

Methods: Describes the research approach, research design, including participants, materials, procedures, and data analysis methods.

Results: Presents the findings of the study, usually through text, tables, and figures, without interpretation or discussion.

Discussion: Interprets the results in relation to the research question, compares findings to existing literature, and discusses implications.

Limitations: Acknowledge limitations and future research directions.

Conclusion: Summarizes the main findings of the study and their implications, often revisiting the research question and providing closure.

Acknowledgment: Acknowledgments, if any, should appear before References.

References: Lists all sources cited in the article following an APA citation style. Please click here for guidance. Authors are required to include at least one reference from previous publications in each article submitted to the Journal Kinabalu. 

Appendices (if applicable): Includes additional materials such as questionnaires, surveys, or raw data that are referenced in the article.


Jurnal Kinabalu

Copyright transfer and contributions agreement to publish in Jurnal Kinabalu (eJK)

 Transfer our author right to Jurnal Kinabalu (eJK) along with title, interest in article without any limitations. The Journal shall own the work, including 1) copyright; 2) the right to grant permission to republish the article in whole or in part, with or without fee; 3) the right to produce preprints or reprints and translate into languages other than English for sale or free distribution; and 4) the right for electronic/visual reproduction, electronic storage and to republish the work in a collection of articles in any other mechanical or electronic format or printed publications.

We, the authors certify to participate sufficiently in the intellectual content, conception and design of this work or the analysis and interpretation of the data (when applicable), as well as the writing of the manuscript, to take public responsibility for it and have agreed to have our name listed as a contributor. We believe the manuscript represents valid work. Neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under our authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere, except as described in the covering letter. Any such involvement, publishers of eJK are not responsible and the authors are held for any untoward practices if any. Any other reproduction of the said article requires the permission from the publisher.

Authors also state that, the work is original and is not infringing with the rights of others and copyrights. Author also further declares that, each co-author have contributed significantly and have accepted to be co-authors for their significant contribution for the work.

We certify that all the data collected during the study is presented in this manuscript and no data from the study has been or will be published separately. We attest that, if requested by the editors, we will provide the data/information or will cooperate fully in obtaining and providing the data/information on which the manuscript is based, for examination by the editors or their assignees.

We give the rights to the corresponding author to make necessary changes as per the request of the journal, do the rest of the correspondence on our behalf and he/she will act as the guarantor for the manuscript on our behalf. All persons who have made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript, but who are not contributors, are named in the Acknowledgment and have given us their written permission to be named. If we do not include an Acknowledgment that means we have not received substantial contributions from non-contributors and no contributor has been omitted.


The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.