The Malaysian Journal of Nutrition (MJN) welcomes manuscripts on current and emerging topics in human nutrition in the form of original articles, review articles, case reports, short communications and letters to the Editor. MJN is an international peer-reviewed journal.

All materials submitted for publication are assumed to be submitted exclusively to the Malaysian Journal of Nutrition (MJN) unless the contrary is stated.

All manuscripts submitted must be original and must be submitted through the online submission system ( In order to avoid delays in publication, authors are advised to adhere closely to the instructions below.


The manuscript must adhere to the following instructions before it is considered eligible for review.

Cover letter

Submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter that includes a statement that the manuscript represents original work of the authors, and that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The cover letter should be entered in the appropriate box or uploaded as part of the online submission process.

The manuscript

Manuscripts must be submitted in MS Word format and in English (British English). They should be typed on 12-point font Times New Roman, double-spaced with a margin of 2.5 cm on all sides, unless otherwise stated. The manuscript should have page number and include line numbering commencing from Introduction. The manuscript should consist of these parts presented in the following order: title page, abstract and keywords, text, acknowledgments, conflict of interest and funding disclosure, references, tables and figures.

Title Page

A title page should be submitted separately from the main text. The title page should state the title of the manuscript, full first name and surname of each author, author’s department and institution, city and country. Also enclose the complete postal address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address of the author who will be responsible for all correspondences regarding the manuscript. Contribution of each author to the manuscript should also be specified in the title page.

Abstract and key words

An abstract not exceeding 250 words in length should be provided. Make sure the title of the manuscript is included in the Abstract Page. Do not include names and other details of author(s) on the Abstract page. The abstract is structured according to the following headings: Introduction (rationale and purpose of the study), Methods (study design, analytical methods), Results (main findings), and Conclusion (key aspects derived from the study).Below the abstract, provide three to five keywords or short phrases that will assist in cross-indexing the article.


The main text of the manuscript should be organised according to the following sections: INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, CONCLUSION, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND REFERENCES.

In the Methods section, authors should state the authority which provided ethical approval for the study, along with a statement in regards to the informed consent of participants. The study or clinical trial registration number should be provided, if applicable.

Conflict of Interest and Funding Disclosure
Authors should declare any financial support or relationships that may pose a conflict of interest. The source of financial support should be acknowledged.

Total number of words of the text should not exceed 4500 excluding the Abstract, References, tables and figures.

Citations and References

It is the author’s responsibility to check all references very carefully for accuracy and completeness. In the text, references are cited by surname(s) of the author(s) and year of publication parenthetically at the appropriate place. Three authors appear in full on first citation, e.g, Bray, Whipp & Koyal (1994), but subsequently as Bray et al. (1994). For four or more authors, indicate the first author followed by Total number of reference should not exceed 30 except for Review Papers.

In the reference section, list the references in alphabetical order. For each reference, all authors’ names should be included. Examples of correct forms of references are given below:

  1. Articles in Journal:

    Mostafa Kama SM & Md Aynul Islam (2010). Socio-economic correlates malnutrition among married women in Bangladesh. Mal J Nutr 16(3): 349-359.

    Blasbalg TL, Hibbeln JR, Ramsden CE, Majchrzak SF & Rawlings RR (2011). Changes in consumption of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the United States during the 20th century Am J Clin Nutr 93:950-962.
  2. Books and Monographs:

    de Benoist B, McLean E, Egli I & Cogswell ME (eds) (2008). Worldwide Prevalence of Anaemia 1993-2005: WHO Global Database on Anaemia. WHO Press, Geneva.

    Institute of Medicine (2010). Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D. Ross AC, Taylor CL, Yaktine AL & Del Valle HB (eds). National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.
  3. Online Sources:

    Bischoff, SC (2011). Gut health: a new objective in medicine? BMC Medicine 2011, 9:24. From [Retrieved April 25 2011]

    Landsberger, J (no date). In: Study Guides and Strategies. From htttp:// [Retrieved Feb 15 2010].

Potential Reviewers

Authors are requested to provide 3 suitable reviewers with designations, affiliations, and email addresses. All reviewers should not be from any of the author’s own institutions and at least one referee should be from outside the country of the corresponding author. It is the editor’s discretion to use the recommended reviewers.

Tables and Figures

Tables should be sufficiently labelled so as to be comprehensible and complement information in the text. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals in the sequence they are mentioned in the text. Tables should be typed on 10-font Times New Roman and single spaced. Do not use border lines on the right and left side of the table, and vertical lines within the table body. Use a single top line, a single line below the headings, and a single bottom line.

All illustrations and diagrams should be referred to as Figures and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Submit proof quality original or glossy prints for direct reproduction of the figures. Photocopies of illustrations are not acceptable.

Please ensure that all tables and figures can be copy fitted into a page of the journal.
Combined total number of tables and figures should not exceed five with the exception of Review Papers.

Place tables and figures after the References, and not within the main text.

Units and Abbreviations

All measurements should be reported using the metric system. Explain any abbreviations used.

Guidelines for Short Communication

  • Total number of words should not exceed 2000, excluding abstract and references
  • References should be limited to 10
  • No more than a total of two tables and figures


For papers submitted after January 15, 2018, an article processing charge of USD250 per accepted manuscript will be imposed, payable on acceptance. The corresponding author of the manuscript is responsible for arranging the payment to Nutrition Society of Malaysia.


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Editorial correspondence should be addressed to:
Professor Emeritus Khor Geok Lin PhD FASc
Malaysian Journal of Nutrition

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Malaysian Journal of Nutrition