Author Guideline

Southeast Asia Early Childhood Journal (SAECJ) Manuscript Format

Types of paper

Types of contributions: Research PapersScientific Review Papers, and Short Communications (Letters).

- Research Papers may be of any length (maximum of 7000 words) which has not been published previously and it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere or it will not be published elsewhere in the same form. They should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and should be divided into numbered sections, as described in manuscript format.

-Review Papers should give an extensive, up to date, state of the art account of a current important research topic with a maximum of 10000 words. The article should be formatted as is a Research Paper but contains a list of contents immediately after the abstract.

-Short Communications (Letters) are short and concise manuscript that are no more than 3000 words in length and should include no more than five figure and tables combined. It is a brief report of original, significant, and timely research results on the IJECEC which warrants rapid publication.

Submission checklist

Please refer to the submission checklist before sending the manuscript to the SAECJ for review. Please ensure that the following items are present:

-Articles must be submitted in English or Malay.

-The article submitted should be accompanied with a cover letter that state the novelty and importance of the work and why it is most suitable for the SAECJ.

-Please upload 2 version of manuscripts;

(a) Manuscript without author information (for review purposes).

(b) Manuscript with author information (name, university and email as in template).

-SAECJ only tolerate 30% of similarity index for all submitted article. Similarity check should be provided along with submitted article.

-The article should be written according to the latest of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).


Full-length research articles/letter should be divided into:

-Title and Author(s) Affiliation
-Keywords (maximum of 6 keywords)
-Discussion and Implications


Important Information:

-Once the paper is accepted for publication in SAECJ, the paper cannot be published elsewhere and we have the right to publish the paper in any materials form.

-Tables/figures/copyrighted material from other sources used from other Publications should get permission from the corresponding publishers to grant them the right to publish the material in their paper.

-Manuscript should be 'grammar and spell checked'. Manuscript should demonstrate excellent level of English or Malay language, grammar, punctuation, spelling and overall style of scientific writing.


Editorial process

-Authors are notified on receipt of an article and upon the editorial decision regarding publication.

-Every article will be peer-reviewed by double blind reviewers as well as independent Editor by SAECJ Editorial Members. Decisions regarding the publication of a manuscript will be based on the SAECJ Editorial Board's recommendations. The manuscript will be assessed and evaluated based on its suitability with SAECJ’s aims and scopes, contribution and meet the SAECJ target discipline, valid and reliable experimental design and analysis and good overall manuscript presentation.


Article should be sent through our eJournal UPSI ( online submission.

Kindly download the article template here


Thank You.

Chief Editor
Southeast Asia Early Childhood Journal (SAECJ)
National Child Development Research Centre (NCDRC)
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
35900 Tanjong Malim
Perak, Malaysia