Journal Policies


Journal of Qualitative Social Sciences (JQSS) adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) standards on publications ethics. Submission of an article implies that:


  • The work described has not been published previously except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis.

  • It is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

  • Its submission and publication in the journal is known and approved by all Authors.

  • The work is the Author’s own and there are no falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation and misappropriation of.

  • Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with using the guidelines issued by the COPE.


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After the submission deadline of each call for papers, manuscripts submitted to Journal of Qualitative Social Sciences (JQSS) will go through an internal review.  If submitted papers meet the basic requirements of JQSS, they are sent out for double blind review from experts in the field.  Our reviewers are expected to review articles and return their reviews within 4 weeks of having received this. It is common for reviewers who recommend acceptance to also make this conditional on addressing possible errors or issues. If the reviewers make this recommendation, then author(s) will be given the opportunity to adequately respond to their feedback by a required date. This entire review process will take anywhere between 2-3 months after submission of manuscript. The editor’s decision is final.


Articles  - Open Submission, Indexed, Peer Reviewed.

Book Reviews - Open Submission, Indexed, Peer Reviewed.

Letter to Editor  - Open Submission, Indexed.


Journal of Qualitative Social Sciences (JQSS) retains the right to electronically distribute accepted manuscripts but the authors will retain copyright. If authors wish to republish the article, they must write to the Editor-in-Chief and acknowledge Journal of Qualitative Social Sciences (JQSS) as the original publisher.


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.


There is no submission fee, the author(s) only need to pay the online publication fee of MYR500 if the paper is accepted. JQSS charges very low Article Processing Charges (APC) to cover some administrative cost such as, formatting, archiving, etc.  Apart from the APC, there are NO other charges, such as page  and colour charges. 

Waivers or Discount of APC

For authors publishing in ASN journals, ASN offers waivers and discounts to authors on unavailability of funds, if the article is rigorous and well-written. To ensure that editorial decisions are never influenced by ability to pay, it is ASN policy that editors of ASN journals are not involved in correspondence with authors regarding the payment APC. The granted waiver system will be managed by editorial office. 


The journal accepts manuscripts written in English and Bahasa Malaysia. Manuscripts in Bahasa Malaysia must also submit title, abstract, keywords and reference in English.


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.