MJAS is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication of original papers based on research undertakings with the objectives to improve the quality of animal production, especially in the tropical environment, and ensure the sustainability of natural resources directly and indirectly affecting the livelihood and health of producers and consumers. MJAS also serves as a forum in exploring the viable options in addressing the issues of the animal industries.
MJAS is published in English and is open to global contributors in the areas of animal genetics, molecular genetics, animal breeding, reproductive and environmental physiology, growth and development, animal nutrition, feed resources, meat science, management, economics, biotechnology and environmental management. Currently two issues are published annually, in June and December. All manuscripts intended for publication in MJAS should be submitted via our online submission system.
The Editorial Board of MJAS aspires to raise the standards of scientific writings within the region through MJAS to be on par with other world renown and established journals in similar fields of study, especially in tropical livestock science and production. Contributions from researchers from Malaysia and other countries are therefore most welcomed.
MJAS is the official journal of the Malaysian Society of Animal Production (MSAP) which is an association of stakeholders much involved in the conduct of research and development, extension, promotion, conservation and education in the fields of animal production.
Publication Charge Policy
MJAS does not have any fees for submission, article processing charges (APC), and free accessibilty for the readers to the content of the publication.
Copyright and Open Access Policy
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. MJAS allow all readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and allow readers to use them for any other lawful purpose, as long as the author and journal are properly credited, which ensures maximum dissemination and a wider impact of MJAS publications. As for reprinting of MJAS content for commercial purposes (such as academic collections), MJAS have no objection on that particular matter and will readily grant permission, in line with our Open Access policy and Creative Commons – CC BY-NC license.
Average time of publication
MJAS know the importance of your research being published as quickly and efficiently as possible. With online submission system, we can guarantee a streamlined production process to ensure that your paper can reach the academic community promptly and with maximum impact. The elapsed time from submission to publication for the articles averages 5-6 months. A decision of acceptance of a manuscript is reached in 2 to 4 months (average 14 weeks).
Peer Review Process
Editor in Chief and Associate Editors will evaluate the submitted papers for its suitability before sending the manuscript for further review process. The submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The peer reviewers is given 3 to 4 weeks to complete the review process. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board. The peer review process will aim to ensure that all published manuscripts are scientifically sound and provide new scientific knowledge.
Manuscripts will be rejected if the editorial office considers that the research has not been carried out within an ethical framework, and if the authors do not revise the manuscripts according to reviewers and editorial board comment and suggestion.
MJAS has to ensure that all published works within the journal follow ethical principles on academic publishing. Maintaining research integrity is shared responsibilities among readers, researchers, authors, peer reviewers and editors. MJAS take great care to make sure that research article has maintained such integrity. It is therefore important to set an ethical standard for all to create a conducive environment and to avoid problems that may arise due to a certain conflict of interest if any. This document presents the policy of MJAS on the respective publication ethics and malpractice statement as guidance for all stakeholders of the journal. However, if any misconduct in our published article been suspected by the readers, kindly please report to us. MJAS reserve the right to investigate misconduct in any suspected article submitted or published an article in MJAS.
Animal ethics issues
Authors should certify that studies involving animals are performed according to animal ethics and welfare. All experimental animals should be cared for and used in accordance with international, national or local regulations. The authors should state clearly in a statement/letter including the name of ethics authority and the approval number, that experiments were approved by an authority concerning the compliance with animal ethics and welfare.
MJAS is indexed or abstracted in Malaysian Citation Index (MyCite) and CABI.
The abbreviation for Malaysian Journal of Animal Science is Mal. J. Anim. Sci.
Malaysian Society of Animal Production©
Business address of the office of the Malaysian Journal of Animal Science:
Editor in Chief
Malaysian Journal of Animal Science
Malaysian Society of Animal Production
c/o Department of Animal Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 Serdang, Selangor
Website of the Malaysian Journal of Animal Science: http://www.mjas.my
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The Journal accepts concise papers reporting original experimental data or experimental methods or new analyses of already existing data, in any aspect of animal science. The Journal publishes short reviews that are written normally at the expressed invitation of the Editors. Review articles should be original and innovative in nature, not mere surveys of the literature and normally should not exceed 25 printed pages in length. Authors are encouraged to elucidate the implications of their research for agriculture. Submission of a paper is taken with the understanding that the results reported have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Extended abstracts of conferences would not normally be regarded as publication. The Journal assumes that all authors of a multi authors’ paper agree to its submission. All papers are refereed.Manuscript
Three clearly legible copies must be submitted for postal route. They must be typed with double spacing throughout and with a margin of at least 3cm on the left hand side on good quality paper. All pages of the manuscript must be numbered consecutively, including those carrying references, tables and captions to illustrations, all of which are to be placed after the text. Illustrations, both line drawings and photographs, are to be numbered as figures in a common sequence and each must be referred to in the text. A type list of captions is required. Lettered and mounted photographs that are of the same quality as those to be reproduced in the printed paper and clearly lettered copies of the original line drawings must form an integral part of each submitted copy of the manuscript. Original illustrations will be returned that if this is requested at the time they are submitted to the Journal. Where facilities allow, authors will be requested to submit the revised or a final copy in IBM compatible disc format in addition to a typed copy. This may be in any of the widely used word-processing format or DCA-RFT or ASCI format. Manuscripts and all correspondence could also be submitted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or Editor-in-Chief Malaysian Journal of Animal Science Malaysian Society of Animal Production c/o: Department of Animal Science Faculty of Agriculture Universiti Putra Malaysia 43400 Serdang, Selangor Malaysia.Title
Title must be specific and suitable for indexing by the automatic methods. Male authors should give surnames and full initials, female authors should give one forename. The full name and address of the institution where the research was done should be stated. A short title not exceeding 50 characters should be provided for running headlines.Headings
Main headings are typed in bold small letters and sub-headings are in italic small letters with the first letter in capital. All should be left aligned. The main headings are Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement and References.Abstract
An abstract, placed at the beginning of the text, should briefly indicate the experiments, describe the main results and state important conclusion.Text
The Editors do not insist on a rigid format, but it is usually convenient to divide the paper into sections such as Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgment and References. Avoid excess headings and subheadings. The work should be presented concisely and clearly in English. Introductory material, including a review of literature, should be brief to indicate the reason for the work and the essential background. Sufficient experimental detail should be given to enable the work to be repeated. Discussion should focus on the significance of the results. Manuscripts that do not conform to the general format would be returned for re-typing.Tables
Tables must be self-explanatory, typed on separate sheets, numbered consecutively and carry an appropriate title. Numerical results should be displayed as means with their relevant standard errors. Normally, a mean should be rounded to one tenth of its standard error and the standard error given to one place of decimals more than the mean.Figures
Figures should be restricted to display the results when a large number of values can be easily comprehended. Tables and Figures should not reproduce the same data. Line drawings should be 25cm wide and drawn in black waterproof ink on stout white paper, tracing paper or faint-blue graph paper with lettering and legends in pencil only. A copy of the original diagram with lettering should be provided for editing purposes. Graphs generated by computer packages are acceptable when the above conditions are met. Computer graph is unacceptable when the lines are too thin for reduction and that includes permanent lettering.Plates
Plates (Photographs) are discouraged, but only if they make a definite contribution to the value of the paper. They should be of good quality, unmounted, glossy prints and lightly numbered in pencil on the reverse side. If several plates or coloured photographs are submitted the author may be asked to contribute to the cost of reproducing them.References
Responsibility for correct and complete citation of references lies with the author(s). In the text, a reference should be quoted by the author’s name and date. Where there are three or more authors, the first name followed by et al. should be used, unless there is ambiguity, in which all names should be given at each occurrence.
Jones (1966) or (Jones, 1966)
King and Jones (1966) or (King and Jones, 1966)
More than two authors:
Jones et al. (1977) or (Jones et al., 1977;..)
(Smith 1988, 1990)
All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically by the author’s surname in the list of references using the following style:Journals/Periodicals:
Hacker, J.B. and Minson, D.J. 1972. Varietal differences in vitro dry matter digestibility in Setaria and the effects of site, age and season. Aust. J. Agric. Res. 23: 959-967.Books:
Leeson, S. and Summers, J.D. 1997. Commercial Poultry Nutrition. 2nd Edition. University Books, Guelph, Canada.Multi-author books:
Challis, J. and Oslan, D. 1988. Parturition. In: E. Knobil and J. Niell (eds). The Physiology of Reproduction, pp. 2177- 2216. Raven Press, New York, USA.Thesis:
Wong, C.C. 1993. Growth and persistence of two Paspalum species to defoliation in shade. PhD. Thesis, Department of Agriculture, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.Edited Symposia:
Post, T.B. 1980. Postpartum anoestrus in different cattle genotypes. In: B.D. Siebert (ed) Industry Problems in Relation to Research. Proceedings of a symposium held at the Tropical Animal Research Centre, Rockhampton, Qld. 1980 pp. 29-32.