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Southeast Asia Early Childhood Journal

Formerly known as "International Journal of Early Childhood Education and Care"


Discipline(s) / Subdiscipline(s):

     1. Social Sciences
         - Education & educational research

E-ISSN: 2550-1763
Print ISSN: 2289 -3156
Publisher: Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
Publication type: Electronic
Publication frequency: 2 time(s) per year
Journal Website: http://ejournal.upsi.edu.my/index.php/SAECJ/index

Contact Info

National Child Development Research Centre (NCDRC),
NCDRC’s Complex,
Sultan Idris Education University,(UPSI)
35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak.

Phone: 6015-4879 7135 / 7136 / 7137
Fax: 6015-4879 7294
Email: ncdrc@upsi.edu.my
Homepage: http://ejournal.upsi.edu.my/journal/IJECEC

Southeast Asia Early Childhood Journal (SAECJ) [ISSN - 2289 -3156, eISSN 2550-1763], previously known as the International Journal of Early Childhood Education and Care (IJECEC) [2012-2018]. SAECJ is published twice (2) a year in June and December beginning 2019, scholarly peer-reviewed publication, with an Editorial Board comprised of eminent scholars and is managed by the National Child Development Research Centre (NCDRC) of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia) with the support of Penerbit UPSI (UPSI Press). SAECJ is a global voice for both research and practice concerning early childhood. This refereed journal extends across various social or cultural contexts and contributes to the international debate on holistic development for young children. This global voice for children explores a range of topics such as education and care, multicultural issues, indigenous early education, children’s learning, sustainable development, advocacy, and other issues involving early childhood for the world’s children. SAECJ accepts original Research Papers, Scientific Review Papers, and Short Communications (Letters) from scholars in Southeast Asia and other countries written in ENGLISH or MALAY. Every article will be peer-reviewed by double blind reviewers as well as independent Editor by SAECJ Editorial Members. SAECJ has no submission, processing and publication fees.


The peer review process is to ensure that only good and quality manuscript is published with accurate science. All manuscripts are peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below.

1) Initial Manuscript Evaluation.

The Editor evaluates all submitted manuscripts.

  • If the manuscript is very excellent, it is possible for a manuscript to be accepted at this stage.
  • The manuscript could be rejected at this stage if the content of the manuscript is not original, has serious inaccurate scientific data, has poor English writing, or is outside the aims and scope of the journal.
  • The manuscript that is accepted in this stage will be passed on to at least two experts for reviewing process.

2) Type of Peer Review

Double blind reviewing process, where both the reviewer/referee and author(s) remain anonymous throughout the process.

3) Reviewer Selection

Two reviewers are chosen based on their expertise that match with content of the manuscript.

4) Reviewer reports

Reviewer will evaluate the manuscript based on criteria defined below:
  • Originality
  • Scientific methodology.
  • Follows appropriate ethical guidelines.
  • Present a clear results and discussion, which support the conclusions.
  • Accurate and adequate references cited in the manuscript.
  • English language.

The time required for the review process is estimated to be two to four weeks after the reviewer agree to review.

Should the reviewer’s reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed, a further expert opinion will be sought.

If it is very difficult to find a second referee to review the manuscript, or when the one reviewer’s report is very convincing to the Editor, the decisions at this stage to accept, reject or ask the author for a revision will be made based on one reviewer’s report.

The Editor will then inform the decision to the author(s) with reviewer’s report.

If the decision is to revise the manuscript, the revised manuscripts will be returned to the initial reviewer for evaluation process.

5) Final Decision

The Editor will inform a final decision to accept or reject the manuscript to the author(s).

Author(s) will be notified about the Editorial decision within eight weeks from the date of manuscript receipt.



Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Wong Kung Teck (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)

Editorial Board

  • Profesor Dr. Ong Eng Tek (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)
  • Profesor Dr. Noor Shah Saad (Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan, Brunei)
  • Profesor Dr. Anna Christina Abdullah (Wawasan Open University, Malaysia)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bahbibi Rahmatullah (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)
  • Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Tan Wee Hoe (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maizatul Hayati Mohamad Yatim (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norazilawati Abdullah (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Halim Masnan (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nordin Mamat (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rogayah A. Razak (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Azlina Mohd Kosnin (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia)
  • Dr. Mazlina Che Mustafa (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)
  • Dr. Juppri Bacotang (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)
  • Dr. Nurfarhana Diana Mohd Nor (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)
  • Dr. Iylia Dayana Shamsudin (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)
  • Dr. Masayu Dzainudin (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)
  • Dr. Leticia N. Aquino (Philippine Normal University, Philippines)
  • Dr. Nor Aizal Akmal Rohaizad (Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia)

    Editorial Advisors
  • Profesor Emeritus Dato' Dr Aminah Ayob (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia)



    Manuscript must be written in English and include a cover letter and affirmation that the manuscript is not under consideration by any other journal. It must also attest that research reported in the manuscript has been conducted in accordance with ethical guidelines of the relevant countries. Writers are advised to refer to the ‘Publication Manual of the American psychological Association’ (APA Manual) pertaining to aspects that are covered in the guideline given below :
    1. Page 1: Should contain the title of the manuscript and author information, including name (s), affiliation (s), position, telephone number, email and mailing address.

    2. Page 2: Should contain the title and an abstract of 250-300 words with the title of the article, accompanying 5 key words.

    3. Page 3: Text should begin. Beside the title page, the abstract and the first page of text, begin each of the following on a new page : references, appendix, footnotes, tables, figure captions, figures.

    4. Font & Font Size: Times New Roman, 12-point unless stated otherwise.

    5. Margin: 1 cm on all sides of every page (top, bottom and sides).

    6. Length: Should be between 10-25 single-spaced manuscript pages including references. Text should be left justified. The document size should be 8 ½ x 11 – cm.

    7. Page numbers: bottom right

    8. Others: Style of the manuscript including tables, figures and references should follow the guidelines of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed. 2009). The manual is available through online : www.apa.org/books/

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