International Publication for SSS

Publishing internationally: How does it happen amidst pressures of academic life?

The School of Social Sciences at UMS has taken up the challenge to publish internationally quite seriously. For a few of them who continue to publish internationally, publishing is considered as important as life itself, without which being in academia carries little meaning (Assoc. Professor Dr. Fadzilah Majid Cooke), and an intellectual product that no one else can take away from him/her (Assoc. Professor Dr. Balakrishan Parasuraman). Assoc. Professor Dr. Asmady Idris who managed to publish internationally despite a hectic schedule sets the example.

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AP Dr. Asmady AP Dr. Fadzilah Mr. Rizal Zamani Mr. Mohd Shaukhi

A practical effect of being able to publish internationally is for the person to be known for her/his own work in her/his own right, not as a junior partner of international ones. The use of academics from developing countries as fodder or junior partners of researchers of northern countries is well known. We rile at such practice when we see it, because these other academics can breeze in and out, ultimately acquiring the authority to write or speak ‘for’ us (orientalism in practice ala Edward Said). But we can do something about this by being authorities ourselves, internationally, thereby avoiding being anybody’s junior partner.

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AP Dr. Balakrishnan Mr. Wan Shawaluddin Mr. Zaini

Apart from publishing internationally it is an added bonus if an academic’s work gets good reviews or is widely cited. In 2003 Dr. Fadzilah’s publication in the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (a Cambridge journal based at the National University of Singapore) earned the reputation of being among the top 10 most cited articles of the journal. In addition, her publication this year for the Asia Pacific Viewpoint (New Zealand) is a special section that she puts together and became editor of, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of the journal. She sees the special issue as an opportunity for getting UMS’s name on the international publishing map.

Below is a chosen number of articles that were published in 2008 and early 2009 by a selected number of SSS staff.

Asmady Idris and Shauki Mohd. Radzi (2008) Malaysia’s relations with Saudi Arabia in Smaller States.’ Organisations: The Case of the the OIC. Sosiohumanika, May 2008, vol.1 no. 1 pp. 193-218.

Balakrishnan Parasuraman and Aryana Satrya (2008) Relaciones De Trabajo En Los paises De APEC: Relaciones Laborales en ASEAN.Una Visiosn General, Segunda Parte (ASEAN Industrial Relations : An Overview) ‘ Analisis Laboral, Vol.XXXII, No.374, Agosto., p.14-20. (in Spanish, Peru).

Fadzilah Majid Cooke (2009) In situ off-farm work in the transport industry among oil palm small holders in Sabah: negotiating the borders of licit and illegal activities, Asia Pacific Viewpoint 50(1); pp 43-51.

Fadzilah Majid Cooke (2009) Border crossings in the Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 50(1) pp. 24-28.

Ismail, Azman, Abdullah, M.M., & Parasuraman, Balakrishnan. (2009) Perceive Value as a Moderator on the Relationship between Service Quality Features and Customer Satisfaction, International Journal of Business and Management, Vol. 4, No. 2, Feb).

Aryana Satrya a& Balakrishnan Parasuraman (2009) The Present Malaysian and Indonesian Industrial Relations: Accomodation or Conflictual, Asian Profile, Vol.37, No.1,February .

Abdullah, M.M., Korean, S., Parasuraman, B., Muniapan, B., Jones, M., Afshari, M. (2008), Motivating Factors Associated with Adult Participation in Distance Learning Programs: International Education Studies (Canada), Vol. 1, No. 4, in Nov. 2008, p.104-109

W.Shawaluddin W. Hassan & Zaini Othman. 2009. ”Kesan ketidakstabilan negara jiran kepada Malaysia” Sosio-Humanika, Vol. 2, No 3, May.

Rizal Zamani Bin Idris and Mohamad Shaukhi Bin Mohd Radzi (2009) Controversies Behind the Idea of Universal Human Rights : A Perspective, Sosiohumanika, Vol. 3. May


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