Call for papers for a special issue of the Maldives National Journal of Research

Posted on 25-04-2020 at 20:13 in Announcements

In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Maldives National University is publishing a special issue of the Maldives National Journal of Research, under the theme,“COVID-19: experiences, lessons and strategies”.

For this special issue, all articles should fall within the broad theme relating to the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2(COVID-19). Areas in which authors may wish to write include, but are not limited to:

  1. Lessons from home and abroad on experiences in preventive strategies and containment measures against the spread of COVID-19.
  2. Treating and caring for patients.
  3. Impact on healthcare institutions and resources: professionals, support personnel, equipment, physical space, etc.
  4. Attitudes of folks on aspects of the crisis.
  5. Strategies to prevent and manage such crisis in future.
  6. Impact on the economy, including at macroeconomic, microeconomic, sectoral, industry and employment at individual level and requirements to minimise damage.
  7. Strategies to revive the economy, sectors and industries.
  8. Lessons and impact on all social sectors (including, inter alia, education at all levels, and strategies to manage and make up for the backlog of lost content delivery and examinations), and to restore activities back to normal level.
  9. Impact on private sector and government services at all levels, including at central government, local council and island levels.
  10. Impact on and the role of the media.
  11. Effect on physical and social behavior and thinking patterns, including different forms of abuse and stigmatisation.
  12. Mental health effects of school closures, lockdown, staying at home in different environments.


Prospective authors are invited to send in their manuscripts to by Sunday, 15 June 2020, 11:59 pm.

Authors may send in their research, analytical and opinion articles. Acceptance is subject to the MNJR’s double-blind review process. We will strive to provide the editorial decision letter within one week of completed submission, and fast track for publication. Please adhere to the following general guidelines:

  1. Articles must be original, i.e. must not have been published elsewhere (submission of the article will be deemed as a declaration of originality).
  2. Provide an abstract of a maximum of 200 words.
  3. Use the APA referencing.
  4. Use the British English language style, and the article must be free from language and factual errors.
  5. The article must not exceed 10,000 words excluding tables and graphics.
  6. The manuscript must be written in MS Word format, but graphical items may be provided separately (the author may be asked to provide such items in an alternative format).

Detailed guidelines for authors are available here.

Any queries may be sent to, quoting “MNJR special issue on COVID-19” in the subject line.

About MNJR

MNJR is a multidisciplinary research journal of the MNU. It is published both on paper and online. The objectives of the journal are:

  1. To promote research and scholarly enquiry.
  2. To provide a vehicle for publication of student and staff research.
  3. To report opinion and commentary on social, economic and political developments in the country.
  4. To publish position papers, criticisms on papers published in the journal or issues of general interest to the university or the nation.
  5. To review books, magazines, articles, movies and other artistic or scholarly creations.
  6. To contribute to the progress in education and learning.