The Maldives National Journal of Research

The Maldives National Journal of Research (MNJR) is the official research journal of the Maldives National University. MNJR is a multidisciplinary journal of research in all disciplines relevant to the Maldives. Although in the coming years, it is expected that this journal will evolve into specialist journals in various disciplines; this first one is generalist in nature. The journal publishes research articles, literature reviews, book reviews, comments, opinion and perspectives.

The justification for publishing a journal arises from the need to create and disseminate knowledge — an objective enshrined in the MNU Act. It is unlikely that our staff and students are able to access international journals of repute for publishing their research and studies.The journal will be available both on paper and in digital forms. Paper-based journals still have a permanence rarely achieved by digital editions. The objectives of the journal are:

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

Initially annually, and thereafter biennially (in July and December) in both digital and printed versions.

Approximately 150 x 250 mm (printed version)

100 (printed version)

Criteria for publication:
MNJR primarily publishes papers describing original research. Papers must contain new results to be published. Further, submission of an article to MNJR implies that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere. However, conference papers may be included in an article provided that significantly more details on the subject are incorporated. MNJR accepts papers written only in Dhivehi and English. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to ensure that the articles are free from grammar and other errors. Important criteria in the selection process for publication are quality of argument and execution, clarity in presentation and educational significance. Articles must not be more than 20 pages as they appear in A4 paper one and a half spaced. All submissions must include an abstract of not more than 200 words except submissions to Opinions and Perspectives. All graphics must be in 300 dpi resolution. Manuscripts should be submitted by a single corresponding author.

Papers that, in the opinion of the reviewer or editor, fall short of the above standards will be rejected.

The emailed version must be written in Microsoft word or in Rich Text Format one and a half spaced. As articles will be reviewed, all information identifying the author(s) should be highlighted so that review copies can have this information removed as necessary and sent to referees.

All submissions should be mailed to

Referencing Style:
MNJR uses the referencing and style conventions of the American Psychological Association.

Peer Review:
MNJR intends to have all manuscripts reviewed by two referees, whenever possible by peers with the exception of submissions to sections dealing with Opinions, Perspectives and Comments.The Editor selects two reviewers from the Editorial Committee. The process is double-blind. The reviewers are identified to the author and vice-versa only after the review process is over. If the article falls outside the expertise of the Editorial Committee, guest reviewers with specific expertise may be consulted.

Research Reports contain original research that advances our understanding in the given field. Review Articles are critical evaluations of material that has been already published. The writer may define and clarify the problem, and take a position on an issue. Opinions, Perspectives and Comments provides a forum for discussion and debate about previously published material or important current issues,innovations and policy perspectives in clearly written commentaries. No abstract is required nor the submission is peer reviewed.

Copyright permission policy:
Authors need not contact the journal to obtain rights to reuse their articles in other publications, presentations and theses.Please include a reference to the journal.Those using material that appeared in MNJR for noncommercial use are welcome to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the work — at no cost and without permission as long as they attribute the work to the original source. Those who wish to use material appearing in MNJR for commercial use must obtain written permission from MNJR.