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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under consideration by another journal.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document format and should be submitted via the following link: https://www.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/mekongjournal
  • The manuscript has been meticulously proofread and edited to meet the standards of academic English.
  • The manuscript does not exceed 6,300 words in length, including references, with 1.5 spacing and 12-point Times New Roman font. All figures and tables are integrated into the text, not placed at the end.
  • The manuscript includes an abstract in English, limited to a maximum of 250 words.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Manuscripts submitted for publication in JMS are subject to an article processing charge of 10,000 Thai Baht. Following successful peer review and acceptance for publication by the JMS chief editor, the corresponding author will receive an invoice for the fee. The authors will make payment within one week of receiving the invoice to avoid any publication or manuscript retraction delays.
  • If, after the peer review, the article still does not meet the required standard of academic English set by JMS, the authors are responsible for seeking their own editing services. However, the Journal can provide language editing services by a native English speaker upon request at a rate of 350 Thai Baht per page, with additional fees applicable for more extensive editing.
  • Starting from Vol. 21 No. 1 (April 2025), JMS articles will be exclusively published in an online open-access format, and the print form will be discontinued.

1. General matters
The manuscript must be in English. All pages should be numbered consecutively. The first page of the manuscript should contain: (1) the main title; (2) all authors’ names, affiliations, and email addresses; (3) an abstract of not more than 250 words; (4) up to five keywords. The second page should contain the same data, except (2). All text must be in a one-column format and justified.

2. Abstract
The abstract of a research article should contain theme sentence(s), research objectives, research methods, and research results. Research arguments and recommendations should be given if applicable. An abstract should not contain a reference or a footnote.

3. Body text
The main title of a research article should contain the following: (1) an introduction giving the background and rationale of the research; (2) objectives; (3) methods; (4) results and discussion; (5) conclusion; (6) acknowledgements; and (7) references. A recommendation is optional depending on the type and discipline of the research.

4. Figure and table captions
Figures and tables must be numbered separately. For example: Figure 1 Research conceptual framework; Table 1 Input data. Figure captions are to be centered below the figures. Table titles are to be above the tables.

5. Headings 

5.1 First-order headings should be Times New Roman 12-point boldface, each word capitalized, flush left, with one blank line before, and one blank line after.

5.2 Second-order headings should be Times New Roman 12-point boldface, each word capitalized, flush left, with one blank line before, and no blank line after.

5.3 Third-order headings are discouraged. However, if you must use them, use 12-point Times New Roman boldface, capitalize first word, indent, no blank line, and number.

6. Footnotes
Use footnotes sparingly and place them at the bottom of the page. Use Times New Roman 10-point type, single-spaced.

7. References

Following the APA (Modified) style, references should be cited in the text by giving the last name of the author(s) followed by the year of publication in parentheses, e.g. Barton and Hall (1993); (Olson, 1991a, 1991b). Citations of particular pages should be in the following form (Jacobs,1992: 5).

The full references must be at the end of the manuscript, in alphabetical order. They should include all authors’ names and initials, year of publication, title of article or book, the full title of the journal, volume, issue (if any) and page numbers, and for books and other print sources, the publisher’s name and place of publication.

Example of References
Aasen, C. (1998). Architecture of Siam: A cultural history interpretation. Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press.

Gupta, A. and Ferguson, J. (Eds.). (1997). Anthropological locations: Boundaries and grounds of a field science. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Translated Books 
De Certeau, M. (1984). The practice of everyday life (S. Rendall, Trans.). Berkeley: University of California Press.

Articles in Book
Muecke, M. (1981). Changes in women status associated with modernization in northern Thailand. In G.B. Hainsworth (Ed.). Southeast Asia: Women, changing structure, and cultural continuity. (pp. 53-65). Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.
Articles in Journal
Deng, R. and Lyttleton, C. (2013). Linked spaces of vulnerability: HIV risk amongst migrant Dai women and their left-behind husbands in Southwest China. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 15(3), 415-428. 
Bontas, E. P. (2005). Practical experiences in building ontology-based retrieved systems. Retrieved January 20, 2006, from https://userpage. fu-berlin.de/~paslaru/papers/swcase2005.pdf
Triratanasirichai, K. (2015, August 22). Interview. President. Khon Kaen University.
Boonmathya, R. (1997). Contested concepts of development in rural northeastern Thailand. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, U.S.A.

Nuankoksoong, P. (1998). Morale of the personnel of the Office of Accelerated Rural Development in the northeast. Master thesis in Development Sociology, Graduate School, Khon Kaen University.
Conference Papers
Hirata, K., Takaoka, Y., Ohta, M., and Ikeda, M. (2001). The meaning of LOM and LOM authority tool on HRD. In DC-2001 Proceedings of the international conference on Dublin Core and metadata applications 2001. (pp. 259-262). Tokyo: National Institute of Informatics (NII).

Documents in Non-English Language
Example of Reference
Ho Ba Tham. (2003). Ban sac van hoa dan toc. (In Vietnamese) [National cultural identity]. Hanoi: Nha xuat ban Van hoa - thong tin.

Bohnsack, R. (2008). Rekonstruktive Sozialforschung. Einführung in qualitative Methoden. (In German) [Reconstructive social research. Introduction to qualitative methods]. Opladen: Barbara Budrich.

Thanapornpan, R. and Poapongsakorn, N. (Eds.). (1988). Setthakit thai: Bon senthang santi prachatham. (In Thai) [Thai economy: On the road to peace and justice]. 2 vol. Bangkok: Thammasat University Press.

Articles in Book
Chaiprawat, O. (1988). Yuk thong khong setthakit thai pi 2529-2533 [The golden age of the Thai economy in 1986-1990]. In N. Ruengsakul, C. Wibulswadi and D. Wongprathip (Eds.). Kanngoen kanthanakhan lae kandamnoen nayobai setthakit khong prathet. (In Thai) [Finance, banking, and economic policies of Thailand]. (pp. 53-65). Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press.
Articles in Journal
Viravong, S. (1958). Nakhon luang prabang. (In Lao) [The city of Luang Prabang]. Vannakhadisan (Vientiane), 2(7), 46-56.

Bibliographic reference documents in the National Archives
Example of Reference
Archival documents
Author, A. A. (Year, Month, Day). Title of material. [Description of material]. Name of collection (Call number, Box number, File number, etc.). Name and location of repository.
Letter from a repository
Black, A. (1935, May 3). [Letter to Jane Jones]. Name of Archive (Call number, Box number, File number, etc.), Location.
Letter from a private collection
Black, A. (1935, May 3). [Letter to Jane Jones]. Copy in possession of Mary Green. Collection of letters from an archive.

Black, A. (1935-1946). Correspondence. Jim Evans Papers (Call number, etc.), Archive name, Location.
In the text, cite specific letters as
(Black, A., 1935-1946, Black to F. Harvard, March 11, 1939).
Unpublished papers, lectures from an archive or personal collection
Matthews, P. (1957). Notes for a lecture on Prague. Peter Matthews Memoirs (Box 12). Archives of Xxxxxx, University of Xxxxxxx, Location.
Archival source with corporate author
Subcommittee Name. (1949, November 3). Meeting of Subcommittee on Xxxxx. Jim Evans Papers (Call no.). Archive Name, Location.
Recorded interview
Allan, A. (1988, March 2). Interview by F. Smith [Tape recording]. Oral History Project, Archive Name, Location.
Transcribed interview
Allan, A. (1988, March 2). An interview with F. Smith/Interviewer: B. Briggs. Oral History Project, Archive Name, Location.
Archived newspaper article
Article title. (1952, March 6). [Clipping from an unidentified London newspaper.] Copy in possession of author.
[Photographs of M. King]. (ca. 1912-1949). M. King Papers (Box 90, Folder 21), Manuscripts and Archives, University Library, Location.