UTAR Press has been operating since its approval by the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Senior Management Committee (SMC) on 14 July 2022. The meeting also approved that UTAR Press will be under the purview of Division of Strategy & Performance Measurement and governed by two (2) committees:
    • UTAR Publication Technical Committee (UPTC)
    • UTAR Publication Approval Committee (UPAC)


To be a centre of excellence in scholarly publishing and scholarly communication.


To produce and disseminate knowledge through quality and impactful scholarly publications.


Supporting UTAR’s Vision

To support UTAR’s vision to be a global university of educational and research excellence with transformative societal impact.

Publishing Quality Scholarly Works

To provide the best publishing infrastructure to publish and disseminate quality scholarly works.

Production of the Nation’s Scholarly Knowledge

To increase the wealth of scholarly works to further enhance the level of development, progress and advancement of the nation scholarly knowledge.


  1. To encourage scholars in the University to publish their scholarly work or teaching materials either in books, monographs or journals that meet publication standards.
  2. To encourage writings and translations that have academic values and are beneficial to be used as teaching materials.
  3. To consider any works that can be published under the University’s IMPRINT.
  4. To print, distribute and sell any works that can be published under the University’s IMPRINT.
  5. To have publication collaborations with other scholarly publishers outside UTAR.
  6. To coordinate all publication efforts in UTAR that are funded either by the University’s financial source or other legitimate source.
  7. To offer professional service to the customers in a flexible and economic way and systematically manage the service and publication process.

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Receiving manuscript with similarity check report from author/authors.
  2. Pre-screening manuscript based on the guidelines and send an acknowledgement of receipt of the manuscript to the author.
  3. Appointing reviewers based on recommendations and approved by UPTC.
  4. Monitoring the manuscript evaluation process to ensure that the evaluation is returned by reviewer in a timely manner.
  5. Monitoring the approval/rejection of the manuscript based on reviewer’s evaluation.
  6. Appointing an editor for editing and proofreading to monitor the quality of editing.
  7. Checking the compliance of the final manuscript to required format.
  8. Managing editorial work:
    (i)  cover design
    (ii) typesetting
  9. Applying for International Standard Book Number (ISBN / E-ISBN) and Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP) and International Standard Serial Number (eISSN) from National Library.
  10. Production of e-book or printed book (based on request).
  11. Promotion of the book for visibility.
  12. Managing agreement between author and UTAR Press.
  13. Managing honorarium/ royalty/ incentives to authors/editors/chapter writers (if any).
  14. Secretariat for UPTC and UPAC.
  15. Submitting the printed books (if any) to the author(s), the National Library of Malaysia and UTAR Library.

Basic Principles of UTAR’s Academic Publishing

  1. UTAR will carry out academic publishing in the form of books, monographs, journals, etc. for the use of students and academics in particular and the public in general.
  2. A major aim of UTAR’s publishing effort is not to seek profit but to encourage academic writing as well as to highlight and disseminate knowledge.
  3. UTAR academic publications can be published in various languages.
  4. All academics who are interested in publishing under UTAR Press should submit their application to UTAR Press for the consideration of the UTAR Publication Technical Committee and subsequently for the approval of the UTAR Publication Approval Committee.