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USM, PENANG, 12 April 2017 - Six authors from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) have been awarded the Emerald Literati Award 2016 by Emerald Publishing.

The USM Vice-Chancellor, Professor Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail said that the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for a university is the output of the research in the form of journal publications.

"In 2016, USM has published 2326 articles in various journals and USM is always pushing for more articles to be published as it is one of the country’s Research Universities," said Asma.

 According to the Business Manager, Emerald Publishing, Elvin Cheah there are 78 authors in the Emerald Publishing platform and six of them have been chosen to receive the award, where two of them won the award for Outstanding Paper and the four won the award for Highly Commended Paper.

The recipients of the awards are as follows:- 

Role Status Authors Article Description
Highly Commended Paper

Professor Dato’ Dr. Ruhani binti Ali

Graduate School of Business

Dr. Anwar bin Allah Pitchay

School of Management 

Culture, corporate governance and analysts forecast in Malaysia Asian Review of Accounting 2015 Vol 23(3)
Highly Commended Paper

Professor Dr. Mani Maran a/l Ratnam  

School of Mechanical Engineering


Mohan Kumar Balasundaram

School of Mechanical Engineering

Machine vision method for non-contact measurement of surface roughness of a rotating workpiece Sensor Review 2015 Vol 35 (1)
Outstanding Paper

Associate Professor  Dr. Wong Wai Peng

School of Management

Sustainable supply chain management: a closed-loop network hierarchical approach Industrial Management & Data Systems 2015 Vol 115 (3)
Outstanding Paper

Dr Mehran Nejati 

Graduate School of Business

A fuzzy approach to service quality diagnosis Marketing Intelligence & Planning 2015 Vol 33 (1)

The winning criteria are:-

Contribution of something new to the body of knowledge either in terms of approach or subject matter

Writing has excellent structure and presentation


Rigour in terms of argument or analysis

Relevance – to practice and conduct further research, in most cases

Up-to-date - demonstrating that the latest/key works in the field have been cited

Work which is clearly within the editorial scope and remit of the journal

Finally, the outstanding paper should have the ‘x-factor’ – something that makes it stand out from the rest and which the editor and EAB can recognize and define to the rest of us.

Also present were the USM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Dato’ Dr. Muhamad Jantan and Acting Chief Librarian, Engku Razifah Engku Chik.  

Text: Nor Rafizah Md Zain / Photo: Mohd Fairus Md Isa 


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