HELP Business lecturers, Hassanudin bin Mohd Thas Thaker and K Chandra Sakaran (second and third from the left) receiving the Outstanding Paper Award (Awards of Excellence) from Elvin Cheah, Business Manager of Emerald Publishing (fourth from the left) in the presence of Stephen Wu, Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting, and Dr Cheah Sin Chye, Head of the Department of Business Studies (first and fifth from the left).
The Emerald Literati Awards is an award which celebrates and rewards outstanding contributions of authors and reviewers to scholarly research. The Outstanding Papers form the backbone of the Awards for Excellence. The Editorial Board of each journal is invited to choose a winning paper and three others that deserve a highly commended award from the previous year’s volume. As these awards are chosen by eminent academics or managers, the winning authors receive the prestige of it being recognised that theirs is one of the most impressive pieces of work the judges have seen throughout the past year.
The Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting at HELP University has always been notable for their top-performing student achievers and the scholarly achievements of their academic staff. Recently, two of their business lecturers, Hassanudin bin Mohd Thas Thaker and K Chandra Sakaran further reinforced and bolstered the Faculty’s fame by winning the Emerald Literati Award 2017, a feat only achieved by 47 authors in Malaysia.
Hassanudin and Chandra’s research paper won the Outstanding Paper Award (Awards of Excellence) after a long and rigorous judging process. The award-winning scholarly paper was titled ‘Prioritisation of key attributes influencing the decision to purchase a residential property in Malaysia: an analytic hierarchy process (AHP) approach’, and was published in the International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis.
During the awards ceremony at ELM Graduate School, both lecturers spoke about the content of their research paper as well as their experience producing it. They also provided fellow academic researchers with some advice on the publication of scholarly papers, such as how to publish papers in top ranked journals, how to accept and deal with criticisms from reviewers and editors, and how to maintain a good relationship with the publishers.
As co-authors, Hassanudin and Chandra had decided to split their work early on. Hassanuddin suggested the topic of research and developed the methodology while Chandra focused on the introduction and literature review. Hassanudin, a veteran in scholarly publications, stated that there are three important criteria that a researcher needs to consider when they are publishing in highly ranked journals, which are selection of topics, methodological innovation and policy innovation. He further noted that their award-winning paper fell under the second criterion.
In 2016, there was a total of 659 individual winners who won the Outstanding Paper Award. Hassanuddin and Chandra were among the 47 Malaysian authors who received the award out of the 922 Malaysian authors. The papers were judged based on a number of criteria which include contribution of something new to the body of knowledge either in terms of approach or subject matter, excellent structure and presentation, well-written, rigour in terms of argument and analysis, relevancy to practice and further research, up-to-date research, works that are clearly within the editorial scope and remit of the journal, as well as the ‘x-factor’ that makes it stand out from the rest and which the editor and Editorial Advisory Board can recognise and define.