Author Guidelines


The Style Manual is meant to help authors, peer reviewers, editors, and members of the International Review of Law in following standard guidelines and style for all published articles, to facilitate and accelerate the review and publishing process. We kindly ask you to follow these guidelines:

  1. Author Definition

    An author should meet the following conditions:

    • He/she must have contributed to the conception and design of the study or to the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data.
    • Drafted the manuscript or critically revised it.
    • Gave final approval to the manuscript version submitted for publication.
    • Research papers submitted by two or more researchers to the journal must obtain the consent of all participating authors in the research.

    A person should not be listed as an author if they do not fulfill all of the above criteria.


  2. Acknowledgments

    Publication literature requires that researcher expresses their gratitude to the publisher, and to everyone who contributed in a valuable way to the research, and it can be mentioned in the footnote.

  3. Funding Sources

    All sources of financial support for the research should be listed under this heading. Grant funding agency abbreviations should be spelled in full.

  4. Submission Guidelines

    1. The research must be in line with the goals and research scope of the journal.

    2. The research must be original and should not be previously published or submitted for publishing elsewhere, neither partially nor in full.

    3. The research should be novel, and should have a clear contribution to its field.

    4. A brief biography note for each researcher of a maximum 200 words including contact details such as phone number and email should be provided upon submission.

    5. The journal publishes research articles in Arabic, English, and French.

    6. The manuscript words count should range between a minimum of 6000 words and a maximum of 9000 words, including abstract, tables, bibliography, footnotes, and endnotes.

    7. All research submissions are screened through IThenticate plagiarism software.

    8. The editorial board has the right to determine the research publishing priorities.

    9. The researcher should Romanize the Arabic references (if any) and add them to the list of English references.

    10. The principal author should submit a signed declaration form on behalf of all other co-authors (if any) stating that the research has not been previously published, nor it is considered for elsewhere for publishing.

    11. The author/s shall abide by the intellectual property law, scientific integrity as well as research methods and ethics principles.

    12. Upon publication, rights are transferred to Ansaq journal, thus, any future publication requires a written pre-approval by Ansaq’s Editor-in-Chief; consequently, an appropriate acknowledgement/reference of the original work is required.

    13. All published Issues include a note that the views and opinions expressed in the articles do not necessarily reflect the views of the College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University or Qatar University Press.

  5. Writing style guide

    Submitted manuscripts to Ansaq journal should follow the Modern Language Association (MLA) format in citations and referencing. You may read the details of the style through the link:

  6. Research Structure

    The following research structure shall be followed:

    Introduction : Definition of the research variables and terms - theoretical framework - previous research and studies - the importance of the subject – the research problem

    Research hypotheses : The relationships between the various variables and elements of the study - possible reasons for the occurrence of the mentioned problems - proposed hypotheses to solve the problem and reach the research result - research objectives

    Research methodology and discussions : Based on the chosen research methodology, and the proposed hypotheses a detailed discussion, analysis of the proposed relationships and outcomes should be provided.

    Conclusion : A summary of the research results - practical and theoretical solutions – advantages and shortages of the study - recommendations - proposed research gaps for future studies.

    References List : Formatted based on the MLA style guide.

    • The manuscript should adhere to the following order: title page, abstract, keywords, research text, appendices (as appropriate), bibliography, and tables and figures.

    • Main headings and sub-headings should be numbered as per the following:

      Heading Level Numbering
      Heading 1 1.
      Heading 2 1.1.
      Heading 3 1.1.1.
      Heading 4
  7. Text Specifications

    1. The text font should be in Times New Roman font 12, line spacing 1.15.

    2. Page margins on all sides are 1 inch (2.5 cm), in the word file.

    3. Use bold font style for titles and descriptions of the figures and tables.

    4. Use bold font style for main headlines and sub-headlines instead of underline and organize the research papers by numbering its sections.

    5. The bold font is used in the Arabic reference list in the places where the Italic font is used.

    6. Do not use bold text in context - as much as possible.

    7. The page numbers should appear in the middle of the bottom of the research pages.

  8. Illustrations, figures and tables

    The numbering of all illustrations, tables and figures should be consecutive (for example: Table No. 1, Figure No. 1). In case of multiple numbering divisions, each division should be classified (for example Figure 1 (A), Figure 1 (B).

    The captions of the figures should be descriptive and written in bold, such as: Figure 1, Figure 2.

    Each illustration, figure or table should be provided as a separate file named and numbered according to the research and in high resolution that is suitable for design.

    Note: The author must obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures in the journal published elsewhere. Failure to provide this permission can result in images not being included.

    Supplying Digital Images

    • Most images sourced on the internet will not be of a high enough resolution and cannot be used. If you locate an image on the internet, you will need to find its original source and request a high-resolution version.

    • You will need to clear permission as necessary for the use of images.


    • Scan at a minimum of 300 dpi and save as a TIFF image for PC.

    • Final size of scan to be approximately 250 x 200 mm.

    Line illustrations (maps, graphs, etc.)

    • Scan at a minimum of 1200 dpi and save as a TIFF image for PC.

    • Final size of the scan to be approximately 250 x 200 mm.


    Tints used on computer-generated illustrations should be no lighter than 15% and no darker than 70%. Do not use pattern fills. Do not use color fills.

    Line weights Bearing in mind that line illustrations supplied at approximately 250 x 200 mm will be reduced in size to fit comfortably on an average page size of 234 x 156 mm, the line weights will be reduced correspondingly. Do not, therefore, use a line weight of less than 1 point/pixel in illustrations.

    Illustration file types TIFF

    Save files as TIFF images for PC. We would prefer you not to compress TIFF files; if you need to compress them, use a lossless compression software package such as LZW.


    Images can also be supplied as EPS files, with a laser print for identification. EPS files cannot be altered; if we are required to edit these files, the original application files should be supplied with all fonts used.

    Other digital formats

    • JPGs and images downloaded from the internet are normally low resolution (72 dpi) and are not usually suitable for reproduction by conventional printing methods.

    • Unacceptable file types: MS Word and Excel.

    Print images

    If you are supplying print images, mark each illustration very lightly on the back (in the corner) in a soft pencil with its number (e.g. Figure 4.1).

  9. References:

    • For papers written in English, the author should set a bibliography of sources and references at the end of the manuscript, in the same style of citing footnotes, but arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s family name.

    • For papers written in Arabic, the author should set a bibliography of sources and references at the end of the manuscript, in the same style of citing footnotes, but arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s family name, in the same style of citing footnotes, then s/he can translate (Romanize) them into English alphabetically.

  10. Title and Abstract Page

    1. The title should be written in Arabic and English.

    2. The researcher should include his/her name, academic title, and affiliation in Arabic and English in the research cover page.

    3. For more than one author, the names, academic title, and affiliations of the co-authors should be also included in the research cover page.

    4. The abstract should be provided in Arabic and English and should not exceed 250 words.

    5. The keywords should not be less than five keywords and should be in Arabic and English.

    6. The referencing style should follow the Modern Language Association (MLA) format.

    7. The researcher provides the transliteration of the Arabic references, and includes them in the list of English references (if any).

    Sample Title and Abstract Page:

    All information mentioned in the title page should be provided by the author identically in both English and Arabic.

    Article title (12 words and less)

    Full name of the first author

    Title…….., Affiliation/University………., Country

    Email………………... (No need to mention the word ‘Email’)

    Full name of co-author (same as the first auther)

    Title…….., Affiliation/University………., Country……...


    Abstract (between 250-300 words)

    The following items should be elaborated:

    Research purpose : Why did you chose to write this research paper? What is already known about this subject? What is not known, and hence what do you intend to examine? State the aims and hypotheses of the study; what gap/s is your research trying to respond to?

    Study Design/methodology/approach : What did you do to reach the findings you mentioned? What research approach did you use in your research? (Empirical, theoretical, inductive, analytical, deductive, historical, descriptive, case and field study approaches…) What tools, methods, or statistics did you use? Explain the population that was studied include sampling frames and response rates. State the important statistical analyses conducted, measures and outcomes explored.

    Findings :What did you learn/invent/create, and how the study answered the questions you raised, or did the study endorse the hypotheses of your study? (You should specify exactly what your study found, without biases, generalization or exaggeration).

    Research originality / value: What research gap/s did the study fill and its value How does your research contribute to future studies. Mention some of the primary implications and recommendations.

    Note: Whilst writing the abstract, sub-headings are not required for each part.

    Keywords: ………..; ………..; ………; …………..; ………… (should not exceed 5 keywords, should be selected depending on the topic).

    Researcher should abide by all the rules of the abstract regarding of content and layout.