Author Guidelines

The papers submitted to JCSIS should make some noticeable contribution to classical and contemporary Islamic studies.

  • Not Published Anywhere
  • The papers will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere. Each author must sign the transfer of copyright from which acknowledges that the paper is original, is not submitted elsewhere, and does not include copyrighted elements.

  • The manuscript extracted from a thesis/dissertation must be unpublished or not submitted for publishing, and the researcher must indicate that the manuscript submitted for publishing in the journal is extracted from a thesis/dissertation.

  • Process of Reviewing Articles
  • Since JCSIS sends all papers for review, a copy should be submitted in a form suitable for sending anonymously to the reviewers. Manuscripts are evaluated by anonymous peer review, therefore, authors must remove all identifying information from their texts. Authors should refer to themselves in the text and citations in the third person. For example, instead of writing "I argue (Salem 2009)...", write "Salem (2009) argues..." All submissions are assessed by a number of, no less than two, specialized reviewers.

    Furthermore, when the manuscript is accepted without revision, the publication procedures are completed, and the author is informed of the acceptance of his or her manuscript in writing. If minor essential revisions or major compulsory revision is requested, the manuscript shall be returned to the author with the comments of the reviewers for amendment. If the manuscript is rejected, the author will be informed of that. Moreover, the editorial board reserves the right to decide what articles will be published first.

  • Author's Personal Information
  • Full name(s) of author(s) must be listed, along with university or professional affiliation, address, city, state, country, phone/fax number(s), and email address where they can be reached. Provide a two-sentence biography that we can use in the article. Please provide current information only.

  • Abstract Style
  • The abstract is only 200 words long, and each subheading should be stated directly and briefly compiled in the following order (puropse, methodology, findings, originality and keywords):

    Purpose: research objectives shall include answers to why you chose to write this research paper. What topic did you discuss? And if your research is based on previous studies, what prompted you to do this research then? (Explain briefly why you did the research?) This is an opportunity to explain to the reader why you chose the topic and its importance, and inform them of the topic and discussion around which the research revolves, and the focus of your findings.

    Methodology: describe what you have done. Explain to the reader here exactly what you did to reach the findings you mentioned. What approach did you use in your research? (Some of the approaches followed in Islamic studies are: the inductive, analytical, deductive, historical, descriptive,  editing manuscripts, and case study approach). What tools, methods, or statistics did you use and based your study upon? For example, did you make an interview form and then benefit from its outcomes? Have you done scientific tests? Did you read the previous literature and based your search results on?

    Findings: explain accurately what the study found, and how the study answered the questions you raised, or did the study indorse the idea or theory on which your study was based? (You should specify exactly what your study found, without generalization, exaggeration).

    Originality / value: here you explain to the reader your research’s scientific value with the new information and results it found. You can also talk about the extent to which your research contributes to future studies, and mention some recommendations.

    Keywords: They are the most important basic words indicating the topic of the research, in order to facilitate later citations of the research and access to it by researchers on the same topic. State these words (they should not exceed five words).

  • Length of Articles
  • It is strongly advised that the length of the article should not exceed 9000 words. Book reviews and conference reports must not exceed 1500 words. All pages should be numbered consecutively.      Arabic - Numerical System  : must be used all over the articles.

  • Contents of Articles
  • All papers should have an introductory section in which the objectives and methodology of the article are explained, as well as a final section which summarizes the main points discussed and the conclusions reached.

  • Transliteration
  • For papers written in Arabic, the bibliography cited in the text must be transliterated and (Romaized) according to the style used by the Library of Congress, (see below: references section). For papers written in English, authors are expected to adhere to the convention of transliterating single words and phrases, and short sentences, in italic roman script as per the Library of Congress transliteration scheme. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and consistency of their transliteration. Arabic, Persian, Turkish etc. words found in a standard unabridged English dictionary are not to be transliterated or italicised, but treated as English words (e.g. sura, Qur'an, Islam). Otherwise, words should be transliterated and italicised, and plurals should follow the Arabic (i.e. isnād, asānīd).(Transiliteration System)

  • Footnotes
  • Footnotes should be placed at the bottom of each page, and the sources should be cited as follows:

  • 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 translates (Romanize) them into English alphabetically.

    There are two types of Arabic sources:

    1. The Arabic references and research papers whose titles are not translated into English should be Romanized and transliterated as per the following:

    ابن رشد، أبو الوليد محمد بن أحمد بن أحمد القرطبي، فتاوى ابن رشد، تحقيق المختار بن الطاهر التليلي، (بيروت: دار الغرب الإسلامي)، ط1، 1407هـ 1987م.

    Ibn Rushd, Abū al-Walīd Muḥammad b. Aḥmad al-Qurṭubī, Fatāwā Ibn Rushd , (in Arabic), ed. Al-Mukhtār b. Ṭāhir al-Ṭalīlī,(Beirut: Dār al-Gharb al-Islāmī, 1987), 1st  ed.

    2. The Arabic sources and research papers whose titles have been translated into English should be cited as follows:

    قادري، عبد الله أحمد، دور المسجد في التربية، (جدة: دار المجتمع للنشر والتوزيع، 1987).

    Qādirī, ʿAbdallāh Aḥmad, The Role of the Mosque in Education, (in Arabic), (Jeddah: Dār al-Mujtamaʿ for Publishing and Distribution, 1987).(Transiliteration System)

  • Open Access Policy
  • This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

    Journal of College of Sharia and Islamic Studies, 2008-2017,

     ISSN 2523-1715 (Online), ISSN 2305-5545 (Print)

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