Interdisciplinary Journal of Islamic Studies (IJIS) - Guidelines for Submissions

1. Criteria for Submission to Interdisciplinary Journal of Islamic Studies (IJIS)

  1. We will consider for publication papers of 8000 to 13,000 words (Times New Roman, font in size 12 with double-line spacing, 1 inch margin, tables, references, figure captions included). Please include a word count for your paper.
  2. The paper(s) must be written in English.
  3. Please use double quotation marks, except where “a quotation is ‘within’ a quotation.” Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.
  4. Please include footnotes and bibliography on all the works cited (Chicago style, for the relevant guide, see, e.g.:
    • Ron Geaves, Islam Today (London: Continuum, 2010), 24.
  5. Italicize Arabic or other non-English words; generally follow the spelling of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, i.e., U.S. English (abbreviations may be used, following the first use of the full form of name/title);
  6. Transliterate foreign words in Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Urdu, etc., based on the ALA-LC Romanization Tables: Transliteration Schemes for Non-Roman Scripts, which is approved by the Library of Congress and the American Library Association (to consult their transliteration charts, visit

2. The Review Process for Submissions

Once an article is submitted, our editorial team (reviewers) will review it and determine whether the paper satisfies the abovementioned criteria. Once your paper has been positively assessed, it is double blind peer-reviewed by independent and anonymous expert referees. If one or all the reviewers deem the article to be satisfactory but in need of some revision, the editorial team will decide whether the feedback should be forwarded to the author for revision and resubmission or should not. When the reviewers deem it appropriate to reject an article, they shall inform the author(s) of their decision and provide a brief note on the reasons behind it.

3. Contents of Contributions

All contributions should include the following material:

  1. A title.
  2. Full name(s), title, and institutional affiliation of the author(s). If there is more than one author, one of them needs to be identified as the “corresponding author.” Their email address would be normally displayed in the article PDF and the online journal. Author’s affiliations are the affiliations wherein the research was conducted. If any of the authors obtains a new affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation might be displayed in a footnote. Upon the acceptance of the paper, the affiliation of the author cannot be changed.
  3. An unstructured abstract: No more than 250 words. Author(s) are encouraged to add a video abstract which will be used to promote the article(s) on the journal web-site.
  4. Funding details. Please provide all details required by your funding or/and grant-awarding bodies, if applicable. For single agency grants, please mention the name of the funding agency that supported the work and list the number of the relevant grant. Should agency grants be multiple, please list the names of all the agencies and list the numbers of the relevant grants.
  5. Keywords (5-8)
  6. Main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion
  7. Acknowledgments if applicable
  8. Declaration of conflict of interests statement. This statement is needed to acknowledge any financial or non-financial interest that has arisen from the direct applications of your research. Should there be no relevant competing interests to declare, please state this within the paper, e.g., “The authors report there are no competing interests to declare.”
  9. References
  10. Appendices (as appropriate)
  11. Table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages) (if applicable)
  12. Figures (if applicable)
  13. Figure captions (as a list, if applicable)
  14. Contact details: Authors willing to be contacted by IJIS’ readers should provide an e-mail address and/or Twitter tag for inclusion with their published material.
  15. Submission: Authors are to submit their manuscripts in Microsoft Word format. Figures should be saved separately from the text. Figures, illustrations, photographs, tables, and other scanned documents should be submitted in EPS, PDF, or Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) file format. Tables should contain new information and not reiterate what is already in the text. The table should be constructed in a way that one can interpret it without referring to the text. Please ensure that your equations (if used) are editable.

The editors reserve the right to abridge or modify the contributions of authors in the interest of clarity of presentation, and to make linguistic and stylistic changes if necessary. These changes may be made without consulting the contributors. However, IJIS will send the final version of the document to the author for final approval prior to publication.

4. Submission of Contributions

Articles should be sent to the Managing Editor, Dr. Albert Frolov at [email protected].

  1. Reprints: IJIS will hold all rights to published material.
  2. Copyright: IJIS asks for a letter of transfer of copyright from its authors. Upon acceptance of a paper for publication, the author will be sent a copy of this letter to be signed and returned to IJIS. The fact that the author(s) submit work for publication is taken as an implied transfer of copyright. This transfer enables the publisher to protect the copyrighted material for the authors but does not interfere with the author's proprietary rights. Copyright of submissions remains with IJIS as long as the piece is not returned to the author.