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Author Guidelines

The editors invite experts, practitioners, and enthusiasts in Islamic Law, and Islamic Legal Studies to submit research articles. These should be original, research-based, unpublished, and not under review for possible publication in other journals. All submitted papers are subject to review by the editors, editorial board, and blind reviewers. Submissions that violate our guidelines on formatting or length will be rejected without review.

Online Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must be sent online to the Al-Ahkam portal.

Steps for Submitting Manuscripts

  1. Authors should register and check the “author” column on the registration page.
  2. After logging in, click "New Submission". The stages of article submission are as follows:
  • In the Start section, complete all the checklists, then click Save and Continue.
  • In the Upload Submission section, upload the article manuscript file in MS Word format. Then click save and continue.
  • In the Enter Metadata section, enter the data of all the authors and affiliates. If there is more than one author, click ‘add author’, then fill in their data in the same way as the first author, and so on. Next, fill in the title, abstract, keywords, and bibliography in each of the available columns.
  • In the Upload Supplementary Files section, it is permissible to upload supporting files,  author's contributions statements, or other documents.
  • In the Confirmation section, click Finish Submission if all the data are correct.


For an example of the Author's Contributions Statements, click here.


General Instructions

  1. Articles should be formatted according to the writing pattern of scientific journals. The rules set out in the Publication Manual of the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition (full note) should be followed. You may use Mendeley or Zotero reference management software, and select the setting for the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition (full note). For an explanation of the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition (full note) Citation Guide, please see the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition (full note)
  2. Articles should be original works, not previously published in any printed or online journal.
  3. When the status of the submission (article) is under review or has been published for this journal, the author(s) will not be allowed to submit the article to another journal.
  4. Submit the article to the editors online via the Open Journal System (OJS).
  5. The Cambria font (11 pt) should be used, with exactly 15 spacing, in Microsoft Word format with custom size (175,9 x 249,9 mm). The number of words should be written between 6000 and 8000, including references.
  6. Tables or graphs must be in editable format (not screenshots, not Jpeg/png format).
  7. The article must be written in English or Arabic. Accepted articles will be proofread by proofreaders appointed by Al-Ahkam.

Particular Instructions

  1. The article should be the result of field research and literature study in Islamic Law, and Islamic Legal Studies.
  2. Because of the "Blind Review" system, authors should not include their name, their affiliation, the address of the affiliation, or their email address on the cover of the article. Authors’ names, names of institutions, and email addresses are listed at the time of registration on the OJS author page (in enter metadata section). Please also give us your telephone number when you send your article so that we can contact you easily.
  3. The content and guidelines of articles should be in narrative essay format, written in paragraphs, with no numbering of headings, and should include these components:
  • Title.  This should be a brief formulation of the content, and be compact and clear – it may be creative to attract readers. It should be a maximum of 15 words and be in English, in bold format, with the first word of the sentence capitalized. If the article is in Arabic, the Arabic title must be written in alphabetical order and use the transliteration system.
  • Abstract. This should be in English and Indonesian. If the article is in Arabic, the abstract should be written in Arabic and English. It should comprise one single-spaced paragraph and not exceed 200 words. It should be brief and clear, comprising four elements: 1) the background and aims of the research, 2) methods, 3) results, and 4) the implication of the research. Do not use abbreviations or citations.
  • Keywords. These can be drawn from the research variables, the characteristics of the subjects, and the referenced theories (between 3-5 words or combinations of words, arranged in alphabetical order and separated using semicolons).
  • Introduction. The introduction should briefly provide information about the background, literature review, originality of the work, objective and, methods. The background should indicate a knowledge gap that requires answers or explanations. The literature review should provide an exposition of the relevant theories to the research, and should both guide and support understanding and answers to the research question/s. In addition, explain the originality of the work. The objectives should be presented in a narrative with the use of effective sentences. The methods describe the overall research methods used in the research process. It should identify the type of research, data sources, and analysis techniques. The section should be approximately 20% of the total text.
  • Theoretical Framework. This section describes the theory used to analyze the data. This section should be approximately 15% of the total text.
    • Discussion. This section should contain an explanation of the research results to those of previous studies, and be critically analyzed and linked to the relevant current literature. The section should give substantial meaning to the results of the analysis and provide a comparison with the findings of previous studies. This section should also highlight the implications of the findings.  The authors should also address the strengths and limitations of their study. This section contains data and analysis results and is approximately 60% of the total text.
    • Conclusion. This section presents the main conclusions of the study. They should be presented in concise, clear, and compact sentences based on the results and discussions, in the form of paragraphs (not with bullet points or numbering); clarify the findings of the study as a synthesis of the results of the data analysis and discussion; and highlight original findings that contribute to the development of Islamic Law, and Islamic Legal Studies. It should be approximately 5% of the total text.
    • Bibliography. Ones from the last 10 years are recommended. Provide a list of references in alphabetical order and prepared Chicago following the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition (full note). All the listed references must be cited in the text and all text citations listed in the reference list. A DOI for each reference must be provided if available. Although authors are not obliged to, it is suggested that they use reference manager programs such as Mendeley or Zotero.

Tables and Figures

The relationship between the tables or figures and the text should be clear. Authors must explain what the readers should look for when using tables or figures. All tables and picture captions are written with text. The arrangement and placement of tables and figures must refer to the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition (full note) about tables and figures. Tables and figures must be placed at the middle of the page, center right, and left. Examples of how to display data in the form of tables or figures can be seen on Article Template.


This author's guidelines have been recently updated (March 2023) and will be available for the forthcoming Volume 33 No 1 (April 2023). There are additional provisions on the percentage of contents.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The manuscript submissions have never been published by other journals before, and also at the same time have not been submitted to another journal, nor in the process of review by another journal. The manuscript must contain no materials the publication of which would violate any copyright or other personal or proprietary right of any person or entity.
  2. The manuscript submission file should be in Microsoft Word or Open Document file format (do not submit in PDF format).
  3. The manuscript submission adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which are found in About the Journal. The article is typed with a space of 1.5; with Cambria font, 11 pt. All figures and tables are placed in the text in the correct section, not at the end of the file. All figures and tables must be in editable format (not screenshots, not Jpeg/png format).
  4. Citations and bibliographies should be compiled using the Mendeley or Zotero reference manager. If available, each reference is accompanied by a complete URL. References of journal articles are preferred to include a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).
  5. To ensure a blind peer review, authors must not write their names, affiliations, or other identifiers on the submission file. Authors' identities must be written in metadata submission.



message Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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The copyright of the received article shall be assigned to the journal as the publisher of the journal. The intended copyright includes the right to publish the article in various forms (including reprints). The journal maintains the publishing rights to the published articles. Therefore, the author must submit a statement of the Copyright Transfer Agreement.*) 


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*) Authors whose articles are accepted for publication will receive confirmation via email and send a Copyright Transfer Agreement.


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Under the aforementioned condition, we are waiving in full for authors that need this journal. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work.

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