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Submission: Articles should not have been published elsewhere or under consideration for any other publication at the time. Articles that have been a part of dissertation can be considered if there is a major modification and adjustment.

Contributions should be submitted as an e-mail attachment in World for Windows (Mac files must be converted) to: journal@iais.org.my as well as a hard copy (double-spaced and consecutively numbered on one side only) to:

Associate Editor – ICR
International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia
Jalan Elmu
Off Jalan Universiti
59100 Kuala Lumpur

All received articles will be evaluated by specialised referees. Selected articles will be returned to the writers with reviewer comments along with the Editorial Board decision regarding their publication. The editorial board may not give reasons in cases where the articles are far below the expected standards of scholarship. Articles submitted to the Journal are not returnable whether they are accepted for publication or not.

The Editorial Board holds the right to make any necessary changes in the approved articles for publication upon consultation with the writers. Stylistic, linguistic and limited editorial changes may be done by the Editorial Board itself.

Articles, viewpoints and reviews: Articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words. Authors should also include a 100 to 150 words abstract, outlining the aims, scope and conclusions but not containing sentences from the article; a list of six key words should be suggested. Book reviews should be between 1,000 and 1,200 words. Viewpoints should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words.

Tables and Figures: It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission to reproduce any illustrations that may be subject to copyright, and sources should be indicated appropriately in the accompanying captions. The use of figures (diagrams, charts, graphs) and tables should be kept to a minimum, with only essential data presented. Each should be numbered consecutively, titled, and mentioned in the main text. Tables must contain editable text. Figures should be supplied as separate *editable* files where possible (preferably in EPS, Illustrator or Excel format) and not in colour. Picture files or jpegs are unsuitable for figures, but can be supplied for photographs if they are of good quality.

Proofs: After acceptance for publication, the article will be copy-edited. On completion, the author will receive a set of page proofs with a list of the copy-editor’s queries or, if there are a lot of queries, these will be sent before the proofs are processed so that finalisation will result in a relatively clean copy. Page proofs will be sent either as PDFs or by fax to the primary address supplied by the author for checking and correction of typesetting errors. Authors are expected to correct and return within 48 hours.

Contributors will receive a free copy of the Journal issue in which their article appear.

Titles and sub-headings must be kept short (maximum 50 characters) to accommodate our house style both on our contents page and the running heads within the body of the article. The editor reserves the right to alter titles in consultation with the author.

Spelling and Punctuation British rather than US spellings and punctuation should be used. Use -ise -isa-; for example, civilise, civilisation rather than civilize or civilization. Commas and periods inside closing quote marks only if quotation is a full sentence starting with a capital letter. For example:

It declared that “Cultural usage shall have the weight of the law.” 
“Cultural usage”, it declared, “shall have the weight of the law.” 
It declared that cultural usage “shall have the weight of the law”.

Quote marks ‘Single’ quote marks are used for thoughts and “double” quote marks for speech, quotations and titles of articles in footnotes. Quotations within quotations have single quote marks inside, for example, “he described the scene as ‘totally unworkable’”.

Transliteration Arabic names should have ‘ain and hamza clearly distinguished. Using Times for your typescript will help as there are many additional characters available that will be retained at the typesetting stage. Speak to the editor if you have any questions about fonts and special characters.

Numbers from one to twelve should be in words, thereafter figures: 13+; 1,000; 1 million; 1 per cent; pp. 121–9, but 111–19. Always use figures for units of measurement or percentages.

Dates 10 May 2009; 2008–09; mid nineteenth century; mid 1980s; twentieth-century idea.

Acronyms and abbreviations should be spelled out the first time they are introduced within the text or references, with the abbreviated version alongside in parenthesis. Thereafter the acronym can be used in its abbreviated form. For example, Islam and Civilisational Renewal (ICR). Do not use full stops in the acronyms or abbreviations (for example, US not U.S., Dr not Dr., eds not eds.) except contractions such as ed. (for editor), vol. (for volume). Avoid using e.g. or i.e. and Latin such as v. supra, idem., op. cit. and loc. cit. although ibid. should be used to refer to an immediately preceding reference.

En rules used in number spans (unspaced), parenthetical dash (spaced), and forms such as Iran–Iraq war.

Initials unspaced – A.N. Author.

Use italics for foreign words not in common usage (see Oxford Manual of Style for guidance on this); titles of published books, journals, long poems, plays, films, operas, works of art, and TV and radio programmes; for emphasis (do not use caps or bold for emphasis), but use sparingly; for parties in legal case references: for example, Regina v. Smith. Do not use italics for place names or organisations even if they contain foreign words that would otherwise be in italics.

Footnotes should be limited to those that are essential and kept brief (fewer than three lines). They should be marked clearly in superscript in the text at a point of punctuation. Be consistent with the reference style:

to Qur’ān: (5:43, 47; 60:4; 11:54–6).

to books: Author Name, Book Title: Book Subtitle (Place: Publisher, 2000), 123. Thereafter use short title system: Surname, Short Title, 123.

to journals: Author Name, “Article Title: Article Subtitle”, Journal Name 5, no. 1 (May 2000), 50–6.

Websites must be cited with a title and/or author as well as the date viewed (for example, www.iais.org.my, accessed 2 June 2007). Do not allow the web address to contain a hyperlink or to be underlined.

Currency Ensure it is clear what currency is being quoted especially if there could be confusion over dollars. It helps to give the equivalent US$, euro or £ sterling in brackets if quoting local currencies.

Parochialisms should be avoided. Instead of “in our country” write “in Malaysia”.