A)  Author Information

The authors should provide their names, email addresses, phone number(s), present position/title besides the names of the universities/colleges on the title page of the manuscript to facilitate academic review and production.


  • Every author must provide a working email ID irrespective of whether he/she is corresponding or not.
  • All authors of an article, whether 4 or 5, are requested to provide their ORCID
  • The Corresponding Author clearly indicates who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal

Only those manuscripts will be considered for publication that have not been previously published anywhere nor is under consideration elsewhere.

B)  Format Requirement PAPER STRUCTURE

  • Submissions should include abstracts of up-to 200-250 words that explain the gist of the research and arguments the writer has presented. The abstract must not be exaggerated or contain any new information that is not outlined in the main body of the text. It should briefly outline the purpose of the research as well as the methodology used and conclusions drawn by the author. The article must be accompanied by 5-10 keywords or descriptive phrases.
  • The conclusion should outline the main themes and pointers of the It should sum up the whole idea of the article and the author’s findings.
  • The paper should be written using Times New Roman 12-point font with double spacing. It should comprise of maximum 6000-7500 words including footnotes and

C)  Citation Guideline

  1. All footnotes and Bibliographies should be cited in the Chicago Manual of Style. The Journal of Islamic Thought and Civilization follows the Chicago Citation Style, Notes and

Bibliography Style (17th) for citations. This reference style requires footnotes or endnotes in the text while citing, and a bibliography at the end of the document listing all the works that have been cited and any other works consulted. The bibliography should be arranged alphabetically by the author.


While giving footnotes, please keep in mind the following requirements.

  1. References/footnotes must be in Chicago style, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the pagination must be For further details of the Chicago Manual of Style please click.
  2. Note numbers should begin with “1” and follow consecutively throughout a given Be sure to use Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3) nor Roman (i, ii, iii).
  3. In the text: Put the note number at the end of the sentence and after all punctuation where the reference occurs, even if the cited material is mentioned at the beginning of the sentence. In MS Word this can be achieved by clicking Alt+Ctrl+F for footnotes and ALT+Ctrl+E for endnotes. Moreover, note numbers are superscripted.
  4. Never reuse a number - use a new number for each reference, even if you have used that reference previously.
  5. Never use two note numbers at the end of a
  6. To cite multiple sources in a single note, separate the two citations with a semicolon (;).
  7. If citing the same work again immediately after you've already cited it, use
  8. Use of DOI is highly
  9. All citations must be confirmed. That is, the correct page number of the cited source and details of publication should be given. If they are not, they will be removed wholly from the text by the editors.

Subdivision - Numbered Sections

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered

  • (then 1.1, 1.1.2 ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in the section numbering). Use this numbering for internal cross-referencing as well: do not just refer to 'the text.’ Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear in its separate style format.


A prose or quotation of five or more lines or more than 100 words should be “blocked.” The block quotation is single-spaced and takes no quotation marks, but an extra line space must be left immediately before and after the quote. Indent the entire quotation 0.5.” However, quotes less than 100 words would be incorporated within the text with inverted commas as running quotes.

Figures and Tables Embedded in Text

Please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file. The corresponding caption should be placed directly below the figure or table.

Other Instructions

  1. Terms of other languages should be in Italics and
  2. Academic jargon that is specific to a particular discipline needs to be thoroughly elaborated upon or footnoted.
  3. The Manuscript must be ‘spell-checked’ and ‘grammar ’corrected
  4. The authors must get the article’s language edited to avoid
  5. Authors should attach a plagiarism report with a manuscript authorized by library
  6. Articles that are unoriginal and heavily plagiarized shall not be
  7. Articles not following Reference Guidelines e., Chicago Manual of Style for footnotes/Endnotes and Bibliography shall not be entertained.


  • Authors are required to provide an undertaking/declaration stating that the manuscript under consideration contains solely their original work that is not under consideration for publishing in any other journal in any form.
  • A manuscript that is co-authored must be accompanied by an undertaking explicitly stating that each author has contributed substantially towards the preparation of the manuscript to claim the right to authorship.
  • It is the responsibility of the corresponding author that s/he has ensured that all those who have substantially contributed in the manuscripts have been included in the author list and they have agreed to the order of authorship.

Review Procedure:

All submitted manuscripts are reviewed through 'double-blind' peer review process that means the identities of the authors are kept confidential from the reviewers, and vice versa. To make this possible, anonymized version of the manuscript are sent to referees.

Desk Review

Submitted papers are first considered by the editor after submission. Papers that do not fall within the scope of the journal are 'desk-rejected'. In addition, papers that fail to meet a minimum threshold for quality and originality are also rejected without being sent out to the reviewers.

The standard procedure of an initial editorial review by the internal editorial committee consists of the content, scope, formatting, citations according to recommended Style, i.e., Chicago Manual of Style, (Bibliographies and Notes format) and is usually completed in three to four weeks

Peer Review Policy

Papers passing through this initial editorial scrutiny are then typically sent out to minimum three referees (one national and two international). ". If one or more of these turn down the invitation to provide a review, other referees will subsequently be appointed. The authors will be informed when Editors decide further review is required. All publication decisions are made by the journal’s Chief Editor on the basis of the referees’ reports (reviewers report).

Please bear in mind that the peer review process takes another two- three months. Therefore, the contributors are expected to bear with us as we complete the process to ensure, that the Al-Qalam adheres to the highest quality standards.

In case if a manuscript is found to be plagiarized (see plagiarism policy) after publication, the Chief Editor will conduct a preliminary investigation, maybe with the help of a suitable committee constituted for the purpose. If the manuscript is found to be plagiarized beyond the acceptable limits, the journal will contact the author’s Institute / College / University and Funding Agency, if any.

We are advising all the author(s), do not submit the same paper to multiple journals. Author(s) should wait for the review status of the paper.


The Editor reserves the right to copy-edit and make necessary amendments to the submitted text. The editor also reserves the right to modify or omit material if deemed unsuitable for publication. However, all responsibility for opinions expressed in articles as well as the precision of stated facts rests with the author and not with the editors of the Journal of Islamic Thought and Civilization.

Originality and Plagiarism:

  • It is the author’s responsibility to ascertain that she/he has submitted an entirely original work, giving due credit, by proper citations, to the works and/or words of others where they have been used.
  • Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is not acceptable. Material quoted verbatim from the author's previously published work or other sources must be placed in quotation marks.
  • As per HEC policy, in case the manuscript has a similarity index of more than 19%, it will either be rejected or left at the discretion of the Editorial Board for the purpose of a conditional acceptance. For further guidance see HEC plagssssiarism policy.

Ethical Guidelines:

This Journal’s publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is loosely based on the Code of Conduct andBest-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011).

I.    Editors’ Duties

  • The editor will use his/her intellectual discretion in deciding which of the manuscripts submitted will be forwarded for This decision is solely based on the research conducted in the manuscript, originality, clarity of narrative, language and grammar as relevance to the paradigm of the journal. The important factors of copyright infringement, intellectual plagiarism and libel will also be accounted for.
  • The authors’ gender, race, religious belief and political background will not be a definitive factor in the decisionprocess.
  • Editors’ need to outline clearly and concisely what is expected of authors in the form of regularly updated guidance. This link should be mentioned:
  • Editors need to provide guidance to reviewers on what exactly is expected of them. This includes the informationon confidentiality. This guidance should be regularly updated.
  • Editors should encourage good practice and comment on the originality of the research and be alerted
  • Editors should have the resources to be able to check plagiarism. (e.g. software, searching for new titles).
  • The Editor will not use any additional material from his own
  • Editors should try and improve the journal and take it towards betterment by taking the views of the boardmembers and reviewers into consideration.
  • Be generally cognizant of new peer reviews and publishing methods and constantly reassess the processes of theJournal.
  • They should ensure that all published reports and reviews of research have been reviewed by suitably qualifiedreviewers.
  • Peer reviewers should be encouraged to comment on ethical questions and misconduct raised by
  • Academic institutions should be encouraged to recognize peer reviewing as being part of the scholarly
  • Editors should have a maintained database on the reviewers and consistently update the reviewers
  • Editors should use a range of sources to look at potentially new reviewers. They should not just use personalcontacts.
  • Manuscripts should be handled with utmost care and


  • Editors should protect the identities of peer They should have a system in place that ensures thatmanuscripts submitted for publication retains confidentiality whilst being processed.
  • Reviewers’ comments and suggestions should be openly forwarded to authors, unless they contain maliciouslanguage, libel or offensive remarks.
  • Editorial board members should be consulted annually to get their feedback on the
  • Journals should have policies and systems in place to ensure that commercial considerations do not affect editorialdecisions.
  • A general description of the Journal’s income sources should be declared (e.g. print charges, reprint sales).


II.     Authors’ Duties

  • The work should be as original as possible and appropriately cite the work or words and ideas of others. Borrowing of ideas and knowledge and research is also permitted provided it is cited correctly. If the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately
  • Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient detail and references
  • The manuscript should only be submitted and published in one paper and multiple publications of the same manuscript is unacceptable and completely unethical. Previously published manuscripts cannot be submitted under any circumstances.
  • Should be limited to those who have made a substantial contribution to the body of work and to its genesis. Those who have made a significant contribution should be listed as co-
  • In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least ten years after publication (preferably via an institutional or subject- based data repository or other data center), provided that the confidentiality of the
  • Authors should use well reputed, substantiated and well-known sources
  • Authors should provide a plagiarism report along with the submission of the


III.      Reviewers’ Responsibilities:

  • Manuscripts should be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed or discussed with other persons apart from the editor.
  • An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
  • Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic
  • Reviews should be conducted in an objective Personal remarks should not be passed and will be regarded as inappropriate. Supporting arguments in the case of disagreements should be presented.
  • Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
  • Peer reviewing process is in place in order to help the editorial changes to be made in addition to ensuring the quality of the journal is maintained.