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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The International Journal of Islamic Thoughts (IJITs) publishes scholarly articles, research notes, and review articles – whether empirical or theoretical – dealing with political, sociocultural, economic, and strategic developments in the Muslim world.  Contributors to IJITs should abide by the following guidelines:

  1. Articles should be scholarly and of relevance to issues faced by Muslim communities. IJITs has a firm policy of not considering material that has already been published or has been concurrently submitted elsewhere.
  2. Articles should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words. Articles should also include:
    1. An abstract, written concisely and clearly, of no more than 250 words. It should outline the purpose of the research, the significance of the study, the design, methodology or approach used, the findings, and limitations of the study.
    2. Five to six “keywords” describing the essence of the article. Keywords will increase the number of people viewing the article and will increase the number of times the article will be found in search engines.
  3. Review article should compare several books and contain the reviewer’s analysis of the problem under investigation. Reviewers must define and clarify the problem, summarize the findings of previous research to inform the readers of the state of current research, identify the gaps or inconsistencies in the literature and suggest the steps in solving the problem under investigation. Review articles should not exceed 5,000 words.
  1. Short Note should advance a new idea or approach to seeking solution to a problem. It should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words (but up to 5,000 may be accepted under certain conditions). It must adhere to the research paper instructions regarding referencing and bibliographic information. 
  1. A book review describes and evaluates the quality, meaning and significance of a book. It should focus on the book's purpose, content, and authority. It should include the complete citation for the work with an introduction that sets the tone of the review and a conclusion assessing the book. Authors should review books published in the last three or four years. Length of text should be around 900-1100 words.

The journal does not publish opinion pieces or narratives of a current affairs or journalistic nature. An abstract together with a brief author profile (150 words or less) should accompany the submission.  The author’s name and affiliation must not appear on the main body of the manuscript, but only on a separate cover sheet.   Submissions can be made by e-mail, or by regular mail. Please use a standard proportional font such as Times or Times New Roman, 12-point size, and 1-inch/2.5-centimeter margins on all sides.


The journal follows the American Psychological Association (APA) style for documenting sources used in a paper. APA style requires both in-text citations and a reference list. 



In-text: Al-Faruqi (1994) or as has been shown (Al-Faruqi, 1994)

Reference: Al-Faruqi, I. R. (1994). Al-Tawhid: Its Implications for Thought and Life. Herndon, VA: International Institute of Islamic Thought.

Chapter in a Book

In-text: Moten (2013)

Reference: Moten, A. R. (2013). “Constitution and Constitutionalism”. In A. R. Moten (Ed.), Government and Politics in Malaysia (pp. 83-105). Singapore: Cengage.

Journal Article

In-text: Hasan (2014)

Reference: Hasan, Md. Mahmudul (2014). Good Literature and Bad Literature: Debate on Islam and Poetry. International Journal of Islamic Thoughts, 3 (1): 43-54.

Magazine Article

In-text: Moniruzzaman (2013)

Reference: Moniruzzaman, M. (2013, January 28). Educating the Educated. The Concept, 51(4), 23-27.

The Qur’ān


(i)  Direct quotation, write as 30: 36

(ii) Indirect quotation, write as Qur’ān, 30: 36

Reference: The Glorious Qur’Én: Translation and Commentary. By A. Yusuf Ali (1977). US: American Trust Publications.


In text:

(i) Al-Bukhārī, 88: 204 (where 88 is the book number, 204 is the ḥadīth number)

(ii) Ibn Ḥanbal, vol. 1, p. 1


(i) Al-Bukhārī, Muhammad ibn Ismā‘īl (1981). Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. Beirut: Dār al-Fikr.

(ii) Ibn Ḥanbal, Aḥmad (1982). Musnad Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal. Istanbul: Cagri Yayinlari.

Transliteration of Arabic and other words should follow the ALA-LC (Library of Congress and the American Library Association) transliteration scheme. 


International Journal of Islamic Thoughts (IJITs) is published by the Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought (BIIT) which aims at furthering knowledge and research internationally.  The act of publishing involves many parties, each of which plays an important role in furthering academic discussion of topics published in the journal.  BIIT is committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. 

Role of the Editor and Members of the Editorial Board

  • To act in an objective and fair way in carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender and ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
  • To ensure that articles (for special as well as regular issues) are considered, accepted and published solely on their academic merit, and on time.
  • To investigate any complaints from the authors; to remedy the situation promptly; and to inform the complainants about actions taken. 

Role of Reviewers

  • To assist editors in improving the quality of the paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively, in a timely manner.
  • To maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author. 
  • To alert the editor to any trace of plagiarism of any type. 
  • To confirm in writing that the manuscript as submitted is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere. 
  • To acknowledge and cite contents reproduced from other sources or from the own source published earlier. 
  • To obtain permission to reproduce any content from other sources.
  • To ensure that any studies involving human or animal subjects conform to national, local and institutional laws and requirements.
  • To notify the journal editor or publisher if a significant error in their publication is identified. 
  • To cooperate with the editor and publisher to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the paper, where this is deemed necessary. 

Role of the Publisher

  • BIIT shall ensure that good practice is maintained to the standards outlined above.
  • BIIT shall provide detailed ethical procedures and bring them to the attention of Journal editor and editorial boards.