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Author Guidelines

Al-Fikra: Jurnal Ilmiah Keislaman, published two times a year since 2000, is a peer-reviewed journal which aims at providing the readers with broader yet in-depth studies on all branches of Islamic thought and on manuscripts which reflect Islamic scholarships and practices in all countries around the globe prior to 1965.

 Scholars and experts working in all scientific disciplines pertaining to Islamic thought and manuscripts dealing with Islamic scholarships and practices are invited to contribute to the Journal. All articles should be original, research-based, unpublished and not under review for possible publication in other journals. All submitted papers are subject to review of the editors, editorial board, and blind reviewers. Submissions that violate our guidelines on formatting or length will be rejected without review.

 Articles should be written in either Indonesian, Malay, Arabic or English languages between approximately 10.000-15.000 words including text, tables and figures, notes, references, and appendices intended for publication. All submission must include 150 words abstract and 5 keywords. Quotations, passages, and words in local or foreign languages should be translated into the language of the submitted article. Al-Fikra accepts only electronic submissions. Therefore, authors must log in before submitting their article. Please click here to log in.

 All notes must appear in the text as citation, which usually requires only the last name of the author(s), year of publication, and (sometimes) page numbers. For example (Al-Attas, 1995: 50) or simply (Al-Attas, 1995). Explanatory footnotes may be included but should not be used for simple citations. All cited works must appear in the reference list at the end of the article, the syle of which follows the  manual as below:

  1. Hefner, Robert. “Introduction: The Political Cultures of Islamic Education in Southeast Asia” in Making Modern Muslims: The Politics of Islamic Education in Southeast Asia. Ed. Robert Hefner (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2009a).
  2. Booth, Anne. “Living Standards and the Distribution of Income in Colonial Indonesia: A Review of the Evidence.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 19.2 (1988): 310–34.
  3. Feener, Michael R., and Mark E. Cammack (eds.). Islamic Law in Contemporary Indonesia: Ideas and Institutions (Cambridge: Islamic Legal Studies Program, 2007).
  4. Din Wahid. Nurturing Salafi Manhaj: A Study of Salafi Pesantrens in Contemporary Indonesia. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Utrecht University, 2014.
  5. Ayang Utriza. “Mencari Model Kerukunan Antaragama.” Kompas (March 19th, 2008): 59.
  6. Ms. Undhang-Undhang Banten, L.Or.5598, Leiden University.
  7. Interview with K.H. Sahal Mahfudz, Kajen, Pati, June 11th, 2007.

 Arabic romanization should be written as follows:

Letters: bttsjkhddzrzssyghfqlmnhwy.

Short vowels: aiu

Long vowels: āīū

Diphthongs: away

Tā marbūā (ة): 

Article: al


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.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms: 

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.


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