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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 spaced by 1.5; 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.
  • The text does not contain the author's name and other personal data that could affect the review process.

Author Guidelines

Preparing the manuscript

Contributions should be submitted in Microsoft Word. Manuscripts should be written in English or Bosnian. For English, the spelling (either British or American) should be consistent throughout.

Manuscripts should not normally exceed 10,000 words inclusive of footnotes. Diacriticals will not be used in transliteration of Turkish, Arabic or Persian.

Manuscript Structure

The text must be formatted with 1.5-inch margins and be spaced by 1.5. All full articles should include an abstract of max. 150 words, as well as the list of 3-10 Key words. Authors should be consistent in their use of capitalization. Overcapitalization should be avoided. The abbreviations ‘vol.,’ ‘no.,’ and ‘pt.’ are not normally capitalized. The titles of works and periodicals should normally be italicized. Foreign words should also be italicized.

Bibliographical References in Footnotes

  1. Article in journal: John Smith, “Article in journal”, Journal Name, 14:2 (1992), 142-53.
  2. Article in edited book: John Smith, “Article in journal”, in Book Name, John Smith (ed.) (Place: Publisher, Date), pp. 24-9.
  3. Book: John Smith, Book Name (Place: Publisher, Date), pp. 65-73.
  4. If a reference in a footnote has been mentioned already in an earlier footnote, the footnote should give surname and a brief title only, e.g. Smith, Book, p. 23 or Smith, “Article”, p. 45. Do not use op.cit.
  5. Works with more than three authors, the footnote citation should give the name of the first listed author followed by ‘et al.’ or ‘and others’ without intervening punctuation.
  6. For the Internet sources the following format should be applied: Ziaudin Sardar, „Welcome to postnormal times“,, accessed 4 December 2014.
  7. Where necessary titles of works in languages other the language of the paper will be given in the original language with a translation into the language of the paper added after the title in square brackets. Titles in non-roman scripts will be given in transliteration with a translation in the language of the paper if needed, as above.
  8. Use only footnotes and mark them by numbers (not roman letters). Footnote reference numbers in the main text should follow any punctuation mark(s).


Diagrams, charts, maps, plans, and other line drawings must be submitted in camera-ready form. A list of captions, including the appropriate copyright acknowledgements, labelled Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. must be supplied. Photographs should be submitted in electronic format (JPEG or TIFF files) and should have a minimum of 300 DpI. Authors should ensure that the appropriate copyright for all illustrations has been obtained from the copyright-holder.

General style considerations

  • Consistency should be the author’s priority. Spelling should be consistent throughout; the structure of the manuscript (heading and subheadings) should be clear.
  • If author is a non-native speaker of the English language, it is highly recommended to have the English of the manuscript checked by a native speaker.
  • Quotation marks: Single quotation marks “”, i.e. “… ‘…’ …” are used to distinguish words, concepts or short phrases under discussion. Direct quotations of fewer than twenty-five words should be enclosed in double quotation marks (“ ”) and run on in the text. Double quotation marks should also be used for titles of articles from journals and reference works. Larger sections of quoted text (i.e. anything over two lines): set these off from other text by adding a blank line above and below the section, and indent the block of text on the left. These larger sections, or ‘block quotations’, should not be enclosed in quotation marks.

Book Reviews

Reviews should normally be between 800 words and 1,200 words in length. Subheadings should be kept to a minimum and footnotes used sparingly. A book review should be headed by the bibliographical information according to the following convention:

Observing the Observer: The State of Islamic Studies in American Universities. By Mumtaz Ahmad, Zahid Bukhari & Sulayman Nyang (eds). London: IIIT, 2012. Pp. xxxiii+258. ISBN 978 1 56564 580 6. €17. $23.

The reviewer’s name and institutional affiliation will be given at the end of the manuscript (eg. Sarah Kovacevic, Free University of Sarajevo).

Contents of a review

Reviews should be written for a multi-disciplinary readership that spans academic, policy, and religious communities. It is up to the individual reviewer to decide exactly what points should be covered in the review, in what order and in what depth, but as a rule of thumb, please consult the following checklist:

  • Give a brief summary of the main objectives of the work, the main theses and topics covered, the kinds of empirical sources used. In an edited volume, summarise the main themes and refer to individual chapters only as appropriate.
  • Describe the original contribution of the work to its particular field of study, and to scholarship in general (compare with other works as appropriate).
  • If appropriate, delineate the wider context (e.g. social, political, scientific problems or controversies) to which this work contributes and/or its implications for policy, research, or practice.
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses (in a constructive way): How well does the work meet its purpose? Is it theoretically and methodologically sound? Are the empirical data accurate and adequate? Is it well written and well produced?
  • If necessary, point out errors that readers should be aware of (beware of libel!).
  • Recommend a target audience for the book (e. g. researchers, students, teachers, general readers – detailing at what level and field of study, in what kind of course curriculum).

Production: Proofs and Offprints

Upon acceptance, a PDF of the article proofs will be sent to the author by e-mail to check carefully for factual and typographic errors. Authors are responsible for checking these proofs and are strongly urged to make use of the Comment & Markup toolbar to note their corrections directly on the proofs. At this stage in the production process only minor corrections are allowed. Proofs should be returned promptly. A PDF file of the article will be supplied free of charge by the publisher to the corresponding author for personal use. Authors are allowed to post the pdf post-print version of their articles on their own personal websites free of charge.


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