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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, RTF, or WordPerfect 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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines


Please read carefully and make an adaptation to the format and the style accordingly:

Manuscripts submitted for publication must conform to the following guidelines:

  1. The manuscript content mirrors the scope of the journal and contributes to the current scientific debates on Islam and Muslim societies.
  2. The manuscript is an original study, research-driven output, and conceptually clear.
  3. The manuscript should be written in English, or at least readable; the copy editor and language editor would offer generous helps for editing if needed.
  1. The article should present bibliography which entails primary sources--books, manuscripts, interviews, or observation--and updated secondary sources from books or peer reviewed journals
  2. The article should contain an argument/thesis/finding which contribute to scholarly discussion in a field of study which should clearly be mentioned and systematically presented in abstract, content, and conclusion
  1. Full name(s) of the author(s) must be stated, along with his/her/their institution and email address
  2. The manuscript consists of title, a 150-300 word abstract, keywords, the manuscript content/main discussion and references.
  3. The manuscript title must be clear, precise and no more than 14 words.
  1. The manuscript’s length is between 4000-8000 words (including title, abstracts, and references); typed in MS document with Times New Roman, size 12 pts, writted in two coloum, one and a half space;
  • The article will be reviewed and edited without changing any substantial contents
  1. The submitted article should be not published elsewhere nor under review for possible publication in other publication platforms

Stylesheet and reference

The template of Balance: Journal of Islamic Accounting in word document format is available for download. Please do not change the cover and follow the style accordingly.

As for reference, the journal uses footnote for reference, please follow author guidelines for reference and bibliographical information style which is available here. When a source is cited for the first time, full information is provided: full name(s) of author(s), title of the source in italic, place of publication, publishing company, date of publication, and the precise page that is cited. For the following citations of the same source, list the author’s last name, two or three words of the title, and the specific page number(s). The word ibid. may be used, but op.cit., and loc.cit. are not.

Citation software: the author is highly recommended to use Mendeley or  Zotero citation manager for data manager; please apply Turabian style full-note for reference information

Examples of footnote style:
        1 M. Spence. Signalling in Retrospect and The Informational Structure of Markets. (America: American Economic Association, 2002), hlm. 434.
        2 Ibid., hlm. 20.
        3 Haylamaz & Aisha,…., hlm. 50.
        4 Jensen, Michael C. dan Meckling, William H. 1976. “Theory of The Firm; Managerial Behaviour, Agency Costs and Ownership Structure.” Journal of Financial Economics Vol. 3, No. 1, hlm. 305-360.
        5 Klapper, L. dan Love, I. 2002. “Corporate governance, investor protection, and performance in emerging markets.” World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, No. 2818. World Bank, Washington, DC.

Arabic Transliteration

Please refers to the system of translation adopted in the International Journal of Middle East Studies for Arabic [to roman] transliteration and is worth noting to keep diacritics to a minimum. The names of people and organisations, as well as the titles of books, journals and articles, have been rendered as locally spelled and transliterated.


Illustrations (Figures, Maps, Tables, Charts, and Graphs)
All illustration should have a title and scale. Please ensure you have permission for reproducing maps and images if they are not your own. Responsibility for obtaining permission lies with the author.

Illustrations should always be submitted as separate files, NEVER just pasted into an MS Word document (a Word document containing illustrations only serves as a guide for the typesetters). The accepted formats for photographs and other halftone images are .tif, .jpg (.tif is preferred to .jpg); for line drawings, maps and schematics, use .ai or .eps. Other possible formats are .png, .psd, .pdf. and Excel (only tabular data will be used and figure(s) recomposed; always provide a PDF file of Excel figures). Vector formats (.ai and .eps) are preferable for line drawings, diagrams or anything that has black lines in it, as bitmap formats (.jpg, .tif, etc.) are down-sampled to 300 d.p.i. at printing.

File names should always start with the number of the illustration, should be unique and should be kept as short as possible. If you use different categories of illustrations, mark them as such: fig. 1, map 1, diagram 1, etc. and zip them together per category. Please send only one version of each illustration.

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