Author Guidelines

Manuscript types

(Research) Articles must describe the outcomes and application of unpublished original research. Al-Adabiya invites submissions from all disciplines within the scope of religious and cultural studies. As a multi- and interdisciplinary journal, we particularly welcome research that traverses the boundaries of disciplines. Submissions may be theoretical, empirical, or interpretative in nature and should critically engage with the relevant body of literature. It must include a clear introduction, argumentation, and relevant conclusion. Research articles should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. If deemed suitable by the Editors, submitted research articles undergo a double-blind peer-review process.

Book Reviews should cover newly published monographs or edited volumes (max. 5 years) on research in the relevant subjects, by a renowned publishing house. It should provide both an overview of and critical engagement with the main arguments. Additionally, the author should situate the book in the field of religious and cultural studies and reflect on its relevance for the field. Book reviews should be between 1,000 and 2,500 words in length. Book reviews do not have a double-blind peer review process but are reviewed by the journal's book review editors. 

General Guidelines

  1. The manuscript has never been published nor is in the submission process for publication to other media (journal etc) and does not contain plagiarism.
  2. The manuscript is written in a proper English or excellent Bahasa Indonesia with a line density of 1.15 spaces, Palatino Linotype 12 font, A4 paper size, 3 cm top margin, 2.5 cm left right bottom margin, and Arabic Typesetting 21 (for words in Arabic). Use the journal template.
  3. The manuscript must be completed by an abstract (120-200 words) in English (and Bahasa Indonesia for manuscripts in the respective language) as well as keywords (4-6 words).
  4. The manuscript is sent through the online submission here: LINK.
  5. All submitted manuscripts will go through an editorial process which includes an initial examination by the editor, double-blind review by the reviewer, manuscript revision by the author (if needed), and copyediting and publication by the editor. Manuscripts that are eligible for publication can be re-edited by the editor without changing the author's original idea.

Paper Structure

  1. Title
    • The Title is Written in Capital Letters at Each Word's First Letter, except for Conjunctions.
    • The title should be concise, effective, and informative, with a maximum length of 16 words¸ including the conjunctions.
    • Font Palatino Linotype 16 Bold, 1 space
  2. Author Identity
    • The manuscript is completed by the author's identity which includes: Author name without academic title (Palatino Linotype 12 in bold), author's institutional affiliation, country, and e-mail (Palatino Linotype 10, 1 space).
    • The student-author's institutional affiliation is his or her study institution.
    • The multi-authorship paper's name order must be agreed upon by all authors, usually based on the amount of contribution and participation in conducting the research and writing the report. All authors are required to share equal and fair responsibility for the content of the article.
  3. Abstract
    • The abstract is written briefly and factually, covering background,purpose of the study, methods, results, and conclusions.
    • The abstract is written in English about 200 words in one single paragraph in Palatino Linotype 10 single-spaced.
  4. Keywords
    • Keywords consist of 4 - 6 words or phrases with alphabetical order.
    • Keywords separated by semicolons (;).
  5. Introduction
    • "INTRODUCTION" is written in UPPERCASE type with Palatino Linotype 14, 1.15 spaced and bold.
    • The introduction should contain the background to the problem; and objectives.
    • Based on the proper ratio of the article length about 4000 – 6000 words and the introduction should not be too extensive, about 30% or 1500 words or 2 pages 1.15 spaces, and refers to some literature that is the basis for theoretical framework or research rationale.
    • Paragraphs are arranged in such a way, with the settings on Spacing (before = 0pt, after = 6pt). Line Spacing is set at 1.15 spaces. Between the sections are 1 beat distance. Palatino Linotype 12pt
  6. Methods
    • “METHODS” is written in UPPERCASE type with Palatino Linotype 14, 1.15 spaced and bold.
    • The method contains an explanation of the research approach, subjects of the study, the conduct of the research procedure, the use of materials and instruments, data collection, hypothesis (if any), and analysis techniques.
    • Paragraphs are arranged in such a way, with the settings on Spacing (before = 0pt, after = 6pt). Line Spacing is set at 1.15 spaces. Between the sections are 1 beat distance. Palatino Linotype 12pt
  7. Results and Discussion
    • “RESULTS AND DISCUSSION” are written in UPPERCASE type with Palatino Linotype 14, 1.15 spaced and bold.
    • The results obtained from the research have to be supported by sufficient data.  The research results and the discovery must be the answers, or the research hypothesis stated previously in the introduction/ methods part.
    • The citation technique adheres to the 7th APA (American Psychological Association) Style; body note. See for more details on the manuscript template.
    • Paragraphs are arranged in such a way, with the settings on Spacing (before = 0pt, after = 6pt). Line Spacing is set at 1.15 spaces. Between the sections are 1 beat distance. Palatino Linotype 12pt.
  8. Conclusion
    • "CONCLUSION" is written in UPPERCASE type with Palatino Linotype 14, 1.15 spaced and bold.
    • The conclusion should answer the objectives of the research and research discoveries. The concluding remark should not contain only the repetition of the results and discussions or abstract.
    • In conclusion, there are no more citations, unless absolutely necessary and under impossible circumstances.
    • Paragraphs are arranged in such a way, with the settings on Spacing (before = 0pt, after = 6pt). Line Spacing is set at 1.15 spaces. Between the sections are 1 beat distance. Palatino Linotype 12pt.
  9. References
    • "REFERENCES" is written in UPPERCASE type with Palatino Linotype 14, 1.15 spaced and bold.
    • The literature included in the reference list contains only the sources cited or quoted in the article and possible to be traced in the (online) public archives.
    • Recommend preparing the references with a bibliography software package such as Mendeley, EndNote, Reference Manager or Zotero to avoid typing mistakes and duplicated references.
    • In general references in articles at least from 35 sources which 80% are from journal articles and 20% are from other sources (sources other than journal articles) within the last ten years (starting from Jan-Jun 2024 edition).
    • Adheres to the 7th APA (American Psychological Association) Style and written single spaced in Palatino Linotype 12. For details, see the template.