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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 Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed appropriately in adherence with the Author guidelines.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, all instructions designed to preserve the integrity of the double-blind peer-review process have been followed.

The Journal of Education in Muslim Societies (JEMS) is an international, interdisciplinary journal that publishes full-length manuscripts, commentaries, and book reviews on a wide range of topics pertinent to the education sector including but not limited to pedagogies, teacher practices, leadership, and policy as it relates to the conditions and status of education in Muslim societies and communities. Submissions must be in English. JEMS will not consider manuscripts that have been published or are under consideration elsewhere.

All correspondence regarding manuscript submissions, as well as comments on editorial policy, suggestions for future symposium issues, and proposals for Special Issues, should be directed to the Managing Editor, Huda Kamareddine, at JEMS.managingeditor@iiit.org.

General Formatting:

  • Text should be consistently double-spaced.
  • Margins should be set at 1 inch.
  • Left-justify the entire manuscript with a ragged right-hand margin (no full justification).
  • The typeface should be Times New Roman.
  • Font size should be 12 pt.
  • Paragraphs should be indented 0.25 inches.
  • Please run spell check before submitting.
  • All manuscripts should be formatted using APA style formatting.
  • A 150-word abstract must be included.
  • Include 4 or 5 keywords.
  • Manuscripts should be limited to 8000 words, including all references, tables, and figures, etc.
  • All pages must be numbered.
  • Begin each section on a separate page and in this sequence: abstract, main text, appendices, endnotes, references, each table, each figure.
  • All tables and figures should be numbered. Insert “indicators” for where tables/figures are to be placed; example - [Table 1 Here].
  • Figures should appear exactly as they should in the journal, except for sizing.
  • If applicable, please acknowledge any sources of funding that supported the research or production of the manuscript.
  • Make sure to accept all track changes before saving the final version that you will upload. This is also true for the submission of revised manuscripts. If you do not do this, reviewers may be able to see your name and comments, compromising the integrity of the blind review process.

Other Formatting:

  • Title Page: Include all authors' names, titles, affiliations, e-mail addresses, and a short (2-3 sentence) biography of each author.
  • Main Document: Remove ALL identifying information and include the abstract, main text of article, appendices, endnotes, references, and tables and figures. Failure to do so will delay the review process.
  • Article Title and Section Headings
    • The guidelines for article titles and section headings are as follows (please do not underline):
      • Article title and principal subheads: 14-point Times New Roman font, title case, bold, and set on a line separate from the text.
      • Secondary subheads: 12-point Times New Roman font, title case, bold, and set on a line separate from the text.
      • Sub-subheads (run-in subheads): 12-point times new roman font, title case, bold and italic, run-in at the beginning of a paragraph, and followed by a period.
    • Italicize names of books, newspapers, and journals; please do not underline them. Italics may also be used for isolated words and phrases in a foreign language if they are likely to be unfamiliar to readers.
    • Spell out the meaning for all acronyms you create when you first use the acronym.
    • Use the active voice. Convert passive to active voice wherever possible.
    • Use modern American English.
    • For block quotations:
      • A quotation of 40 words or more should be blocked.
      • A blocked quotation does not get enclosed in quotation marks.
      • A blocked quotation must always begin a new line.
      • Blocked quotations should be indented with the word processor’s indention too


Rights and Permissions Guide: Indiana University Press Journals

  • Overview
    It is the responsibility of the editorial team at your journal to ensure that the appropriate permissions for all material to be published is secured and submitted to IU Press before an issue is printed. The following document is intended to offer basic guidelines on documentation types, and when permissions must be sought.
    The journal's team at IUP is happy to assist and offer guidance with any specific questions or comments that you may have. However, in accordance with your publishing agreement with the press, we cannot adjudicate editorial decisions of the journal, as they relate to permissions clearances. 
  • CTPs (Consent to Publish Agreements)
    All original material that will be published in your journal must be accompanied by a Consent to Publish (CTP) agreement signed by the author(s). The CTP governs the basis on which the material can be published. It grants certain rights to the journal and the press, while guaranteeing certain rights for the author. The CTP has been customized to your specific journal, and must be used without modification. In exceptional circumstances, the journal's team can work with you and/or an author to modify the CTP as required.
    The CTP grants to the press (on behalf of the journal) during the duration of the agreement, the exclusive right to publish the material in the forms stated within the agreement.
    Where it is not possible for the author to grant exclusive permission (i.e., a third party controls the controls the copyright/publishing rights to the material) a separate permission form must be used instead. Both the CTP and permission forms are located in your journal’s “IUP Documents” folder on Box, the cloud storage platform.
  • Permissions Agreements
    For material subject to a preexisting copyright claim, or in such cases where granting exclusive publishing rights would be unusual in accordance with industry standards (i.e., image[s], illustration[s], poem[s], or short literary work[s]), you may instead use a permissions agreement. The permissions agreement allows you to publish on a non-exclusive basis.
  • Using Third-Party Material – Copyright
    When an author wishes to include material in their article that they did not create, they must consider where any claim on copyright already exists. If copyright does exist, then they must seek permission from the copyright holder to use it before submitting their article.
    The term of copyright protection depends upon the date of its creation (whether or not the material in question has been published). A work created on or after January 1, 1978, is ordinarily protected by copyright from the moment of its creation until 70 years after the author's death. Any book or journal article published between 1923 and 1963 and had its copyright renewed is protected for 95 years after the publication date. Permission should always be obtained for reproducing—in its entirety—any poem, letter, short story, article, chapter, photograph, map, chart, graph, or table that is still under copyright. It is usually desirable to obtain permission for the use of more than a few words from short poems or songs. For many works, copyright outside the United States is different than within the United States. A work in the public domain in the United States may be under copyright elsewhere if the author has not been dead for 70 years.
  • Using Third Party Material without Written Permission: Public Domain
    Essentially, all works first published in the United States before 1923 are considered to be in the public domain in the United States.
    The public domain also extends to:
    § Works published between 1923 and 1963 on which copyright registrations were not renewed. (There are resources for determining whether copyright protection has been renewed. See below.)
    § Generic information such as facts, numbers, and ideas.
    § Works whose copyrights have lapsed over time or whose copyright holders have failed to renew a registration (a requirement that applies to works created before 1978).
    § Works published before March 1989 that failed to include a proper notice of copyright.
    § Works created by the United States federal government.
  • Using Third Party Material without Written Permission: Fair Use
    In general, the author of an original scholarly work may quote, without permission, copyrighted material for the purpose of citing authority or illustrating a point. In such cases, a full citation should be given in the usual academic form, including the name of the publisher. Such quotation falls under the notion of “fair use.” “Quotation” in this context may also include publicly distributed images (e.g., promotional photographs) and screen grabs from copyrighted motion
    The limits of “fair use” have never been precisely defined, but whether or not a quoted passage is considered fair use is not primarily a matter of the number of words quoted. In general terms, for a quotation to be regarded as fair use, it must not interfere with the rights holder’s ability to earn income from the source of the quoted material.
    Unpublished letters, manuscripts, and documents always require permission of the rights holder.
    We require proof to verify that copyright is fair use, public domain, or licensed to permit reuse without paying for rights (such as some—not all—Creative Commons licenses).
    Documentation of license information can be supplied by printing the website page that shows the copyright and licensing information alongside the image (such as most Wikimedia Commons images). For websites that do not have printable screens (such as Flickr), make a full-screen capture of the image showing the allowed usage, then click through to the linked licensing page and print it to PDF. Clearly label all your permissions documentation as to which article/author and image they pertain.
  • Online Resources on Copyright and Fair Use
    Here are some resources that you may find helpful:
    1. Fair Use Check List: This is a quick tool for determining if permission is needed.
    2. Association of American University Press (AAUP) copyright resource: This page provides
    links to many other resources that provide information on specific copyright questions.
    3. Copyright Term Sheet: You may refer to this chart to check public domain and see where
    certain dates fall within the laws.
    4. The American Library Association Public Domain Slider: