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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.

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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 tool.


Manuscripts should follow the style guidelines from APA using the Author-Date method of citing and referencing. Specific questions about style issues can be addressed at https://apastyle.apa.org/index. All references must have authors’ full last names. Please make sure that all authors and works referred to in the text are included in the list of references, and that all direct quotes are accompanied by page numbers.

This journal uses the Open Journal System (OJS) to manage the peer-review process. You will need to create an account before submitting your work. Visit https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/jems/information/authors for more details about submitting your work. Files should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

Scholarly Notes:

 JEMS editorial team invites contributions to a new section of the journal that aims to initiate further conversations in education, especially in Muslim majority societies. Education here is defined broadly and may include writings on human development, curriculum, pedagogy, policy, and other pertinent fields. We are seeking contributions by practitioners and researchers on specific research topics, methodology, teaching and learning, and broadly defined opinion pieces on current topics in the education and human development world. We also welcome interviews with authors and others who are making a difference in the promotion of reform and educational transformation around the globe. Submissions should be between 2500-3000 words and follow the journal’s writing style. These will be reviewed by the editorial team and will not go through a blind peer-review process. For further information and inquiry please email JEMS Book Reviews Editor at  <JEMSBookReviewsEditor@iiit.org>.

Book Reviews:

Book reviews featured in the Journal of Education in Muslim Societies (JEMS) seek to broaden the discussion on timely topics and shed light on problems facing practitioners and other stakeholders. The Journal takes a wide-ranging and global view of education pedagogy, leadership, development, and policy and welcomes reviews of books published both inside and outside the United States. The aim is to engage our audience in a critical discussion of the work of contemporary authors. Book reviews should strive for clarity, conciseness, and timeliness. Reviews should not exceed 1500 words. Review articles that bring together a number of books are also welcomed. Please follow APA style formatting for submissions. As with manuscripts, please make sure that direct quotes are accompanied by page numbers. 

Anyone interested in submitting a book review should contact JEMS Book Reviews Editor at JEMSBookReviewsEditor@iiit.org.

Permissions Guidelines:

Written and signed permission is required to reprint tables or figures from other sources. Please check with the journal editors for more information.