Ethical Policy

Islamic Studies is committed to the highest ethical standards.  In order to ensure high-quality academic research, it follows the Higher Education Commission's Ethical Guidelines. The following principles are key to the journal's Ethical Policy:

The Advisory Board of the journal is responsible to advise and support the editors. The Advisory Board is guided by the policies of the journal and constrained by legal requirements related to libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The advisory board supports the journal in identifying new topics for commissions, special editions and advising on the direction for the journal—giving feedback on past issues and making suggestions for both subject matter and potential authors. Its members are encouraged to provide content by writing occasional editorials and other short articles. One of the functions of the advisory board is approaching potential contributors. They perform peer review and also help to identify peer reviewers and provide second opinions on papers (i.e. where there is a conflict between reviewers). Finally, the advisory board members endorse the journal to authors, readers and subscribers and encourage colleagues to submit their best work.

The Editorial Board of the journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published on the basis of their blind peer-review reports. The editors of the journal must limit themselves to the intellectual contents and evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merits. However, they have the right to exclude any material that breaks legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editors are also responsible for ensuring the confidentiality of the submitted works until they are published, except in the case of suspicion of multiple submissions. In case, it is decided not to publish a material, the manuscript should not be used for any other purpose without the express written consent of the author. The editor of a submitted manuscript has no stake in the authorship. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints are made about any submitted manuscript or published paper.

The reviewers of Islamic Studies assist the editors in taking the decision of publishing submitted manuscripts. The reviews must be objective, comprehensive, and accurate. Observations supported with evidence should be clearly formulated, so that the authors may use them for improving the papers. A reviewer must evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual contents without regard to race, gender, political philosophy, citizenship, or religious beliefs of the authors. If a referee feels unqualified to review any specific work or is afraid that he/she will not be able to complete the review within the prescribed period should inform the editor and excuse him/her from the task. The reviewers are supposed to treat the manuscript(s) received for peer-reviewing as confidential and must not use the information obtained from them for personal advantage. Neither should they accept reviews of the manuscript(s) in which they have conflicts of interest with the author(s) of the paper(s).

The authors of the manuscripts submitted to Islamic Studies should ensure that submissions are entirely their own original work.  When the authors use other materials and sources, they should be appropriately cited. They should present an objective discussion of the research work as well as sufficient details and references to enable others to assess and evaluate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable. Any attempt of plagiarism would outright lead to the rejection of the submitted manuscript. Plagiarism, in all its forms, constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is strongly condemned. Authors must not submit the same work or essentially the same research simultaneously to multiple journals.