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Author Guidelines

Carefully read the Author Guidelines as follows:

A. General Requirements

  1. Manuscripts submitted to El-Mashlahah should be research-based papers that have not been published or are under consideration elsewhere.
  2. It can be conceptual studies, excerpts of research, or legal thoughts of scholars in the field of Islamic law as well as the analysis of court decisions (case law);
  3. Manuscripts must be in English. It should be typed in MS Word doc. format; using 12-pt Times New Roman font; left, right, top, and bottom margins are 3 cm; 1.5 spaced on A4-sized paper; length: between 5,000 and 8,000 words (including abstract, references, and footnotes).
  4. The articles were sent using Arabic-Indonesian transliteration according to SKB 3 Ministers.
  5. The manuscript will be reviewed by subject reviewers, while the editors reserve the right to edit the manuscript for format consistency without altering the substance.
  6. Make sure that the manuscript is prepared using the Article Template. Use the Online Submission Guidelines for access to the Open Journal Systems (OJS).
  7. The citations and references should follow the style of the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition (full note) and use Reference Management Software such as  Mendeley (
  8. The manuscript must be checked in terms of grammar, structure, spelling, etc. It is suggested to use Grammar Checker Software Grammarly (
  9. The manuscript must be submitted through the OJS (El-Mashlahah website). 

B. Manuscript Structure 

  1. The article structure contains (a) Title; (b) Author(s) name, affiliation, and email address of the corresponding author; (c) Abstract; (d) Keywords; (e) Introduction); (f) Method; (g) Findings and Discussion; (h) Conclusion);  (i) References, and (n) Appendices (if any).
  2. Title: The paper title should indicate the novelty of the research. It should be concise and informative. It does not contain infrequently-used abbreviations. The main idea should be first written and followed by its explanation. Use bold for your article title, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns with 12-pt Times New Roman Bold. If the title of the article is in Indonesian, the English translation must be included.
  3. Author(s) name, affiliation, and email address of the corresponding author: The author’s name, affiliation, and email address of the corresponding author must not be written in the paper, just put them in the “user profile” in the journal website. It is suggested as well to remove all “document properties and personal information” from your file. (The corresponding author will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication; this responsibility includes answering any future queries about the Methodology and Materials of the paper). Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the Corresponding Author.
  4. Abstract: Write down here your paper’s abstract in one paragraph, in the Italic style of font in 12pt Times New Roman, with a single space, no more than 250 words. The abstract is not an “introduction”, nor the conclusion of the discussion. Instead, it should contain, but not be limited to: (1) the main question and the background of the discussed issue; (2) the research position; (3) how the question is discussed in the paper; and (4) the main result of the discussion. Other important matters discussed in the paper that significantly contribute to the final result of the research may be noted here, but you have to consider, however, the limited space of the abstract.
  5. Keywords: mention only specific concepts [word or phrase], 3-5 concepts, truly conceptual words, and not too general ones. Keywords are the labels of your manuscript and are critical to correct indexing and searching. Therefore, they should be well selected and closely related to the topic to facilitate the reader’s search, and they should represent the content and highlight of your article. Use only those abbreviations that are firmly established in the field. Each phrase in the Keywords should be separated by a semicolon (;).
  6. Introduction: An introduction of the paper (with a proportion of 15-20% of the whole article length) should clearly state the purpose of the paper. It includes the background of the problem, state of the art at least 5 articles sourced from reputable international journals or accredited journals for a maximum of the last 10 years, gap analysis with previous research, novelty, research objectives are clearly presented (expressed). All introductions should be presented in the form of paragraphs, not pointers.
  7. Method: The method section (with the proportion is 10-15% of the total article length) consists of a description of the type of research, research approach, data sources and legal materials, and data analysis methods. 
  8. Findings and Discussion: Includes a description of the findings of the work that discusses sharply (What/How), its relationship with previous concepts/theories (Why), compares critically with the work of others, and strengthens or corrects previous findings (What else). 
  9. Conclusion:  Answer the research objectives and collect new findings supported by sufficient research data, accurately and in-depth (only one paragraph).
  10. References: Every source cited in the body of the article should appear in the References, and all sources appearing in the References should be cited in the body of the article. The references should be more up-to-date (published in the last 10 years). The primary sources cited in your paper are in the forms of journal articles, proceedings, research reports including theses and dissertations that can be accessed online (show the permalink/DOI). Citations from journal articles should be at least 80% of the total references cited. The References should be presented alphabetically and chronologically and be set to 12-pt Times New Roman font, justified, with single line spacing and hanging indent. Check each reference against the original source (author name, volume, issue, year, permalink/DOI number). Use Reference Management Software such as  Mendeley (, to manage the references for your paper. Use other published articles in the same journal as models.
  11. Figure: The placement of the picture is in the align-left with the caption below is written in 11-pt Times New Roman font. The caption has to mention the title and the source of the picture.
  12. Table: Each table must be typed, and consecutively numbered. The title is written in the align-left above the table and in 11-pt Times New Roman font, while the source is placed below the table in the same font.
  13. Use the headings system as follows:

Heading 1: use this style for level one headings

Heading 2: use this style for level two headings

Heading 3: use this style for level three headings

Heading 4: create the headings in italics. Run the text on after a punctuation mark.

14. The citations and references should follow the style of the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition (full note).


Author: 1 person

Khairil Anwar[1] states ……

Authors: 2 people

Ibnu Elmi AS Pelu and Abdul Helim[2] suggest …..

Authors: 3 people more

Syaikhu et al.[3] state…


Journal Article with DOI

 Ahmad, Sabarudin, Novita Anggraeni, and Andrian Kukuh Pambudi. “A. Djazuli’s Thinking Regarding Ḥifẓu Al-Ummah: Dismissing the Entangled Bureaucracy to Commemorate the Era of Society 5.0.” Journal de Jure 12, no. 1 (2020): 86–101.

Journal Article without DOI (when DOI is not available)

Ahmad, Sabarudin. “Menelisik Ketegasan Hukum Keluarga Islam Di Pakistan.” Al-Mashlahah 15, no. 1 (2019): 87–97.

Thesis/Dissertation in Repository:

Sadiani. “Peran Lembaga Adat Kedamangan Dayak Siang Dalam Kawasan Hutan Adat Puruk Kambang Di Kabupaten Murung Raya Kalimantan Tengah.” Universitas Brawijaya, 2014.

Proceedings with DOI:

Ahmad, Sabarudin, Aris Sunandar Suradilaga, and Lisnawati Shaleh. “Zakat Model by Caliph ʻUmar Ibn Khaṭṭāb: Innovations Towards the Country’s Economic Problems.” International Conference of Zakat, 2019, 75–86.


Ahmad, Sabarudin. Transformasi Hukum Pembuktian Perkawinan Dalam Islam. Surabaya: Airlangga University Press, 2020.

Anwar, Khairil. Teologi Al-Banjari: Pemikiran Akidah Syekh Muhammad Arsyad Al-Banjari. 1st ed. Bandung: Global House Publications, 2009.

Pelu, Ibnu Elmi AS, and Abdul Helim. Konsep Kesaksian: Hukum Acara Perdata Di Peradilan Agama. Malang: Setara Press, 2015.

Syaikhu, Ariyadi, and Norwili. Fikih Muamalah: Memahami Konsep Dan Dialektika Kontemporer. Edited by Rafik Patrajaya. Yogyakarta: K-Media, 2020.

Please kindly email El-Mashlahah Editorial Board if any problems.

[1] Khairil Anwar, Teologi Al-Banjari: Pemikiran Akidah Syekh Muhammad Arsyad Al-Banjari, 1st ed. (Bandung: Global House Publications, 2009),

[2] Ibnu Elmi AS Pelu and Abdul Helim, Konsep Kesaksian: Hukum Acara Perdata Di Peradilan Agama (Malang: Setara Press, 2015),

[3] Syaikhu, Ariyadi, and Norwili, Fikih Muamalah: Memahami Konsep Dan Dialektika Kontemporer, ed. Rafik Patrajaya (Yogyakarta: K-Media, 2020),


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.

  1. The submission is an original work, free from any form of plagiarism (text, data, and figures).
  2. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under consideration by another journal.
  3. The submission has been approved by all co-authors and relevant authorities (e.g. an institution or sponsor).
  4. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  5. The text is 1.5-spaced; uses a Times New Roman, 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.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  7. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  8. The manuscript is written in English, written in good English and is free of grammatical errors. It has been checked with a proofreading tool (e.g. Grammarly) and, if possible, proofed by a language editor.
  9. The authors comply with the ethical standards as outlined in the Publication Ethics.

Copyright Notice

Copyright on articles is retained by the respective author(s), without restrictions. A non-exclusive license is granted to El-Mashlahah to publish the article and identify itself as its original publisher, along with the commercial right to include the article in a hardcopy issue for sale to libraries and individuals.