Author Guidelines

Authors are highly advised to download the Author Guidelines to prepare their manuscript according to the Journal's specifications to ensure smooth submission process. Authors are reminded to avoid plagiarism and adhere to the code of ethics of this journal.


MANUSCRIPT FORMAT AND STRUCTURE

Please read this section carefully to avoid any violation of the submission process. Papers that are prepared accordingly with minimal errors and conform to the format and style will likely to ensure efficient communication and fast track of publication. If required, the AL-MAQĀṢID Journal Editorial Office will return the manuscript to the Authors for scientific and editorial correction in which will delay the publication time. Please use the template provided as a guide in manuscript preparation. The Editor reserves the right to make literacy corrections and to make suggestions to improve brevity. Charges may apply depending on the quality and preparation of the manuscript. Hence, authors are reminded to proof-read their manuscript before submitting their manuscript for the final review to the Editorial Office.

Manuscript File Type
Prepare your manuscript in a SINGLE file following the arrangement of the sections: Title Page Information; Manuscript (Text); Figures and/or Tables. AL-MAQĀṢID Journal only accepts Microsoft Word (MS Word) type of file format. Refrain from submitting your manuscript as a PDF file.

Language
The Language used is English, either UK or US. Do not have a mixture of both languages. Manuscripts must be written in clear and comprehensible English in the correct format. Authors whose native language is not English are strongly advised to have their manuscript proof read or checked by an English-speaking colleague prior to submission. Please note that multiple language errors detected will render the manuscript to be rejected.

Title Page Information
Title – Concise and informative. Please write in Sentence case
Author names, Affiliations and ORCID – All accredited authors’ names must be correctly spelled, written as the published author name in a single line. Names are to be written in the format of last name first, followed by the first and middle names initials. i.e. New, C.Y.  Present the authors’ affiliation addresses accordingly below the names of the authors. Provide full postal address without any abbreviations. Indicate all affiliations with number superscripts, placed in front of the last name and the similar number superscript must be indicated in front of the addresses. Provide each respective authors their ORCID. 
Corresponding author – The corresponding author must be clearly indicated with an asterisk (*) in front of the author’s name. Provide only the email address of the corresponding author, written after the affiliations’ address, indicated. Only one (1) corresponding author is allowed.

Manuscript Style
Double-spaced, typed using 11-point Calibri with a margin of 1 inch on all four sides. Provide continuous line numbers in the manuscript.
Headings of the sections are to be bold and appear on its own separate line. Subheadings/subsections should be given a brief heading, italicize and appear on its own separate line. Authors are advised to minimize subsections.

The manuscript (research article) should include:
Abstract – Executive summary of the manuscript which includes the specific aims, brief description of method, main results and conclusions in a single paragraph. No references should be included in the abstract. Non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.
Keywords – A minimum of 3 and a maximum of only 6 words allowed indicating the essentials of the research work. Separate each keyword with a comma (,) in a single line.
Introduction – A brief introduction to the study and issues.

Literature Review - Literature review and previous relevant work with references. Include the objectives of the research work at the last paragraph clearly.
Methods – Precise methods should be described to ensure reproducibility. Published or known methods should be cited correctly and if, there are any modifications, it should be noted.
Results – Clear and concise. Presentation of results with tables and figures may improve its clarity. Avoid presenting repetition results in writing and in the form of tables and figures.
Discussion – Explains the significance, impact and consequences of the results. Results and discussion may be combined or separated.
Conclusion – It is not mandatory. However, if discussion is too long, authors are advised to provide a conclusion to sum up of results interpretation with suggested recommendations. Avoid repetition of the points made in the preceding sections.
Conflict of Interest – Disclose any potential conflict of interest appropriately.
Acknowledgement – Indicate any source of funding or other contributors to the work in a single paragraph and kept at the minimum.

References
Citation in text
All references in the text must be listed in the references section with the names of authors, arranged alphabetically. It is the duty of the author to ensure all references cited to be listed, COMPLETE and ACCURATE without ANY LOSS of information required by the Journal. Please ensure all references cited within the text must also be present in the reference list (and vice versa).

Reference Style:

  1. Single author: the author’s name (without initials) and the year of publication.
  2. Two authors: both authors’ name and the year of publication. E.g. (Duan and Su, 2005).
  3. Three or more authors: first author’s name followed by ‘et al.’ and the year of publication. Citation may be made directly (or parenthetically). Group of references should be listed chronologically according to the year of publication. E.g. “as demonstrated (Saleh et al., 2014; New et al., 2016). Malcolm et al. (2015) have recently studied...”
  4. Same group of authors with the same first author that has multiple publications within the same year should be indicated with an alphabet after the year of publication to indicate differently.  E.g. Son, Tang, and Premarathne (2015a); Son, Tang and Premarathne (2015b)
  5. Different group of authors, but by the same first author that has multiple publications within the same year is cited as such: E.g. Son, Tang, Premarathne et al. (2015) [more than 3 authors]; Son, Premarathne and Aimi (2015) [3 authors]


Reference List
All references should be arranged alphabetically by authors’ name, listing all authors, year of publication, the full title of articles and journals, publisher and the necessary information (Examples given). Journal names are not to be abbreviated, typed in full, capitalized. Please cross-check the references in text and in the list to ensure similarity.

Examples:
Journal

Kudra, T., Raghavan, G.S.V., Akyel, C., Bosisio, R. and van de Voort, F.R. (1992). Electromagnetic properties of milk and its constituents at 2.45 MHz. International Microwave Power Institute Journal, 27(4), 199-204.
Book
Evans, A.S. and Brachman, P.S. (1998). Bacterial Infections of Humans: Epidemiology and Control. 3rd ed. New York: Kluwer Academic.
Chapter in Book
Holt, J.G., Krieg, N.R. and Sneath, P.H.A. (1994). Genus Salmonella. In Holt, J.G. and Krieg, N.R. (Eds). Bergeys Manual of Determinative Bacteriology, p. 186-187. Baltimore, MD: Williams and Wilkins.
Proceedings/Seminars/Conferences Papers
Cloyd, A.M. (2014). Surveying students: A look at citation habits of college students, presented at EasyBib Info Lit Conference, New York City, 2014. New York, NY: Easy Bib Publishing
Internet 
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). (2006). Food Safety Information: Microwave Ovens and Food Safety. Retrieved on August 24, 2014 from FSIS Website: www.fsis.usda.gov/shared/PDF/Microwave_Ovens_and_Food_Safety.pdf Report
Turnitin. (2003). What’s wrong with Wikipedia?: Evaluating the sources by students. Oakland, CA: iParadigms, LLC.
Thesis
Knight, K.A. (2011). Media epidemics: Viral structures in literature and new media. Michigan: Michigan University, PhD Dissertation.
Patent
Bell, A.G. (1876). U.S. Patent No. 174, 465. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Standards
International Organization for Standardization. (2016). Occupational health and safety management systems-Requirements with guidance for use (ISO/DIS Standard No. 45001). Retrieved from http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail?csnumber=63787
Newspapers
Bowman, L. (1990). Bills Target Lake Erie Mussels. Pittsburgh Press, p. A4.

Tables
Display the tables on separate pages in the manuscript after the reference section. The tables should be numbered consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. All tables must be supplied with a caption, placed on top of the table body and any table notes must be placed below the table body with proper indicators to the contents in the table body (if needed).
Captions are written in the format of: Table 1. Demographic of the respondents.

Figures
Display the figures on separate pages in the manuscript after the reference section. Figures should be numbered consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Scanned or digital photographs should be in high resolution, minimum 300. Caption every figure at the bottom of the figures followed by the figure notes.
Caption are written in the format of: Figure 1: Application of Islamic Legal Maxims.

Footnotes
Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. They should be numbered in the text indicated by superscript numbers and kept as brief as possible.

Miscellaneous
Do not use '&' in your manuscript.
Abbreviations should be used sparingly and only if a lengthy name or expression is repeated throughout the manuscript, and never in the title. The abbreviated name or expression should be cited in full at first usage, followed by the accepted abbreviation in parentheses.
Metric SI Units should generally be used. Chemical formulae and solutions must specify the forms used, e.g. anhydrous or hydrated, and the concentration must be in clearly defined units.
Bacteria names should be italicized, typed full for the first mentioned and the generic name should be contracted to a single letter if repeated. Please ensure the correct bacteria names are written. 

AFTER ACCEPTANCE

If your paper is accepted for publication, authors will be prompted with an email notification on the decision of your manuscript with the acceptance letter. All manuscripts accepted are subject to a minimum charge of RM 350 / USD 86 starting publishing year of 2021. This is the article processing charge (APC) used to cover the publishing costs, website and administrative.

The editor may decide to waive this charge in exceptional circumstances. The Editor will perform a technical check on the manuscript deeming its quality and preparation of the manuscript. If necessary, the article will be returned to the author for further clarification. Charges may apply.

Proof Corrections
The paper will then proceed into production once the necessary documents have been received. Authors will be notified by email when the PDF proof is ready for final checking before publication. Proofs must be returned to the Production Editor within two (2) days of receipt.
Authors are given the flexibility of correcting the proof once before the finalized proof is released. Subsequent corrections will be charged. Hence, authors are reminded to perform a thorough checking on the galley proof.

Article Retraction/Removal
If author wishes to retract/remove their article, the author may write into the Editorial Office and stating their justification. However, this action is highly discouraged by the Journal once the Journal had accepted the manuscript for publication. The Journal has provided full publishing services and the Journal is only able to recoup this investment through the APC. Any retraction/removal does not detract from the publishing services provided or from our ongoing maintenance of the scientific record.

Article Withdrawal without Notification after Acceptance
This is a serious offence in the ethics of publishing. Authors should bear the responsibility of their manuscript submission and progress in a journal. If the Journal does not receive any reply from the author after acceptance within two weeks, the Journal assumes that the author withdraws their article. This will affect the author’s reputation as AL-MAQĀṢID Journal adheres to the ethics of publishing seriously.

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION CHECKLIST

Please use the following list to perform the last checking of the manuscript prior sending it to the Journal for review.

  • Cover letter prepared with 4 – 5 suggested reviewers
  • E-mail address for every author.
  • Full postal address, with no abbreviations
  • Manuscript complied in a single MS Word processor file
  • Proof-read finalized version of the manuscript.
  • Manuscript has been ‘spell-checked’ and ‘grammar-checked’
  • All figures captioned.
  • All tables captioned (including table notes).
  • References are in the correct format for this Journal.

 

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