JISPIL Guidance for Contributors

Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law

Instructions for Authors


Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law (JISPIL) is a peer-reviewed Journal published by electronicpublications.org. The aim of this Journal is to focus on issues concerning and involving Islamic States from the perspective of International Law. In this context all States members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (formerly the Organisation of Islamic Conference) are considered as being ‘Islamic’ States. In addition to the practices of individual Islamic States, the Journal focuses on multilateral co-operation involving Islamic States, in particular the Organisation of Islamic Conference. The Journal also covers legal issues which may be of general interest to the Islamic world; these issues may have arisen in ‘non-Islamic’ States or those States which are not members of the Organisation of Islamic Conference. The Journal presents coverage of important international legal issues relevant to the Islamic world, including treaty arrangements. It also reports on national and international cases involving Islamic States and multilateral organisations.

Ethical and Legal Conditions

  1. The Journal welcomes submission of articles for consideration with a view to publication.
  2. All Journal articles are peer reviewed, and it is a requirement of submission that these articles are original and not previously published elsewhere.
  3. The Journal also welcomes contributions for its ‘Recent Developments’ section.
  4. If the submission includes figures, tables, or large sections of text that have been published previously, the author has obtained written permission from the original copyright owner(s) to reproduce these items in the current manuscript of the journal. All copyrighted material has been properly credited in the manuscript.


Editorial Correspondence, including submissions to journal should be made electronically to the Editor Journal of Islamic State Practice in International Law, Dr Ayesha Shahid, Brunel University, E-mail: ayesha.shahid@brunel.ac.uk or JISPIL@electronicpublications.org.

Peer Review
Receipt of all manuscripts will be acknowledged immediately. The Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law is a peer-reviewed journal. All manuscripts received are evaluated by our Editors-in-Chief or one other member of the Editorial Board and by two anonymous external referees. After receiving comments from referees, notification of acceptance, rejection or need for revision will be given, normally, within ten weeks of receipt of manuscript, although exceptions to this time frame may occur. Excellence is a necessary condition for publication. The final decision on publication rests with the Editorial Board after submissions are refereed on the basis of anonymity. Substantive changes proposed by referees/editorial board will only be made in consultation with the author.

General Information
Double space the text typed in point-size 12 with single spaced abstract and footnotes and wide (1 inch) margins. The entire manuscript should be paginated through.
The first page must give: title of paper, contributor names, and the full address (including email) of the author designated to receive proofs/correspondence, and total word count. An abstract of no more than 150 words should be included with all submissions. Pages should be in numbered sequence. The name of the author(s) should appear at the beginning immediately under the title, with an asterisked footnote giving the present position of the author(s) and an address (including email) for contact by readers, together with any desired acknowledgements. Headings should be to journal style. British spelling of English-language is used. Footnotes should be kept brief as possible and used primarily for reference purposes; explanatory notes are discouraged. Scripts and disks will not normally be returned unless special arrangements have been made. Submissions should be original unpublished work and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

This journal uses footnotes and not endnotes. All submissions must be referenced using Oscola style: http://denning.law.ox.ac.uk/published/oscola.shtml.

Language Editing
Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.

Articles should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words (12,000 including footnotes). Articles for the ‘Recent Developments’ section should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. A short abstract (no more than 150 words) and a short biography of the author is required.

Use initial capitals for all words except prepositions and articles, and all words that contain five letters or more. Headings should follow the following format:

  • 1. The First Order Heading
  • 1.1. The Second Level Heading
  • 1.1.1. The Third Level Heading

Use italics for emphasis very sparingly.

Figures and Numerals
Spell out numbers less than 100, unless they are a percent (e.g. 76 percent).

Dates should be cited thus: 24 October 2012.

Single quotation marks should be used (with double quotation marks for quotations within quotations).

Block Quotes
Quotations of more than about 30 words (unless in footnotes) should be indented from the text without quotation marks.

Submission and Preparation of Recent Developments

Shorter comments (about 5,000 words) should be sent to Editor Journal of Islamic State Practice in International Law. E-mail:ayesha.shahid@brunel.ac.uk. Submissions should follow journal style for articles.

Submission and Preparation of Book Reviews

Book reviews of between 1,500 and 3,000 words should be sent as an email attachment (Word or Word compatible) to Ms Bnar Shekhani, e-mail: bnar.shekhani@brunel.ac.uk, for a list of titles that may be available for review. Please provide the following information: full names; institutional affiliation; language competency; a brief explanation of your experience in the field of human rights law. Book reviews should comply with the requirements as for articles above (including author's identification and citation). If you are interested in having a title reviewed, please contact Ms Bnar Shekhani, e-mail: bnar.shekhani@brunel.ac.uk, with information about the title in question.


Authors will receive a PDF proof of their article by email and it is essential that a current email address is supplied with all articles. Proofing instructions will accompany the PDF file but the proof should be checked immediately upon receipt and return as per covering instructions. Only essential corrections should be made at this stage.

Following publication a PDF file of the article will be supplied free of charge by the publisher to each author for personal use. 

Consent to Publish

Transfer of Copyright By submitting a manuscript, the author agrees that the copyright for the article is transferred to the publisher if and when the article is accepted for publication. For that purpose the author needs to sign the Consent to Publish which will be sent with the first proofs of the manuscript.