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First: Publishing Terms
1. The research should be novel and yet published.
2. It should be original, novel, and innovative and should add to knowledge.
3. The research should be in the journal's specialty.
4. The research should not be drawn from the master’s or doctorate theses or from research previously published by the researcher.
5. It should adhere to the rules and methodology of authentic scientific research.
6. The number of research pages should not exceed 50 (A4) pages, including Arabic and English abstracts, references, appendices and indexes.
7. Page margins should be 2.5 cm at the top, bottom, right, and left). The line spacing should be "double" at 0.9.
8. For the Arabic language, Traditional Arabic font should be used in size 16 pt., not bold, for the body and the extract; bold for headings; font size 14 pt., not bold, for footnotes; font size 10 pt., not bold, for tables and figures; and bold for table headers and captions.
9. For the English language, Times New Roman font is used, size 12 pt., not bold, for body text and extract; bold for headings; font size 10 pt., not bold, for footnotes, tables and figures; and bold for table headers and captions.
10. Research title page should include the following: research title, researcher's name and degree, scientific reference "department and university" and email.
11. The number of Arabic and English abstract words should not exceed 250 words each, including the following items: research topic, objectives, methodology, and the most important findings and recommendations. The research title should be translated into English, the researcher's name should be written in Latin letters, and the email should appear at the top of the English abstract.
12. Each abstract (Arabic/English) should be followed by the key words (a maximums of 5 words), which accurately indicate the subject of the research and the main issues it addresses.
13. Quranic verses should be typed in Uthmanic script enclosed within flower brackets, based on the Madinah Mushaf software.
14. Research pages should be serially numbered, including tables, figures, images, and references.
Second: Documentation Method:
In-text Qur'anic references are cited by mentioning the name of the Surah, and the number of the verse within brackets.
Prophetic Hadiths are referenced in footnotes by mentioning the chapter, book and the number of the Hadith, whenever possible.
Footnotes are placed at the bottom of each page, numbered.
The footnotes should mention the book title, the author's name, volume, and page number according to the documentation system applied in Shari`ah studies.
Example: Al-Mughni, Ibn Qudamah (6/435).
If more than one reference is cited, they shall be separated by semicolons.
Example: Majmu` Al-Fatawa, Ibn Taymiyyah (29/158); Zad Al-Ma`ad, Ibn Al-Qayyim (1/120).
A list of Arabic references should be appended to the research arranged by title of the book, as follows:
1. If the reference is a book: book title, name of the author, date of death (if available), name of the book verifier (if applicable), publishing house, place of publication, edition number, and year of publication.
Example: Ma`alim Al-Tanzil, Al-Husain bin Mas`ud Al-Baghawi (d. 516 A.H.), verified by: Muhammad Al-Nimr, `Uthman Damirieh, Sulaiman Al-Harash, Dar Taibah: Riyadh, 4th edition, 1417 A.H.
2. If the reference is a university thesis that has not been printed: thesis title, researcher's name, thesis type (MA / PhD), name of the college, name of the university, and the year. Example: Ahkam Talaf Al-Amwal fi Al-Fiqh Al-Islami, Abdullah bin Hamad bin Nasir Al-Ghatimel, doctoral thesis, College of Shari`ah and Islamic Studies, Umm Al-Qura University, 1409 A.H.
3. If the reference is an article or a research published in a journal: the title of the article, name of the author or researcher, name of the periodical, place of publication, issue number, volume number, year of publication, and number of the article or research pages.
Example: Maqasid Al-Hajj fil Qur’an Dr. Adel bin Ali Al-Shiddi, UQU Journal of Shari`ah and Islamic Studies, Umm Al-Qura University, Issue 44, volume 1, 1429 A.H., pp. 11-74.
4. If the reference is a website: website name, and the site URL.
Example: Umm Al-Qura University website - www.uqu.edu.sa
5. If there is no reference data, the following abbreviations can be used:
No place of publication: (n.p.)
No publisher: (n.p.)
No edition number: (no DOIs)
No Publication Date: (n.d.)
6. The list of foreign references is documented according to University of Chicago manual of style.
Example: Timoshenko, S. P. and Woinowsky - Ktieger, S.: Theory of Plates and Shells. 2nd Edition. Tokyo. Mc Graw - Hill Book Company. 1959
7. The researcher is required to type Arabic references in Latin letters. They should be included in the list of foreign references (while keeping them in the Arabic language in the list of Arabic references).
Example: Zād Al Mʻād Fī Hdī Khyr Al ʻBād. Muẖammad Ibn Abī Bkr Az Zrʻī. Investigated by Shu'aib Al-Arna'out, Abdulqader Al-Arna'out. (3th edition. Beirut: Mu'assasatur-Risalah, 2002).
Third: Research Elements
Research should be written according to the followed scientific method. It is as follows:
1. Title page elements, including: research title, name of the researcher, academic reference (department, college, university), and official email.
2. Writing a research abstract that contains: an overview of the topic in which the research problem is mentioned briefly, key objectives, methodology, presenting the most important findings of the researcher and the most important recommendations, and the keywords (maximum of five words).
3. Writing an English abstract of the research with the same specifications as the Arabic abstract, translating the research title, the name of the researcher and their email in the introduction to the English abstract.
4. Writing an introduction that contains: research importance, research problem, objectives, previous studies, research sections (its plan), its methodology and procedures.
5. Providing a literature review of previous studies, if any, and the scientific addition to it.
6. Arranging the research into sections (themes) according to a coherent research plan.
7. Presenting a specific idea in each section (topic) that forms part of the central idea of the research.
8. Writing a comprehensive research conclusion containing the most important findings and recommendations.
9. Keenness to prepare the research accurately and scientifically, and proof it for grammar and spelling errors.
The materials submitted for publication reflect the views of their authors. Authors are responsible for the soundness of information and the accuracy of conclusions. All copyright is reserved for the publisher (UQU). Once a research paper has been approved for publication, publication ownership is transferred from the author to the journal. It may re-publish it in paper or electronic form. It has the right to include it in local and global databases without the researcher's permission.
The researcher shall not be entitled to republish their research accepted for publication in the journal in any of the publishing media except with the written permission of the editor-in-chief of the journal.
Fifth: Responsibility of the Researcher
1. The researcher should adhere to the standards, guidelines and publishing rules specified by the UQU Journal for Shari`ah Sciences and Islamic Studies and to the principles and standards of research ethics and scientific publishing.
2. The researcher is obliged to observe the requirements of scientific integrity and respect for intellectual property rights by pledging the integrity of the research from extraction of previous works and research, and from plagiarizing the literature and research of others.
3. In the case of joint publishing, the researcher is obliged to obtain the approval of all co-researchers, and to acknowledge the effort of everyone who participated with the researcher in conducting the research and preparing the research paper.
4. The researcher is not permitted to submit a research paper that has been published in whole or in part in any form or language. They also undertake not to submit the research paper to any other party when it is under review by the journal. If it is accepted for publication, the researcher is not permitted to publish it again without obtaining the prior written consent of the journal.
5. The researcher is obliged to disclose any conflict of interest that may arise from the research, and they must disclose the source of all financial support for their research.
6. If the researcher finds a major error in the published work, they must inform the editor-in-chief to enable them to delete or correct the error.
7. Research published in the journal expresses the opinions of the researchers and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial board or university. The researcher is fully responsible for the content of the research.