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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.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Name, address and email address (institution's email) of three possible references outside the authors' institution are indicated in the COMMENTS TO THE EDITOR.
  • For manuscripts not in English (e.g in Arabic or Malay), the title, abstract and keywords in English are provided. The list of references have been written in Roman alphabet.


1. Prospective contributions must be clearly written using British English and standard Bahasa Malaysia and Arabic and should be of interest to a broad readership. Articles should be between 4,000 to 7,000 words.

2. The manuscript should be prepared on A4 size with 2.5 cm margin from the top and 2.0 cm margin from the bottom, left and right The text is single spaced and justified, uses a 12-point font of Garamond for Roman characters, while Traditional Arabic 14-point font should be used for Arabic characters, employ italic rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). Paragraphs should be separated by double spacing.

3. All manuscripts submitted for consideration to this journal should have a Title Page indicating the article title, full name(s) of author(s), affiliation(s), mailing and email address(es) for the title page manuscript along with the anonymous manuscript. For manuscripts not in English (e.g in Arabic or Malay), the title in English is to be provided. 

4. The manuscript must contain an abstract in the language of the manuscript and in English. The length of the abstract must be in between 150 to 200 words including the purpose of the paper, the scope, objective, methodology, findings, practical applications and significance. Please also provide minimum 3 and maximum 5 chosen keywords in the language of the manuscript as well as in English for indexing purposes.

5. Submitted articles must be original work. Articles that have been published elsewhere or are being considered for publication by other journals of publications would not be considered. However, articles accepted in conference proceedings that have been revised, updated, and extended may be considered for review.

6. References should be focused on the most pertinent, and up-to-date sources. In matters of grammar and usage, OJIMF refers to the style guide of the American Psychological Association (APA) (http://www.apastyle.org). The references should be provided in English if the manuscript written in Arabic language.

7. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to ensure that the English used has been thoroughly checked to ensure that there is no grammatical or spelling error. Authors who wish to refine the use of English in their manuscripts may like to consider engaging professional editing services. Any costs incurred in engaging such services are the sole responsibility of the author(s).

8. Manuscripts should be submitted either *.docx or *.doc (MS Word Document format) at submissions of this journal. Please upload two files containing anonymous manuscript and title page manuscript. Names and contact information for the author(s) should appear only on an accompanying cover sheet. Contact information should include mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.

9. Manuscripts will be acknowledged upon receipt via e-mail. Review of the manuscript is carried out as swiftly as possible. Once a decision for publication, whether accepted or rejected, is made, the corresponding author is notified by e-mail.

10. All conflicts of interest must be declared by all prospective contributors in the Acknowledgement section of the article. Conflicts of interest include any personal or professional affiliation, any financial interests, and/or any past, present or anticipated activities that may compromise the quality or objectivity of the manuscript.

11. Sections and subsections should be given the titles respectively. There should be 5 subsections, namely introduction, literature review, methodology, findings and discussion, conclusion and implication. Bolded capital letters should be used for the section titles. For subsections, the first letter of each word should be in capital letter, followed by small letters and all must be italic.

12. Tables and figures should be clearly labelled. Any tables, figures or illustrations should be placed within the text at the appropriate points on the same page rather than at the end. It must be assigned an Arabic numerals as table or figure number; the table number and title, and the figure number and title should be placed on top of the table and figure. The source of the table and figure, if applicable, should be placed below the table and the figure. The first letter of the title should be in capital letter. Any tables, figures or illustrations should be placed in the middle of the page between left and right margins.

13. The manuscript must provide a complete bibliography. Bibliographic references must be arranged alphabetically and follow the following format:

Book: Surname of the Author(s), Initial(s) (Year). Title of the Book. Name of Publisher. Example: Ilhaamie, A.G.A. (2013). Kualiti Perkhidmatan Islam dalam Perkhidmatan Awam. Kuala Lumpur: UM Press.

Chapter or Article in a Book: Surname of the Author(s), Initial(s) (Year). “Title of the Chapter or Article.” in Surname of the Author(s) or Editor(s) of the Book, Initial(s). Title of the Book. Name of Publisher. Pages comprising the chapter or article within the book. Example: Ilhaamie, A.G.A. & Wan Suryati, W.A. (2006), “Personaliti Insan dari Perspektif Pengurusan Konvensional dan Islam” in Ab. Mumin, A.G. & Fadillah, M. (Ed.). Dimensi Pengurusan Islam. Kuala Lumpur: UM Press. 125-138.

Journal: Surname of the Author(s), Initial(s) (Year). “Title of the Article.” Name of the Journal, Volume or Issue(Number), Pages comprising the article within the journal. Example: Munazza, S. & Ilhaamie, A.G.A. (2018). “A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Muslim Religious Commitment on US Brand Switching Behaviour.” International Journal of Islamic Marketing and Branding, 3(2), 144-161.

Where available, URLs for the references have to be provided.