Guidelines for Authors


The Journal of Muamalat and Islamic Finance Research (JMIFR) is managed by Faculty of Economics and Muamalat (FEM), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). In line with the university’s vision to become a world class teaching, learning and research institution in Islamic finance, banking, accounting, auditing, economics, muamalat, management and others, JMIFR serves as the medium to disseminate knowledge and research papers in those areas.

JMIFR is an international refereed journal. It is launched with the aspiration of stimulating quality research into Islamic finance, banking, accounting, auditing, economics, muamalat, management and related areas.

Researchers are strongly encouraged to use this publication as a platform for disseminating their research findings to the member of the academia and community at large.


  • The JMIFR welcomes research papers that address significant issue of wide interest in the field of Islamic finance and banking, accounting, economics, muamalat, management, which are relevant to the academia, industry, professional and community at large.
  • Research papers should be analytical and may be empirical based (including the use of survey, filed study or case study methods).
  • All articles must be in English, Arabic language or Bahasa Malaysia. Emphasis is placed on direct and clearly understood communication, originality and scholarly merit. All articles should not previously publish or simultaneously considered to be published in any forms of publication elsewhere.


All articles should be submitted online via ScholarOne manuscripts. Only original papers will be accepted and copyright of published papers will be vested in the publisher. 

Manuscript should be typed with single spacing in Microsoft Word 97 or higher and should not exceed 7,000 words. Margin should be set at 1” top, 1” bottom, 1.5” left and 1” right. Set tab setting 0.5”, so that the first line of paragraph is intended by the amount (except the first paragraph). All test should be left justified, typed using Times New Roman (size 12). The title should be printed in title case, font size 14 and centre aligned.

Indicate table within test. Camera-ready table should be typed flush with the left margin and have proper labeling of sources, column headings and other notation. The table numbers and title should be typed on separate lines. All endnotes should appear before references and it should be kept to minimum.

References to other publications must be in American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style and references should be carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency. Samples of entries are as follow:


Muhammad Ridhwan Ab. Aziz. (2013). Islamic banking and finance in Malaysia: System, issues and challenges. Nilai: Penerbit USIM.

Zainal Abidin Mohamed & Rosnia Masruki. (2013). Integrated muamalat case study. Nilai: Penerbit USIM.



Syadiyah Abdul Shukor. (2012). Effects of susceptibility to interpersonal influence on clothing benefits sought. International Journal of Management Studies, 19(1), 115-133.

Amir Shaharuddin & Gleave, R. (2007). The early development of Shafi’is rules on Mudarabah. Journal of Muamalat and Islamic Finance Research4(1), 147-159.


Conference Paper:

Norailis A.W. (2009). The path to create quality of service awareness among graduate entrepreneurs. Paper presented at the Islamic Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (iBEC2009), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia. June 2009.


Electronic Source:

IRAS. (2002). IRAS targets 1 in 2 taxpayers to e-file this year. Retrieved from http://www/

Authors are required to include a cover page indicating the name(s), address, contact number and e-mail of author(s).

An abstract not exceeding 200 words should be enclosed on a separate sheet at the beginning of the text. Extended version of abstract in English is required if the article submitted in Bahasa Malaysia or Arabic language. The format of abstract should provide the purpose, design/methodology/approach, findings, originality/value, a maximum of six keywords that will assist in indexing the paper and paper type.

Manuscript submitted to the journal will initially be screened by the Chief Editor and Executive Editor, to determine their appropriateness for publication. Only those considered appropriate will follow a double refereeing process by editorial board members.



Manuscripts are subjected to a double-blind review process and are reviewed by two independent reviewers, with the exception of papers invited for fast track publication that are reviewed by on independent reviewer. Decisions regarding the publication of a manuscript are based on the recommendations of these reviewers. Reviewers evaluate manuscripts based on their appropriateness for the journal, significance of contribution to the discipline, conceptual adequacy, technical adequacy, and clarity of presentation. Manuscripts of members of the journal team are subjected to the same review procedures.



Copyright of the accepted articles will not remain with author(s). Prior to publication of accepted article, author(s) will be asked to assign copyright to the JMIFR. All published articles in the journal are copyrighted to the JMIFR.

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