Author Guidelines

Scandinavian Journal of Islamic Studies welcomes not previously published research articles, essays, and book reviews from scholars and postgraduate students working within the areas covered by the journal (see about the journal). Submissions may be written in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and English.

Format and length

Research articles must be 6,000 – 10,000 words, excluding references, and should be submitted to the editor ( in Open Office or Microsoft Word format.

Articles must include a short descriptive title, possibly with an explanatory subtitle, and start with an abstract of no more than 600 characters. Articles should be divided into sections, with subheadings in bold. Sections should not be numbered. Notes should be limited and placed as endnotes. There should be a list of references and a brief author description, prepared by the author. All articles should also include a short abstract in English of 10-15 lines, if written in a language other than English.

In addition, articles must be submitted in the following format:

  • Times New Roman, 12-point
  • 1½ line spacing
  • Words in languages other than English in italics
  • Footnotes numbered with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3 ...)
  • Neither bold nor underlining to be used in the body of the text
  • Italics to be kept to a minimum
  • Main subheadings: bold
  • Secondary subheadings: italic
  • Always use double quotation marks, save for a quotation within a quotation, when single quotation marks are used
  • Longer quotations (more than 3 lines) should be indented without quotation marks
  • Quotations in languages other than English should always be translated
  • Spelling, including abbreviations, should follow a standard dictionary, either for British English or American English, but consistently
  • Formatting of punctuation should follow either British or American norms, consistently. 


References and bibliography must follow Chicago Author-Date (

In-text references are placed in parentheses and contain the author’s surname, year of publication and page number, for example (Anderson 1991, 53). The bibliography at the end of the article is ordered alphabetically according to the following pattern:

Asad, Talal. 2003. Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

An-Na'im, Abdullahi. 1999. “Political Islam in National Politics and International Relations.” In Peter L. Berger (ed.): The Desecularization of the World. Michigan: W.B.E Publishing Company.

Safi, Omid. 2003. "What is progressive Islam?" In ISIM Newsletter 13: 48-50.

Galal, Lise Paulsen. 2015. "Dialogue event: When Muslims and Christians meet." The Journal of Islam Research 9 (2): 48-67. 

On several books by the same author started with the latest release:

Esposito, John L. 2002. Unholy War. Terror in the Name of Islam. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

- 1992. The Islamic Threat. Myth or Reality? New York / Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Several publications from the same year by the same author are marked 2004a, 2004b, etc.


For articles in English, follows IJMES, save that:

  • long vowels are marked ā, ū, ī
  • the letter ‘aynis marked with ‘
  • the letter alifis marked with the ’ 

Otherwise, diacritical marks are omitted.

Names of places, persons and organizations that have an accepted form in English are not transliterated, e.g. “President Nasser arrived in Cairo” not “President Nāsir arrived in al-Qāhira.”

Sun letters are not assimilated (al-tafsir, not at-tafsir).


SJIS publishes essays that are relevant to the readers of SJIS, but which do not fit the genre of a research articles. In the past SJIS has published speeches, memoirs, and work experiences. Please contact the editor on if in doubt whether an idea for an essay is suitable for SJIS. Essays are not peer-reviewed but approved by two SJIS editors.

Book reviews

Before writing a book review, please consult with the book review editor ( to make sure that another review has not been commissioned on the same book.


Publication ethics

- Authors who have not made a significant contributed to an article must not be listed as co-authors.

- Any conflicts of interest must be declared by the author and will be published with the article.

- SJIS encourages data-sharing but does not demand authors to make their data publicly available.

- Authors has full intellectual property rights.

- An editor from SJIS is assigned to each issue of SJIS, and this person is responsible for ethic oversight of that particular issue.

- Complaint and appeals in relation to ethical issues are handled by the board of editors on the first coming board meeting.

- Complaints in relation to the content of individual articles are handled by the board of editors on the first coming board meeting.


Open access and copyright

SJIS offers immediate diamond open access without Article Processing Charges (APCs) or any other fees. Furthermore, all articles are published under the creative commons license BY-NC-SA. SJIS retains the copyright of published articles.