Definition of the journal: 
The Islamic university journal for Islamic studies is a semi-annual, peer-reviewed and periodical journal which is issued by a professional and independent editorial that falls under the supervision of the scientific research affairs in the Islamic university of Gaza . The journal seeks to publish original research in Islamic sciences in Arabic and English including the research productions of researchers within and  outside the university which have never been published before, the research productions have to reflect the opinions of the authors and their findings only and do not publish any contents that are explicitly or implicitly inconsistent with the philosophy of the Islamic university and the values ​​of the Palestinian people.
 
Instructions for the researchers:
1 - The research has to be characterized by originality, scientific value and knowledge and flawless and accurate language.
2 – The research should not be part of any previous published research, and the researcher has to submit a written acknowledgment that the research has never been published or sent for publication in another journal.
3 - If the research is an off-print, an electronic copy of the thesis dissertation CD should be attached

4 - The number of pages should not exceed (30) pages, including graphs, tables, images and references, while annexes and research tools are inserted after the list of references, though annexes are not usually published but rather inserted only for the purpose of arbitration.
5 – No indication shall be given regarding the name of the researcher or any indication whatsoever in the research, so as to ensure the confidentiality of the arbitration process .
6 - The researcher has to fill out a request for posting publications on the scientific research webpage, he has to be committed to full accuracy when filling the request.
7 – The research includes two research abstracts, one in Arabic and another in English, provided that each of them does not exceed 150 words, the research title has to be written in English, and the research abstract and title should not be translated literally


 
The Formatting of the Research:
 
- Paper: size (A4) dimensions (21 x 29) cm .
- Margins : 5 cm header and footer, and 4 cm to the left and right sides .
- The spacing between the lines: single
- Fonts: MS Word (Word 2007) of the operating system (Windows) as follows :
• Arabic language : Simplified Arabic, font size 14 bold for the headings, 13 bold for the sub- headings, 12 normal for the rest of the text, tables, and page numbering.
• English : Times New Roman, font size 14 bold for the headings, 13 bold for the sub- headings, 12 normal for the rest of the text, tables, and page numbering .

- Referencing method:
 
How to write in-text citation for the references of the research:
 
Quranic verse: It has to be cited in the text by the name of the Sura only followed by a colon: then the number of the verse [Al Nisaa: 55] .
Hadith: It should be referred to in the text only by the name of the book followed by a space and slash, then page number and a colon : the number of hadith, if any. [Sahih Al-Bukhari 1/53: 234]
Other sources are referred to in the text within square brackets on the line including a serial number followed by a parenthesis and the part (if any) and the page : . [5 - 3/220] , while the source details are written the last part of the research. When the same source is referred to more than once, it has to be cited in square brackets with the same used reference number followed by the part and then the page number page: [ 5-3/155 ] .
 

How to write references at the end of the research:
 
- The sources and references should be documented at the end of the research and the names of the author should be arranged in alphabetical order.
 
- If the reference is a research that was published in an Arab journal, it has to be cited as follows:
 
The given name has to be followed by a comma , then the name followed by a comma, the title of the research in the journal has to be written in italics , followed by a period. The name of the journal has to be followed by a comma , then the number of the volume followed by a comma , the number of the edition followed by a comma, followed by the first page of the research in the journal, followed by a space and then the publication year in parentheses followed by a full stop, it should appear as follows :

[ 5 ] Abdel Moneim, Ehsan, Footnote about Literature in the Ayyubid Period. Arab Studies Journal , Vol.5 , No.1, p: 120 (1973) .
 
- If the reference is a research that was published in a foreign journal, it has to be cited as follows:

 
The given name has to be followed by a comma , the first letter of the first name followed by a period and comma, then the title of the research in the journal has to be written in italics followed by a full stop . The name of the research has to be followed by a comma, then the number of the volume and edition (abbreviated forms: Vol. 4, No. 5) and each followed by a comma, then the number of the first page of the research in the journal followed by a space and the publication year in parentheses followed by a full stop. For instance:


[5] Braker, D., Theoretical Bases of Communicative Approaches. Applied Linguistics, Vol. 1, No. 3, p: 30. (1989) .
 
• If the reference is a book in Arabic, it has to be cited as per the following example
[ 5 ] Al Ansari , Ibrahim , Footnote about Literature in the Ayyubid Period. V.1 , Dar Al Maaref, Egypt , p: 228. (1965)
 
- If the reference is a book in a foreign language, it has to be cited as per the following example:
 
[5] Alderson, C., Hugues, A., Brumfit, J., Principles of Language Testing. Longman, London, p 123 (1966).
 
- If the reference is contained in a statistical bulletin of an official authority, it has to be cited as follows :
 
The title of the report is followed by a colon : the name of the issuing party has to be followed by a comma, then the country followed by a comma, the page number followed by a space,  the publication year has to be inserted in parentheses followed by a full stop .

For instance:
[ 5 ] The Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails : The ministry of prisoners , Palestine , p. 10 (2000).
 
§ If the reference is a chapter in a book written by a number of authors under the supervision of the editor in chief, it has to be cited as follows:
 
The given name has to be followed by a comma , and the first name is followed by a comma, followed by the title of the chapter in bold and a colon: The title of the book followed by a comma, then the edition followed by a comma, followed by the name of the publishing house and a comma, the number of the chapter page is followed by a space and then  the publication year is written in parenthesis and followed by a full stop . For example:
[ 5 ] Abdul Aziz , Adnan, tobacco insects. Abdel Nour, Esam: Agricultural Pests in Syria, Medical Publishing House, Amman, p: 20 (1985) .
 
- If the reference is an electronic source such as the worldwide web, then it has to be cited as follows:


The title of the electronic material followed by a colon : then the web address. For example:
[ 5 ] laws : http://www.pnic.gov.ps/arabic/law/law_a.html
 
Publication procedures:


- The author in the Gaza Strip has to submit a request for publication in the Islamic University Journal attached to three hard copies of the research and an electronic CD along with the receipt indicating the payment of the arbitration charges to the following address:
 
 
The Islamic university - Gaza – Al Remal - Jamal Abdel Nasser Street
 E-mail :
research@iugaza.edu.ps
Telephone: 2860700 ext: 1143


- The author shall pay $60 arbitration charge to the financial department in the Islamic university by a bank transfer to the bank account of the Islamic University of Gaza - Bank of Palestine - account number 110028.
 
- The author who is based outside the Gaza Strip can submit a request for publication along with an electronic copy of the research and arbitration charges to the Liaison Office in Amman on the following address :
 
Al Jubeiha - Queen Rania Street (known earlier as the University of Jordan ) opposite Majdi Mall
Phone: + 00962 6 534 62 03
Fax : + 00962 6 533 52 03
E-mail :
iugazajo@yahoo.com
E-mail :
iugaza@cyberia.jo
 
- All kinds of research sent to the journal are initially reviewed by the editorial board of the journal in order to determine the eligibility of the research for arbitration, the editorial board has the discretionary power to apologize for rejecting any research without stating the reasons.
- The arbitration fee is refunded in case of rejecting the research by the editorial staff , while fees shall not be refunded in case a request has been made to withdraw the research.
- The submitted research productions are subject to arbitration, and the author of the research shall be notified about accepting his research or any other comments, the rejected research productions shall not be returned to their original owners along with stating the reasons for such rejection.
- The researcher will be given a copy of the Islamic university journal which includes his/her published research in addition to the traditional10 paper offprints.
- The manuscripts submitted for publication reflect the views of their authors, and the authors take full responsibility for the accuracy and integrity of the information and conclusions .
- All the rights are reserved to the publisher (Islamic University) , when the research is accepted for publication, the ownership of the copyright shall be automatically transferred to the journal.
- The published manuscripts are subject to technical considerations that are not related to the status of the researcher or the value of his work .
- Sticking to these instructions shall ensure speedy accomplishment and fulfillment of the best interest of the researcher, however failure to abide by these instructions shall lead to delaying the publication of the research until all the requirements are fully met.