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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

Author Guidelines

Notes for Contributors



The Journal of Islamic Management Studies (JIMS) is an academically double-blind, peer-reviewed professional journal of the World Academy of Islamic Management (WAIM). The aim of the JIMS is to advance knowledge and practices in key areas of Islamic management and leadership. As such, the JIMS presents both theoretical and practical knowledge useful to practitioners, researchers, and academicians from spiritual and alternative perspectives.

The JIMS welcomes two categories of manuscripts: articles of Islamic management interest that have direct practical implications and value for practitioners, and academic articles which may take the form of research papers, literature reviews including book reviews or their equivalents. 

Authors are welcome to submit original manuscripts of between 5,000 and 8,000 words on topics in the following areas (Please note that the list is not exhaustive):


  • General management including strategic management
  • Management issues in Islamic accounting, banking, and finance
  • Business ethics encompassing spirituality from an Islamic perspective
  • Business sustainability and SDGs
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Entrepreneurship and new start ups
  • E-commerce management
  • Healthcare management
  • Human resource management
  • International business management
  • Knowledge management
  • Leadership and succession planning
  • Marketing management
  • Operations and quality management
  • Organizational behavior
  • Performance management
  • Public sector management
  • Strategic alliances
  • Supply-chain management
  • Technology and innovation including artificial intelligence



Text within the body of the manuscript should be typed, single-spaced, in 12pt Times Roman/Times New Roman font, with headings, and no more than two levels of subheadings.

Authors should write in clear and concise English, following the latest version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, with exceptions as follows: the JIMS advocates British spelling and an American Psychological Association (APA) referencing format (see below). For equations, the JIMS prefers the use of Roman letters to Greek letters wherever possible (a instead of α and b instead of β, etc.).

Numbers one to nine should be spelled out, while two-digit numbers may be in Arabic numerals (10 or 839, etc.). Avoid beginning a sentence with Arabic numerals.

The JIMS discourages the use of personal pronouns in academic manuscripts. However, manuscripts containing articles of management interest may employ personal pronouns and language devices such as metaphors, figures of speech, et cetera to a conservative extent at appropriate instances.

All manuscripts must contain the following information:

  • title page with the title of the manuscript and name(s) of author(s), affiliation(s), mailing address(es), and e-mail address(es). Correspondence will be directed only to the corresponding author.
  • An abstract of 100-110 words that outlines the purpose, scope, findings and conclusions of the manuscript, and that provides two to five selected keywords.
  • main body of text that should begin on a new page headed by the full article title. Limitations of the study should be presented as part of the discussion or conclusion.
  • A list of references that should clearly distinguish between References (references that were cited within the body text), and Bibliography (references that were not directly cited in the body text). Every citation in the text must have a detailed reference in the Reference section. Bibliographic information alone will not be published in the JIMS.
  • Figureand tables should be titled and numbered.
  • Manuscripts must be proofread by language experts prior to submission. Language editing is solely authors’ responsibilities, JIMS does not have such facilities and poor language may cause outright paper rejection. Authors may request editor in chief for contact to edit the language on payment basis.


Please note:

  1. Manuscripts that do not fit JIMS’s aim, or that are in major violation of the preparation guidelines (e.g., they are double-spaced, they use footnotes rather than the indicated referencing format, or they greatly exceed the maximum length), will be returned to authors without review. Failing revised submission, it may be outright rejection of the paper.
  2. Submitted manuscripts MUST not be under concurrent consideration by another journal.



References should be listed at the end of the text and arranged within the article citation order by the surnames of the authors.

The use of superscripted references is NOT acceptable. For example, “There are two major sources of government funding1”. Within the text, citation should be made in the following way:

Fontaine (2023) has written an interesting article on Islamic management and science”.  OR, “sejahtera responsible comsumerism among young consumers in Malaysia is a vibrant area of research (Zainudin & Sharif, 2024)”.

Only references cited in the text should be listed in the References at the end.

Some examples of Reference formats are provided below:


For one author:

Fontaine, R. (2023). School of management, Islamic management and science. International Journal of Economics, Managemnet and Accounting, 31(1), 1-22.

For two or more than two authors:

Zainudin, D., & Sarif, S.M. (2024). Influence of sejahtera responsible comsumerism among young consumers in Malaysia. Journal of Islamic Management Studies, 7(1), 3-17.


Ali, M.M. (2022). Islamic Research: Theory, Methodology and Thesis Writing. Kuala Lumpur: Islamic Book Trust. 

Chapter in a book:

Ouda, J. (2023). Maqasid and ethics of sustainability: An integrated framework for development. In: A. Berghout, & K. Ahmad (Eds), SDG 18 - Spirituality, Values and Culture for Hamanising Sustainable Development: A Future Worldview (pp. 143-167), Kuala Lumpur: ISTAC-IIUM Publications. 

Proceedings paper:

Pramanik, A. H. (2005).  Political economy of development as a basis for doing business in the Muslim World.  International Conference on Doing Business in Islamic Asia.  Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia, June 21-23.

Internet resource:

Cooney, T.M., Atherton, A., & Richardson, P. (2001). Is our understanding of entrepreneurship contingent upon the context in which it occurs? [online]. Available at: [Accessed 4 October, 2015].


Idid, S.A. (2024). Each PM has his own style. New Straits Times, January 26, p. 13.


All manuscripts must be submitted electronically or (Editor-in-chief: Professor Dr. Khaliq Ahmad)


Manuscript Review & acceptance

  • Submissions will be acknowledged via e-mail upon receipt.
  • JIMS strives to respond to all authors with an editorial decision within three (3) months of the receipt of the manuscript.
  • The acceptance of manuscripts is at the sole discretion of the JIMS Editorial Committee based upon the reviews and feedbacks.
  • Since the publication of the journal is on a bi-annual basis, submitted manuscripts will not necessarily be immediately published upon acceptance by WAIM. 
  • Unselected manuscripts may be revived when a suitable theme occurs. In such cases, authors will be contacted to update their manuscripts prior to publication.
  • For accepted manuscripts, authors will be advised via e-mail if their manuscript requires revision or resubmission.
  • Revised manuscripts will be reviewed for a final decision to accept or reject.
  • All accepted manuscripts are subject to editorial changes. The author is solely responsible for all statements made in the manuscript, including those resulting from editorial changes.



  • WAIM does not approve or disapprove any data, facts, views, or conclusions contained in manuscripts submitted by authors.
  • WAIM has the discretion to reject and/or change the publication theme and timeline and is not in the position to guarantee prior endorsement of the content and publication timeline/date.
  • WAIM reserves the right to change any of content in these Notes for Contributors without prior notice.


The JIMS welcomes two categories of manuscripts: articles of Islamic management interest that have direct practical implications and value for practitioners, and academic articles which may take the form of research papers, literature reviews including book reviews or their equivalents. 

Book Reviews

This section will include the book reviews written from an Islamic or alternative perspective of management. The book may be focussed on Islamic economics, banking and finance, Islamic accounting, Islamic marketing and HRM including organisational behaviour.

Research notes

This will include research notes and findings of investigations, practitioners' experience in the area of Islamic management theories and practices.

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