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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 spaced by 1.5; 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.
  • The text does not contain the author's name and other personal data that could affect the review process.

Author Guidelines

Ethical and Legal Conditions

Submission of an article for publication in Context implies that:

  1. All authors are in agreement about the manuscript’s content and its submission to the journal.
  2. The manuscript’s content has been tacitly or explicitly approved by the responsible authorities where the research was carried out.
  3. The manuscript has not been published previously, in part or in whole, in English or any other language, except as an abstract or part of a published lecture or academic thesis.
  4. The manuscript has not been, and will not be, submitted to any other journal while under consideration by Context.
  5. If accepted, the author agrees to transfer copyright for the manuscript to the Center for Advanced Studies, with the understanding that it will not be submitted for publication elsewhere in any form, in English or any other language, without prior written consent from the Center.
  6. If the submission includes figures, tables, or large sections of text that have been published previously, the author must obtain written permission from the original copyright owner(s) to reproduce these items for both the online and print publications of the journal. All copyrighted material must be properly credited in the manuscript.

Double-Blind Peer Review

Context uses a double-blind peer review system, which means that authors do not know who the reviewers are, and reviewers do not know the names of the authors. The author’s name should not be mentioned beyond the first page of the manuscript. If for some reason this is not possible, the journal should be informed so it can anonymise this information before the manuscript is sent to reviewers.

Submission Requirements

Contributions should be submitted in Microsoft Word. In principle, the journal publishes papers written in English and East European languages. The spelling and punctuation style (either British or American) of submissions in English should be consistent throughout.

Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words, including footnotes. Diacritics should not be used in the transliteration of Turkish, Arabic and Persian.

Manuscript Structure

The text must be double-spaced, and formatted with 1.5-inch margins. All full articles should include an abstract of no more than 150 words, and a list of 3-8 keywords. Capitalisation should be consistent, and only used where necessary. The abbreviations ‘vol.,’ ‘no.,’ and ‘pt.’ should not be capitalised. Foreign words not commonly used in English, and the titles of periodicals and major works, should be italicised.

Bibliographical References in Footnotes

  1. Journal article:

John Smith, “Article Name”, Journal Name, 16:2 (1992), 142-53.

  1. Article in an anthology or collection:

John Smith, “Article Name”, in Book Name, John Smith (ed.) (Place: Publisher, Date), pp. 24-9.

  1. Book:

John Smith, Book Name (Place: Publisher, Date), pp. 65-73.

  1. References that have already been cited in a previous footnote should be given in their abbreviated form: i.e., Smith, Book, p. 23; or Smith, “Article”, p. 45. Do not use op.cit or ibid.
  2. In footnote citations of works with more than three authors, the name of the first listed author should be given, followed by ‘et al.’ without intervening punctuation.
  3. Internet sources should be cited in the format: Ziaudin Sardar, “Welcome to Postnormal Times”,, accessed 4 December 2014.
  4. Where necessary, titles of works in languages other the language of the paper should be given in the original language, followed by a translation into the language of the paper in square parentheses. Titles in non-roman scripts will be given in transliteration, with a translation in square parentheses.
  5. Only footnotes should be used (not in-text citations or endnotes), and they should be marked by numbers, not roman letters. Footnote reference numbers in the main text should follow punctuation marks.


Diagrams, charts, maps, plans, and other line drawings must be submitted in camera-ready form. A list of captions, including copyright acknowledgements, labelled ‘Figure 1’, ‘Figure 2’, etc. must be supplied. Photographs should be submitted in electronic form (JPEG or TIFF files), and should have a minimum of 300 DPI. Authors should ensure that they have received permission to use illustrations from the copyright holder(s).

General style considerations

  • Consistency is key. Spelling should be consistent throughout, and headings and subheadings should follow a clear structure.
  • If the author is a non-native English speaker, it is highly recommended that the manuscript is checked by a native speaker.
  • Quotation marks: Single quotation marks (‘ ’) are used to distinguish words, concepts or short phrases. Direct quotations of fewer than 25 words should be enclosed in double quotation marks (“ ”) and run on in the text. Double quotation marks should also be used for titles of journal articles and reference works. Larger sections of quoted text (i.e. more than two lines) should be offset with a blank line above and below, and indented from the left. These larger sections, or ‘block quotations’, should not be enclosed in quotation marks.

Book Reviews

Reviews should be between 800 and 1,200 words in length. Subheadings should be kept to a minimum, and footnotes used sparingly. A book review should be headed by the bibliographical information according to the convention:

Observing the Observer: The State of Islamic Studies in American Universities. By Mumtaz Ahmad, Zahid Bukhari & Sulayman Nyang (eds). London: IIIT, 2012. Pp. xxxiii+258. ISBN 978 1 56564 580 6. €17. $23.

The reviewer’s name and institutional affiliation should be given at the end of the manuscript, eg.: Sarah Kovacevic, Free University of Sarajevo.

Reviews should be written for a multi-disciplinary readership that spans academic, policy and religious communities.

Production: Proofs and Offprints

Upon acceptance a PDF of the article proofs will be emailed to the author, who should check it carefully for factual and typographic errors. Authors are responsible for checking these proofs, and are strongly urged to make use of the Comment & Markup toolbar to note their corrections directly. At this stage in the production process, only minor corrections are allowed. Proofs should be returned promptly.

The publisher will provide a PDF file of the article to the corresponding author free of charge, for personal use. Authors may upload this post-print version of their articles to their own personal websites, also free of charge.




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