Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Al-Muamalat: Jurnal Ekonomi Syariah is published by the Department of Sharia Economic Law, Faculty of Sharia and Law, UIN Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung every six months to provide a platform for publishing high-quality scientific papers and research reports in the field of Sharia Economics. The journal focuses on the main issues in the development of Islamic Economics, covering conceptual ideas and research findings related to the following areas:

  • Islamic Economic Law
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Islamic Business
  • Islamic Law
  • Islamic Marketing
  • Islamic Philanthropy
  • Islamic Human Capital
  • Halal Supply Chain Management
  • Halal Industry
  • Other topics related to Islamic economics


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Peer review is a crucial component of our editorial process at Al-Muamalat: Jurnal Ekonomi Syariah. This process aims to assist the editor in making informed editorial decisions and provides valuable feedback to authors to enhance the quality of their papers through editorial communications.

  1. Initial Evaluation:

    • All submitted manuscripts undergo an initial evaluation by our editorial team. This ensures alignment with the scope and style guidelines of our journal and includes a plagiarism check.
    • Manuscripts passing the initial screening proceed to a double-blind peer review.
  2. Double-Blind Peer Review:

    • At least two expert reviewers in the field are selected to assess the manuscript anonymously.
    • Selected reviewers receive an email from the editor containing the manuscript's title and content, along with an invitation to log in to our website to complete the review process.
    • Reviewers evaluate manuscripts based on specific criteria, such as relevance, originality, clarity, and the validity of methodology and results.
    • Reviewers are given a maximum of two weeks to complete the review process.
  3. Confidentiality and Ethical Conduct:

    • Manuscripts received for review are treated as confidential documents. Reviewers must not disclose or discuss them with others without authorization from the editor.
  4. Review Criteria:

    • Relevance and significance to the field of Islamic economics.
    • Originality and contribution to the field.
    • Clarity and coherence of the manuscript.
    • Validity and appropriateness of the methodology.
    • Accuracy and validity of the results.
  5. Feedback and Constructive Criticism:

    • Reviewers provide constructive feedback to help authors improve their manuscripts.
    • Reviews should be conducted objectively, avoiding personal criticism.
    • Reviewers express their views clearly with supporting arguments and identify relevant published work not cited by the author.
  6. Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

    • Reviewers disclose any conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships with the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the manuscript.
  7. Final Decision and Plagiarism Check:

    • The final decision on manuscript acceptance is made by the Editor-in-Chief or Regional Editor, considering reviewers' comments.
    • A plagiarism check using Turnitin is conducted before sending the manuscript to reviewers. If similarity exceeds 25%, the manuscript is returned to the author for revision.
  8. Publication and Open Access:

    • The Editor-in-Chief oversees the publication of accepted articles, assigning them to published issues.
    • Accepted articles, published in Open Access, are freely accessible to all readers.
    • The journal follows the Mendeley Tool Reference Manager and the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition (full note) for citation style.

This comprehensive peer review process aims to ensure the quality, integrity, and transparency of the publication process in our journal.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Publication Ethics

All parties involved in the publishing process or publication of the Muamalat Journal, i.e., Manager, Editor, Reviewer, or Author should understand and adhere to the norms or ethics of scientific publications. This rquirement is based on the Head of LIPI Regulation no. 5 of 2014 on the Code of Scientific Publication. Basically, scientific papers for publication should consider the ethical values of publication: (i) Neutrality (free from conflicts of interest in the management of publications); (ii) Justice (respect the authorship rights); and (iii) Honesty (free from duplication, fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism (DF2P) in publication).


A. Duplication is publishing the same article in more than one publisher without updating content, data, and/or citing previous publications;

B. Fabrication is producing fake data;

C. Falsification is altering the data with the intent to conform to the researcher's wishes through the manipulation of research material, or research process, alter or exclude certain data or results in such a way that the research is not presented accurately;

D. Plagiarism is misusing ideas, thoughts, processes, objects, and results of the research, in the form of data or words/phrases, including research materials, research plans, and manuscripts without listing the source as an appreciation of pre-existing scientific work.

Duties and Responsibilities of Journal Manager

  1. Determine the name of the journal, scope of science, publication frequency, and submission of accreditation if necessary.
  2. Determine the membership of the editorial board.
  3. Respect confidential issues for the researchers, writers, editors, and reviewers.
  4. Review the journal policy and share it to the authors, editorial boards, reviewers, and readers.
  5. Identify published manuscripts in other scientific journals, to avoid duplicate publications.
  6. Provide guidance to the editors and reviewers.
  7. Publish the journal regularly.
  8. Ensure the availability of funding to maintain journal publication.
  9. Build networking and marketing for partnership.
  10. Prepare the license and other legality aspects.

Duties and Responsibilities of Editor

  1. Select articles to fit the readers' needs,
  2. Improve the quality of publications continually,
  3. Implement procedures to ensure the quality of published articles,
  4. Prioritize the freedom of opinion objectively,
  5. Maintain the integrity of the author's academic record,
  6. Deliver corrections, clarifications, withdrawals and apologies as needed,
  7. Responsible for the style and format of article writing, while the contents and all statements in the article are the responsibility of the author,
  8. Actively soliciting the opinions of authors, readers, reviewers, and members of the editorial board to improve the quality of publications,
  9. Remind the researchers about the ethical publications,
  10. Evaluate the impact of publication policy on the authors and partners to improve responsibility and minimize errors,
  11. Have an open-minded viewpoint to the new or contrary opinions,
  12. Avoid non-objective decision by not relying on self, authors, or third party opinions,
  13. Encourage authors to make improvements to the article before it published.

Duties and Responsibilities of Reviewers

  1. Receive the assignment from the editor to review the article and submit the review to the editor, to determine the feasibility of an article to be published.
  2. Reviewer shall not review the articles related to him or her, either directly or indirectly.
  3. Maintain the author's privacy by not disseminating the results of corrections, suggestions, and recommendations.
  4. Encourage the authors to make improvements to the article.
  5. Review the revised article as requested by the editor.
  6. Provide constructive feedback on articles received with improvement.
  7. Before accepting/rejecting the article, consider whether the article is in line with the field of knowledge/expertise of the reviewer, and whether they can finish the reviewing tasks.
  8. The results of the review will contribute to the decision of editorial board whether the article deserves to be published or not.
  9. Provide comments and special notes on each section in the article.
  10. In making recommendations of the review results, the reviewer need to explain in detail their reasons and judgments in deciding whether the articles are accepted, rejected or revised.

Duties and Responsibilities of Authors

  1. Ensure that the author(s) meets the criteria as follows: (a) have a significant contribution to the planning, compilation, data collection, analysis and interpretation of the data; (b) contribute significantly to the preparation, revision and finalization of the articles; and (c) be responsible for the accuracy and integrity of scientific writing.
  2. Submit the manuscript of the article in accordance with the guideline or template provided.
  3. Use the reference manager application.
  4. Ensure consistency of author’s identities and the number of authors who are registered in the submission process and those listed on the article.
  5. Include the institution's email address in the identity section.
  6. Explain the limitations of the study.
  7. Respond to comments made by the reviewer professionally and on time.
  8. Inform the editor in case the author wants to retrieve the submitted article submission.
  9. Declare the origin of the resources (including funding), either directly or indirectly.


Publication Frequency

Al-Muamalat: Jurnal Ekonomi Syariah will be published in January and July


Screening Plagiarism Policy

1. Introduction:

  • All articles submitted to Al-Muamalat: Jurnal Ekonomi Syariah undergo plagiarism screening using Turnitin.
  • The journal strictly rejects papers with plagiarism or self-plagiarism.
  • Before submitting articles to reviewers, the editorial team checks for similarity/plagiarism tools, ensuring a similarity level of less than 25%.

2. Definition of Plagiarism:

  • Plagiarism includes presenting another person’s thoughts or words as one's own without permission, credit, or acknowledgment.
  • Forms of plagiarism range from literal copying to paraphrasing without proper citation.

3. Forms of Plagiarism:

  • Literal Copying: Reproducing another author’s work word by word, in whole or in part, without permission or proper acknowledgment.
  • Substantial Copying: Reproducing a significant part of another author's work without permission or acknowledgment.
  • Paraphrasing: Taking ideas, words, or phrases from a source without proper citation or acknowledgment.

4. Similarity Level:

  • Al-Muamalat: Jurnal Ekonomi Syariah maintains zero tolerance towards plagiarism.
  • Turnitin is used to evaluate the similarity index, and the editor determines possible plagiarism cases.
  • Editorial Board Actions:
    • Similarity Index above 40%: Article Rejected (due to poor citation and/or poor paraphrasing; no resubmission accepted).
    • Similarity Index (10-40%): Sent to the author for improvement (correct citations and good paraphrasing required).
    • Similarity Index Less than 10%: Accepted or citation improvement may be required (proper citations for all outsourced texts).
    • In cases 2 and 3: Authors should revise the article, add required citations, do good paraphrasing to outsourced text, and resubmit with a new Turnitin report showing no plagiarism and similarity of less than 25%.


Reference Management

To guarantee the reference quality of articles and ensure that there are no errors in reference writing, authors are advised to use reference management applications such as Mendeley, Zotero, Endnote and others.


Retraction and/or Corrections

Authors are discouraged from withdrawing submitted manuscripts after it is in the publication process (review, copyedit, layout, etc.,). During the time, Al-Muamalat had spent valuable resources besides time spent in the process. Should under any circumstances that the author(s) still request for a withdrawal, author(s) should pay back every effort put into the manuscript processes at an amount of IDR 1.000.000 (US $70). Paid upon official request from the author(s) in an email sent to Al-Muamalat editor using the same email address used in correspondence.

Al-Muamalat editors shall consider retracting a publication if:

  1. They have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of a major error (eg, miscalculation or experimental error) or as a result of fabrication (eg, of data) or falsification (eg, image manipulation);
  2. It constitutes plagiarism;
  3. The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper attribution to previous sources or disclosure to the editor, permission to republish, or justification (ie, cases of redundant publication);
  4. It contains material or data without authorisation for use;
  5. Copyright has been infringed or there is some other serious legal issue (eg, libel, privacy);
  6. It reports unethical research;
  7. It has been published solely based on a compromised or manipulated peer review process;
  8. The author(s) failed to disclose a major competing interest (a.k.a. conflict of interest) that, in the view of the editor, would have unduly affected interpretations of the work or recommendations by editors and peer reviewers

Notices of retraction would:

  1. Be linked to the retracted article wherever possible (ie, in all online versions);
  2. Clearly identify the retracted article (eg, by including the title and authors in the retraction heading or citing the retracted article);
  3. Be clearly identified as a retraction (ie, distinct from other types of correction or comment);
  4. Be published promptly to minimise the harmful effects;
  5. Be freely available to all readers (ie, not behind access barriers or available only to subscribers);
  6. State who is retracting the article;
  7. State the reason(s) for retraction;
  8. Be objective, factual and avoid inflammatory language

Retractions are not usually appropriate if:

  1. The authorship is disputed but there is no reason to doubt the validity of the findings;
  2. The main findings of the work are still reliable and correction could sufficiently address errors or concerns;
  3. An editor has inconclusive evidence to support retraction or is awaiting additional information such as from an institutional investigation;
  4. Author conflicts of interest have been reported to the journal after publication, but in the editor’s view, these are not likely to have influenced interpretations or recommendations or the conclusions of the article.

Al-Muamalat editors shall consider issuing an expression of concern if:

  1. they receive inconclusive evidence of research or publication misconduct by the authors;
  2. there is evidence that the findings are unreliable but the authors’ institution will not investigate the case;
  3. they believe that an investigation into alleged misconduct related to the publication either has not been or would not be, fair and impartial, or conclusive;
  4. an investigation is underway but a judgment will not be available for a considerable time

Al-Muamalat editors shall consider issuing a correction if:

  1. a small portion of an otherwise reliable publication proves to be misleading (especially because of honest error);
  2. the author/contributor list is incorrect (i.e. a deserving author has been omitted or somebody who does not meet authorship criteria has been included);

The mechanism follows the guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Copyrights, Permissions, Reprints & Licensing

Al-Muamalat: Jurnal Ekonomi Syariah uses the license Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License or an equivalent license as the optimal license for the publication, distribution, use, and reuse of scholarly works. This license permits anyone to compose, repair, and make derivative creations even for commercial purposes, as long as appropriate credit and proper acknowledgment of the original publication from Al-Muamalat: Jurnal Ekonomi Syariah is made to allow users to trace back to the original manuscript and author. Readers are also granted full access to read and download the published manuscripts, reprint, and distribute the manuscript in any medium or format.