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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



Al-Qalamis trilingual (Urdu, Arabic, English) and biannual research journal. It started its online publishication, along with printed publication, since 2009. It is available electronically on www.alqalamjournalpu.com


Al-Qalam aims to provide the researchers of Islamic Studies and its associated fields of Social Sciences and Humanities a platform for publishing their scholarly manuscripts with quite convenience and unprecedented facility. For about three decades, this interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary journal has provided a forum to publishing articles of high quality regarding numerous disciplines and approaches that are directly or indirectly related to Islamic Learning and Thought. In particular, the research works regarding field of the Glorious Quran, Sunnah, Fiqh, Hadith, and their interrelationship are our first priority and are published with great gusto. Moreover, the research regarding the practical aspects – social, educational, economic, political, and spiritual – of Man’s life and Islamic stance thereof draw our special attention. Besides, the articles that endeavour to logically prove Islamic viewpoint viz-a-viz the challenges posited by the threats of Western Philosophical Thought particularly modernism and postmodernism as true are welcomed with open arms.

Al-Qalam helps promote original scholarship that signifies an awesome awareness of the conceptual and systematic problems raised by the study of social issues like extremism, radicalism, poverty, unemployment, corruption etc. Moreover, Al-Qalam publishes works of the researchers without taking into consideration the differences of caste, colour or creed. In a nutshell, innovative and cutting-edge articles of wide range of knowledge and intellect are enthusiastically welcomed.

Al-Qalam regularly publishes not only the original articles but also the “research notes, research reports, review articles, statements addressing manuscripts published in erstwhile issues and book reviews”.  Al-Qalam is committed to peer-review probity and integrity and maintaining the towering and imposing standards of review. Once your manuscript has been assessed for suitability by the editor (s), it will then be double-blind peer-reviewed by an independent and anonymous expert (s).

Access to the electronic files of the Journal is currently free. This policy will be reviewed each year in the light of experience during previous years of publication. It is goal of the editors to continue to make the Journal's electronic files available at the lowest possible cost. If you have a specific query regarding the Research Journal “Al-Qalam” or you would like a sample copy, please go to the following site. 

Scholarly manuscripts pertaining to any of the areas mentioned in the Journal's Editorial Policy are welcome. Papers will be published subject to peer review by appropriate members of the Editorial Board and blind review by external evaluators selected at the Editor's discretion from the list of Al-Qalam’s reviewers.
Research articles, must be submitted according to the submission procedures described below. 


Al Qalam editorial team has decided  to charge Rs. 20,000/- from the writers of research articles in order to meet processing and publication charges of the journal. 


For the convenience of authors, the Journal treats submission and publication as a two-stage process. Guidelines on submission and preparing an accepted manuscript for publication and information on the reformatting and alterations that may be necessary to accommodate the requirements of the electronic medium are outlined below. All authors should follow the guidelines for submission.
A. Authors should send submissions as e-mail attachments including the original doc. file directly to the Editor and send a hard copy to the following address: Editor, Research Journal “Al-Qalam” Institute of Islamic Studies, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. 54590. email: info@alqalamjournalpu.com; ihsan.is@pu.edu.pk OR Submit your paper online through Online Journal Solutions (OJS) on following link http://www.pu.edu.pk/journals/index.php/alqalam OR www.alqalamjournalpu.com

B. All submissions should be preceded by a title page containing the title of the manuscript and certain information about it, the name(s) of the author(s), any affiliations, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone and telefax numbers. The title page should be formatted as in the following example:
a) Title of Research Article (English Translation and transliteration of Urdu and Arabic Title is mendatory)
b) Author Full Name
c) Occupation 
d) Field of Specialization/Interest 
e) Date of submission 
f) Address:
Name of Institution 
E-Mail Address 
Telephone Number 
C. Please include an abstract of not more than 200-250 words.
D. Please include at least four keywords after the abstract; with alphabetical sequence.
E. Depending on the opinion of the editors, editorial board and external evaluators, articles will be:
a) Approved for publication without ammendments, 
b) Approved subject to modification, or 
c) Declined. 

Formatting Guidelines:

  The articles submitted for consideration must be typed on one side of A4 size paper, with appropriate margins on each side and not less than 0.75 inches.
  A. Urdu/Arabic Articles:
    1. Since the Journal is now uploaded on net, it had been decided that no article typed in Inpage is accepted, instead M.S.Word Urdu enabled in Jamil Nastilq Fonts, which is easily available on World Wide Web, is accepted.
2. Font size for body text should be 14. 
3. Traditional Arabic Fonts recommended for Arabic articles. 
4. Heading font must not exceed to 18 font size. 
5. Keeping in view all the above instructions, the article must not exceed 6000 words or 15 pages. 

B. English Articles:

1. English Articles must be typed with the 12 font size in Times New Roman Font. 
2. Heading font must not exceed to 18 font size.
3. Length of the article must not increase 6000 words or 15 pages.


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