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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 Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

IIUC STUDIES is a multidisciplinary annually research journal of the International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC). Academicians, practicing executives, or any researcher may contribute their articles to regular issues of the journal. Articles after favorable recommendations of two blind reviewers will finally be selected for publication by the Editorial Board.


Articles on contemporary issues in the field of Qur'anic Sciences, Da'wah & Islamic Studies; Computer Science, Communication Engineering & Information Technology, English Language & Literature, Law, Business and Management, especially from Islamic perspective are appreciated. Contributions offer constructive ideas and analysis, and highlight the lessons to be learned from the experiences of different nations and societies.

In furnishing your manuscript, please read these guidelines thoroughly, paying particular attention to the sections on References, Endnotes, Figures and Tables. Ensure that the formatting requirements specified in this document are followed or the paper will be returned to you. Careful adherence to IIUC Studies House Style expedites the editing/publication process, ensuring a better finished product. We urge you to be particularly vigilant in adhering to these requirements.


  1. Your manuscripts must be original and written in good American English. Authors must edit their text to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English.
  2. The author should retain a complete copy of the manuscript.
  3. Three (3) copies of article(s) should be submitted to the Editor of this journal in font 12, Garamond on A4 size papers.
  4. Plagiarism: The journal editorial board deals with this issue seriously. In order to avoid plagiarism and increase your manuscript’s likelihood of publication, paper must go through Turnitin screening, and the expected level of similarity index is 15% with less than 3% matches from a single source.   
  5. Articles will be accepted for publication on the understanding that they are subject to editorial revision. Papers should be submitted in a form suitable for sending anonymously to two blind reviewers (as may be required).
  6. Manuscript must be double-spaced throughout (except abstract) with generous margin, on one side of the paper only. They should be sent in Microsoft Word format.
  7. After acceptance of the article(s), the authors will be asked to submit their copies in the CD-ROM, in final form.
  8. The paper should have a minimum of 6,000 words and not exceed approximately 10,000 words, exclusive of References, Endnotes, Figures and Tables. However, Invited only Review Articles may be between 8,000 - 15,000 words. These review papers are to be submitted only upon invitation and if an author is interested in submitting a review paper, they can submit an abstract to the editor for a preliminary assessment.
  9. The title of the manuscript should be on the first page of the paper along with the abstract and keywords. Language within the text that suggests the authors’ identities should be avoided. In addition, the manuscript ‘Properties’ should be erased prior to submission. Any ‘Track Changes’ should also be removed.
  10. To permit anonymity, the authors’ names should not appear in the manuscript. Instead, a cover page giving the title of the article and full identifying information hard mail and email addresses; and the telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) for the corresponding author who will serve as the contact throughout the editorial process. Contact details must be kept up-to-date by the corresponding author.
  11. The cover page should be followed by an informative abstract of no more than 150-170 words long – clearly written to convey the salient features of your paper. A list of 4–6 key words, in alphabetical order should be provided below the abstract. Keywords should express the precise content of the manuscript as they are used for indexing purposes. Paper type also be mentioned immediately after keywords.
  12. Footnotes should not be used. Endnotes should be provided on a separate page immediately following the text under the heading NOTES. Endnotes should offer significant comment, not merely cite references. They should be kept to a minimum.
  13. Please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file. Tables and figures should be numbered separately. Tables use Roman numerals and figures use Arabic numerals (Table I, Table II; Figure 1, Figure 2).
  14. The paper should begin from the second page. The first page should contain the title, name of the author(s), affiliation, address, telephone number, and e-mail address if available.
  15. The responsibility for opinions in the published articles or other comments goes on their authors.
  16. Two (2) copies of the Journal will be made available to the author(s) free of charge. The authors may purchase additional copies at subsidized rates fixed up by the IIUC authority.
  17. References should be numbered alphabetically by author at the end of the manuscript. Please see the Reference section for details.


References should contain: where applicable, author(s) name(s), year of publication, article title/book title, journal/chapter title, volume number/book chapter and the pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. Books must include the location and name of the publisher. References should be listed alphabetically by author at the end of the manuscript. In the text, where the author’s name appears, the date should follow in parentheses, e.g., Mintzberg (1985). If the author’s name is not present in the text, insert it with the author’s name and date in parentheses, e.g., (Mintzberg, 1985).

Multiple references should be listed alphabetically in parentheses, separated by semicolons e.g., (Jackson, 1996; Watson, 1986).

Page numbers, to indicate a passage of special relevance or to give the source of a quotation, should appear in parentheses as (Willmott, 1992: 12).

If there is more than one reference to the same author in the same year, postscript the date with a, b, c, etc. e.g., (Sparrow, 1998a). Other than text, please consult as follows;


Cresswell, J. W. (1994). Research design: Qualitative and quantitative approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Bryman, A., & Bell, E. (2011). Business research methods (3rd ed.). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

Book-more than five authors

Cronbach, L. J., Ambron, S. R., Dornbusch, S. M., Hess, R. D., Hornik, R. C., Phillips, D. C., et al. (1980). Toward reform of program evaluation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Book (edited)

Aspinall, V. (Ed.). (2014). Clinical procedures in veterinary nursing (3rd ed.). Edinburgh, Scotland: Elsevier.

Book chapter (edited)

Belasco, J. A., & Trice, H. M. (1975). Unanticipated returns of training. In D. L. Kirkpatrick (Ed.), Evaluating training programs (pp. 66-71). Washington: ASTD Inc.

Dubin, R. (1976). Theory building in applied areas. In M. D. Dunnette (Ed.), Handbook of industrial and organizational psychology (pp. 17-39). Chicago: Rand-McNally.


Journal article-two to five authors (with/out DOI)

Khan, M. A., & Ali, A. J. (2015). Do non-governmental organisations’ socio-economic and training programmes improve disaster prevention capacity of their beneficiaries? International Social Work, 58(3), 401-420. doi: 10.1177/0020872815570074

Huy, C., Becker, S., Gomolinsky, U., Klein, T., & Thiel, A. (2008). Health, medical risk factors and bicycle use in everyday life in the over-50 population. Journal of Aging & Physical Activity, 16(4), 454-464.

Journal article-eight or more authors (with DOI)

Alam, M. A., Hadi, M. A., Nasir, M. T., Roknuzzaman, M., Parvin, F., Zilani, M. A. K., … Naqib, S. H. (2016). Structural, Elastic, and Electronic Properties of Newly Discovered Li2PtSi3 Superconductor: Effect of Transition Metals. Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism, 29(10), 2503–2508. doi:10.1007/s10948-016-3619-7

Journal article-eight or more authors (online-no DOI)

Crooks, C., Ameratunga, R., Brewerton, M., Torok, M., Buetow, S., Brothers, S., … Jorgensen, P. (2010). Adverse reactions to food in New Zealand children aged 0-5 years. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1327). Retrieved from

In press

Bradley, S. W., Shepherd, D. A., & Wiklund, J. (2011). The importance of slack for new organizations facing “tough” environments. Journal of Management Studies. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.2010.00906.x

Axelrod, J. N. (in press). Politics and poker: deception and self-deception in marketing research. Journal of Advertising Research, in press.


Gnyawali, D. R. (1997). Creation and utilization of organizational knowledge: an empirical study of the effects of organizational learning on strategic decision making. Unpublished PhD Dissertation: University of Pittsburgh, PA.

Book review

Dent-Read, C., & Zukow-Goldring, P. (2001). Is modeling knowing? [Review of the book Models of cognitive development, by K. Richardson]. American Journal of Psychology, 114, 126-133.

Conference paper

Dhakal, T. N., & Nawaz, F. (2009, December 11-13). Strategy for improving human capital in Bangladesh and Nepal: Does it help for women empowerment. Paper presented at the Network of Asia-Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance (NAPSIPAG), Annual Conference, Malaysia.

Conference paper (online)

Cannan, J. (2008). Using practice based learning at a dual-sector tertiary institution: a discussion of current practice. In R. K. Coll, & K. Hoskyn (Eds.), Working together: Putting the cooperative into cooperative education. Conference proceedings of the New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Retrieved from

Workshop paper

Campa, M., & Webb, R. (1999). Mobility and poverty dynamics in the 1990’s. Paper presented at the IDS/IFPRI Workshop on Poverty Dynamics, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Working paper

Burnside, C., & Dollar, D. (2004). Aid, policies, and growth: Revisiting the evidence, Policy Research Working Paper 3251. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Organization/Corporate author

Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics [BBS]. (2013). Statistical pocket book of Bangladesh. Dhaka: BBS.

FAO. (1988). Guidelines on socio-economic indicators for monitoring and evaluating agrarian reform and rural development. Rome: FAO, UN.

Organization/Corporate author (internet/online)

Ministry of Health. (2008). Drug policy in New Zealand. Retrieved from

World Health Organization. (2002). Disasters and emergencies definitions training package. Retrieved November 10, 2012, from

Newspaper article-online

Becker, E. (2001, August 27). Prairie farmers reap conservation's rewards. The New York
. Retrieved from


IIUC STUDIES uses the American Psychological Associations (APA) reference style. Details are given in the section on References of this document.

The journal uses gender-neutral language. For example, ‘man’ is not acceptable as a generic term (‘human’ is). Masculine pronouns should be applied only to males. The Journal uses American rather than British spelling. Numbers from zero to nine should be written out (e.g., three); Arabic numerals should be used for all other numbers (e.g., 14). Dates should be written as follows: April 14, 2018. 


As part of the submission process, you can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review. Please check the relevant section in this Author Guidelines for more details. Ensure that the following items are present and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines:

One Corresponding Author has been designated with contact details: (1) E-mail address, (2) Full postal address.

Manuscript with all necessary files have been uploaded: (1) Include keywords; (2) All figures (include relevant captions below), (3) All tables (including titles above, description, footnotes). (4) Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided. (5) Indicate clearly if color should be used for any figures in print.

Further considerations

  • Manuscript has been 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'.
  • All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa.
  • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet).
  • Relevant declarations of interest have been made.
  • Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed.
  • Referee suggestions and contact details provided, based on journal requirements.

Declaration of interest

All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.

Submission declaration

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder.


Each author is required to declare his or her individual contribution to the article: all authors must have materially participated in the research and/or article preparation, so roles for all authors should be described. The statement that all authors have approved the final article should be true and included in the disclosure.

Copyright Notice

The copyright of the paper will be preserved by the International Islamic University Chittagong once it is accepted for publication in the journal.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohammad Aktaruzzaman Khan
Executive Editor, IIUC Studies and  
Center for Research and Publication (CRP)
International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC)
Kumira, Chittagong-4318, Bangladesh
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(Updated: 18 May 2018)