Submission Criteria

Our scope

The Western Minaret is a social sciences journal which aims to explore the issues facing the North American Muslim community. With the rise of Islamophobia and the constant depiction of Islam and Muslims in the news, this publications aim is to dispel myths and misconceptions which have arisen as a result of current events.

The journal articles will investigate a scope of topics relating to the Muslim community, such as the effects of Islamophobia, the media depiction of Muslims, the involvement of Muslims in the non-Muslim and Muslim community, as well as integration in North American society.

We accept research compiled through one-on-one interviews, focus groups, and online surveys. The articles can range from systematic reviews to quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method analyses. Building a greater understanding of the North American Muslim community is the goal of the research and concepts presented in The Western Minaret. The non-Muslim community as well as the Muslim community can benefit from the insights related to North American Muslims. Our journal would like to bridge the gap between non-Muslims and Muslims and the miscommunication that stems as a result of stereotypes and misinformation in the media.

 

Title page

 

The first page of all manuscripts must contain the following information:

  • Manuscript title.
  • The names, title, position/job, and affiliation, if applicable, of each author.
  • Name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author.
  • List of where and when the study has been presented in part elsewhere, if applicable.
  • Provide running title.

 

 

 

Abstract

 

  • Limited to 250 words or less.
  • Format: the abstract must include the following headings: Aim of the study, Methods and study design, Results, Conclusion.
  • Do not use proprietary or trade names in the title or abstract.

 

Text

 

  • Double space all pages.
  • Adhere to the manuscript category word limits described as follows: original articles 3000 words, Review article 4000 words, Correspondence 750 words (Letters to the Editor, response from authors or short, freestanding piece), Editorials 1500 words (The Editor-in-Chief may solicit an Editorial to accompany an accepted manuscript. Editorialists are expected to provide a balanced opinion of the paper in question and must not have conflict of interest that could compromise their objectivity).

PS., Word count, excluding title page, abstract, references, figures and tables.

  • Use Times fonts at 12-point size.
  • Tables and figures must be cited in the main text in numerical order.
  • The manuscript must be submitted as a Word document. PDF is not accepted.
  • List references after the body text under the heading: REFERENCES.

 

Key messages/take home messages

To aid understanding and clarity of their manuscript, authors are asked to provide three to four key messages that summarise the essence of their work and/or what they intend the reader to focus on. These should be placed at the end of the manuscript, before the references.

 

References

 

Authors are responsible for the accuracy of cited references and these should be checked before the manuscript is submitted.

Citing in the text: References must be numbered sequentially as they appear in the text. Reference numbers in the text should be inserted immediately before punctuation (with no word spacing)—for example, [6].

Where more than one reference is cited, these should be separated by a comma, for example,[1, 3, 14]. For sequences of consecutive numbers, give the first and last number of the sequence separated by a hyphen, for example: [25-27]. Please note that if references are not cited in the appropriate order the manuscript may be returned for amendment before it is passed on to the Editor for review.

List the names and initials of all authors if there are 3 or fewer; otherwise list the first 3 and add ‘et al.’

 

References formats

Journal article:

2  Authors, et al. Title. Journal name Year;Issue:Page–page.

Chapter in book:

15 Authors of the chapter: Title of the chapter. In: Editors of the book, eds. Title of the book. City: Publisher year: page–page.

Book:

13 Editors. Book title. City: Publisher year:page–page.

 

Research reporting guidelines

 

Authors are encouraged to use the relevant research reporting guidelines for the study type provided by the EQUATOR Network. This will ensure that you provide enough information for editors, peer reviewers and readers to understand how the research was performed and to judge whether the findings are likely to be reliable.

The key reporting guidelines are:

Randomised controlled trials (RCTs): CONSORT guidelines (Ann Int Med. 2010;152(11):726-32.).

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses: PRISMA guidelines and MOOSE guidelines (PLoS Med. 2009; 6(7):e1000097.) and (Stroup DF, Berlin JA, Morton SC, Olkin I, Williamson GD, Rennie D, Moher D, Becker BJ, Sipe TA, Thacker SB. Meta-analysis of observational studies in epidemiology: a proposal for reporting. Meta-analysis Of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE) group. JAMA. 2000; 283(15):2008-2012)

Observational studies in epidemiology: STROBE guidelines (Ann Intern Med. 2007; 147(8):573-577.) and MOOSE guidelines

Diagnostic accuracy studies: STARD guidelines (BMJ. 2015;351:h5527).

 

Authorship Responsibility

Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based on the following criteria 1) Substantial contributions to conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; 3) Final approval of the version to be published; and 4) Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work. All four conditions must be met.

 

Submissions can be sent to: Submit@TheWesternMinaret.com