Publishing Terms and Conditions
- The Centre publishes articles related to its mission to advocate the values of tolerance and coexistence that form the foundations of Islam and other religions, the fight against violence and extremism, and articles, working papers, and results of research relevant to policymaking to combat this phenomenon. The Centre publishes articles on the following themes:
- Analysis of the phenomenon of violence and its causes, mechanisms of evolution and spread in the Muslim world and abroad.
- Forms of violence and terrorism in the Muslim world and abroad.
- Practical and theoretical plans and strategies attempting to cope with this phenomenon.
- Analysis the policies for OIC member states with regard to the fight against terrorism and violence.
- Discussions of the intellectual and religious foundations that underpin this phenomenon and are used as justifications.
- Highlighting Islam’s philosophy of tolerance and co-existence, and its renunciation of violence and extremism, and Islam’s religious and spiritual advocacy of peace.
- Surveys and statistics related to the phenomenon of terrorism and its political, social, economic and religious impacts.
- Supervised studies of the phenomenon of violence and its impact on the future of relations between cultures, religions and nations.
- The results of the studies on extremism on Muslim societies and how it destroys theeconomy, society, and politics.
- Islamophobia: its causes, manifestations, consequences, and ways to deal with it.
- The Centre will accept for publication only those articles that satisfy its high standards of research and align with the philosophy of the OIC and the principles upon which it is founded.
- All materials submitted for consideration are read and evaluated. Feedback is then sent to the authors suggesting amendments prior to final publication.
- The Centre publishes research in the three languages of the OIC, Arabic, English and French. The Centre reserves the right to translate selected articles from its original language to another when it decides that there is good cause to do so.
- The Centreis required to abide by the publication criteria and procedures set forth below.
- Definition and content
The Centre aims to be a global platform for the dissemination of all analytical and policy papers that address the phenomenon of extremism and terrorism in the Muslim world. This platform expresses the viewpoints of scholars, intellectuals, and politicians of the Islamic world on the issues of terror and violence. It accepts articles that are of a political, scientific and religious nature. The articles are either formally commissioned by the Centre or individual contributions by politicians, scholars and intellectuals. All articlesare published on the website of the Centre and focus on policy issues and practical and intellectual solutions to counter extremism, terror and violence. These papers provide recommendations and solutions to policy makers, influential thinkers, and those who shape the public opinion. All articles should be based on original, balanced, and objective research. They should have clear contributions to the debate. All articles should not have been published in full or part elsewhere.
- Research Methodology
All articles are expected to observe international standards of research and established research methods. They should be expressed in an academic language and adopt quantitative, qualitative, or a mixed methods design. Academic referencing is not required given that the articles are opinion pieces. As for language, the readers targeted by the Centre are educated and knowledgeable. Accordingly, authors should use a language commensurate with the learning of professionals, while avoiding the highly specialised scientific terminology.
- The Number of Words
The number of words range from 800-1000 only. As such, authors are advised to focus on expressing their core arguments succinctly. In cases where the number of words has been exceeded, the article will be returned to the author/s to be shortened. If the Centre considers an articleof particular importance, the management will consider the possibility of publishing it in two parts.
All articles should be accompanied by a brief biography of the author/s, or a brief autobiography.
- Publishing Procedures
- Upon the Centre receiving the material, the Centre notifies the author/sof its receipt the within a period not exceeding 48 hours.
- The management of the Centre will perform an initial assessment to determine its suitability. If suitable, the article will then be referred to a specialist in one of the departments of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at the General Secretariat in Jeddah to consider the merit of the publication. Upon completing their review, the Centre will then notify the author/s whether their paper has been accepted for publication as is or conditional upon amendments being made, or whether it has decided not to publish it based on the comments of the expert reviewers.
- In the case amendments are required, the Centre will communicate the nature of those amendments to the author/s.
- Upon the author/s having completed the amendments, the Centre will decide on the publication of the article and will then send the article to the editorial and proofreading department before publication.
- The Centre will undertake the translation of important and detailed articles into the three languages of the OIC for publication.
- The article should not have been published in any media in full or part.
- The Centre will cease to consider and delete all papersthat have been publishedelsewhere.
- Definition and content
Centre for Dialogue, Peace and Understanding