Author Guidelines

Al-Ma‘rifah: Jurnal Budaya, Bahasa, dan Sastra Arab (Journal of Arabic Culture, Language, and Literature) is a peer-reviewed journal, published by the Arabic Language Education Study Programme, Faculty of Languages and Arts, Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia. The journal seeks to publish original research articles that are empirical, hypothetical and theoretical in its nature and that provide exploratory insights in the fields of teaching Arabic as a foreign language, media for Arabic language teaching, using technology for Arabic language teaching, Arabic language learning strategy, Arabic linguistics, modern standard Arabic, Arabic literature, and Arab-Islamic art and culture. The editorial board welcomes high-quality research or review papers focusing on teaching, researching, training and applied work in the field of Arabic studies.
 
Articles should be written in multilingual (Bahasa Indonesia, Arabic, and English) between approximately 3000–7000 words including text, all tables, and figures, notes, references, and appendices intended for publication. All submissions must include 150–200 words abstract and 3–5 keywords. Quotations, passages, and words in local or foreign languages should be translated into Bahasa Indonesia. Al-Ma‘rifah accepts only electronic submissions. All manuscripts should be sent in word to http://journal.unj.ac.id/unj/index.php/jba/index All notes must appear in the text as citations. In a matter of bibliographical style, Al-Ma‘rifah follows the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (6th edition).
 
General Author Guidelines
All manuscripts must be submitted to Al-Ma‘rifah Editorial Office by online submission at the E-Journal portal address: http://journal.unj.ac.id/unj/index.php/jba/about/submissions, where authors register as Author and/or offered as Reviewer by online. If authors have any problems on the online submission, please contact Editorial Office at the following email almarifah@unj.ac.id
 
Manuscript Template
The manuscript should be prepared according to the following author guidelines in the PDF article template. Click Here to download manuscript template.
 
The article that will be submitted in this journal should contain:
 
1. Information of Journal Article
Title: no more than 14 words.
Author(s) name: is fully written without any title.
Institution: is completely stated, including the institution name.
Corresponding author: includes name & email address.
 
2. Abstract
An abstract is a brief description of the problem and research objectives, methods used, and the results of research. Most scholarly journals require an abstract. Consult the instructions to authors or web page of the journal to which you plan to submit your article for any journal-specific instructions. A well-prepared abstract can be the most important single paragraph in an article. Most people have their first contact with an article by seeing just the abstract, usually in comparison with several other abstracts, as they are doing a literature search. Readers frequently decide based on the abstract whether to read the entire article. The abstract needs to be dense with information. By embedding keywords in your abstract, you enhance the user's ability to find it. Do not exceed the abstract word limit of the journal to which you are submitting your article. The abstract should 150–200 words and written in English.
Keywords: include a list of 3–5 words or phrases relevant to the paper topic, separate them with commas, and do not end with a period.
 
3. Introduction
This template is designed to assist the author in preparing a manuscript; it is an exact representation of the format expected by the editor. To use this template, please just “Save As” this MS Word file to your document, then copy and paste your document here. To copy and paste the text to this template document, please use “Special Paste” and choose “Unformatted Text”. The work should not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The official language of the manuscript to be published in Al-Ma‘rifah journal is Indonesian, Arabic, and English.
 
In the Introduction, the authors should state the objectives of the work at the end of the introduction section. Before the objective, Authors should provide an adequate background, and very short literature survey to record the existing solutions/method, to show which is the best of previous researches, to show the main limitation of the previous researches, to show what do you hope to achieve (to solve the limitation) and to show the scientific merit or novelties of the paper. Avoid a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
 
4. Method
Materials and methods should make readers be able to reproduce the experiment. Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described. Do not repeat the details of established methods.
 
Identify Subsections
It is both conventional and expedient to divide the method section into labeled subsections. These usually include a section with descriptions of the participants or subjects and a section describing the procedures used in the study. The latter section often includes a description of (a) any experimental manipulations or interventions used and how they were a delivered-for example, any mechanical apparatus used to deliver them; (b) sampling procedures and sample size and precision; (c) measurement approaches (including the psychometric properties of the instruments used); and (d) the research design. If the design of the study is complex or the stimuli require detailed description, additional subsections or subheadings to divide the subsections may be warranted to help readers find specific information.
 
Include in these subsections the information essential to comprehend and replicate the study. Insufficient detail leaves the reader with questions; too much detail burdens the reader with irrelevant information. Consider using appendices and/or a supplemental website for more detailed information.
 
Participant (Subject) Characteristics
Appropriate identification of research participants is critical to the science and practice of psychology, particularly for generalizing the findings, making comparisons across replications, and using the evidence in research syntheses and secondary data analyses. If humans participated in the study, report the eligibility and exclusion criteria, including any restrictions based on demographic characteristics.
 
Research Design
Specify the research design in the method section. Were subjects placed into conditions that were manipulated, or were they observed naturalistically? If multiple conditions were created, how were participants assigned to conditions, through random assignment or some other selection mechanism? Was the study conducted as a between-subjects or a within-subject design?
 
5. Results and Discussion
The results should be clear and concise. The results should summarize (scientific) findings rather than providing data in great detail. Please highlight the differences between your results or findings and the previous publications by other researchers. Meanwhile, the discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
 
In the discussion, it is the most important section of your article. Here you get the chance to sell your data. Make the discussion corresponding to the results, but do not reiterate the results. Often should begin with a brief summary of the main scientific findings (not experimental results). The following components should be covered in discussion: How do your results relate to the original question or objectives outlined in the Introduction section (what)? Do you provide interpretation scientifically for each of your results or findings presented (why)? Are your results consistent with what other investigators have reported (what else)? Or are there any differences?
 
After presenting the results, you are in a position to evaluate and interpret their implications, especially concerning your original hypotheses. Here you will examine, interpret, and qualify the results and draw inferences and conclusions from them. Emphasize any theoretical or practical consequences of the results. (When the discussion is relatively brief and straightforward, some authors prefer to combine it with the results section, creating a section called “Results and Discussion”).
 
Open the Discussion section with a clear statement of the support or nonsupport for your original hypotheses, distinguished by primary and secondary hypotheses. If hypotheses were not supported, offer post hoc explanations. Similarities and differences between your results and the work of others should be used to contextualize, confirm, and clarify your conclusions. Do not simply reformulate and repeat points already made; each new statement should contribute to your interpretation and the reader’s understanding of the problem.
 
Your interpretation of the results should take into account (a) sources of potential bias and other threats to internal validity, (b) the imprecision of measures, (c) the overall number of tests or overlap among tests, (d) the effect sizes observed, and (e) other limitations or weaknesses of the study. If an intervention is involved, discuss whether it was successful and the mechanism by which it was intended to work (causal pathways) and/or alternative mechanisms. Also, discuss barriers to implementing the intervention or manipulation as well as the fidelity with which the intervention or manipulation was implemented in the study, that is, any differences between the manipulation as planned and as implemented.
 
Acknowledge the limitations of your research, and address alternative explanations of the results. Discuss the generalizability, or external validity, of the findings. This critical analysis should take into account the differences between the target population and the accessed sample. For interventions, discuss characteristics that make them more or less applicable to circumstances not included in the study, how and what outcomes were measured (relative to other measures that might have been used), the length of time to measurement (between the end of the intervention and the measurement of outcomes), incentives, compliance rates, and specific settings involved in the study as well as other contextual issues.
 
End the Discussion section with a reasoned and justifiable commentary on the importance of your findings. This concluding section may be brief or extensive provided that it is tightly reasoned, self-contained, and not overstated. In this section, you might briefly return to a discussion of why the problem is important (as stated in the introduction); what larger issues, those that transcend the particulars of the subfield, might hinge on the findings; and what propositions are confirmed or disconfirmed by the extrapolation of these findings to such overarching issues.
 
6. Conclusion
Conclusions should answer the objectives of the research. Tells how your work advances the field from the present state of knowledge. Without clear Conclusions, reviewers and readers will find it difficult to judge the work, and whether or not it merits publication in the journal. Do not repeat the Abstract, or just list experimental results. Provide a clear scientific justification for your work, and indicate possible applications and extensions. You should also suggest future experiments and/or point out those that are underway.
 
7. ٌReferences
In a matter of bibliographical style, Al-Ma‘rifah follows the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (6th edition). Click here to download PDF version.
 
8. Transliteration
Al-Ma’rifah uses American Library Association and Library of Congress (ALA-LC) approved Romanization Table for the transliteration of Arabic into Roman script. Click here to download PDF version.
 
Reviewing of Manuscripts
Every submitted paper is independently reviewed by at least two peer-reviewers. The decision for publication, amendment, or rejection is based upon their reports/recommendations. If two or more reviewers consider a manuscript unsuitable for publication in this journal, a statement explaining the basis for the decision will be sent to authors within three months of the submission date.
 
Revision of Manuscripts
Manuscripts sent back to authors for revision should be returned to the editor without delay. Revised manuscripts can be sent to the editorial office through the Online Submission Interface [http://journal.unj.ac.id/unj/index.php/jba/index]. The revised manuscripts returned later than three months will be considered as new submissions.
 
Editorial Office of Al-Ma‘rifah
All correspondences should be sent to the following Editorial Office:
Nuruddin (Editor In-Chief)
Arabic Language Education Study Programme, Faculty of Languages and Arts, Universitas Negeri Jakarta
Gedung DE, Lt. 2, Ruang 202, Jl. Rawamangun Muka, Jakarta Timur 13220, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone: +62 21 4895124 — Fax: +62 21 4895124 — Email: almarifah@unj.ac.id
 
Guideline for Online Submission
Authors should first register as Author and/or is offered as a Reviewer through the following address: http://journal.unj.ac.id/unj/index.php/jba/about/submissions. Authors should fulfill the form as detail as possible where the star marked form must be entered. After all form textbox was filled, authors click on the “Register” button to proceed with the registration. Therefore, authors are brought to the online author submission interface and should click on “Make a New Submission”. In the Start a New Submission section, click on “Click Here" to go to step one of the five-step submission process. The following are five steps in the online submission process:
  1. Step 1 - Starting the Submission: Select the appropriate section of the journal, i.e. original research articles, review articles, or short communication. Thus, authors must check-mark on the submission checklists.
  2. Step 2 – Uploading the Submission: To upload a manuscript to this journal, click Browse on the Upload submission file item and choose the manuscript document file to be submitted, then click the Upload button.
  3. Step 3 – Entering Submission’s Metadata: In this step, detail authors metadata should be entered including the marked corresponding author. After that, the manuscript title and abstract must be uploaded by copying the text and paste in the textbox including keywords.
  4. Step 4 – Uploading Supplementary Files: Supplementary file should be uploaded including Covering/Submission Letter, and Signed Copyright Transfer Agreement Form. Therefore, click on the Browse button, choose the files, and then click on the Upload button.
  5. Step 5 – Confirming the Submission: authors should final check the uploaded manuscript documents in this step. To submit the manuscript to Al-Ma‘rifah, click the Finish Submission button after the documents are true. The corresponding author or the principal contact will receive an acknowledgment by email and will be able to view the submission’s progress through the editorial process by logging in to the journal web address site.
After this submission, authors who submit the manuscript will get a confirmation email about the submission. Therefore, authors are able to track the submission status at any time by logging in to the online submission interface. Submission tracking includes the status of the manuscript review and editorial process.
 
User Rights
All articles published Open Access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.  We are continuously working with our author communities to select the best choice of license options, currently being defined for this journal as follows: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).
 
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.
  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.