Author Guidelines

Manuscript Requirements and Style Guide

General standards

Article Type

IGCJ requires authors to carefully select the appropriate article type for their manuscript, and to comply with the article-type descriptions defined in the journal’s "Article Types", which can be seen from the "About the Journal" menu on any IGCJ page. Please pay close attention to the word count limits.

Manuscript Length

The lenght minimum 3000 words, including title, author name, affiliation, bibliograpy, pictures, graphs or tables captions.

Language Editing

IGCJ requires manuscripts submitted to meet international standards for English language to be considered for publication.

For authors who would like their manuscript to receive language editing or proofing to improve the clarity of the manuscript and help highlight their research, IGCJ recommends the language-editing services provided by the internal or external partners (contact Principal of the IGCJ for further information).

Note that sending your manuscript for language editing does not imply or guarantee that it will be accepted for publication by a IGCJ. Editorial decisions on the scientific content of a manuscript are independent of whether it has received language editing or proofing by the partner services, or other services.

Language Style

The default language style at IGCJ is American English. If you prefer your article to be formatted in British English, please specify this on your manuscript first page.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

There are a few simple ways to maximize your article’s discoverability. Follow the steps below to improve search results of your article:

  • Include a few of your article's keywords in the title of the article;
  • Do not use long article titles;
  • Pick 5 to 8 keywords using a mix of generic and more specific terms on the article subject(s);
  • Use the maximum amount of keywords in the first 2 sentences of the abstract;
  • Use some of the keywords in level 1 headings.


The title is written in title case, align to the left, and in 20 point bold Times New Roman font at the top of page.

The title should be concise, omitting terms that are implicit and, where possible, be a statement of the main result or conclusion presented in the manuscript. Abbreviations should be avoided within the title.

Witty or creative titles are welcome, but only if relevant and within measure. Consider if a title meant to be thought-provoking might be misinterpreted as offensive or alarming. In extreme cases, the editorial office may veto a title and propose an alternative.

Authors should try to avoid, if possible:

  • Titles that are a mere question without giving the answer.
  • Unambitious titles, for example starting with "Towards", "A description of", "A characterization of", "Preliminary study on".
  • Vague titles, for example starting with "Role of...", "Link between...", "Effect of..." that do not specify the role, link, or effect.
  • Include terms that are out of place, for example the taxonomic affiliation apart from species name.

Authors and Affiliations

All names are listed together and separated by commas. Provide exact and correct author names as these will be indexed in official archives. Affiliations should be keyed to the author's name with superscript numbers and be listed as follows: Institut/University/Organisation, Country (without detailed address information such as city zip codes or street names).

Example: Institut Agama Islam Ma’arif NU Metro Lampung, Indonesia.

The Corresponding Author(s) should be marked with superscript. Provide the exact contact email address of the corresponding author(s) in a separate section below the affiliation.

Headings and Sub-headings

Capitalize of headings and capitalize each word of subheadings. Headings need to be defined in Calibri, 14, bold and subheadings defined in Calibri, 12, bold.


As a primary goal, the abstract should render the general significance and conceptual advance of the work clearly accessible to a broad readership. In the abstract, minimize the use of abbreviations and do not cite references. The text of the abstract section should be in 10 point normal Calibri. The word length is not more than 200 words, written in English.


All article types: you may provide up to 5 keywords; at least 3 are mandatory.


The body text is in 12 point normal Times New Roman. New paragraphs will be separated with a single empty line. The entire document should be single-spaced and should contain page and line numbers in order to facilitate the review process. Your manuscript should be written using MS-Word 97-2003..


The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum. Non-standard abbreviations should be avoided unless they appear at least four times, and defined upon first use in the main text. Consider also giving a list of non-standard abbreviations at the end, immediately before the Acknowledgments.


Your manuscript is organized by headings and subheadings.

For Original Research Articles, it is recommended to organize your manuscript in the following sections:


Introduction contains of the purpose of article/research that is formulated and presented by adequate introduction and avoids detail references and research result presentation. Succinct, with no subheadings.


This section may be divided by subheadings. This section should contain sufficient detail so that when read in conjunction with cited references, all procedures can be repeated.

Result and Discussion

This section may be divided by subheadings. Footnotes should not be used and have to be transferred into the main text. This section may be divided by subheadings. Discussions should cover the key findings of the study: discuss any prior art related to the subject so to place the novelty of the discovery in the appropriate context; discuss the potential short-comings and limitations on their interpretations; discuss their integration into the current understanding of the problem and how this advances the current views; speculate on the future direction of the research and freely postulate theories that could be tested in the future.


Conclusion of the research is presented briefly in conclusion part.

Acknowledgments (Starting from 2019/Vol 2 No 1)

This is a short text to acknowledge the contributions of specific colleagues, institutions, or agencies that aided the efforts of the authors.

Author Contributions Statement (Starting from 2019/Vol 2 No 1)

The Author Contributions Statement can be up to several sentences long and should briefly describe the tasks of individual authors. Please list only 2 initials for each author, without full stops, but separated by commas (e.g. JC, JS). In the case of two authors with the same initials, please use their middle initial to differentiate between them (e.g. REW, RSW). The Author Contributions Statement should be included at the end of the manuscript before the References.

Conflict of Interest Statement (Starting from 2019/Vol 2 No 1)

A Conflict of Interest Statement needs to be included at the end of the manuscript before the references. Here, the authors need to declare whether or not the submitted work was carried out in the presence of any personal, professional or financial relationships that could potentially be construed as a conflict of interest. For more information on conflicts of interest, see our Editorial Policies.


All citations in the text must be in the reference list and vice-versa. The references should only include articles that are published or accepted. Data sets that have been deposited to an online repository should be included in the reference list, include the version and unique identifier when available. For accepted but unpublished works use "in press" instead of page numbers. Unpublished data, submitted manuscripts, or personal communications should be cited within the text only, for the article types that allow such inclusions. Personal communications should be documented by a letter of permission.

In-text citations should be called according to the surname of the first author, followed by the year. For works by 2 authors include both surnames, followed by the year. For works by more than 2 authors include only the surname of the first author, followed by et al., followed by the year. For assistance please use management reference (Mendeley or Zotero) and utilize format of American Psychological Association 6th Edition.

Article in a print journal:

Maba, A. P. (2017). Paradoxical intervention dalam bimbingan dan konseling untuk mengatasi kecemasan. Counsellia: Jurnal Bimbingan Dan Konseling, 7(2), 99–109.

Article in an online journal:

Maba, A. P. (2017). Paradoxical intervention dalam bimbingan dan konseling untuk mengatasi kecemasan. Counsellia: Jurnal Bimbingan Dan Konseling, 7(2), 99–109.

Article or chapter in a book:

Hambleton, R. K. (2005). Issues, designs and technical guidelines for adapting tests into multiple languages and cultures. In Adapting educational and psychological tests for cross-cultural assessment (pp. 3–38). Mahwah, NJ, US: Erlbaum.


Baron, R. A. (1977). Human Aggression. Boston, MA: Springer US.

Theses and Dissertations:

Maba, A. P. (2017). Peran Kesendirian dan Kecemasan Sosial terhadap Keinginan untuk Konseling Siswa (Skripsi). Institut Agama Islam Ma’arif NU Metro Lampung, Lampung.


Any necessary disclaimers which must be included in the published article should be clearly indicated in the manuscript.

Supplementary Material

Islamic Guidance and Counseling Journal do not support pushing important results and information into supplementary sections. However, data that are not of primary importance to the text, or which cannot be included in the article because it is too large or the current format does not permit it (such as movies, raw data traces, power point presentations, etc.) can be uploaded during the submission procedure and will be displayed along with the published article. All supplementary files are deposited to FigShare for permanent storage, during the publication stage of the article, and receive a DOI.

The Supplementary Material can be uploaded as Data Sheet (word, excel, csv, cdx, fasta, pdf or zip files), Presentation (power point, pdf or zip files), Supplementary Image (cdx, eps, jpeg, pdf, png or tif), Supplementary Table (word, excel, csv or pdf), Audio (mp3, wav or wma) or Video (avi, divx, flv, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg or wmv).

Supplementary material is not typeset so please ensure that all information is clearly presented, the appropriate caption is included in the file and not in the manuscript, and that the style conforms to the rest of the article.

Figures and Table Guidelines

General Style Guidelines for Figures

Figures help readers visualize the information you are trying to convey. Often, it is difficult to be sufficiently descriptive using words. Images can help in achieving the accuracy needed for a scientific manuscript. For example, it may not be enough to say, “The surface had nanometer scale features.” In this case, it would be ideal to provide a microscope image.

For images, be sure to:

  • Include scale bars
  • Consider labeling important items
  • Indicate the meaning of different colours and symbols used

General Style Guidelines for Tables

Tables are a concise and effective way to present large amounts of data. You should design them carefully so that you clearly communicate your results to busy researchers.

The following is an example of a well-designed table:

  • Clear and concise legend/caption
  • Data divided into categories for clarity
  • Sufficient spacing between columns and rows
  • Units are providedFont type and size are legible

Figure and Table Requirements


Figure and table legends are required to have the same font as the main text (12 point normal Times New Roman, single spaced). Legends should be preceded by the appropriate label, for example "Figure 1" or "Table 4". Figure legends should be placed at the end of the manuscript (for supplementary images you must include the caption with the figure, uploaded as a separate file). Table legends must be placed immediately before the table. Please use only a single paragraph for the legend. Figure panels are referred to by bold capital letters in brackets: (A), (B), (C), (D), etc.

Image SizeFigure images should be prepared with the PDF layout in mind, individual figures should not be longer than one page and with a width that corresponds to 1 column or 2 columns.


The following formats are accepted:

TIFF (.tif) TIFF files should be saved using LZW compression or any other non-lossy compression method. JPEG (.jpg)

EPS (.eps) EPS files can be uploaded upon acceptance

Color Image Mode

Images must be submitted in the color mode RGB.

Resolution Requirements

All images must be uploaded separately in the submission procedure and have a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. Check the resolution of your figure by enlarging it to 150%. If the resolution is too low, the image will appear blurry, jagged or have a stair-stepped effect.

Please note saving a figure directly as an image file (JPEG, TIF) can greatly affect the resolution of your image. To avoid this, one option is to export the file as PDF, then convert into TIFF or EPS using a graphics software. EPS files can be uploaded upon acceptance.

Funding disclosure (Starting from 2019/Vol 2 No 1)

Details of all funding sources must be provided in the funding section of the manuscript including grant numbers, if applicable.