About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The European Journal of Islamic Finance is an Open Access online journal that publishes quarterly (every four months) articles and papers that contribute to developing both the theory and practice of research methods employed across the whole field of Islamic Business and Management, Finance and Banking studies. The readers of this journal mainly include scientific workers, college teachers and PhD students and other practitioners.

The journal receives manuscripts written in English.

If this is the first time you contribute an article to the journal, please format your manuscript as per the sample paper and then submit it into the online submission system.

Peer Review Process

Reviewer selection for each article submitted is up to the editors. It considers reviewers' experience, competence, suggestions by authors or different editors, and previous experience in reviewing papers for EJIF.

Every proposal submitted for publication is read, at least by an editor, for an initial review. If the paper agrees with editorial policies and with a minimum quality level, it is sent to two reviewers for evaluation. Thus, EJIF uses a double-blind peer review.

The review process aims to provide authors with a competent opinion on their paper. In addition, a review should give authors suggestions, if needed, on how to improve their papers.

The peer-review process is managed with the OJS platform.

The European Journal of Islamic Finance is a member of ReviewerCredits. Completing the peer-review, you are invited to will automatically transfer your review data to ReviewerCredits adding it to your certified reviews and assign credits that you may use on ReviewerCredits online store. Register now for a free ReviewerCredits account and be ready to earn credits immediately. Find out more here.

Publication Frequency

Starting from 2017, EJIF will be published quarterly. In 2015 and 2016, EJIF published two issues per year.

Open Access Policy

EJIF is published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International LicenseWith the licence CC-BY, authors retain the copyright, allowing anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute and/or copy their contribution. The work must be properly attributed to its author.

It is not necessary to ask for further permissions both to the author or journal board.

This is by the BOAI definition of Open Access.


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Submission guidelines

The European Journal of Islamic Finance editorial team features articles on various business-related topics, such as business and management, finance, and banking about the Islamic world. Proposals must offer original and substantive content based on expert analysis, professional research or significant experience.

The European Journal of Islamic Finance is an Open Access online journal published quarterly (every four months).

Only pitches that follow our submission guidelines will be considered.

Prospective contributors should forward a detailed along with a brief outline of proposed content, including a list of the articles being offered to our readership. Any relationship between the author and the subject organization must be disclosed. We look for practical applications supported by real-world examples and new ideas, or at least a new way of looking at something of interest to our audience. We also ask ourselves if potential contributors are authoritative and persuasive enough to give our readers an intellectual return on time invested.

Feature articles are longer, generally 4,000 to 8,000 words. Nevertheless, draft contributions must be well-structured with engaging introductions that quickly get to the point. Graphs, tables and charts are acceptable, but only if required to advance an argument and provide separate high-resolution files that can be edited.

Thank you for your interest in our publication. All contributed content is greatly appreciated.

Submissions are welcome at any time.

Code of Ethics

“European Journal of Islamic Finance” is committed to the highest publication standards. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the editorial board. The Code describes the “European Journal of Islamic Finance” policies for ensuring the ethical treatment of all participants in the peer review and publication process. “European Journal of Islamic Finance” Editors, Guest Editors, Reviewers and Authors are encouraged to study these guidelines and address any questions or concerns to the editorial team (paolo.biancone@unito.it).

These guidelines apply to all manuscripts submitted to the “European Journal of Islamic Finance” and may be revised at any time by the Editor-in-Chief and the Board. The following duties outlined for editors, authors, and reviewers are based on the COPE – Core practices, https://publicationethics.org/core-practices (accessed July 2020).

Duties of Editor in Chief (Editor) and Guest Editor(s)

Editor/Guest Editor(s) are responsible for the journal's content and ensuring the integrity of all published work.

  • Publication Decisions: The Editor/Guest Editor(s) have the right to decide whether to accept or reject a manuscript concerning its significance, originality, clarity and relevance to the journal.
  • Anti-plagiarism: the Editor scans any submitted article with Turnitin software to detect similarities and potential plagiarism.
  • Review of Manuscripts: “European Journal of Islamic Finance” follows a double-blind review process, whereby Authors do not know the Reviewers and vice versa. The Editor/Guest Editor(s) are responsible for securing timely, independent and anonymous peer reviews from suitably qualified reviewers who have no disqualifying competing interests in all manuscripts submitted to the journal. In addition, the Editor/Guest Editor(s) are responsible for ensuring that the journal has access to adequate competent reviewers. The journal will acknowledge reviewers at the end of each year. The reviewers’ list is public on the journal website.
  • Fair Review: The Editor/Guest Editor(s) and their editorial staff must ensure that each manuscript received by “The European Journal of Islamic Finance” is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc., the authors.
  • Confidentiality of submitted material: The Editor/Guest Editor(s) and the editorial staff will ensure that systems are in place to ensure the confidentiality and protection from misuse of material submitted to the journal while under review and the protection of authors’ and reviewers’ identities and will themselves take all reasonable steps to preserve the confidentiality of authors’ and reviewers’ identities.
  • Disclosure: The Editor/Guest Editor(s) should ensure that submitted manuscripts are processed confidentially. No content of the manuscripts will be disclosed to anyone other than the corresponding author or reviewers, as appropriate.
  • Conflicts of Interest: The Editor/Guest Editor(s) should excuse themselves from considering a manuscript in which they have a real or potential conflict of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, financial or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the manuscript.
  • Authority: The Editor in Chief must have ultimate authority and responsibility for the Journal. The Editor-in-Chief should respect the Journal’s constituents (Readers, Authors, Reviewers, Guest Editors, and Editorial Staff) and work to ensure the honesty and integrity of the Journal’s contents and continuous improvement in journal quality.

Duties of reviewers

  • Fair reviews: Reviewers should evaluate manuscripts objectively, fairly and professionally. Reviewers should avoid personal biases in their comments and judgments and express their views clearly with supporting arguments. Reviewers must provide substantiated and fair reviews. These must avoid personal attack and not include any defamatory, inaccurate, libellous, misleading, obscene, scandalous, unlawful, or otherwise objectionable material that infringes any other person’s copyright, right of privacy, or other rights.
  • Confidentiality: Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors should be kept confidential and treated as privileged information. Reviewers should not discuss the manuscript with anyone other than the Editor/Guest Editor(s), nor should they discuss any information from the manuscript without permission.
  • Acknowledgement of Sources: Manuscript reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all data sources used in the research. Any similarity or overlap between the manuscripts under consideration or any other published paper of which the reviewer has personal knowledge must be immediately brought to the Editor/Guest Editor(s)’s notice.
  • Timeliness: If a reviewer feels him/her can't complete the review of the manuscript within the stipulated time, then this information must be communicated to the Editor/Guest Editor so that the manuscript can be sent to another reviewer.
  • Right of refusal: Reviewers should refuse to review manuscripts: a) where they have provided written comments on the manuscript or an earlier version to the Author, b) in which they have any conflicts of interest resulting from collaborative, financial, institutional, personal, or other relationships or connections with any of the companies, institutions, or people connected to the papers.
  • Complain: Any complaint relating to the journal should, in the first instance, be directed towards the Editor-in-Chief of “European Journal of Islamic Finance”.

Duties of Authors

  • Originality: Authors must ensure that no part of their work is copied from any other work, either by themselves or others. The work is original and has not previously been published in whole or substantial part. The author should not submit concurrent manuscripts (or manuscripts essentially describing the same subject matter) to multiple journals.
  • Authorship of the Paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have contributed significantly to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. Others who have made significant contributions must be listed as co-authors. The author should ensure that all co-authors have affirmed the paper's final version and agreed on its final publication.
  • Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism: All work in the manuscript should be free of plagiarism, falsification, fabrications, or omission of significant material. Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism constitute unethical publishing behaviour and are unacceptable. “European Journal of Islamic Finance” reserves the right to evaluate issues of plagiarism and redundancy on a case-by-case basis.
  • Acknowledgement of Sources and Conflict(s) of Interests: The author should explicitly indicate all sources supporting the research and declare any conflict(s) of interest.
  • Data Access and Retention: The author should provide raw data related to their manuscript for editorial review and retain such data.
  • Timeliness: Authors should be prompt with their manuscript revisions. If an Author cannot meet the deadline given, the Author should contact the “European Journal of Islamic Finance” Managing Editor as soon as possible to determine whether a longer period or withdrawal from the review process should be chosen.
  • Fundamental Errors in Published Works: The author should promptly inform the Editor/Guest Editor(s) of any obvious error(s) in his or her published paper and cooperate earnestly with the Editor-in-Chief in retraction or correcting the paper. If the Editor-in-Chief is notified by any party other than the author that the published paper contains an obvious error, the author should write a retraction or make the correction based on the medium of publication.

This Code of Ethics draws heavily from the following online source, which is recommended reading on ethical guidelines:

Articles and submissions processing charges (APC)

European Journal of Islamic Finance does not ask for Articles Processing (APC) or submissions charges.

Information for Authors

Interested in submitting to the European Journal of Islamic Finance? We recommend that you review the Focus and Scope section page for the journal's interest areas and the Submission Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal before submitting, or if already registered, they can log in and begin the 5 step process.

Information for librarians

We encourage research librarians to list the European Journal of Islamic Finance (ISSN 2421-2172) among their library's electronic journal holdings.

It may also be worth noting that this journal's open-source publishing system is suitable for libraries to host for their faculty members to use with journals they are involved in editing (see Open Journal Systems).


European Journal of Islamic Finance adopts Turnitin software to detect plagiarism. In addition, any submitted article is checked to detect similarities and potential plagiarism.


Data from 2015 are not directly comparable due to the different View software.


Department of Management "Valter Cantino"- University of Turin - European Research Center for Islamic Finance

Journal History

In 2015 and 2016, EJIF published two issues per year.

Starting in 2017 (vol. 6), EJIF will become quarterly.