Information For Authors


  • The manuscript submitted must be original and must not have been published or submitted for publication in another journal.
  • The manuscript must be submitted online through our website at the following URL: Submissions via hard copy will not be accepted.
  • Formatting and Citation: Authors are responsible to adhere to the format stated below in preparing their manuscripts. Citations must follow the “footnotes system” in accordance with the latest edition of the Chicago Style Manual.
  • Manuscript acceptance: Decisions are based on a pre-review by the editors and a subsequent double-blinded peer review by at least two independent reviewers.
  • Submission of revised manuscripts: The authors are strongly advised to carefully read and revise the manuscripts in accordance with the comments made by the reviewers. The authors are also required to provide a point-by-point reply for each of the comments made by the reviewers by filling in the “Author’s Response to Reviewers Form”.
  • Proofs and copyright assignment form: Upon acceptance for publication, the galley proof will be sent to the authors who would then be responsible to carefully review and approve it. A Copyright Assignment Form will also be sent at this stage. An immediate response to both is required and failure of which may affect publication of the manuscript in a particular issue of the Journal.

  • Manuscript Lenght:

    • Academic Article: 6000 - 10000 words
    • Practitioner Article: 5000 - 10000 words
    • Book Review/Case Review: 3000 - 6000 words
    • Legislative Report/Policy paper/Commentaries: 4000 - 5000 words


 The length of the manuscript: must be between 6000 and 10000 words.

The manuscript must be in 11-point font, Times New Roman, single spacing. Any quoted piece that exceeds 25 words should be clearly separated from the main text, indented, single spacing and in 10-point font. The footnotes must be in 10-point font and single spacing.


The text of the manuscript shall be organised in the following manner:

  • The first page is the ‘Title Page’ containing a full title, a running title of not more than 50 characters, full name, institutional affiliation, telephone number (with country code), and email address of the ‘corresponding author,’ and full names and institutional affiliations of the other authors.
  • To ensure the double-blind peer review, the second page of the manuscript will have a full title (removing all identifying information about the authors), an abstract and key words.
  • The ‘Introduction’ and the rest of the manuscript will be in the third page


  • The abstract must not exceed 250 words, indented, single spacing and in 10-point font. The abstract should be structured and have the following elements: the purpose, methodology, the results, and a conclusion emphasizing new and significance contribution of the study.


The author needs to provide a maximum of five (5) keywords that will assist in cross-indexing the article.


Title:                       11-points font, upper case, bold, centred.

First level heading: 11-point font, upper case, bold, left aligned.

Second level heading: 11-point font, lower case, bold, left aligned.

Third level heading:  11-point font, lower case, bold, italicized, left aligned.


Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide - Sample Citations

INSAF Journal uses the ‘footnotes system’ in accordance with the Chicago Manual of style (latest edition). The Quick Guide to the Chicago Manual is as follows:

The following examples illustrate citations using the footnotes system. Examples of footnotes are followed by shortened versions of citations to the same source.


One author

First time citation:

  1. Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (New York: Penguin, 2006), 99–100.


Subsequent citations:

  1. Pollan, 3 [or] 2. Pollan, Omnivore’s Dilemma, 3. (To distinguish from other similar

                                                                                            authors, add a fragment of the title.)

Two or more authors
  1. Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945 (New York: Knopf, 2007), 52.
  2. Ward and Burns, War, 59–61.

For four or more authors, list only the first author, followed by et al. (“and others”):

  1. Dana Barnes et al., Plastics: Essays on American Corporate Ascendance in the 1960s . . .
  2. Barnes et al., Plastics . . .
Editor, translator, or compiler instead of author
  1. Richmond Lattimore, trans., The Iliad of Homer (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1951), 91–92.
  2. Lattimore, Iliad, 24.
Chapter or other part of a book
  1. John D. Kelly, “Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War,” in Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, ed. John D. Kelly et al. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010), 77.
  2. Kelly, “Seeing Red,” 81–82.
Chapter of an edited volume originally published elsewhere (as in primary sources)
  1. Quintus Tullius Cicero, “Handbook on Canvassing for the Consulship,” in Rome: Late Republic and Principate, ed. Walter Emil Kaegi Jr. and Peter White, vol. 2 of University of Chicago Readings in Western Civilization, ed. John Boyer and Julius Kirshner (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986), 35.
  2. Cicero, “Canvassing for the Consulship,” 35.
Book published electronically
For books consulted online, list a URL; include an access date only if one is required by your publisher or discipline.

Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner, eds., The Founders’ Constitution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987), accessed February 28, 2010,

Journal article

Article in a print journal

In a note, list the specific page numbers consulted, if any.

  1. Joshua I. Weinstein, “The Market in Plato’s Republic,” Classical Philology 104 (2009): 440.
  2. Weinstein, “Plato’s Republic,” 452–53.
Article in an online journal

List a URL. Include an access date.

  1. Gueorgi Kossinets and Duncan J. Watts, “Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network,” American Journal of Sociology 115 (2009): 411, accessed February 28, 2010.
  2. Kossinets and Watts, “Origins of Homophily,” 439.

Article in a newspaper or popular magazine

The following examples show the more formal versions of the citations. If you consulted the article online, include a URL; include also an access date. If no author is identified, begin the citation with the article title.

  1. Daniel Mendelsohn, “But Enough about Me,” New Yorker, January 25, 2010, 68.
  2. Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Robert Pear, “Wary Centrists Posing Challenge in Health Care Vote,” New York Times, February 27, 2010, accessed February 28, 2010,


Thesis or dissertation

  1. Mihwa Choi, “Contesting Imaginaires in Death Rituals during the Northern Song Dynasty” (PhD diss., University of Chicago, 2008).
  2. Choi, “Contesting Imaginaires.”

Paper presented at a meeting or conference

  1. Rachel Adelman, “ ‘Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On’: God’s Footstool in the Aramaic Targumim and Midrashic Tradition” (paper presented at the annual meeting for the Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 21–24, 2009).
  2. Adelman, “Such Stuff as Dreams.”


It may be styled as in the examples below. Because such content is subject to change, include an access date or, if available, a date that the site was last modified.

  1. “Google Privacy Policy,” last modified March 11, 2009,
  2. “McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Safety Facts,” McDonald’s Corporation, accessed July 19, 2008,

Blog entry or comment

The following examples show the more formal versions of the citations. There is no need to add pseud. after an apparently fictitious or informal name. (If an access date is required, add it before the URL; see examples elsewhere in this guide.)

  1. Jack, February 25, 2010 (7:03 p.m.), comment on Richard Posner, “Double Exports in Five Years?,” The Becker-Posner Blog, February 21, 2010,
  2. Jack, comment on Posner, “Double Exports.”



Manuscripts which do not adhere to the above formatting guidelines and footnoting system will be returned to the corresponding author without being sent for review.