Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope


Afshaha: Jurnal Bahasa dan Sastra Arab emphasizes the study of Arabic language and literature in all countries, especially in Islamic countries, by emphasizing the theories of Arabic language and literature and their practice in scientific works by publishing articles and book reviews.


Afshaha: Jurnal Bahasa dan Sastra Arab specializes in revealing original research and current issues on the theory and practice of language and literature in various parts of the world. This journal warmly welcomes contributions from scholars from related fields who consider the following topics; 

  • semantic
  • semiotic
  • pragmatic
  • lexicology
  • lexicography
  • literary studies, such as literary history, theories, and criticism.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Afshaha: Jurnal Bahasa dan Sastra Arab operates a peer review process and promotes double-blind reviewing. Afshaha: Jurnal Bahasa dan Sastra Arab receives many more submissions than can be published. It will be reviewed by some experts in language and literature from several universities in different countries. Manuscripts submitted to this journal should meet the general criteria:

  • provides strong evidence for its conclusions
  • should be a research result or literature study in the language and literature field
  • ideally interesting to researchers in the language and literature field and other related disciplines.
  • It must fulfil scientific merit and novelty or new contribution to knowledge to the focus and scope of this study
  • written in English or Arabic language
  • follow the Focus & Scope and Author Guidelines

The paper submitted to the journal must be original, unpublished work and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Every paper submitted will be scanned for plagiarism before it is sent to the reviewer (maximum similarity of 15%).

Manuscripts are scrutinized for structure, organization, correctness, clarity of language and compliance with the Author's Guidelines. Typographical, grammatical, content clarity and format compliance of manuscripts are the author's responsibility(s). Manuscripts not meeting these conditions will be returned to the authors.

When a manuscript has passed the editorial office review process, it is subjected to a double-blind review system. At least two external reviewers are chosen from the database of this journal, the journal's editorial board, or other sources. These reviewers are subject matter experts in the field. Invitations to review are sent to the reviewers with attached abstracts. A double-blind peer review technique is used by this journal, an anonymous peer review system in which the identity of the manuscript's author(s) is kept hidden from the reviewers. Before a manuscript is given to a reviewer, details that could reveal to a reviewer of author(s)'s identity in the manuscript would be erased. When sending the reviewers' comments to the author(s), the reviewers' identities are likewise hidden from the author(s). Because it limits possible bias from either the selected reviewers or the authors, this journal deems the double-blind peer system a more effective review system.

Reviewers are expected to assess the manuscripts and provide helpful feedback so that the author(s) can improve the quality of the manuscript. The manuscript is also judged on its originality, contribution, technical excellence, presentation clarity, and research depth. Finally, reviewers provide one of the following recommendations:

  • Accept "as it is."
  • Requires minor corrections
  • Requires major revisions
  • Reject. In this case, the reviewer provides the specific reason(s) why the manuscript is not further processed.

In general, to be acceptable, a paper should represent an advance in understanding likely to influence thinking in the field. There should be a discernible reason why the work deserves the visibility of publication in Afshaha: Jurnal Bahasa dan Sastra Arab Journal rather than the best of the specialist journals.

The final decision of manuscript acceptance is solely made by Editor in Chief and/or Associate Editor (together with Editorial Board, if required) according to reviewers' critical comments. Publication of accepted articles, including assigning the article to the published issues, will be made by Editor in Chief by considering the sequence of accepted dates and geographical distribution of authors as well as a thematic issue. 


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global knowledge exchange.

All articles published in 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 is: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA)

This is a human-readable summary of (and not a substitute for) the license. You are free to: (a) Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format; (b) Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any commercial purpose. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms if you follow the license terms. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms if you follow the license terms. Under the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so reasonably but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.


Publication Ethic

✔ Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

This Statement is based on COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

✔ Ethical Guideline for Journal Publication

The publication of an article in Afshaha: Jurnal Bahasa dan Sastra Arab is essential in developing a coherent and respected knowledge network. It directly reflects the quality of the authors' work and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody scientific methods. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in publishing: the author, the editor, the reviewer, the publisher, and the society. As the publisher of Afshaha: Jurnal Bahasa dan Sastra Arab, the Arabic Literature Department takes its guardianship duties over all publishing stages seriously, recognizing its ethical and other responsibilities. The Department of Arabic Literature is committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint, or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.

✔ Publication Decisions

The editors of Afshaha: Jurnal Bahasa dan Sastra Arab are responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making their decisions.

a. Plagiarism Screening

The author only must submit a manuscript free from plagiarism and academic malpractices. The editor, however, will check all submitted papers through Turnitin.

b. Play

An editor at any time evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

c. Confidentiality

The editors and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

✔ Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in editors' research without the author's written consent.

✔ Duties of Reviewers

a. Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editors in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communications with the authors, may also assist the author in improving the quality of the paper.

b. Promptness

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editors and excuse himself from the review process.

c. Confidentiality

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

d. Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

e. Acknowledgment of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that the authors have not cited. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by a proper citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper they know personally.

f. Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts with conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships with any authors, companies, or institutions related to the papers.

✔ Duties of Authors

a. Reporting Standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed and an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

b. Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works and that if they have used the work and words of others, this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

c. Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication

An author should not generally publish manuscripts describing the same research in multiple journals or primary publications. Submitting the same manuscript to multiple journals concurrently constitutes unacceptable publishing behaviour.

d. Acknowledgment of Sources

Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have influenced the nature of the reported work.

e. Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have contributed significantly to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported research. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where others have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

f. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

g. Fundamental errors in Published Works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their published work, the author must promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.