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Journal Description

Shirkah: Journal of Economics and Business is a peer-reviewed journal published tri-annually (January-April, May-August and September-December) by Faculty of Islamic Economics and Business Institut Agama Islam Negeri Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia in collaboration with Indonesian Association of Islamic Economists (IAEI). The main objective of Shirkah: Journal of Economics and Business is to promote the wide dissemination of the results of systematic scholarly inquiries into the broad field of Islamic economics and business researches. The Journal is intended to be an academic place for publishing articles reporting the results of researches in the areas:

  • Islamic economics and business
  • Islamic finance and banking
  • Islamic philanthropy (zakat, waqf, sadaqah, and infaq)
  • Islamic accounting
  • Islamic microfinance
  • Creative Economics
  • Financial Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Halal Industry (food, tourism, product, etc.)
  • Halal supply chain management
  • Islamic economic thoughts
  • Islamic market
  • Islamic insurance
  • Islamic and Muslim lifestyle


Submission Policy

The manuscript must be written in English. The author may submit the manuscript in Word (Doc) format or Rich Text Format (RTF) to Shirkah Editor by online submitting to; or may send the manuscript to Please read the author guideline carefully before submitting the manuscript. 

The submitted articles should not have been published or be under review for publication with another journal. Please download Cover Letter & Statement of Originality here and enclose it along with the submitted manuscript; or attach it separately via 

Editorial Decision

The editors of Shirkah: Journal of Economics and Business has the right to decide whether the manuscript will be accepted or not.


Author Guidelines

Since Volume 5 Number 1 2020, to improve the control of quality, the SHIRKAH Author Guideline is made as follows:

A. General Requirements

  1. Manuscripts submitted to Shirkah: Journal of Economics and Business should be research-based papers which have not been published or are under consideration elsewhere.
  2. Manuscripts must be in English. It should be typed in MS Word doc. format; using 12-pt Book Antiqua; left, right, top, and bottom margins are 2,2 cm; one-half-spaced on B5-sized paper; 4500-8000 words.
  3. The manuscript will be reviewed by subject reviewers, while the editors reserve the right to edit the manuscript for format consistency without altering the substance.
  4. Make sure that the manuscript is prepared using the Article Template
  5. The manuscript must be sent through SHIRKAH website (OJS). For confirmation, the Cover Letter & Statement of Originality must be emailed to the Journal Editor (
  6. The citations and references should follow the style of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition and use Reference Management Software Zotero (
  7. The manuscript must be checked in terms of grammar, structure, spelling, etc. It is suggested to use Grammar Checker Software Grammarly (
  8. The Copyright Transfer Agreement Form must be emailed to the Journal Editor ( after the manuscript is accepted for publication.

B. Structure of the Manuscript

  1. The article structure contains: (a) Title; (b) Author(s) Name and Affiliation; (c) Abstract; (d) Keywords; (e) Introduction; (f) Review of Literature; (g) Research Method; (g) Results; (h) Discussion; (i) Conclusion (and Suggestion); (j) References; and (k) Appendix, if any.
  2. Title. The paper title must be concise and informative. It should be pinpoint with the issue discussed. It does not contain infrequently-used abbreviations. The title of the paper should not exceed 15 words, bold, centered, with 14-pt Book Antiqua.
  3. Author(s) Name and Affiliation. Full name of contributor(s) must be written without academic title(s). The affiliation (including faculty, university, and country) should be written below the name. The email address of the author(s) should be written below the affiliation address, and mention a corresponding author of the paper. The author’s name(s) should be in 10-pt Book Antiqua, and the affiliation and email should be in 10-pt Book Antiqua (name should be in bold; affiliation address should be in italic).
  4. Abstract. The abstract should be clear and informative. The abstract should succinctly describe your entire paper. It contains the purpose, methodology, main results, and implications of the research. The abstract should stand alone, which means that no citation or no references in the abstract. The abstract should tell the prospective reader what you did and highlight the key findings. Avoid using technical jargon and uncommon abbreviations. The abstract should be in one paragraph, not exceeding 250 words, in 10-pt Book Antiqua, and with a single space. It must appear on the top of the first page after the title of the paper, the name of the author, the author’s affiliation, and the author’s email.
  5. Keywords. Keywords are the labels of your manuscript and critical to correct indexing and searching. Therefore, keywords should be well selected and closely related to the topic to facilitate the reader’s search, and they should represent the content and highlight of your article. Use only those abbreviations that are firmly established in the field. There must be 3-5 keywords (word or phrase). Each word or phrase in Keywords should be separated by a semicolon (;).
  6. Introduction. The introduction of the paper should clearly state the purpose of the paper. The introduction should include key references to appropriate work. It states the significant contribution of the research. The introduction should consist of the background of the study, research contexts, research gaps, and research objectives (at the end of the introduction). The introduction should show the scientific merit or novelty of the paper. All introductions should be presented in the forms of paragraphs, not pointers, and with the proportion of 15-20% of the whole article length.
  7. Review of Literature. The literature review represents the theoretical core of the research article. It includes review of related literature in essay style. The purpose of a literature review is to “look again” (re+view) at what previous researchers have done regarding to the topics of the article. Thus, in the literature review, the researchers should critically evaluates, re-organizes and synthesizes the work of previous researchers, then followed by formulation of hypothesis (if any). This section shows the roadmap of your research. It is then followed by stating explicitly the research gap.
  8. Research Method. The method section consists of description concerning the research design, the population and sample or the subjects of the research, data sources, data collection, and data analysis (variable measurement) with the proportion of 10-15% of the total article length, all presented in the form of paragraphs.
  9. Results. The results obtained from the research have to be supported by sufficient data. The research results and the discovery must be the answers of the research questions and/or hypothesis stated previously in the introduction/review of literature part. The results section consists of a description of the results of the data analysis to answer the research question(s). The results should summarize (scientific) findings rather than providing data in great detail. It usually contains data presented in the form of tables (see the Article Template for detail description of how to present tables, figures, and graphs)
  10. Discussion. Every author has different style in writing discussion section. In general, the discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. 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. The meanings of the findings should be shown from current theories and references of the area addressed. The following components should be covered in discussion: How do your results relate to the original question or hypothesis outlined in the Introduction/review of literature 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? (The proportion of the Results and the Discussion sections is 40-60% of the total article length).
  11. Conclusion. The conclusion section consists of the summary, restatement of the main findings. It should state concisely the most important propositions of the paper as well as the author’s views of the practical implications of the result. Tell how your work advances the field from the present state of knowledge. Without a clear conclusion, 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 can also suggest future research and point out those that are underway. Write only one or two paragraphs for the Conclusion.
  12. References. Every source cited in the body of the article should appear in the References, and all sources appearing in the References should be cited in the body of the article. The references should be more up-to-date (published in the last 5-10 years). The primary sources cited in your paper are in the forms of journal articles, proceedings, research reports including theses and dissertations that can be accessed online (show the DOI address/url). Citations from online journal articles should be at least 80% of the total references cited. The References should be presented alphabetically and chronologically and be set to 12-pt Book Antiqua font, justified, with one-half spacing and hanging indent. Check each reference against the original source (authors name, volume, issue, year, DOI number). Please use Reference Manager Application (Zotero, Mendeley, Endnote) to manage the references of your paper. Use other published articles in the same journal as models.
  13. Subheading system:

           Heading:    Capitals each Word, Bold, Left Justification

           Sub-Heading Level One:    Capitals each Word, Bold, Italic, Left

           Justification (except references)

          Sub-Heading Level Two:   Capitals each Word, Italic-no bold, left justification

     14. The citations and references should follow the style of the (APA) 6th Edition.

Example of the List of References:

Book with single author

Swann, G. M. Peter. (2014). The Economics of Innovation an Introduction. Cheltenhum & Northampton: Edward Elgar.

in-text citation: (Swann, 2014)

Articles in reference books

Alatas, S. F. (2006). Islam and the Science of Economics in Abu Rabi', I.M. The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought. USA: Willey-Blackwell (pp. 587-606).

in text citation: (Alatas, 2006)      


Hackett, Rosalind (2007). “Religous Dimentions of War and Peace: Introduction.” Dalam Gerrie ter Haar dan Yoshio Tsuruoka (Ed.), Religion and Society: An Agenda for the 21st Century (pp. 3-6).

Accessed from

in text citation: (Hackett, 2006)     

Master's thesis, from a commercial database

McNieI, D. S. (2006). Meaning through narrative: A personal narrative discussing growing up with an alcoholic mother (Master's thesis). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 1434728)

in text citation: (Mc Niel, 2006)

Doctoral dissertation, from an institutional database

Adams, R. J. (1973). Building a foundation for evaluation of instruction in higher education and continuing education (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from

in text citation: (Adams, 1973)

Doctoral dissertation, from the web

Bruckman, A. (1997). MOOSE Crossing: Construction, community, and learning in a networked virtual world for kids (Doctoral dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Retrieved from

in text citation: (Bruckman, 1997)

Journal article with no DOI

Bourkhis, K., and Nabi, M. S. (2013). Islamic and conventional banks' soundness during the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Journal Metrics, 22(2), 68-77.

in-text citation: (Bourkhis & Nabi, 2013).

Journal article with DOI

Ichwan, M. (2012). The Local Politics Of Orthodoxy: The Majelis Ulama Indonesia in the Post-New Order Banten. Journal Of Indonesian Islam, 6(1), 166-194. doi:

in text citation : (Ichwan, 2012)

Abstract as citation

Hasan, N. (2012). Islamist Party, Electoral Politics And Da’wah Mobilization Among Youth : The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) in Indonesia. Journal OF Indonesian Islam, 6(1), 17-47. Abstract from

in text citation : (Hasan, 2012)

Mass media article

Sahal, Akhmad (2014, March 2). Kiai Sahal dan Realisme Fikih.Tempo Magazine, p. 120.

in text citation : (Sahal, 2014)

Research report

Fisher, B. S., Cullen, F. T., & Turner, M. G. (2000). The Sexual Victimization of College Women. Research Report.

in text citation : (Fisher, Cullen, Turner, 2000)


Routray, Bibhu Prasad (2013), National Security Decision-Making in India (RSIS Monograph No. 27). Singapura: Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

in text citation : (Routray, 2013)

Proceeding article

Sudibyakto, Hizbaron, D.R., & Jati, R (Ed.) (2009), Proceeding International Seminar Disaster Theory, Research and Policy. International seminar held by Sekolah Pascasarjana, Universitas Gajahmada, Yogyakarta, 8-9 Desember 2009.

in text citation : (Sudibyakto and Jati, 2009)

Paper conference/seminar/symposium

Janutama, Herman Sinung (2011). “Kraton dan Hubungan Antar Agama.” Paper presented in Seminar Kraton dan Panatagama held by Center for the Study of Islam and Social Transformation (CISForm), Yogyakarta, 17 November.

in text citation : (Janutama, 2011)

Online article in web

Shiva, (2006, February). Bioethics: A Third World Issue. Native-web. Retrieved from pages/legal/shiva.html

in text citation : (Shiva, 2006)

Online research report

Kessy, S. S. A., & Urio, F M. (2006). The contribution of microfinance institutions to poverty reduction in Tanzania (Research Report No. 06.3). Retrieved from Research on Poverty Alleviation


in text citation : (kessy and urion, 2006)

Holy book

Qur an, 2 (25)

in text citation : (Q. Albaqarah 2:25).


Graycar, Adam (1992). Social Welfare Policy. Dalam Mary Hawkesworth dan Maurice Kogan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Government and Politics (Vol. 1). London: Routledge.

in text citation : (Graycar, 1992)


Sultan Hamengkubuwono X (interview, 2011, April 19)

in text citation : (Hamengkubuwono, 2011)

Documentary film

Steijlen, Fridus (2008). A Day in the Life of Indonesia [documentary film, 58 minutes]. Leiden: KITLV Press.

in text citation : (Steijlen, 2008)

Author Fee

Shirkah: Journal of Economics and Business does not charge authors submission and publication fees. The journal is owned by the Faculty of Islamic Economics and Business IAIN Surakarta that supports the operation and publication process. Therefore, the majority of the publication cost is funded by the faculty to allow for articles to be made freely available Open Access to all readers, anywhere in the world.


Abstract and Indexing

Shirkah: Journal of Economics and Business is indexed and abstracted by

Research profiles

To increase article citation, Shirkah encourages all authors to create a research profile in such websites as GoogleScholar, ResearchGate, Academia, and Mendeley


Commitment to Antiplagiarism

Shirkah: Journal of Economics and Business takes academic integrity seriously by double-checking the manuscripts out using anti-plagiarism software. The editors reserve the right to withdraw acceptance from a manuscript found to violate any of the standards set out below.

Plagiarism occurs when an author takes ideas, information, or words from another source without proper credit to the source. Even when it occurs unintentionally, plagiarism is still a serious academic violation and unacceptable in international academic publications.

When the author takes an idea from another author, a citation is required—even if the author then develops the idea further. This might be an idea about how to interpret the data, either what methodology to use or what conclusion to draw. It might be an idea about broad developments in a field or general information. Regardless of the idea, the authors should cite their sources. In cases where the author develops the idea further, it is still necessary to cite the original source of the idea, and then in a subsequent sentence, the author can explain her or his more developed idea.

When the author takes words from another author, citation and quotation marks are required. Whenever four or more consecutive words are identical to a source that the author has read, the author must use quotation marks to denote the use of another author’s original words; just a citation is no longer enough.



message 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. Please enclose the scanned Cover Letter & Statement of Originality along with the submitted manuscript or attach it separately via
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or DOC (document) file format.
  3. The manuscript’s length is about 4500-8000 words, typed in one-half spaced on B5-paper size. The text is one half; 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.
  4. The manuscript adheres to the APA citation style and bibliographic one.

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