Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

ESENSIA: Jurnal Ilmu-Ilmu Ushuluddin is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes articles of the highest quality and significance in all areas of Islamic theology (uṣūl al-dīn). The journal covers researches on the immense significance of Islam in the context of religious life, specifically in Indonesian and Southeast Asian contexts, to which it has delivered unique perspectives, approaches, and ranges of contributions that are of abiding interest.

ESENSIA encourages the exchange of ideas between experts, scholars, researchers, practitioners, clerics, and students who are active in all subjects of Islamic theology and the multidisciplinary field. In addition to research articles, the journal also covers papers in the forms of fieldwork investigation or ongoing report. 

Research areas covered in the journal:

  • Islamic Theology and Communal Discernment
  • Islamic Theology and Indigenous Spiritual Practices
  • Islamic Theology and Digital Culture
  • Islamic-Theological Literature and Literary Criticism
  • Intercultural Theologies and Comparative Religions
  • Islamism and Socioreligious Dynamics
  • Muslim Minorities and Religious Citizenship
  • Quranic and Hadith Studies
  • Islamic Philosophy and Sufism

ESENSIA offers authors and readers high visibility, broader readership, clear copyediting, rigorous peer-review, and independence from competing interests. In this way, the journal aims to be the voice of the worldwide Islamic-theological community.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

The peer-review process is an essential part of the publication process in ESENSIA: Jurnal Ilmu-Ilmu Ushuluddin which controls and improves the submitted manuscripts to the journal. All forms of submission to the journal are peer-reviewed, including Research Articles, Fieldwork Investigations, Ongoing Research reports.

The peer review provides an independent assessment of the research novelty and the technical accuracy of the results described. It also complies with feedbacks from reviewers conveyed with the editors' decision. This process reassures that the structure and logic of each publication are more readily apparent to readers of ESENSIA.

The Editorial Team are truly appreciative for our Peer-Reviewers, who are diverse from six countries within four continents of Asia, Europe, Australia, and America, for their continued commitment to the publication process. By collaboration with our reviewers, the Editor can ensure that the published manuscripts are among the highest quality and the most significant in their respective disciplines of scientific research.

Double-Blind Review

ESENSIA: Jurnal Ilmu-Ilmu Ushuluddin applies a double-blind peer review. Authors remain anonymous to the referees throughout the consideration process. The authors are responsible for anonymizing their manuscript accordingly; a checklist is provided to help with this process. More information is available in Editorial Policies, including this Focus & ScopePublication Ethics, and Open Access Policy.

Review Decisions

All submitted manuscripts to ESENSIA are read by the Editorial Team. For time-saving for both authors and peer-reviewers, only those papers that seem most likely to meet our editorial criteria are sent for formal review. Manuscripts judged to be of insufficient interest or inappropriate are rejected promptly without any external review. These decisions may also be based on informal advice from specialists in the field.

Manuscripts judged to be of potential interest to our readership are sent for formal review, typically to two reviewers, but sometimes more if special advice is needed (for example on statistics, instrumental data, or a particular technique). The editors then make a decision based on the reviewers' advice, from among several possibilities:

Accept Submission:

Accept the manuscript with or without editorial revisions

Revision Required:

Invite the authors to revise their manuscript to address specific concerns before a final decision is reached

Resubmit for Review:

Invite the authors to revise substantial matters of the submission (title, methods, data, etc.) and resubmit their article to the website. This decision indicates to the authors that further work might justify a resubmission

Decline Submission:

Reject outright. This decision is issued typically based on the insufficient conceptual advance, irrelevance to grounds of specialist interest, lack of novelty, or major technical and/or interpretational problems

Article Procession

Each submission to ESENSIA follows a systematic peer-review process as follow:

Process #1: The submitted manuscript is acknowledged within 48 hours upon receipt.

Process #2: The Managing Editors decide on an Editor to manage a specific manuscript. Questions about each manuscript should be directed to the assigned editor who is handling it.

Process #3: The manuscript may be declined by the Editor without a scientific assessment if it does not meet all requirements stated in the Author Guidelines.

Process #4: The Editor-in-Chief delegates two Peer-Reviewers to judge a submitted manuscript that compiles our technical requirements. When reviewers agree to assess a paper, we consider this a commitment to review subsequent revisions.

Process #5: The Editor collects reports and recommendations from the reviewers. The Editor takes reviewers' criticisms seriously, particularly regarding technical and ethical criticisms. In cases where one reviewer opposes publication, the editor may consult another reviewer as to whether they are applying an unduly critical standard. The Editor-in-Chief shall occasionally bring in additional reviewer to resolve disputes regarding a particular manuscript but the Editorial Team prefer to avoid doing so unless there is a specific problem, such as a technical-methodological point which we feel needed for further advice.

Process #6: Authors can expect a decision, or an explanation for the delay, within 8 weeks of receipt. If a revision is required, the corresponding author should submit the revised article within 2 weeks.

Process #7: The Editor will not send a revised paper to peer-reviewers if the authors have not made a serious attempt to address the criticisms. If this case occurs, the Editor will alert authors to conduct another revision within 7 days. The Editor has the decisive right to decline a submission if the authors could not responsibly fulfill or counter-react the criticism within the time limit.

Process #8: The editorial decision is taken by the assigned Editor based on the information gained through the peer-review process.

Process #9: The final decision is taken by the Editor-in-Chief upon the completion of ESENSIA’s Editorial Policies. The finalized manuscript is processed for online publication, hence it could be accessed on the journal website.

Process #10: The Editor-in-Chief will notify the corresponding author about online publication with the online manuscript link. In case of emergency, the Authors may request a correction to the published manuscript within 7 days of publication.

Additional Information

For frequently asked questions (FAQ) and comments about the peer-review process, the journal, or its editorial policies that are not addressed here, we encourage authors and reviewers to contact us using the assigned Contact list in the box of “About the Journal” at the top right of this website.


Open Access Policy

ESENSIA: Jurnal Ilmu-Ilmu Ushuluddin provides immediate open access to fulfill its aim in becoming the voice of the worldwide Islamic-theological community. Every article submitted to this journal is free of charge from article procession, journal subscription, peer-reviewing, editing, publishing, maintaining, archiving, and other fees (see: "Revenue Sources"). This policy is based on the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) in February 14, 2002 and the BOAI's Recommendation and Reaffirmation in September 12, 2012.

For the detailed version of this statement, read the ESENSIA Declaration on the Open Access Initiative.



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