Focus and Scope

AL-A'RAF: Jurnal Pemikiran Islam dan Filsafat is highly dedicated as a public space to explore and socialise academic ideas and research findings from the researchers, academics, and practitioners who are concerned with developing and promoting the values of religious moderation and tolerance, with the following but not limited to, six main topics: (1) Islamic Thought; (2) Islamic Philosophy; (3) Islamic Theology; (4) Islam and Politics; (5) Islam and Culture; and (6) Qur’an and Hadith Studies. Taking an expansive view of the subject, the journal brings together all disciplinary perspectives. It publishes peer-reviewed articles on the historical, cultural, social, philosophical, political, anthropological, literary, and other aspects of the subject in all times and places. The journal aims to become one of the leading platforms in the world for new findings and discussions of all the aforementioned fields. Academics from any countries who are interested in these topics are cordially invited to submit their article to Al-A’raf and to use this open-access journal. Novelty and recency of issues are the priority in publishing.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted to Al-A’raf: Jurnal Pemikiran Islam dan Filsafat will undergo a selection and assessment process by the Board of Editors to ensure their accordance with the writing guideline, focus, and scope, and that they are of excellent academic quality. The manuscripts will be reviewed using the double-blind peer review method in which case neither authors nor reviewers know each other’s identities.

Desk Review. At the desk review stage, manuscripts will be examined to ensure that they have met the writing guideline, focus, and scope with excellent academic quality. If they do not meet the conditions, the author will be given the opportunity to revise their manuscript according to the given criteria. However, there is also the possibility that the manuscript will be directly rejected.

Peer review. When the manuscript has passed the desk review stage, it will then be delivered to two reviewers who are experts in the field of the submitted manuscript. The review process will be done within three weeks. Manuscripts that did not successfully pass the desk review process will not proceed to this stage.

Reviewer’s decision. The reviewers will provide the following recommendations:

  1. Accepted; means that the manuscript is acceptable for publication;
  2. Accepted with minor revisions; means that the manuscript is acceptable for publication once it is revised in response to the reviewers’ concerns;
  3. Accepted with major revisions; means that substantive inadequacies in the manuscript, such as data analysis, the main theory used, and rewriting of paragraphs, need to be revised;
  4. Rejected; means that the manuscript is not acceptable for publication or the given reviews relate to very basic issues.

The reviewer’s decision will be considered by the Board of Editors to determine the ensuing process of the manuscript.

Revision Stage. Once the manuscript has been received with notations of minor or major revisions, it will be returned to the author with a review summary form. For manuscripts accepted with major revisions, authors are allotted three weeks to revise. Whereas for manuscripts accepted with minor revisions, one week is allotted for revision. When returning the revised manuscript, the author is required to fill in and attach the review summary form. 

Final decision. At this stage, the manuscript will be re-evaluated by the Board of Editors to ensure that the author has revised in response to the reviewers’ concerns. In this final decision, the manuscript may still be rejected if the author did not seriously conduct the revisions necessary.

Proofread. Once the manuscript has been deemed acceptable by the Board of Editors, it will undergo a proofreading process to maintain linguistic quality.

Publication confirmation. At this stage, the final layout of the manuscript will be resent to the author to ensure that the content is in accordance with the author’s writing. At this stage, the author may revise any typographical error found in the final manuscript. Once confirmation from the author is given, the Editorial Secretary will process the manuscript for online publication on the website as well as a print publication.


Publication Frequency

AL-A'RAF: Jurnal Pemikiran Islam dan Filsafat is published bi-annually (January-June, July-December)


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. This journal system and its contents licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License


Faculty of Ushuluddin and Dakwah, Universitas Islam Negeri Raden Mas Said Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.

Journal History

This journal was published for the first time in 2004 by STAIN Surakarta (before its transformation into UIN Raden Mas Said Surakarta). Until 2015 (ISSN: 1693-9867), Al-A’raf: Jurnal Pemikiran Islam dan Filsafat was a fully printed version. While starting in 2016, this journal was published in two versions: printing and fully open using Open Journal System (OJS).