This sheet does not cover all the stylistic details of writing, which authors can find in any writing manual, but touches on The Fountain’s general preferences and on those issues that we generally face while editing a manuscript. Do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] for any inquiry.


  • * Provide proper sources, citations and endnotes according to the Chicago Manual of Style. If another style is used, all citations must be consistent throughout the article.

  • * Use American spelling

  • * Do not forget to add a short, updated bio including your contact information and an abstract of the article.

  • * Write with awareness that our publication is distributed worldwide and there are readers from all nations. Try to be as internationally accessible as possible. Benefit from our diversity and cultural nuances, but with an additional care for clarity.

  • * When using field-specific jargon, adjust its density for wider readership and use direct, straight-forward language. Non-English or unfamiliar words may be explained as a footnote or translated immediately after the word in brackets or between commas.

  • * Turn Track/Changes on when editing or revising

  • * If possible, give measurements in both international and American forms

  • * Avoid footnotes, unless absolutely needed.

  • * An article or a story is a good one when it is authentic and written in clear English. In our selection process, we also take length into account. Articles between 1500–2000 words make for a better design and layout. Longer and shorter pieces will be considered, but chances for selection are significantly smaller.

  • * Send a few lines of introduction – a subhead that offers a little more information about the story – and also a brief introduction that summarizes the main point and tells the reader why they should continue reading.


  • * When an article is submitted to The Fountain, it must be an original work.

  • * Authors must not submit the same work, in whole or in part, to two places of publication at the same time, or at any time while the article is under review at The Fountain.

  • * The article must not have been previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere, either in whole or in part.

  • * Articles should be free of any plagiarism. This includes copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of works without attribution. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

  • * Authors have the ultimate responsibility for all information and opinion included in articles submitted to The Fountain. Authors are obligated to present an accurate account of the information provided as well as providing an objective discussion of the significance of the information they provide.

  • * Submitted articles should not contain any offensive content which makes reference to a specific race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, religious belief, and physical or intellectual disability.

  • * Editors at The Fountain reserve the right to edit and correct all articles while still maintaining the essence of the article. If there are numerous stylistic inconsistencies, the article will be returned to the author for further review and resubmission.

Punctuation, Quotations, Spelling

  • * Commas and periods are always inside quotation marks. Other punctuation is outside quotes.

  • * In a list of items separated by commas, still use comma before the “and” before the last item.

  • * Use hyphen for compounds, like well-known, before the noun. If the adverb ends with –ly then do not use hyphen: brightly lit room.

  • * Use double quotation marks. Single quotation marks are used when there is a quote within a quote, thus inside double quotation marks.

  • * Long quotes are not preferred. Give the sentence or phrase that is directly related to your theme.

  • * Use the widely accepted form of spellings for names, places, and events: Mecca instead of Makkah, Medina instead of Madina. If transliteration is needed refer to Ali Unal’s translation of the Qur’an. When in doubt, consult a well-established dictionary.

  • * Use “Allah” only when there is a specific Islamic reference to this proper name of God Almighty. Otherwise use “God.”

  • * Preferred spellings for some words: Muhammad (not Mohamed, or any other form), the Qur’an (not Koran, or any other form), Ka‘ba (not Kabah or Ka’ba)

  • * Do not capitalize subtitles, but write them in bold.

  • * Leave only one space after each period.


  • * Use (Author, date, page number) for references inside the text.

  • * In the References: Surname, Name. Year. The Title of the Book, NJ: Tughra Books. If it is an article, Surname, Name. Year. “Title of the Article,” in Title of the Book, NJ: Tughra Books.

  • * Italicize quotes from Holy Scriptures inside the text. If it is a lengthy quote, or if you want to draw special emphasis to it, make it a new paragraph, without italicization, but with left indentation and possibly in a smaller font size. Also give the name of the Chapter (Baqara 2:255) (Genesis 1:56), as this helps us double check with the chapter number. Please refer to Ali Unal’s translation of the Qur’an which is available at For references to the Bible, is a helpful website.