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Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Authors

The authors are advised and requested to read and adhere by the guidelines mentioned below:

1. Submission of Manuscripts

Submission of manuscript is to be done electronically by attachment via email, preferably by the official email in use by the authors: editor@njips.nust.edu.pk

2. Manuscript submitted to NJIPS should not be published elsewhere or under consideration concurrently for publication in any other academic avenue.

3. Preparation of Manuscript

Research Articles: The maximum length of intended article(s) for publication in the Journal is 6000-8000 words. A short abstract of 250-300 words with (four to five) key words should precede the introduction. Abstract guidelines can be followed in the next point.

Research Essay: The maximum length of intended research essays for publication in the Journal is 1500-2000 words. The research essays must be well-referenced in lines with the preferred referencing style mentioned below.

Book Reviews: The maximum length for book reviews is 600-800 words for a single book review. The Authors are requested to mention details about the book including its publisher, year of publication, Author’s/ Editor’s name etc.

4. Contributors are to submit a separate cover page containing their contact details which should contain their full name(s), contact number(s), official email address in use, current institutional affiliation, brief note (fifty words maximum) about areas of interest and highest qualification/ degree attained. Corresponding authors of papers submitted should be indicated and their contact details (mentioned above) shall be provided as well. The authors will receive a copy of the edited volume (soft and hard copies) containing their articles.

5. Abstract The submissions accepted for publication in the NJIPS must have abstracts of around 250-300 words structured around the following markers (preferably in the same order):

a) The abstract should be accompanied with a title comprehensively indicating the subject/ themes of the article,

b)  The abstract must begin with introductory lines that introduce the reader to the context of the study,

c)  The introductory lines must be followed by a coherent, logical organization that reflects the theoretical literature, conceptual background or the thematic underpinnings of the study,

d)  This must be followed by a brief mention of the methodological approach that has been adopted for the study,

e)  In order to highlight the inquiry or problem under view, some lines (two to three lines) should elucidate what the study seeks to answer, and NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability (NJIPS).

f) The abstract should conclude with two to three lines about how the study aims to contribute to the respective area of research and what makes it significant over other studies that have been carried out so far.

6. Text Formatting: Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word document/ format with the following in mind:

a)  use a normal, plain font (i.e. 12-point Times New Roman) for text including footnotes,

b)  the manuscript should adhere to a singular style of spelling (United Sates English),

c)  use italics or single inverted commas for emphasis,

d)  the titles of the subsection(s) should be italicized and should be aligned to the left,

e)  use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables which should contain a clear title related to the subject matter and the source of information in case of secondary data,

f)  similar injunctions, as tables, should be followed for figures,

g)  abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter,

h)  acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, organizations, etc. should be placed in a separate section on the last page before the mention of references. The names of funding organizations should be written in full, and

i)  save the file in DOCX file/ format (Microsoft Word 2007 or higher).

7. Referencing of Manuscript: NJIPS only accepts American Psychological Association (APA) Sixth Edition format for referencing. Contributors are requested to pay exhaustive attention to the referencing of the articles/ manuscripts on the format mentioned above and consult the guidelines of the referencing style thoroughly for all data entries into the article. Also, the manuscripts should contain footnotes for additional information and not employ the use of endnote.

8. Privacy Statement: To ensure objectivity and transparency in research and to ensure that accepted principles of ethical and professional conduct have been followed, authors should include information regarding sources of funding, potential conflicts of interest (financial or non-financial), informed consent if the research involved human participants. Authors should include the following statements (if applicable) in a separate section entitled, Compliance with Ethical Standards before the references when submitting a manuscript:

• Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest • Research involving Human Participants
• Informed consent

9. The corresponding author should be prepared to collect documentation of compliance with ethical standards and send if requested during peer-review process or after publication. The Editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not comply with the above-mentioned guidelines at any point in time during the publication process. The author will be held responsible for false statements or failure to fulfil the abovementioned guidelines. In addition, NJIPS urges and expects professional code of conduct in its correspondence with its contributors/ authors.

10. Authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could have direct or potential influence or impart bias on the work. Although an author may not feel there is any conflict, NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability (NJIPS) disclosure of relationships and interests provides a more complete and transparent process, leading to an accurate and objective assessment of the work. Awareness of real or perceived conflicts of interest is a perspective to which the readers are entitled. This is not meant to imply that a financial relationship with an organization that sponsored the research or compensation received for consultancy work is inappropriate.

11. Review Process: NJIPS pursues a double blind peer-review process for each and every submission. The authors/ contributors are informed about the feedback and they are expected to make the changes outlined by the scholars/ academicians of the peer-review process. NJIPS also sends its authors/ contributors the report(s) of the Turnitin Similarity Index in order to ascertain that their contribution is based on original work. However, prior to the blind peer-reviews, the Editorial Team assesses the language, syntax, use of grammar, referencing style, etc. of the manuscripts submitted and would be within its authority to send a review to the authors/ contributors for changes before they can be forwarded to the experts on the matter for their feedback. In addition, the Editorial Team will make the final decision/ judgement on how well the author has accomplished his/ her task. NJIPS adheres to meticulous methods of reviewing its submission in order to disseminate scholarly literature and discourse, within Pakistan and abroad.

12. Open Access and Publication: The edition volume of NJIPS shall be published online (website: www.njips.nust.edu.pk) initially which will be freely accessible and will be made available in its printed version later. The authors will remain updated throughout the reviewing and publishing process by the Editorial Team of NJIPS. All final decisions regarding the reviewing and publication process will be taken under the explicit authority of the Editor-in-Chief of NJIPS.

The Editorial Team of NJIPS can be reached at all times in case of any confusion and query. Together, with our contributors and authors, we wish to inculcate a deeper cognizance in contemporary peace and conflict dynamics, nationally and internationally.  

13. Article Processing Charges (APC) and Submission Charges:  The NJIPS does not charge any fee for Article Processing or Submission. The authors can send in their entries online at editor@njips.nust.edu.pk

Privacy Statement

The NUST Journal of International Peace and Stability (NJIPS) values the invaluable relationship with its contributing authors and holds in high regard the personal information of our contribution and protection of their privacy. This policy utilizes different sets of tools therein and sets out the basis on which the NJIPS processes (i.e. collects, stores, and otherwise use) any personal information which our authors provide to us (or the data that we obtain about our authors from other sources).

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