The Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS) at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) is not only responsible for providing support (in terms of human as well as financial resources) to the NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability (NJIPS) but also deems it important to facilitate the NJIPS staff; ensuring best practices and an enabling environment to nurture scholastic growth.
CIPS also considers it one of its essential duties to guarantee editorial independence and provide all necessary support to the editors – warranting a smooth publication process.
The NJIPS editorial board is solely responsible for the decisions taken regarding the acceptance/rejection of the manuscripts submitted to the journal.
Transparency and timeliness are the core features of the editorial policies and are to be diligently followed by the editorial team.
It is the responsibility of the editors to ensure that the articles are sent to suitable and credible reviewers (considering their areas of interest) and that timely reviews are received to the journal.
In addition to ensuring fairness in reviews, the editors are also expected to assess the (potential) conflicts of interest (disclosed by the authors and reviewers).
All decisions will be made solely based on the content of the manuscript and completely independent of the (ethnic, racial, or socio-economic) background of the authors and their institutional affiliations.
The rationale behind the editorial decisions shall be communicated to the respective authors, and any appeals against the editorial decisions shall be well-catered to.
The editors having any conflict of interest with the received submission shall not be involved in the editorial decision-making process concerning that submission.
It is the responsibility of the editorial team to cater to the issues pertaining to misconduct on part of any individual involved in the publication process and respond effectively to such complaints to ensure the integrity of the journal.
The editorial team is also expected to keep the authors updated regarding the reviewing and publication process.
The reviewers are expected to assist the editorial team in decisionmaking on the acceptance/rejection of any manuscript.
The reviewers who find themselves unable to review the manuscript in the allocated time should inform the editor ahead of time.
The reviewers should decline to the review of the manuscripts which they find unrelated to their research interests or out of the domain of their expertise.
The manuscripts received for review should be treated as confidential documents and the information should not be disseminated for any purpose.
The reviewers are expected to communicate to the editors any ethical issues they (suspect to) find in the articles
The reviews should be objective, rationalized – supported by evidence, and inherently to improve the quality of the article.
Also, the reviewers should disclose any conflict of interest upon receiving the request for review.
Authors are expected to notify the editors in case they find any significant errors in their works, whether during the publication process or post-publication. They should also coordinate with editors if such an issue is reported to them through any other means. Correction, corrigendum, or retraction will then be made accordingly.
It is the duty of the authors to ensure that the submission made to NJIPS is an original work and has been produced with objectivity as a primary consideration.
Any conflict of interest on part of the author(s) should be disclosed at the time of manuscript submission. In addition, the funding agencies and their influences on research (if any) should clearly be stated.
Informed consent should be obtained from all participants of the research, and no such information should be revealed that invades the privacy of the respondents.
It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that all the authors have read and approved the final version of the manuscript and have consented to its submission to NJIPS.
It is expected that all the authors notified to NJIPS at the time of submission have a consensus over the list and order of the authors. No changes shall be made to authorship at any later stage (during or after publication) except under extraordinary circumstances.
The authors are responsible for the content submitted to NJIPS, and all authors (in case of multiple authors) will be held accountable in case of any misconduct.
The manuscripts submitted to NJIPS should not be published elsewhere or under consideration concurrently for publication in any other academic avenue. However, articles building on or extracted from any published presentation, lecture, or academic thesis are acceptable for submission.
The authors are expected to acknowledge and refer to the appropriate sources of information. Permissions should be taken (where applicable) before quoting the ideas or words that do not belong to the authors.