Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Research is a bi-annual peer reviewed journal published by the College of Economic and Social Development (CESD), Institute of Business Management, Karachi, Pakistan. The language of publication is English. The journal welcomes contributions that advance theoretical, empirical and applied knowledge and is devoted to reporting original and previously unpublished scholarly contributions in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. It focuses on reporting emerging issues in relevant academic disciplines and on diverse themes, which include (but not limited to):

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Communication Studies
  • English Literature
  • History
  • International Relations (Conflict & Conflict Resolution, Economic Relations, Natural Resources etc.,)
  • Logic/ Philosophy (e.g. History of Ideas and Religions etc.)
  • Sociology (Urban Planning and Development, Immigrants)
  • Media Studies (e.g. Impact Studies, Media Convergence, New Media and Globalization, Digital Journalism)
  • Policy & Area Studies
  • Psychology (EQ, Media Psychology, Diversity, Adjustment, Emotions, Personality, Tolerance, Morality)
Each issue carries about 6 papers, 4000-6000 words in length. Submissions are subjected to an anonymous review process conducted by at least two referees who may be members of the Editorial Board and other leading specialists in the field. Authors are notified of acceptance or rejection of their papers within four months of the submission date.


Section Policies


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Book Reviews

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Case Studies

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Peer Review Process

All submissions will undergo an initial editor screening followed by a double-blind review process, which will be conducted by at least two independent specialist referees. In case the decision of the review process is inconclusive, the manuscript will be evaluated by an additional referee. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor-in-Chief's decision is final. Authors are notified of acceptance or rejection of their papers within four months of the submission date.



Publication Frequency

The Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Research (JSSHR) is a peer reviewed journal published bi-annually (June and December) by the College of Economic and Social Development (CESD), Institute of Business Management.


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.

JSSHR provides open access to its content. Readers are allowed to freely download, copy and distribute works published in JSSHR for any purpose and through any medium on condition that the original author(s) and source (journal title, volume and issue numbers, year of publication, hyperlink to the original article and doi) are properly credited.

Authors of published work in JSSHR may archive post-review and/or final publisher's versions (immediately after publication) of their papers on their personal websites and/or in institutional repositories on condition that the original author(s) and source (journal title, volume and issue numbers, year of publication, hyperlink to the original article and doi) are properly credited.

For articles published in JSSHR there are neither article submission charges nor article processing charges whatsoever. Publication in JSSHR is entirely free.

There is no submission or processing charges attached to articles published in JSSHR.


Publishing Ethics


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(compiled in accordance with COPE’s Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors)


Guardianship of the scholarly record

The Institute of Business Management recognise the importance of the role of the publisher to support the huge efforts made by journal editors, and the often unsung volunteer work undertaken by peer reviewers, in maintaining the integrity of the scholarly record. As the publisher of JSSHR, we also recognise our supporting, investing and nurturing role in the scholarly communication process and take full responsibility for ensuring that best practices are followed in its publications. We adopt ethical policies and procedures to support editors, reviewers and authors in performing their ethical duties under the outlined guidelines.

Safeguard editorial independence

We are committed to ensuring that the potential for advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.

Technical & procedural support

We support editors in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful to editors.

Educate researchers on publishing ethics

We provide education and advice on publishing ethics standards, particularly for early career researchers.


Publication Decisions

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal should be published. The Editor-in-Chief's decision to accept or reject a paper for publication is based on its importance, originality, clarity, and its relevance to the scope of the journal.

Fair Play

The Editor and Section Editors performs the desk review, and the Reviewers evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to the author’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, citizenship, or political ideology.


The members of the editorial team must ensure that all material submitted to the journal remains confidential while under review. The editorial team must not disclose any information about the submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.

Disclosure & Conflict of Interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in the submitted manuscript must not be used by the members of the editorial team in their own research without the express written consent of the author.

Vigilance over the Published Record

The Editor-in-Chief should work to safeguard the integrity of the published record by reviewing and assessing reported or suspected misconduct (research, publication, reviewer and editorial), in conjunction with the publisher. Such measures will generally include contacting the author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration to the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications to the relevant institutions and research bodies. The Editor-in-Chief shall further make appropriate use of the publisher’s systems for the detection of misconduct, such as plagiarism.

An Editor-in-Chief presented with convincing evidence of misconduct should coordinate with the publisher to arrange the prompt publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other correction to the record, as may be relevant.


Contribution to Editorial Decisions

The peer review process assists the Editor-in-Chief and members of the editorial team in making editorial decisions and helps the author to improve their manuscript.


Any reviewer who feels unqualified to review the manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should contact the Editor so as to excuse himself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review should be treated with strict confidentiality. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except when authorized by the Editor.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly, with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the author. Any similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper should be reported to the Editor.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through the peer review process must be kept confidential and must not be used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other connection with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the manuscript.


Reporting Standards

The authors of manuscripts should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. The manuscript should contain sufficient details and references to permit others to replicate the study. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data Access and Retention

The authors may be asked to provide the raw data of their investigations for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data for a reasonable period of time after the publication of their paper.

Originality and Plagiarism

Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical behaviour and is unacceptable.The authors should ensure that they have written entirely their own original work, and if they have used the work and/or words of others, it needs to be cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

The authors should not submit manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

The proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. The authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made contributions should be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are listed in the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Declaration of Competing Interests

All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential competing interests include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Authors must disclose any interests in in a brief declaration of interest statement in the cover page file. If there are no interests to declare then please state this: 'Declarations of interest: none'. This summary statement will be ultimately published if the article is accepted. 

Fundamental Errors in Published Works

When the author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal as well as to cooperate with the Editor-in-Chief to retract or correct the paper.




Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Research (JSSHR) uses Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution 4.0 International as a commitment to provide open access of its articles.


Authors of papers and reviews receive a copy of the issue in which their work is published.