INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

This section entails complete details regards instructions to be followed by authors in order to successfully address all the important points while preparing the manuscript(s) before submission. These instructions are set out by the editorial office of the journal in order to ensure that author(s) face no confusion or difficulty of any sort.

 

General Instructions:

Manuscripts may be submitted directly to jisr@szabist.edu.pk. Every published article can be accessed through JISR-MSSE website http://jisr.szabist.edu.pk/JISR-MSSE/Publications.

The author shall ensure that the manuscript is original in nature and is not submitted in any other journal for publication nor will they submit their paper in any other journal while their paper is submitted at JISR and vice versa. The author shall also confirm that the manuscript is not published already elsewhere. Additionally, the author(s) must also obtained permission regarding any copyrighted illustration, structure or table published previously.

Authors should ONLY submit their articles directly as we do not accept articles through intermediary companies or agents. Manuscripts submitted by third party will not be entertained.

For any further queries regarding submission preparation, please contact at jisr@szabist.edu.pk.

 

  1. a) Manuscripts Published:

JISR-MSSE publishes original research articles written in English in all domains of Management Sciences, Social Sciences and Economics. Book reviews, Conference Proceedings and mini thematic issues are also considered for publication.

 

  1. b) Authors details:

The below details shall be provided by corresponding author with the submission.

1) Full name of Corresponding/Principal author

2) Full names of Co-authors

3) Institutional affiliation of all authors

4) Complete address including cellphone/landline.

5) E-mail address

 

  1. c) Plagiarism:

It is obligatory for author(s) to check manuscript for any possible cases of similar text indicated by the plagiarism detection software (Turnitin). JISR-MSSE allows 20% similarity in text as per HEC guidelines.

Please note that,

The text that has overall low similarity but have a higher similarity from single source (5%) will be returned to author(s) for paraphrasing and,

The text that has overall high similarity (>20%) with various low similarity sources or low similarity from single source will also be returned to author(s) for paraphrasing.

The article will also be considered plagiarized if the text is copied from various sources with an overall low similarity percentage but whole article is observed to be the mixture of copied material.

 

Specific Instructions:

 

Manuscript Preparation:

The article must be prepared in English language written in active third person. The author(s) should avoid using any personal pronouns e.g. "I", "Me", "Us", "We" and etc. The content must be clear and any ambiguity must be avoided. The author(s) should present their idea directly.

 

Length:

 

Research Articles:

The permissible word limit range for research article is 6000 to 8000 words. The mentioned word limit is recommended; however, it does not restrict author to confine manuscript in that range in exceptional cases if properly justified.

 

Book Reviews:

This section consists of reviews of latest books in the fields of Management Sciences, provides insights regarding books, and delivers a critique on key aspects of the books. This section further summarizes, analyses, evaluates, and judges the scholarly worth of the book.

 

Supporting Material:

Authors can include any number of figures, tables, dataset and/or any additional relevant supporting material with each article.

 

Page layout:

(Kindly refer to the sample paper attached)

Page size: A4 (Length = 11.69, Width = 8.27)

Layout orientation: Portrait

Margins: top and bottom = 1, sides = 1

Columns: 1

In-text Font Size: 12 pt

Heading Font Size: 14 pt

Headings should not be numbered and should not end with (:)

Main Headings should be All Caps, 16 size and left aligned

Subheadings should be 14 size, Proper (first letter capital), left aligned

Font Type: Times New Roman

In-Text line spacing: 1.0

 

Paper Sections:

The manuscript must be prepared in accordance with following sections before submission. Extended sections can be included for review articles.

  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Literature review
  • Methodology
  • Analysis and Discussion
  • Conclusion and Future recommendations
  • References
  • Appendix
  • Figures and/or illustrations (if any) and Tables (if any) should be mentioned inside the body of the manuscript

 

Title:

The title of the manuscript must be specific to topic and should not contain more than 120 characters. The first alphabet of each word in whole text of the title excluding articles, conjunctions and prepositions must be capitalized.

 

Abstract:

The abstract should present crux of whole manuscript producing the precise and exact summary in maximum of 250 words. References should not be cited in the abstract and abbreviations should also be avoided. The abstract should be divided in the following sub-headings but presented as one Paragraph.

  • Background of Study
  • Goal of Study
  • Method/Experiments carried out
  • Results and Conclusion

 

Keywords:

4 to 6 keywords must be provided in alphabetical order.

 

Text Formation:

 

Research Articles:

The main text should be divided into separate sections. Each section includes specific details pertaining to that section. The sections for research article are Introduction, Background or Literature Review, Experiments or Methodology, Results, Conclusion and Discussion, Acknowledgements (If any) and References.

 

Review and Letter Articles:

There is no set format of text formation for Review and Letter articles. However, the whole manuscript should not be distracted from the basic format and must include Abstract, Keyword, Text and References. The text of the review article must include background of the study. It further entails the recent developments in the study of the field. The author(s) should also present their observations in the study.

 

Symbols and Units:

All the special characters presented in the manuscript must be inserted as SYMBOLS as all the manuscripts undergo formatting changes and these characters may degrade or lost. Please note that these symbols should not be result of any formatting style type (Symbol font face) or they may be lost during PDF/XML conversion.

All the measurements must be stated in International System of Units (SI) and only ISO approved symbols should be used in case of any parameters formatted in italics.

 

Equations and Mathematical Expressions:

  1. All the equations and related symbols/variables must be inserted using build-in equation and symbol function in MS WORD or GrindEQ.
  2. The build-up fractions should also be inserted using equation function or GrindEQ
  3. Authors should avoid using more than 2 characters in the exponential function.
  4. Author(s) should evade using the non-consistent references that are generally not used anywhere else in the manuscripts.
  5. Author(s) should number all the equations as follows: (1),(2),(3)……….(n)
  6. Equation number should be left justified.
  7. Any punctuation should be avoided at the end of an equation.
  8. Author(s) should be careful with the number zero (0) and the letter O; the number one (1) and the letter l, the Roman letter v and the Greek letter nu (n) and other such characters.

 

Conflict of Interest:

Any reported financial contribution to the work should be acknowledged properly along with any possible conflict of interest.

 

Acknowledgements:

Author(s) are required to acknowledge any third party assistance in due course of development of manuscripts. These assistances can be research design and development, data analysis, document drafting, evaluation of manuscript before submission, and etc.

All the funding acquired from any sources and used in any manner during the development of said study should be listed properly in acknowledgement section.

 

References:

JISR-MSSE use APA 6 reference (6th edition) citation style only; therefore, it is the responsibility of author(s) to produce all the references present in the manuscript in said style only. All the reference should be cited in-text in round brackets mentioning the authors last name, and the year of publication in the text and those references should also be listed in Reference section alphabetically. Please avoid using references in Abstract. Please note that the references should be complete and produce accordingly.

Examples of reference in-text citation:

1) as shown by Imran (2006)

2) as mentioned earlier (Imran, 2006).

3) Mujtaba (2015) and Asif (2016) further stated that;

4) She et al. (2017)

or as nouns:

1) as demonstrated by Farhan (2016);

2) … all the work is finalized (Iqbal, 2012).

All those references that are not present anywhere in the text but listed in Reference Section will be removed. Please avoid WIKI reference and mention available DOIs' of Journal articles, Books and Conference Proceedings at the end of the reference in the Reference Section.

The author will be responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the references.

DO NOT use et al in the Reference Section and list the names of all the contributing authors of the article.

Examples of references are listed below in APA 6 style. For details review the APA 6 Manual easily available online and at : https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

 

Journal Articles/Periodicals:

APA style dictates that authors are named last name followed by initials; publication year goes between parentheses, followed by a period. The title of the article is in sentence-case, meaning only the first word and proper nouns in the title are capitalized. The periodical title is run in title case, and is followed by the volume number which, with the title, is also italicized. If a DOI has been assigned to the article that you are using, you should include this after the page numbers for the article. If no DOI has been assigned and you are accessing the periodical online, use the URL of the website from which you are retrieving the periodical. 

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages. http://dx.doi.org/xx.xxx/yyyyy 

 

Article in Journal Paginated by Volume

Journals that are paginated by volume begin with page one in issue one, and continue numbering issue two where issue one ended, etc.

Harlow, H. F. (1983). Fundamentals for preparing psychology journal articles. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 55, 893-896.

 

Article in Journal Paginated by Issue

Journals paginated by issue begin with page one every issue; therefore, the issue number gets indicated in parentheses after the volume. The parentheses and issue number are not italicized or underlined.

Scruton, R. (1996). The eclipse of listening. The New Criterion, 15(3), 5-13.

 

Article in a Magazine

Henry, W. A., III. (1990, April 9). Making the grade in today's schools. Time, 135, 28-31.

 

Article in a Newspaper

Unlike other periodicals, p. or pp. precedes page numbers for a newspaper reference in APA style. Single pages take p., e.g., p. B2; multiple pages take pp., e.g., pp. B2, B4 or pp. C1, C3-C4.

Schultz, S. (2005, December 28). Calls made to strengthen state energy policies. The Country Today, pp. 1A, 2A.

 

Note: Because of issues with html coding, the listings below using brackets contain spaces that are not to be used with your listings. Use a space as normal before the brackets, but do not include a space following the bracket.

 

Letter to the Editor

Moller, G. (2002, August). Ripples versus rumbles [Letter to the editor]. Scientific American, 287(2), 12.

 

Review

Baumeister, R. F. (1993). Exposing the self-knowledge myth [Review of the book The self-knower: A hero under control, by R. A. Wicklund & M. Eckert]. Contemporary Psychology, 38, 466-467.

 

Basic Format for Books

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.

 

Note: For "Location," you should always list the city and the state using the two letter postal abbreviation without periods (New York, NY).

Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

 

Edited Book, No Author

Duncan, G. J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (Eds.). (1997). Consequences of growing up poor. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.

 

Edited Book with an Author or Authors

Plath, S. (2000). The unabridged journals. K. V. Kukil (Ed.). New York, NY: Anchor.

 

A Translation

Laplace, P. S. (1951). A philosophical essay on probabilities. (F. W. Truscott & F. L. Emory, Trans.). New York, NY: Dover. (Original work published 1814)

 

Note: When you cite a republished work, like the one above, in your text, it should appear with both dates: Laplace (1814/1951).

 

Edition Other Than the First

Helfer, M. E., Kempe, R. S., & Krugman, R. D. (1997). The battered child(5th ed.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

 

Article or Chapter in an Edited Book

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.

 

Refer to sample template for research articles.