Ethical Guidelines/Policy

As per HEC guidelines, the Editor of a research journal plays an important role in establishing and maintaining professional standards. Publication of a paper in an HEC recognized journal is expected to be a reflection of the quality work of the author (s) and the affiliating institution (if any). The Editor is expected to perform the responsibility towards the journal in all aspects and at varied stages i.e. from receiving an article to publishing it. Keeping this in view, it becomes the prime responsibility of an editor to adopt the following guidelines while publishing papers in his/her research journal.

The Editor of a research journal should be responsible for:

  • Establishing and maintaining the quality of the journal by publishing quality papers in his/her journal.
  • Promotion of freedom of expression within the cultural, constitutional/legal framework,
  • Providing integrity and credibility of the research contributions,
  • Meeting the needs of authors and readers,
  • Maintaining ethical standards of their journal,
  • Providing a corrigendum for any correction, clarification, and apologies where required.:
  • Encourage new ideas and suggestions from authors, peer reviewers, members of the editorial board, and readers for improving the quality of his/her journal,
  • Apply the process of blind peer review in true letter and spirit,
  • Promote innovative findings in the respective field and publish them on priority,
  • Promote anti-plagiarism policy,
  • Educate contributors (authors) about ethical practices in research, and
  • Implement the journal’s policy without institutional pressure and revise the policy from time to time.

The detailed Ethical Guidelines by HEC are available at the following link: 

https://www.hec.gov.pk/english/services/faculty/SSAH/Documents/JCR/HEC%20Approved%20Ethical%20Guidelines.pdf