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Nuqtah Journal of Theological Studies is a Bi Annual Research Journal. It Publishes two issue per year.
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines
The authors should provide their names, email addresses, phone number(s), present position/title besides the names of the universities/colleges on the title page separately submitted with the manuscript to facilitate academic review and production. Thus manuscript should not contain any mention or details of author(s).
Author Agreement Statement must be submitted separately with manuscript and title page. In which author has to ensure that the research work, he/she is submitting for publication, is genuine and the same paper has neither been published nor has it been presented elsewhere for publication.
Draft must be submitted at the website http://nuqtahjts.com/index.php/njts with a covering letter carrying the title of the article, author’s full name, institutional affiliation, mailing address and any other information that the author wishes to send related to the paper. The authors are requested to submit their scholarly works while following these instructions:
Title: The title should be comprehensive, precise, and reflect the original theme of the article. The titles of Arabic and Urdu articles are to be translated into the English Language as well.
Abstract: An abstract of 200 to 300 words in English should accompany each manuscript. It should summarize the content of the paper written in simple sentences without subheadings.
Keywords: 4-6 keywords of the articles may also be listed just beneath the English abstract.
Introduction: Discuss the purpose of the Research and summarize the foundation for the study.
Results & Conclusion: Describe your results in logical sequence at the end of the text. The conclusion of the study should be expressed very clearly and an influential perspective.
Transliteration of Arabic and Urdu Words: For Urdu and Arabic words in English articles, Transliteration must be followed.
All citations should follow the Chicago Manual of Style. The details of the style can be observed on www.chicagomanualofstyle.org
– Reference from the Qur’an: Al-Quran, 3: 212
– Reference from Classical Hadith Compilations
Muhammad b. Isma‘il al-Bukhari, al-Jami‘ al-Sahih, Kitab al-Zaba’ih wa al-Sayd, Bab Akl Kull Dhi Nab min al-Siba‘, Hadith No. 5530.
– Books with single author:
– Books with two authors:
– Books with Three Authors:
– Books with more than Three Authors:
– Books in more than one Volume:
– Chapter in a Book:
– Articles: Author, “Title of paper,” Journal name, volume x, no. x (year): x-x. If only volume is given issue is not mentioned then: Author, “Title of paper,” Journal name, volume x (year): x-x.
– Online Journals:
“McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Safety Facts,” McDonald’s Corporation, accessed July 19, 2008, http://www.mcdonalds.com/corp/about/factsheets.html.
H.A.R. Gibb, J. H. Karamers and others, The Encyclopedia of Islam, (Leiden: E. J. Brill & London: Luzac & Co., 1960), s.v. “Shahādah.”
Note: All-known figures mentioned in the article must be briefly introduced and references from books should also be quoted.
All submitted manuscripts are reviewed through 'double-blind' peer review process that means the identities of the authors are kept confidential from the reviewers, and vice versa. To make this possible, anonymized version of the manuscript are sent to referees.
Submitted papers are first considered by the editor after submission. Papers that do not fall within the scope of the journal are 'desk-rejected'. In addition, papers that fail to meet a minimum threshold for quality and originality are also rejected without being sent out to the reviewers. The standard procedure of an initial editorial review by the internal editorial committee consists of the content, scope, formatting, citations according to recommended Style, i.e., Chicago Manual of Style, (Bibliographies and Notes format) and is usually completed in three to four weeks.
Papers passing through this initial editorial scrutiny are then typically sent out to minimum two referees (one national and one international). ". If one or more of these turn down the invitation to provide a review, other referees will subsequently be appointed. The authors will be informed when Editors decide further review is required. All publication decisions are made by the journal’s Editor on the basis of the referees’ reports (reviewers report). The peer review process takes another two- three weeks. Therefore, the contributors are expected to bear with us as we complete the process to ensure, that the Nuqtahjts adheres to the highest quality standards.
In case if a manuscript is found to be plagiarized (see plagiarism policy) after publication, the Editor will conduct a preliminary investigation, maybe with the help of a suitable committee constituted for the purpose. If the manuscript is found to be plagiarized beyond the acceptable limits, the journal will contact the author’s Institute / College / University and Funding Agency, if any. We are advising all the author(s), do not submit the same paper to multiple journals. Author(s) should wait for the review status of the paper.
Peer review process can be broadly described as:
|S.No||Steps of Review Process||Estimated Time|
|1||Submission of paper||-|
|2||First internal review *||3-4 weeks|
|3||External review||4-5 weeks|
|4||Communication of review reports to authors for minor/major revision **||1 week|
|5||Submission of the revised paper||4-8 weeks|
|6||Second internal review (to assess whether reviewers suggestions have been incorporated satisfactorily) ***||2-4 weeks|
|7||Acceptance of paper (on successful submission of revised paper)||1 week|
* Paper is returned to authors if it does not meet the basic criteria.
** Paper is returned to authors if external reviewers find that the research paper has so serious faults that cannot be resolved through a major revision.
*** Authors are requested for further revision if editors find that reviewers’ suggestions have not been incorporated satisfactorily.
Note: Authors are requested to revise the paper carefully in accordance with the reviewers’ suggestions to avoid unnecessary delay in the review process.
Nearly every published paper goes through at least one revision. Authors should take a revision request as good news and an opportunity to learn and improve the quality of their research paper. They are directed to revise the paper carefully in accordance with the reviewers’ suggestions to avoid needless interruption in the review process. Generally, when the review report is provided each review point is required to either be incorporated in the revised version of the paper or an appropriate response is expected from the Author. Author(s) should be very careful regarding accuracy and completeness in accordance with the reviewers’ suggested points, so as to avoid further review and delay (further revision can be recommended if editors find that reviewers’ suggestions have not been incorporated satisfactorily).
Keeping in view the other academic/professional commitments, authors may request extra time, if they feel that revision needs more effort and time to improve the quality of the paper.
The Editor reserves the right to copy-edit and make necessary amendments to the submitted text.
The editor also reserves the right to modify or omit material if deemed unsuitable for publication.
However, all responsibility for opinions expressed in articles as well as the precision of stated
facts rests with the author and not with the editors of the Journal.
It is the author’s responsibility to ascertain that she/he has submitted an entirely original work, giving due credit, by proper citations, to the works and/or words of others where they have been used.
Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is not acceptable. Material quoted verbatim from the author's previously published work or other sources must be placed in quotation marks.
As per HEC policy, in case the manuscript has a similarity index of more than 19%, it will either be rejected or left at the discretion of the Editorial Board for the purpose of a conditional acceptance. For further guidance see HEC plagiarism policy.
Not Applicable yet.
This Journal’s publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is loosely based on the
Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on
Publication Ethics, 2011).
Manuscripts should be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed or discussed with other persons apart from the editor.
The information and opinions given by the reviewers during the review process are all kept confidential and are never used for the advantage of anyone. The submission of an article, as a special presentation, is kept confidential completely. Before the publication of an article, the reviewers and editor cannot utilize the data, ideas, or subjects without the permission of the author.
Authors of the research article are required to submit Author Agreement Statement that declares originality, not accepted for publication anywhere, consent of Authors for paper publication in the journal and nomination of corresponding authors. The statement of author agreement must be signed by all the authors of research paper.
The authors can submit their research paper though out the year. There is no submission deadline.
Nuqtah Journal of Theological Studies is double blind peer-reviewed journal. Submitted papers and short communication are evaluated by independent referees or Editorial Board members specialized in the article field. Our Reviewers evaluate submitted material’s scientific significance and novelty, define its accordance to general journal profile, scrutinize its content for compliance with the journal’s publication ethics. After the refereeing process is complete, the paper may be rejected, returned to the author for revisions, or accepted for publication.
The authors are responsible for the contents of their paper or short communication. Editors may request an author, when considered necessary, to elaborate on the content or technical details of the paper. Scientific editing might change format and correct the writing to render it compliant with editorial policy of the journal.
Pictures and graphs are special subject to editorial consideration, as their quantity should be optimal and only necessary in the content of papers. Pictures, graphs and textual content alike are subject to ethical standards concerning authorship and integrity. Additionally, whenever images are included in accounts of research process or results, or in data collections, the author must provide an accurate description of how the images originated.
The acceptance and publication of article is based on decision of the Editor of the journal. The Editor takes decision in the light of review reports received from reviewer.
The Journal publishes two issues per year. The first issue is published on 30th June of every year whereas Second issue is released on 31st December. The Journal takes approximately one month/ 4 weeks to complete review process after the date of submission. The Journal considers all research articles for the upcoming issue which are being received at least 4-weeks prior to the release of current issue.
|Issue No.||Bi-annual||Publishing Month|
|2||Jul – Dec||December|
Nuqtah Journal of Theological Studies has no funding agencies. Thus the Management decided publishing fee of 25,000 RS. It contains the expenses of National and International reviews, publishing, long time archiving, website running, typesetting, copyediting and other necessary charges.
Conflict of interest is a situation in which the process of research and publication may be corrupted or its results may be biased because of some other interests of its participants. It may concern any one or more of the participants of research and publication process – the author, the reviewer, or the editor. Conflicts of interest may occur for financial (e.g., employment opportunities, fees or other compensation arrangements, beneficial ownership of stock) or other reasons (e.g., personal relationships, pursuit of academic career, intellectual passion, political involvement etc.) that can reasonably be expected to influence motivations or results of actions of participants of the publication process.
Conflicts of interest constitute a serious threat to the integrity and objectivity of both scientific research and publishing. Therefore, best practice for authors, reviewers and editors alike, is to avoid conflicts of interest situations whenever possible.
All participants in publication process who are in the situation of a conflict of interest, must disclose this fact. Of special importance is that if the original research study reported in the manuscript or the preparation of the manuscript was supported by one or more grants, the title and number of the grant(s) and the name of the institution(s) that provided the grants or financial support to conduct, analyze or write-up the study, must be specified in the manuscript.
Editors of Nuqtah Journal of Theological Studies may use information disclosed in conflict-of-interest and financial-support statements as a basis for editorial decisions. The corresponding author must either notify the editor at the time of submission that there is no conflict of interest to declare, or fairly and effectively communicate all conflicts of interest, which will then be acknowledged in the published article.
Authors who discover errors in articles they have published should have the corresponding author contact the journal’s editorial office with a detailed description of the correction that is needed. Corrigenda (corrections of author’s errors) and errata (corrections of publisher’s errors) will be published at no charge to the authors. Requests for corrections that affect the interpretation or conclusions of a published article will be reviewed by the editors.
An article may be retracted when the integrity of the published work is substantially undermined owing to errors in the conduct, analysis, and/or reporting of the study. Violation of publication or research ethics may also result in a study’s retraction. The original article is marked as retracted but a PDF version remains available to readers, and the retraction statement is bi-directionally linked to the original published paper. Retraction statements will typically include a statement of assent or dissent from the authors.
In exceptional circumstances, the editorial office reserves the right to remove an article from the journal’s online platforms. Such action may be taken when (i) the editorial office has been advised that content is defamatory, infringes a third party’s intellectual property right, right to privacy, or other legal rights, or is otherwise unlawful; (ii) a court or government order has been issued, or is likely to be issued, requiring removal of such content; (iii) content, if acted upon, would pose an immediate and serious risk to health. Removal may be temporary or permanent. Bibliographic metadata (e.g. title and authors) will be retained and will be accompanied by a statement explaining why the content has been removed.
Authors are required to submit details of contribution of each author in title page that is uploaded separately, and submit consent of each author in Author agreement statement.
Editor: Dr. Shumaila Majeed
Resurgence Academic and Research Institute Private Limited,
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