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Guidelines for Authors



  1. Manuscripts should contain original and unpublished work and must not have been concurrently submitted to other publishers. It should be materially different from any published document. This may include significant updating, new analysis or interpretation of previous work.  Maximum manuscript length is 25-30 pages, excluding references and figures. It should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 150 words. The first page of the manuscript should include the name, position, institutional affiliation, postal address and e-mail addresses of all the authors, indicating who the corresponding author is.
  2. Include the following information in an unnumbered footnote appearing on the first page of the manuscript: names of author(s), titles, affiliated institution(s), addresses, contact numbers, and e-mail. Include any acknowledgment in this unnumbered footnote. Do not include this footnote in the consecutive numbering of footnotes. Remaining footnotes (no end notes) should be numbered consecutively.  
  3. Manuscripts should follow the publication manual style of American Psychological Association (APA) sixth edition.
  4. Submissions should be in MS Word for the text, in Times New Roman, font size 12 double spaced and MS Word Equation Editor for equations. Manuscript should carry a margin of an inch and a half on the left-hand side of the typed page and of at least an inch on each of the other three sides. The files of tables and charts should be submitted in MS Excel and stata-generated figures should be saved and sent in Encapsulated PostScript (eps) format. Each table should a separate set of footnotes.
  5. Spell out all abbreviations and acronyms when they are first mentioned in the text. This rule does not apply for the commonly known and exceptionally long abbreviation. Do not use abbreviations and acronyms in titles and headings. Abbreviations in tables and figures are allowed provided these are spelled out in a footnote.
  6. Place appendixes at the end of the paper and number them as Appendix 1, Appendix 2, and so on. Appendixes should carry complete titles. 
  7. Refer to all graphs, diagrams, and charts as “figures” and number them consecutively in the text with Arabic numerals. Place all figures on the page where they are first cited.
  8. Authors should be careful to ensure accuracy and consistency in the use of mathematical material. Discussions in the text must be consistent with figures given in tables and appendixes. In cases where the derivation of formulas has been abbreviated, present the full derivation on a separate page or as an appendix. Encode formulas using MS Word Equation Editor.
  9. Present all notes as footnotes. Keep footnotes to a minimum, ensuring that they carry substantive related material. Do not place reference details in the footnotes; rather present all bibliographic details in a Reference List. Number footnotes consecutively throughout the text with Arabic numerals. Use a size 9 point for footnotes.
  10. Reference lists are strictly required of all submissions. A one-to-one correspondence between text citations and the bibliography must be observed. The reference list appears at the end of the main text (after Appendixes). References should carry complete information.
  11. Table values should be rounded to one decimal place. Number tables consecutively in the text using Arabic numerals. Present tables on the page where they are first cited. All tables should carry the table number and title. Use a size 9 to 11 point within tables, and size 7.5 point for table footnotes.
  12. Manuscripts (hard copy) of articles, comments, rejoinders, notes and book reviews in English only should be sent in triplicate together with a soft copy on CD to the Managing Editor, NUST Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Sector H-12, Islamabad, Pakistan. Submissions via e-mail (as attachment in MS Word only) are acceptable for consideration. Submissions and queries regarding submission may be sent to
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