Instructions to Authors
Pakistan Journal of Life and Social Sciences (PJLSS) is
published three times a year by The Elite Scientific Forum,
Pakistan. Its scope is broad and international, covering a
range of research areas including: Biology, Medicine,
Agriculture, Environment, Public health and Social Sciences.
The material submitted should fall in the categories of
Original articles, Short communications, Research notes,
Case reports and Review articles.
The manuscripts submitted for publication must be original and unpublished research work written in English, which are not being considered for publication elsewhere. Manuscript should be free from plagiarism that is globally recognized as a serious academic offence. As a publishing policy of the journal, all the manuscripts are checked for plagiarism before reviewing process.
Submission of Manuscript
Soft copy of the manuscript should be submitted electronically to:
Pakistan Journal of Life and Social Sciences
Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
Bahauddin Zakariya University
Manuscript Handling Charges
Inland: An amount of 3000 will be charged with each manuscript as handling fee (non-refundable). Authors of accepted manuscripts will have to pay an additional amount of Rs. 5000 as Publication fee. Handling and publication fee can be paid as Bank Draft that should be made in the favor of The Elite Scientific Publications, Faisalabad-Pakistan. Payment through cheque/cash is not acceptable. Payment of the manuscript handling fee does not guarantee that the paper would be accepted for publication.
Foreign: Author(s) of manuscripts originating from outside Pakistan will have to pay manuscript handling/processing/publication charges @ US $ 200 on acceptance of their article(s). These charges may be remitted through Western Union.
Preparation of Manuscript
Manuscript must be written in English (Times New Roman, font 12) using MS Word format. Manuscripts should have (numbered lines) with wide margins and double spacing throughout, i.e. also for abstracts, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc. should be numbered at the bottom of each page. Manuscript should be prepared with utmost conciseness under classified headings such as Abstract, keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Authors’ Contribution, Acknowledgments and References.
The title page of the manuscript (page 1) should contain the following information:
Full title of the article in sentence case (e.g., Moving Away from Traditional Modesty: On Responding to Compliments) which should be concise and informative depicting the theme of article. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible. A running title (up to 40 characters) should also be included. The corresponding author should be clearly indicated (e.g. using asterisk) with his/her name; full postal address; telephone, mobile phone (if applicable) and fax number; and e-mail address to whom the correspondence can be made.
The abstract should be given on page 2, with the full title, omitting the name(s) and address(es) of the author(s). Abstract should not exceed 300 words, written in a single paragraph. It should state concisely the scope of the work, important results and conclusion of the study and should be suitable for direct inclusion in any abstracting agency.
Immediately after the abstract provide 3 to 6 keywords, avoiding general, plural and multiple concepts. These keywords will be used for indexing purpose.
This should include a brief consideration of the problem and its importance, a brief review of literature and the objectives of the work.
Materials and Methods
Provide sufficient detail of methodology to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods/techniques already published should be indicated by reference(s): only relevant modifications should be adopted.
Result should be clear and concise. Repetition of the results in different form such as in tabulation or graphics is discouraged.
This should explore the significance of the results of the study, supported by appropriate recent references from published literature.
The individual contributions of authors in publishing the manuscript must be specified in this section. This will help to give appropriate credit to each author of the paper according to his/her specific contribution. For specifying the individual contributions of the authors, please use initials of the name of each author. For example, MA conceived the idea, designed the project and wrote the manuscript. MMA performed the immunoassays, molecular genetic studies and statistical analysis. MIA participated in the design of the study and helped in writing the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
NOTE: Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, alone, does not justify authorship. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgements section.
This should be as brief as possible
Text: All the citation in the text should refer to
Single author: The author’s name (without initials) and the year of publication e.g. Awais (2010) or (Awais, 2010).
Two author: Both authors’ name and the year of publication e.g. John and Smith (2010) or (John and Smith, 2010).
More than two authors: If a citation has more than two authors the first author should be given followed by et al. in standard text format (not italicized), e.g. Jones et al. (2007) or (Jones et al., 2007).
List: The references must be arranged alphabetically. Titles of the journals should be complete. In the case of non-English publications, the original title should be used. Follow the style as shown in the examples below:
For Books/Chapter in Books:
Gupta PK, 1988. Elements of Biotechnology. 1st edition. Rastogi Publications, Meerut, India. pp: 42-45.
Sultzer BM, GW Goodman, and TK Eisenstein, 1980. Endotoxin protein as an immunostimulant. In: D. Schlessinger (Ed.), Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C. pp: 61-65.
Akhtar M, CS Hayat and Z Iqbal, 1999. Antigenic response of mid gut (Boophilus microplus) cell culture vaccine. Small Ruminant Research, 33: 189-192.
Wallach M, 2010. Role of antibody in immunity and control of chickens coccidiosis: a review. Trends in Parasitology 26: 382–387.
Authors are wholly responsible for the accuracy of the citations.
Tables and Illustrations
Tables should have a concise but explicit heading. It should be self-explanatory and set out as simple as possible.
Figures including line drawings, graphs and photographs should be included only where necessary. Graphs and diagrams must be submitted as original on white paper or as glossy photographic prints.
Photographs should be on glossy papers.
Units Abbreviations and Symbols
System International (SI) units should be used. Abbreviations should be used for those recommended by IUPACIUB (Biochemical Nomenclature and Related Documents, 1978).
PJLSS Fast Track Publication Policy
PJLSS offers fast track publication policy for research articles of exceptional importance and urgency. We can offer full online publication within three weeks of submission. Before submitting the research articles for fast track review and publication:
• Please ensure that you have prepared your article according to the PJLSS format and contains all the information required for publication.
• Clearly explain the reason of fast track publication of your article supported by novelty of your work.
• While submitting your paper, suggest suitable reviewers (02 foreign and 02 local) for your paper and give their contact details (including email).
• Author(s) will be informed on next working day whether we can offer fast track assessment for the submitted article or not. If we may not offer fast track assessment, we may offer to consider your paper in the normal way.
• Immediately after fast track assessment, paper along with reviewers’ reports will be discussed in the next editorial meeting, at which a final decisions about publication will be made and decision will be communicated to the authors within 24 hours of that meeting.
• In case, if revision is required, we will need the revised manuscript within 48 hours after you receive the decision from editorial office.
• Once the final paper has been accepted, it will be sent for editing and a Galley proof will be sent to the corresponding author for final approval. Authors will be required to send back proof within 24 hours.
• If the paper is accepted we will immediately publish it as online first and will be published with page number in very next upcoming issue.
• Exceptions to all the timelines above include the situation where a theme issue is planned for a particular date, when the paper arrives over a public holiday, you when you need longer than 48 hours to revise the manuscript, or as otherwise negotiated.
Publication Rates for Fast Track Publication
A Bank draft of Rs. 20,000 (For Pakistan) and US$ 500 (For Foreign) per article will be charged as processing fee (non-refundable) for fast track publications. Draft should be made in the favor of The Elite Scientific Publications-Pakistan. Payment of the manuscript processing fee does not guarantee that the paper would be published.