AUTHOR GUIDELINES & INSTRUCTIONS
The National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR) is a Centre of Excellence at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. The Institute is publishing two research journals. One is an HEC recognized English journal, the Pakistan Journal of History and Culture (PJHC). The other one is Mujallah-i Tarikh waSaqafat-i Pakistan published in Urdu.
The Pakistan Journal of History and Culture is amongst the most widely read research journals in Pakistan. It is being regularly published biannually since 1980 with some special issues on Quaid-i-Azam, Fatima Jinnah and the All-India Muslim League. The Institute has devised a clear policy for the publication of different articles in its journals. As it is evident from the name of the Institute, articles submitted should contain elements relating to the history and culture of Pakistan. In addition, the journal has been publishing articles related to South Asia, Central Asia and other Muslim societies corresponding to the issues related to Pakistan.
As per running layout of the journal, the first page of the article should contain the title, name of the author and an abstract of the article. For the sake of uniformity, we have included a “Note to Contributors” on the back of the cover page. The PJHC follows the format outlined in Sixteenth Edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
The process of evaluation and blind peer reviewing is comprehensive. We have an internal review committee consisting of the Editor and Associate Editors. The committee recommends an article for evaluation after preliminary assessment which includes, relevance to the journal’s broader themes and screening of the article for plagiarism. The article then goes through a cycle of evaluation, editing, double blind peer review and proof reading.
An acknowledgement letter is forwarded to the author, which should not be deemed as an acceptance letter. It is just for the information of the author that the article is being sent for double blind peer review. Articles are evaluated on the recommendation of nationally and internationally known referees belonging to various disciplines. It is the policy of the Institute that the internal committee recommends at least two reviewers one local and one foreign for the evaluation of every article. If they recommend changes and suggestions, the article is sent back to the author for revision. After positive recommendation from the reviewers, an article is accepted for publication in the Pakistan Journal of History and Culture.