The National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR) is a Centre of Excellence at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. The NIHCR is publishing regularly two research journals i.e., the Pakistan Journal of History and Culture (PJHC), and the Mujallah-i-Tarikh waSaqafat-i-Pakistan. Both arerecognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

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.

The Pakistan Journal of History and Culture(PJHC) carries out a meticulously comprehensive process of evaluation and blind peer review.There is an efficient and experienced Internal Review Committee (IRC) consisting of the Editor, Associate Editors, Assistant Editors and Sub-Editors to assess and evaluate the articles at preliminary stage with particular focus on plagiarism (ensuring 85% originality rate).Adhering to the instructions and format of the HEC, each article is put through the TURNITIN to check out its originality and worth.After thorough scrutiny from all respects, the article goes through a cycle of evaluation, editing, reviewing and proof reading.

An acknowledgement letter is forwarded to the author, which should not be deemed as an acceptance letter. It is just to inform the author that the article is being sent for blind peer review. Afterwards, the article is sent to two appropriate experts i.e., one local and other foreign, of the relevant area of interest. Articles are evaluated on the recommendations of nationally and internationally reputed referees belonging to various disciplines. If they recommend changes and suggestions, the article is sent back to the author for revision. After positive recommendation from both the reviewers, an article is accepted for publication in the Pakistan Journal of History and Culture. To facilitate the scholars across the globe, the ‘Note to Contributors’ given belowis displayed on the back of the title cover of the Journal.

  • Articles, research notes, review articles, comments, rejoinders and book reviews are welcome from all parts of the world. They should be sent/emailed to the Editor through Paper Submission Portal available on the NIHCR website, i.e.,
  • Articles submitted should be the original and unpublished work of the author. Submission of an article will be taken to imply that it is not on offer to any other publisher.
  • Articles are selected on the recommendation of nationally and internationally known referees belonging to various fields.
  • Manuscripts, typewritten in double spacing with wide margins, must follow the format outlined in The Chicago Manual of Style’s, 16th edition. See website link:
  • The first page of the article should contain the title of the article, the name of the author, and a footnote giving the current affiliation of the author, and comments, if any.
  • Notes should be numbered consecutively. Each appendix and table should have separate set of notes.
  • References should be given as footnotes and should include: (for books) authors’ name followed by the title of the book [in italic], place of publication, publisher, year of publication, page number [Example: M. Ikram, Muslim Rule in India and Pakistan (Lahore: Institute of Islamic Culture, 1997), 246]; (for journals) authors’ name, followed by the title of the article [in quotation marks], title of journal [in italic], volume and issue number and then year of publication and page number [Example: K. W. Jones, “Bengali Elite in Post-annexation Punjab”, Indian Economic and Social History Review, 3, no. 4 (October 1966): 376-95].
  • Articles containing less than five thousand (5000) words as well as those of having corporate authors shall not be entertained.
  • Articles must include: Abstract, Introduction, Central Theme of the Research and Conclusion coupled with authentic primary and secondary sources.
  • The Editor reserves the right to edit/change the transliteration of historical names, titles and non-English terminology to bring them into conformity with the Institute’s own style. Furthermore, all the rights are reserved to reject any article at any stage.
  • Articles written in Urdu may be submitted to the Institute’s biannual Journal Majallah-i-Tarikh waSaqafat-i-Pakistan.
  • The major objective of the Pakistan Journal of History and Culture is to provide a forum for scholars engaged in study of the history and culture of Pakistan and of the Islamic societies in South and Central Asia, the Middle East and other parts of the world in that order of priority. Besides promoting research in these fields, the Journal also seeks to provide a forum for expression of views on contemporary history. It hopes to create a dialogue among specialists and leaders in public affairs in a wide range of areas and disciplines.
  • Contents may not be produced without permission.

S.M. Awan

Editor PJHC



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