Author Guidelines

The authors who apply and publish in JSSR consent to abide by the copyright policy set out in the Creative Commons 4.0 license (Attribution-Non Commercial-Share like 4.0 International). The writers who published in JSSR agreed to let others remix, tweak, and expand upon their work for non-commercial purposes under this license. However, all other writers who use JSSR material must reference the author(s), Journal, and additional Publishing information in their work. Furthermore, it should be mentioned that the submission has not been previously published and is not under review by another journal. Plagiarism is not tolerated in the request paper, which should be in Open Office Microsoft Word format.


All manuscripts should be written in English. To prevent grammatical, typographical, and syntax errors, the author(s) should thoroughly review research papers. It is recommended that you hire a language reviewer for proofreading to ensure no grammar or style errors. The JSSR also offers a paid proofreading/language revision service to writers through an online third party.

 Plagiarism (Similarity Index)

Journal of Social Sciences Review accepts articles with a maximum of 19% Plagiarism as per the criteria of Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. Those papers with a higher percentage of Plagiarism than 19% are accepted only in such a case, if the paper has been extracted from the author(s) thesis (BS, M.Phil. or Ph.D.) and the total Plagiarism percentage minus the percentage of work submitted to HEC falls below 19%.

 Title of the Manuscript

The Title should be Concise and Informative. Titles should be descriptive of the main findings, ideas or arguments presented, giving the reader a clear sense of the paper's content. Verbose or opaque titles should be avoided.

 Checklist for Submissions

This list can be used to double-check your submission before sending it to the Journal for analysis. For more details, see the related section of this Author's Guide.

 Make sure the following items are provided:

One author has been identified as the corresponding author and has been provided with the following contact information:

  • Author(s) Information Author(s) should provide the below-mentioned information.
  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • Designation of the authors
  • Department/Faculty Institution/University
  • City/State/Province and Country
  • Name an active e-mail address of the Corresponding Author If available, the 16-digit ORCID of the author(s).

For authors that are (temporarily) unaffiliated, we will only display their city and country of residence, not their email address unless specifically requested.

Authors should not include: Certificates, Awards, qualifications and biographies.

The following files have been uploaded:

  • Abstract (100-200 words)
  • Keywords
  • All Statistics (include relevant captions)
  • Ensure that all figure and table citations in the text match the files given
  • Indicate clearly whether colour should be used for any figures in print
  • Graphical Abstracts / Highlights files (where applicable)
  • Supplemental files (where applicable)

 Additional considerations

Abstract:Please provide an abstract of 100 to 200 words. Abbreviations in the Abstract should be clearly described. It should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references. All submissions must include an abstract on the first page of the manuscript file. The abstract must be identical to that included in the submission system. Abstracts can take different forms and we are happy for authors to adopt a structure that best conveys the essence of the paper in question. They should be clear, concise, and provide sufficient detail to be understood in isolation of the paper. In abstracts, we request that the ‘first person’ be avoided, even for single-authored papers. This does not apply to the main body of papers. The abstract should be a single paragraph and should follow the style of structured abstracts. The abstract should clearly depict the following

  • All references in the Reference List are referenced in the document, and vice versa.
  • Permission to use copyrighted material from other outlets has been received (including the Internet).
  • Even if the writers have no competing interests to report, a competing interests’ declaration is issued.
  • The policies outlined in this document have been re-evaluated.
  • For research papers, manuscripts should not be longer than 9000 words (including title, abstract, keywords, text body, tables, figures, and references).

1.       Background & Objective 

2.       Methods § Results

3.       Conclusion Keywords Please provide 3 to 9 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes. Manuscript Preparation Author(s) should provide their paper that meet the following Standards.

4.       Length of the Paper Length of the paper should not exceed 9000 words. Limit of the paper is from 3000 – 9000 words (All inclusive).

5.       Text Please ensure your submitted files are in an accepted format. If a paper is submitted in an unsupported file type it may be returned to you after an initial screening (Pre-editorial Review) by the editorial team.

6.       Headings Please use the decimal system of headings with no more than three levels.

7.       Abbreviations, particularly those that are not standard, should also be kept to a minimum. Where unavoidable, abbreviations should be defined in the text or legends at their first occurrence, and abbreviations should be used thereafter

8.       References

    1. Citation Follow American Psychological Association (APA 6th) style for References.
    2. Reference list In-text Citation is very important. Work cited at the end of the paper (Endnotes) and not mentioned in-text would be considered incomplete leading to deletion of that specific Reference. Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work. If available, please always include DOIs as full DOI links in your reference list (e.g. “”). Some of the Examples are given below.

 Print Journal Article Example:

Lowrie, T., & Diezmann, C. M. (2009). National numeracy tests: A graphic tells a thousand words. Australian Journal of Education, 53(2), 141-158. b. Article by DOI Example: Osman, M. (2010). Controlling uncertainty: A review of human behavior in complex dynamic environments. Psychological Bulletin, 136(1), 65-86. doi:10.1037/a0017815

  1. Book Example: Gazda, G. M., Balzer, F. J., Childers, W. C., Nealy, A. U., Phelps, R. E., & Walters, R. P. (2005). Human relations development: A manual for educators (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Educational.
  2. Book chapter Example: Baker, F. M., & Lightfoot, O. B. (1993). Psychiatric care of ethnic elders. In A. C. Gaw (Ed.), Culture, ethnicity, and mental illness (pp. 517-552). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.

9.       Online document Example: Government of Dubai, Dubai Statistics Center. (2008). Population – Emirate of Dubai 2008. Retrieved from Dubai Statistics Center website: f. Court Case Example: Thorne v. Deas, 4 Johns. 84 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1809).

10.   Tables Please submit tables in your main article document in an editable format, and not as images.

    1. All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals. § Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.       
    2. For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table. § Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
    3. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.

 11.   Figures

Figures that do not meaningfully complement or amplify ideas discussed in the main body of the article should not be included.

                    I.            Figure Numbering

  1. All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals. § Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  2. Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).
  3. If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text. Do not number the appendix figures,"A1, A2, A3, etc b. Figure Captions § Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions in the text file of the manuscript, not in the figure file.

               II.            Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.

  1. No punctuation is to be included after the number, nor is any punctuation to be placed at the end of the caption.
  2. Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption; and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs. Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure caption.

12.   Language

The journal is read by academics and researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Many are not native English speakers. Authors should, therefore, give careful thought to communicating their findings and ideas clearly. Although a basic knowledge may be assumed, please bear in mind that the language and concepts that are standard in one field may be unfamiliar to non-specialists. Thus, technical jargon should be avoided as far as possible and clearly explained where its use is unavoidable. Similarly, ambiguous details should be avoided.

13.   Tips and suggestions

After the Paper is reviewed and Changes (Major/Minor) are suggested by the Reviewers, the authors should follow the below mentioned criteria. § Mark all revisions in your paper in colour or bold text. If you use multiple colours for different referees, make clear in the letter to which referees each colour refers.

  1. In your overview, be sure to address any points that were specifically flagged by the Editor in the decision letter; § Make sure to respond to all points. If you were unable to address a particular point, provide a clear and well-reasoned rationale for why;
  2. You may not agree with all of the reviewers’ points, and it is fine to provide your perspective on the issues raised provided you keep the tone of your response professional and constructive and your arguments grounded in academic reasoning.

14. Ethical approval

When reporting a study that involved human participants, their data or biological material, authors should include a statement that confirms that the study was approved (or granted exemption) by the appropriate institutional and/or national research ethics committee (including the name of the ethics committee) and certify that the study was performed in accordance with the ethical standards.