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Journal policy

Aim and Scope
Journal of Social Work and Sustainable Development (JSWSD) is a multidisciplinary journal. JSWSD is an official publication of University of Sargodha and is published biannually under the Faculty of Social Work at University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan. It publishes original qualitative and quantitative research articles / review articles / case reports / short communications / systematic reviews / letter to the editors and audit reports related to all fields of Social Work and allied Sciences. The Journal has an effective system of article submission overseen by the well qualified editorial team.

We are accepting high-quality articles to publish in the fields of Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Politics, Psychology, and other allied Social Sciences.
Review Policy

Journal of Social Work and Sustainable Development (JSWSD) follows the following procedure for peer review:
• All the submissions are initially screened for suitability of publishing in JSWSD.
• Selected articles are sent to one local professional and one foreign professional for reviewing the articles.
• Comments and suggestions by local and foreign reviewers are sent to author(s) for revising the manuscripts accordingly within specified time period.
• Articles are rejected on the basis of reviewers’ comments, lacking originality, lacking interest of readers, scientific flaws and beyond the scope of JSWSD.
• Reviewing process may take longer time as it depends on reviewers’ reports.

Selection of Reviewers
JSWSD selects those reviewers who are qualified, experienced, expert and well known in their field. JSWSD discourages reviewers who are biased, non-serious and do not provide potential, constructive and specific feedback on articles sent to them. JSWSD acquires consent by signing a consent letter from reviewers before sending them articles.

Originality of Manuscripts
Journal of Social Work and Sustainable Development (JSWSD) accepts and considers manuscripts having following characteristics:
• Content of articles should be original material produced by author(s).
• Article should not be submitted for publishing elsewhere or in any other journal.
• Author(s) have to provide after signing an undertaking that material of the article is not copied from any source and material included in the article is the contribution of the author(s) and is being duly acknowledged.
• For any type of plagiarism in the manuscripts, the author(s) will be considered the sole responsible.
• Articles will be considered for publishing after filling and sending the originality and authorship certificates.
• In case of any violation of policy rules, the managing editor reserves the rights to take legal actions accordingly.
Guidelines for Authors
Article Format
The main structure/style of the manuscript (sub-headings are optional) shall be as follows:

Title (font size 12, Times New Roman):

Active verbs are used instead of complex noun-based phrases. It is around 10 to 12 words long and summarizes the main idea or ideas of the study.

Abstract (150-200 words):

It discusses a compact view of the research problem, purpose of study, research design and key findings.

Keywords (seven-ten):

It does not use words or phrases from the title and supplements the title's contents. These are descriptive, representing key concepts and nouns.

Introduction (and background):

It describes the purpose, scope, context, significance, background, hypothesis(es), question(s), brief methodology, outcome(s), and outline of the remaining structure/organization of the article.

Literature Review (relevant literature/sources)

It gives description, summary, and critical evaluation of sources explored in relation with research problem(s) being investigated.

Conceptual and Theoretical Framework (or Model):

The conceptual framework presents/makes the construction of the study clearer, cleaner, and more straightforward; and the theoretical framework within it explains the relationships that are explored within the study.

Research Methodology (methods and materials):

It describes the actions taken for investigation of the research problem and the rationale for the application of the specific procedures or techniques used to identify, select, process, and analyze the information applied to understanding the problem.

Data and Results (if applicable):

It reports the results of the study based upon the methodology(ies) being applied, and in a logical sequence without bias or interpretation, if data is generated from the author’s own research.

Analysis and Discussion (and findings):

It interprets and describes the significance of findings in light of what was already known about research problem(s). It explains new understanding or insights being emerged based on studying the problem. It is connected to introduction through research questions or hypothesis(es) and the literature reviewed.

Conclusion (suggestions and future direction):

It helps the readers to understand why the research should matter to them. It gives a synthesis of key points and, (if applicable), suggests new areas for future research.

References (list of cited sources):

It contains a list of updated published and unpublished material on the topic including research articles from internationally reputed journals especially those indexed in WOS, Scopus etc. It will be compulsory to follow the format of APA 6th Manual.
Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association using the 6th edition.

Acknowledgements (if any)
Appendices/Annexures (if any)
Guidelines For Reviewers
Guidelines For Reviewers
Blind peer review plays an important role to improve the quality of research papers. Following guidelines for reviewers are recommended while reviewing the articles:

A reviewer should judge, assess and evaluate the weaknesses and strengths of the paper(s) sent to him/her.
Reviewers must keep all the information of the paper(s) confidential and will not share with anyone.
Reviewers must avoid criticism on social, political and religious basis. Criticism must be according to academic and technical grounds.
Reviewers are encouraged to give their feedback concisely, objectively, relevantly and constructively to improve the quality of manuscripts.
If reviewer(s) seek material copied from any other source without citation they should inform the editor of the journal with relevant citations and references.
Reviewers are encouraged to provide feedback and return reports within two weeks.