Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

It gives me great pleasure and honor to welcome you to the Sarhad Journal of Management Sciences (SJMS). It is my expectation this journal will give our field an academic voice and a venue for research that will enhance our critical and intellectual understanding of business education-related issues. Ultimately, as any academic endeavor must begin and end with the interests of enriching the existing knowledge in mind, I believe Sarhad Journal of Management Sciences (SJMS) will play its role appropriately. The Journal is, therefore, the ideal venue for the discussion of quality research in our field. In this way, we hope we will be able to fill an important academic niche. As such we welcome and encourage submission of quality original academic research focused on a wide range of business related issues. We are honored to share the work of so many committed and thoughtful people. We appreciate your support and are so happy to have you as a contributor and reader of our journal. The journal editorial team is committed to maintain a high international and scientific standard by publishing original articles of research in order to establish the journal as one of the informative journals in business education. The journal editorial board appeals to all researchers globally to contribute genuinely to advance the task of our journal in order to serve the academic community. We are looking forward to receiving your submission of articles, reports and notes.

The journal accepts papers in the field of management (Human Resource Management, Finance, and Marketing), business education, and behavioural sciences.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

I am pleased to inform all researchers/authors that the Sarhad University Journal of Management Sciences has gone online. The Journal follows blind peer review process, which is widely accepted as an objective process for the selection of quality papers. In this regard the role of referees is vital for maintaining quality standards for our journal. Therefore, all manuscript submitted to this journal are required to pass the peer review outlined below:

Manuscript Initial Evaluation

As soon as a submission is received, the Editors are tasked to evaluate it. After this initial evaluation, the submitted article may either be accepted to be forwarded for peer review or otherwise. The causes for rejection at this stage may be the insufficient originality, suffers from serious conceptual problems, very weak in grammar or English language, have scientific/ objective flaws, or may not fall within the aims and scope of the journal. In both the cases researchers/authors will be notified within 3-4 weeks after the submission.

Type of Peer Review

SJMS will be employing double blind review. The purpose of this blind review is to keep the author and referee anonymous throughout the process.

Selection of a Referee

The journal has a list of referees and this selection for any submission is made on the basis of matching principles. In addition, the journal management welcomes suggestions for referees from the author though these recommendations are not necessarily used.

Referee Reports 
Referees have been instructed to evaluate the submission keeping in view the following basic points:

-  Originality of the manuscript

-  Theoretical contribution of the submission

-  Methodological soundness of the submission

-  Research guidelines have properly been followed

-  Is conclusion of the research is in line with the objective of the research?

-  Has the extant literature referred to in the text relevancy to the topic under discussion?

-  Has research implications been provided?

-  Has the subject been presented in lucid language?

Duration of Review Process

It will be hard to give any absolute duration for the review as it is subject to the response of the referees. However, the typical time for this journal may protract to 8 weeks. In case of divergent views from the referees, in such cases additional expert opinion will be sought which can add to the already committed duration. In some cases when finding a second editor is difficult, and the Editors feel that one referee report is outrightly convincing, the Editor has the discretion to accept, reject or ask the author for a revision. The Editor's decision will be sent to the author with recommendations made by the referees, which usually includes verbatim comments by the referees. Revised manuscripts might be returned to the initial referees who may then request another revision of a manuscript.

Final Report

Author(s) will be informed about the final decision, along with any recommendations made by the referees, regarding acceptance or rejection of the submission will be sent to the author.

The Editor's Decision is Final

Referees recommendations/views will be given due weightage in the decision process by the Editor. However, the Editor, will be responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.

Becoming a referee for Sarhad Journal of Management Sciences

Any researcher whose expertise falls within the scope of this journal, and who is not on the list of current reviewers, and who is willing to become a referee and would like to be considered as a referee, please contact the editorial office at: sjms@suit.edu.pk. The benefits of refereeing for the journal would include enriching one’s research experience, and contributing to the overall integrity of academic research and its published documentation. Referees can cite their work for Sarhad Journal of Management Sciences as part of their professional development requirements for various professional societies and organizations.


Publication Frequency

Sarhad Journal of Management Sciences is a biannual research journal


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Sarhad Journal of Management Sciences (SJMS)

Sarhad Journal of Management Sciences (SJMS), a research journal, is a peer-reviewed bi-annual research journal that publishes the research work of scholars, practitioners and academicians to impart the quality of empirical and theoretical research. Knowledge economy is the way forward for Pakistan in this competitive era. In order to emphasize upon the importance of research and innovation and to supplement its policy of promoting R & D activities, the University is looking for the research papers from all the researchers to contribute.


Plagiarism Policy

This journal believes in the originality and novelty of research and, therefore, a newly submitted paper will, first, will be checked for similarity index. After satisfactorily fulfilling thisconditions, the paper will, then be considered for review. Otherwise the papers will be rejected at the first level.

The journal, therefore, strongly suggest NOT to use or copy any part of the already published materials.


Journal's Corrections and Retraction Policy

Sarhad Journal of Management Sciences Corrections and Retraction Policy

As Sarhad Journal of Management Sciences is not only online but has a print version as well, therefore, every article published by the Journal passes through strict editing, proofreading, peer review process and in its final form including the abstract, text, references and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data; and any supplemental material constitutes final, definitive, and citable version in the scholarly record.

"Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact, and unaltered to the maximum extent possible"

However, if some error(s) is identified and notified through email or otherwise, and about which the Journal’s editors agree a correction is warranted, and your article has been published online only, we will correct the error online, linking to a notice of correction via a footnote.

However, if we find a correction is warranted, but your article has already appeared in an issue, online and in print, we cannot make any changes to the online version. Instead, we will publish a correction notice which will be linked to the original article online.

The different types of corrections the Journal allows to make


An erratum will be used if a significant error has been introduced by us during the production of the journal article, including errors of omission such as failure to make factual proof corrections requested by authors within the deadline provided by the journal and within journal policy. A 'significant error' is one that affects the scholarly record, the scientific integrity of the article, the reputation of the authors, or of the journal.



A corrigendum is a notification of a significant error made by the authors of the article. All corrigenda are normally approved by the editors of the journal. 



An addendum is a notification of an addition of information to an article, for example in response to a reader's request for clarification or funding information. Addenda do not contradict the original publication, but if the author inadvertently omitted significant information available at the time, this material can be published as an addendum. Addenda requires to be peer reviewed and are normally subject to oversight by the editors of the journal.

Addenda relating to the article content are published only rarely and only when the journal editors decide that an addendum is crucial to the reader's understanding of a significant part of the published article. Addenda relating to funding information are also published as and when required.

Comments, responses, and rejoinders



A retraction is a means to notify the community of unsound results or misconduct, following an investigation of the issue in question by the editors of the Journal. Either can be held to compromise the validity and reliability of an article, and the latter can be held to damage the reputation of the journal.

Retractions for unsound results are made when the conclusions of an article are seriously undermined as a result of miscalculation or error.

Retractions for misconduct are made when there has been an infringement of publishing ethics or a breach of author warranties, which can include breaches of third party copyright. 

In cases of serious misconduct, the Publisher reserves the right to prohibit an author from making new submissions to any of our journals for up to three years. 

The rationale for a retraction will be given in a Statement of Retraction.


Article removals

On occasion the Publisher may be obliged to remove an article from the Journal’s archives as a consequence of a legal action. Removal will be indicated on the issue table of contents, by the insertion of “Article withdrawn’ to prefix the article title and in place of the removed content, by the posting of an Article Withdrawal notice.

Corrections to articles are free to access

The Publisher of Sarhad Journal of Management Sciences makes all corrections to journal articles completely free to access on in all cases, whether these are corrigenda, errata, or statements of retraction.