About the Journal

Focus and Scope

It gives me great pleasure and honor to welcome you to the Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (JOSSH). It is my expectation that this journal will give our field an academic voice and a venue for research that will enhance our critical and intellectual understanding of economic and social issues. Ultimately, as any academic endeavor must begin and end with the interests of enriching the existing knowledge in mind, I believe  Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (JOSSH) 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 economic and social 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 maintaining 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 economics, social sciences, and humanities.

Peer Review Process

I am pleased to inform all researchers/authors that the Journal Of Social Sciences and Humanities 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: editor.jossh@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 Journal Of Social Sciences and Humanities as part of their professional development requirements for various professional societies and organizations.

Publication Frequency

Journal Of Social Sciences and Humanities is a bi-annual 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.

Journal Of Social Sciences and Humanities

Journal Of Social Sciences and Humanities (JOSSH), 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. The knowledge economy is the way forward for Pakistan in this competitive era. In order to emphasize 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 this conditions, 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 History

Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities is the official Journal of Sarhad University, introduced by the Department of Economics in the Year 2016. It is a peer-reviewed research journal, publishes research articles on the Bi-annual basis in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. The research articles are received from national and international experts, which are referred to highly qualified, capable and experienced subject specialists for evaluation. The journal is managed by highly qualified Editorial Board under the supervision of Chief Editor and Patron (Vice Chancellor).