Policy Documents

Publication Ethics

Our guidelines are fully consistent with the COPE Principles of Transparency and Best Practice Guidelines and the COPE Code of Conduct. More details can be found here: https://publicationethics.org

We encourage the best standards of publication ethics and take all possible measures against publication malpractices. We abide by a strict ethical code of conduct to maintain transparency, merit and high-quality research.


Publication Decisions

The editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial team and constrained by such legal requirements, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.


Peer Review Policy

All of the journal’s articles are subjected to peer review. Articles submitted for possible publication are subjected to a double-blind, peer-review process. Articles are first reviewed by editors. The editor may reject it out of hand either because it may not fall in the domain of our journal or because it is manifestly of low quality so that it cannot be considered at all. Articles that are found suitable for review are then sent to two experts in the field of the paper. Referees of a paper are unknown to each other. Referees are asked to classify the paper as publishable immediately, publishable with amendments and improvements, or not publishable. Referees’ evaluations usually include an explicit recommendation of what to do with the manuscript. Referees’ comments are then seen by the author.

Editors should be ready to justify any important deviation from the described process. Editors should not reverse decisions on publication unless serious problems are identified.

The editor is responsible to give a general guideline to authors and reviewers. We follow transparency, merit and excellence and our editors evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author/s. Editors´ decision to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based only on the paper´s importance, originality and clarity, and its relevance to the stated domain of the journal.


Open Access Policy

Most of the journals are freely available online. Authors are required to agree with this open access policy which enables unrestricted access and reuse of all published articles. The articles are published under the Creative Commons copyright license policy CC-BY. Users are allowed to copy and redistribute the material in printed or electronic format and build upon the material, without further permission or fees being required, provided that appropriate credit is given.


Plagiarism Policy

  • Iqbal Review/Iqbaliyat is committed to advance original work of scholarship and strictly NO tolerance for plagiarism.
  • It is the author(s) responsibility to ascertain that he/she has submitted an entirely original work, giving due credit, by virtue of proper citations, to the works and/or words of others where they are used.
  • Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is not acceptable.
  • Material quoted verbatim from the author(s) previously published work or other sources must be placed in quotation marks.
  • In line with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan policy and in conformity with the international publishing standard for academic writing, the submitted manuscript found to have a similarity index of more than 19% will either be rejected or left at the discretion of the editor for purposes of a conditional acceptance.
  • Authors can submit manuscript previously published in abstracted form, e.g. in the proceedings of an annual meeting, or in a periodical with limited circulation and availability e.g. reports by government agencies or university departments.
  • In case the research paper is part of the research thesis, the author shall make explicit statement to the managing editor at the time of submission that the work is from a research thesis along with other details. However, the thesis shall not be formally published in book form by any academic publisher.

Plagiarism Policy by HEC