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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
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Author Guidelines

1. Introduction

 The Faculty of Education, Allama Iqbal Open University, welcomes you to come forward in  participation of our peer reviewed journal in discipline of  Educational Planning, Policy Studies &  Leadership. The journal provides a platform for the publication of the most advanced research in the areas of Management, Leadership & Policy Studies. This journal welcomes original empirical investigations. The paper may represent a variety of theoretical perspectives and different methodological approaches. This may refer to any category  from Journal Management to Educational Management, diversity of learning and practices. This may rest on the full spectrum of established methodologies and practices from educational setup to other fields of administration and management. The major criteria in the review and the selection process concerns the significance of the contribution to the areas of leadership &  management .

 2. General Instructions

  • Manuscripts should not be exceed 20 pages and must conform to the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA 6th edition)
  • The name(s), affiliation(s), and phone, fax, e-mail addresses), permanent and postal address and a brief biography of the author(s) should appear on cover page.
  • An Abstract of 200 to 250 words should be submitted with the manuscript.
  • The authors are requested to check the article thoroughly with spellings, figures, and illustrations, etc., before sending for publication. Incomplete articles will not be entertained.
  • The research papers are accepted for publication on the understanding that they have not been published earlier and are not being considered for publication elsewhere.
  • Research papers/articles should be an original piece, including methodology, contents, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Add something new to the existing stock of knowledge.
  • The maximum number of authors for an article should not be not more than three..
  • Authors should be clearly specified as
    • main/corresponding author
    • co-author, and/or
    • Supporting author.
  • Manuscripts will be reviewed by at least three consulting editors/reviewers. This process normally takes 3-6 months.
  • After approval, these will be edited thoroughly. If conditionally approved, the authors will be required to revise within a specific time.

3. Formatting

  • Margins: One inch on all sides except left side with 1.5 inch.
  • Font size and Type: 12-pt Time New Roman.
  • Line Spacing: Double-space throughout the paper, including the title page, abstract, body of the document, references, appendixes, footnotes, tables, and figures.
  • Spacing after Punctuation: Space once after commas, colon, and semicolons within sentences. Insert two spaces after full stop or any other punctuation mark.
  • Alignment: Flush left (creating uneven right margin)
  • Paragraph Indentation: 5-7 spaces.
  • Pagination: The page number appears one inch from the right edge of the paper on the first line of every page.
  • Running Head: The running head is a short title that appears at the top of the pages of a paper or published article. The running head is typed flush left at the top of all pages. The running head should not exceed 50 characters, including punctuation and spacing.
  • Referencing: Sources cited appear in parentheses after each reference (direct or otherwise), giving author’s name (unless mentioned in text), year of publication, and page number(s) in the case of direct quotes. Enclose quotes of 40 or fewer words in double quotation marks in the text; indent quotes longer than 40 words in block format; page numbers must be given. List all sources alphabetically at the end of the manuscript under the heading References using APA style.
  • Footnotes are not allowed, and the use of endnotes is discouraged; however, necessary brief explanatory notes, numbered consecutively and marked in the text with superscript numeral may appear before the References under the heading Notes; citations in notes follow the same format.
  • Graphics: Mathematical symbols should be clearly marked. Number the tables and figures with Arabic numerals. Prepare tables using tabs without vertical lines; provide figures, charts, and diagrams in camera-ready form.
  • The soft copy of the article complete in all respect and all correspondence regarding contribution to the Journal and other information should be email:

4. Section of Research Article

Research articles should present innovative research that clearly addresses selected hypothesis or question. A research article should be divided into the following sections:

  1. Title Page
  2. Introduction
  3. Literature Review
  4. Methodology
  5. Results and Discussion
  6. Conclusions
  7. Acknowledgment (if any)
  8. References

5. Plagiarism Policy

As per HEC policy, plagiarism will not be accepted in any journal of the Faculty of Education. With the submission author is required to declare the originality of his/her work, properly citing or copying previous publications. If plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected.  If the plagiarism is detected after publication, the publisher has the right to issue a correction or retract the paper.

6. Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest about a research study exists when any part of the research study might be/is influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain or non-monetary benefit). Conflict of interest can affect the credibility of a research study, author and the journal. Perceptions of an editor/author/reviewer about conflict of interest are as important as actual conflicts of interest.

Conflict of interest may arise due to financial relationship (such as employment, consultancies, rewards and patents) or non-financial reasons such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual beliefs.

Conflict of interest for Editor

Editor(s) and editorial staff members should recuse themselves from editorial decisions/judgments if they have conflicts of interest or relationships that pose potential conflicts related to articles under consideration. Editorial staff must not use information gained through working with manuscripts for private gain. Editors should publish regular disclosure statements about potential conflicts of interests related to the commitments of journal staff. Guest editors should follow these same procedures.

Conflict of interest for Reviewer

Reviewer(s) must declare any conflict of interest which may affect their review work e.g., in cases, they have received paper of a colleague or an intellectual opponent. In cases of conflict of interest, the reviewer(s) are requested to notify the editorial team of their inability to review a particular research paper.

Conflict of interest for Authors

All articles that are published in the journal will be accompanied by a conflict-of-interest disclosure statement, or a statement that the authors have replied that they have no conflicts of interest to declare.

All authors must privately disclose ‘ALL their potential conflicts of interest’ to the editors of the journal at the time of submission. These include all financial and non-financial interests and relationships, direct employment with a private sector entity (whether full or part-time), and service on private sector and non-profit boards and advisory panels, whether paid or unpaid. Authors should also disclose any conflict of interest that may have influenced either the conduct or the presentation of the research to the editors, including but not limited to close relationships with those who might be helped or hurt by the publication, academic interests and rivalries, and any personal, religious or political convictions relevant to the manuscript.

7. Open Access Policy

Open Access is an unrestricted online model that allows the distribution of research papers through the internet to everyone in the global community with no price restraint. Thus, all articles published under open access can be accessed by anyone with internet access. All articles published by the Journal of the Faculty of Education will be freely accessible online to the global community.

Important Note: Authors are required to agree to the Author’s Declaration confirming that the work as submitted has not been published or accepted for publication, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere, either in whole or substantial part; the work is original and all necessary acknowledgements have been made; all authors and relevant institutions have read the submitted version of the manuscript and approve its submission; all persons entitled to authorship have been so included.

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