Editorial Policy

PJWS publishes original papers, literature reviews, empirical studies, theoretical frameworks, case studies, and book reviews that are written critically to make change in our society and create gender equity.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

PJWS is a peer-reviewed, print, and open-access journal. This journal follows a double-blind review policy.

  • All submitted manuscripts are allotted an identity number. Authors are provided this ID. For all future correspondence, authors must use this number.
  • Submitted papers are initially assessed by the Editor and the Associate Editor for suitability for the journal.
  • Members of the Editorial Advisory are also consulted for submissions that fall into the area of their expertise.
  • In case a clarification/revision is required, the Editor will contact the corresponding author at this stage.
  • The Editor reserves the right of rejection at this stage of paper review
  • Papers deemed suitable are then sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper.
  • The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles.
  • The Editor's decision is final.

PJWS is not a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), however, it follows COPE's Code of Conduct. Therefore, for all parties involved in the act of publishing (the author, the journal editor(s), the peer reviewer and the publisher), it is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour, based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Content license

Pakistan Journal of Women’s Studies applies the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License for scholarly work it publishes. 

Publishing Schedule

Pakistan Journal of Gender Studies (PJGS) publishes 2 issues a year.


Fair play

Submitted manuscripts are evaluated for their intellectual content, critical arguments, and fresh perspectives with feminist understanding, without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.


The Editor-in-Chief and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an Editor's research without the explicit written consent of the author(s).

Publication Decisions

The Editor-in-Chief of PJWS is responsible for deciding which of the submitted manuscripts should be accepted for publication. The Editor-in-Chief may be guided by the policies of the journal's Editorial Board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.


Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer reviews assist the Editor-in-Chief in making editorial decisions. Through the editorial communication with the author, she may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.


Promptness in reviews is the most important part of a journal’s publication and in the quick and timely dissemination of critical information. Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the Editor-in-Chief so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the Editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published data of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the submission.


Reporting Standards

Authors reporting results of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication

An author should not, in general, publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgment of Sources

Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of a Manuscript

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgement section.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her published work, it is the author should promptly notify the journal’s Editor-in-Chief or publisher and cooperate with them either to retract the paper or to publish an appropriate erratum.


In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication, or plagiarism the publisher, in close collaboration with the Editors-in-Chief, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work.

The Publisher and the Journal do not discriminate based on age, colour, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its publishing programs, services, and activities.

Plagiarism Policy

The journal has a zero-tolerance policy towards plagiarism. Each article upon submission undergoes a plagiarism test using Turnitin software.

Brief Guide to Publishing Process