Policy and Procedure
The Pakistan Historical Society was founded in 1950 to encourage interest and research in history by providing facilities for exchange of ideas, publication of monographs, original texts and research papers. It has also been trying to focus attention on the study of Islam and Muslim people to acquaint the general readers as well as scholars with their glorious heritage. Its quarterly journal first published in 1953 is devoted to:
1. History and Civilization of Islam.
2. Culture and Traditions of Muslim Peoples.
3. Study of History and Culture.
4. Muslims in South Asia.
The Pakistan Historical Society does not assume any responsibility for statements of facts or opinions made by the contributors.
Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society (Historicus) publishes original research papers with the understanding that these papers are not being considered for publishing elsewhere. Submission are accepted throughout the year with an average review time of 3 months. All submissions in Microsoft Word format should be sent electronically via email to:
All submissions are subject to double blind peer review and should follow the Historicus format. All tables and figures should be numbered and inserted in text of the paper.
Language: All manuscripts should be in English language (US English). Research papers should be thoroughly checked by the author(s) to avoid grammatical, typographical and syntax errors. Scholarly language and subject related terminology should be used as the readers of Historicus belong to scholarly audience. Authors should focus on content, style, integration of ideas, higher order thinking skill of analysis and novel arguments.
Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced with at least one-inch margin on all sides.
Times New Roman 12-point is recommended for text, tables and figures. The sections includes: Title page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures. The page numbers of the entire manuscript should be at the bottom right corner of each page.
Title Page Should Contain: Title of the manuscript, Author(s)( names with superscripts representing their affiliation clearly marked *corresponding author with Telephone, Fax and E-mail address.
Abstract: On a separate page (200-250 words) with Keywords (3-5).
Tables: On separate page, numbered as appearing in the text bearing title (bold) and legend underneath.
Figures: On separate page, numbered as appearing in the text Fig. 1 and so on.
References: Follow the pattern shown below:
- Shah Nawaz Khan, Ma’athir-ul-Umara, Vol. I, Urdu Trans., Muhammad Ayub Qadri, Lahore, Urdu Science Board, 2004, p. 192.
- F. Mackeson, “Report on the Route from Seersa to Bahawulpore” in Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Vol. XIII, New Series, Part I, Calcutta, Bishop’s College Press, January to June, 1844, p. 313, Boileau, Personal Narrative, pp. 54-45.
Each contributor will receive one copy of the issue by airmail in which his or her paper has been published.
Peer Review Process
Being an HEC recognized journal, All papers submitted to Historicus undergo a rigorous internal and external review by experts in the relevant area of interest. Historicus attempts to maintain an average review time of 3 months.
Resubmission of Paper (after peer review)
Nearly every published paper goes through at least one revision. Authors should take a revision request as good news and opportunity to learn and improve the quality of their research paper. They are directed to revise the paper carefully in accordance with the reviewers’ suggestions to avoid the needless interruption in review process. Generally, review report is provided in columnar form. Last column of the review report is Authors’ action/response. This column is to be filled by the author(s) in detail, the way each review point is incorporated in the revised version of the paper (This is a compulsory part of review process). Revised paper along with reply/response to review report should be submitted within two months. Author(s) should be very careful regarding accuracy and completeness in accordance with the reviewers’ suggested points, so as to avoid further review and delay (further revision can be recommended, if editors find that reviewers’ suggestions have not been incorporated satisfactorily).
Keeping in view the other academic/professional commitments, authors can request for extra time, if they feel that revision needs more efforts and time to improve the quality of paper.
Publication Ethics (for authors)
As Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society (Historicus) is an HEC recognized/accredited and funded journal, that’s why it is obligatory for authors to read, understand and follow these ethical guidelines http://www.hec.gov.pk/english/services/faculty/SSAH/Documents/JCR/HEC%20Approved%20Ethical%20Guidelines.pdf). These include fraudulent authorship, originality of material, privacy of participants, conflict of interest, falsification of data, plagiarism and fabrication of results.
In accordance with the guidelines of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society (Historicus) observes Zero Tolerance to plagiarism (http://www.hec.gov.pk/english/services/faculty/Documents/Plagiarism/Plagiarism%20Policy.pdf). Historicus uses either Turnitin or iThenticate for all research papers submitted to detect possible plagiarism. If similarity is more than 18%, the paper is returned to the author(s) immediately. Historicus follows HEC and COPE guidelines to make the determination whether (or to what extent) plagiarism exists.
If plagiarism or other unethical practices are detected after publishing the paper, editorial board has the authority to correct or retract the paper as HEC’s plagiarism policy (http://www.hec.gov.pk/english/services/faculty/Plagiarism/Pages/default.aspx). All authors are responsible for their content individually and collectively. In extreme cases, Editorial board may decide to consult the institution of author(s).
Self-plagiarism: verbatim or substantial copying of authors’ own published work (or under consideration for publication at some other outlet) effecting originality of current submission is also no acceptable in any way.
The names and addresses (email and surface) available to Historicus would not be used except for the stated purposes of the journal and would not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.
Editorial board of Historicus is committed to provide quality editorial services to its contributors and believes in building and maintaining trust and respect to all contributors, readers and practitioners. Historicus believes to improve its services by responding appeals and rectifying its mistakes against:
a) Objection to publications causing harm to any party
b) Infringing ethical boundaries in any manner and
c) Rejection of research paper
Authors/readers can submit their appeal directly to the chief editor at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The appeal must provide detail justification (harm, ethical issues or response to editor/reviewer comments). The chief editor would look after the matter independently and forward it to some appropriate Historicus editorial board member. Finally, the board member after going through whole the complaint/justification can recommend further review, acceptance of appeal or uphold the original decision (if any).
Copyrights and Open Access Policy
Copyrights of all research papers published in Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society (Historicus) are held by the Pakistan Historical Society (PHS). However, as the Historicus follows Budapest Open Access Initiative for global exchange of knowledge, readers are freely allowed to download, read and print the full text papers of Historicus without prior permission from the PHS or the author as long as they acknowledge/cite the Historicus as original source.
Research papers submitted to Historicus should be original and should not be under consideration to some other publisher at the same time. Authors warrant that they are the sole owner of their research work and their submission is not an infringement of any copyright, trade secret or other proprietary rights and will indemnify the society of any breach of such warranty.