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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.

Author Guidelines

General Instructions

A research paper is one’s opinion on a topic, informed by research he has done. It is not a summary of others’ thoughts, a personal essay, or a review or critique. This can be daunting for new and experienced writers alike. The article must not have been published anywhere else. Moreover, the article should be decorated with references to basic sources. It is necessary to follow the rules of writing and spelling.

The authors are required to follow the instructions for formatting their research papers otherwise the paper will not be accepted for publication.

  • The article should be sent through email in Microsoft Word file format.
  • It should not be more than 25 pages.
  • Regarding the Font size, follow the below-mentioned Instructions
  1. For Main-Headings, font-size: 18
  2. For sub-heading, font-size: 16
  3. For text, font-size: (Urdu, Arabic-14, English-12)
  4. Footnote: font size (Urdu, Arabic-12, English-10)
  • Line Spacing: single throughout the paper.
  • Header & Footer: Page numbering should be at the center of the footer of the paper with the title of the paper at the center in the header.
  • Page setup: envelope B5, Portrait
  • Margins: 1.0-inch margin on the left and right side, 0.8-inch on top and bottom of each page.
  • Paragraph Indention: Indent each paragraph’s first line by 0.5 inches and apply the indention consistently throughout the paper.

Directions for Writing

  • Title
    This title page provides the title, date, and the name of the researcher and address. The title is extremely important. So it should be comprehensive, precise, and reflect the original theme of the article.
  • Information about the Author
    Author(s)’ name should be placed on the title page of the final paper right after the title on the left corner and the institution’s name along with further details should be placed in the footnote specified with the symbol(*).Please indicate the corresponding author in case the paper has multiple authors, as well as one article, which cannot be written by more than two authors. A separate page containing the full name of Author(s), Email Address, affiliated Institute, Postal address, and phone number(s) should also be submitted along with the article.
  • Abstract
    The abstract is a self-contained paragraph that summarizes the entire study; its purposes, methods, results, interpretations. The abstract of a research article seems first but it is often best to write this at last. The author would enclose an abstract containing approximately 250 words. It should deliver a concise summary of the objectives, methodology (including the species studied), key results, and major conclusions of the study. It should be written in complete sentences without subheadings. The abstract must be written in the English language.
  • Keywords
    Keywords are words or phrases that describe the main content of your articles. A list of 4 to 6 keywords may also be provided after the abstract.
  • Introduction
    This section provides background information to the reader which leads from the general questions to what was actually done in the research study. It is, therefore, not the place for an exhaustive literature review but should indicate the scope of the study, why the study was conducted, and related work by others. The Introduction should be broad, specific, ending with an objective clearly and briefly.
  • Methods
    This section of the article describes what was actually done in the research study; where, when, who, how, etc. A reader should be able to visualize exactly what the researcher did. In this section, the researcher should try to include important details but not irrelevant ones. The objectives should be in mind while writing the Methods. Sub-headings can be used to organize this section.
  • Discussion
    The typical Discussion begins with a concise wrap-up of the salient results and then goes on to explain what they mean. In this section, one can interpret what he has. The discussion will be easy to follow for the reader if it is organized around the objectives of the study. Think clearly and write concisely.
  • Conclusion/Findings/Recommendations
    What happened? It is important that the results be presented with an organizational structure that matches the objectives of the study. The results should be written out so that the reader does not have to study tables or graphs to get the general picture. So the conclusions should be presented in a logical sequence. The findings of the research should be clearly mentioned on which recommendations are made accordingly.
  • References and Bibliography
  1. All papers cited in the body of the paper must be referenced and no paper should be referenced if it has not been cited.
  2. Second, it is important as a professional courtesy to reference people’s ideas so it does not seem that you have thought up everything yourself. It is not necessary to cite every paper ever published on the subject but reference to a key early paper or a recent review of the subject is good practice.
  3. Regarding references, you should only cite papers that you have actually read.
  4. References should be made according to the following guidelines:
    • References should be made as endnotes.
    • While giving references, the Chicago Manual Style should be adopted.
    • While referring to a book, the author’s name, name of the book, publisher’s name & place, and year of publication, and then Volume No/Page no. should be clearly mentioned.
      • The following example should be helpful:
      • Ibn Kathir, Islmail bin Umar, Tafsir Al-Quran Al-Azim, Dar al-Sadir, Bayrut, 1354 A.H, 2/312
    • For similar references at multiple locations, a traditional style of abbreviations may be used.
    • Quranic verses in the article are presented in Arabic script such as Sura Al-Nisa: 4/184
    • Necessary description (Takhreej & Authenticity) of all Ahadith should be mentioned like:
      • Al-Bukhari, Al-Jamey Al-Saheh, Kitab al-Ilm, Bab Ifsha al-salam min al-islam, Darussalam, Riyad, 1414 A.H, Hadith No. 29, 1/8
    • All-known figures mentioned in the article must be briefly introduced and references from books should also be quoted.
    • Citation from the Internet/Webpage
      If the author wants to cite an internet link then he/she is required to provide a complete URL address and the fetching date otherwise the reference will be considered invalid.

Transmission of Required Information
The authors should describe their research in detail along with enough details of the citation so that others will be able to revisit the research. Incorrect and ambiguous statements will be troublesome and not acceptable.

Simultaneous/Multiple Publication
Authors should avoid submission of the article in more than one journal for review and publication at a time. This is unethical as well as multiple publications on the same research are also not acceptable.

If an author wants to publish their work in multiple stages in multiple different articles, then references of the first publication should be represented accurately in the second publication.

Defining Sources

The written permission of the source is compulsory if any information is used and quoted which is derived from a discourse, correspondence, or a talk of a third party. Sources must be defined and cited in an accurate manner.

Major Mistakes in Published Work
If any mistake or error is noticed by the authors after submission, it is mandatory to inform the focal person of this journal “Al-Wifaq” immediately. that necessary correction in the article may be made well in time and in case of major mistake, the article may be withdrawn. The author is also bound to withdraw or make necessary corrections well in time as directed by the editor or publisher and also provide the evidence confirming the accuracy of the original research wherever required.

Authors of the Work
Any individual with a significant contribution to the research work which is being presented in the article can be included as the author(s) of the article. However, it is the responsibility of the primary author to ensure that all the co-authors have seen the final draft of the article and agreed to the submission of the article.

Authors Declaration

Authors are required to provide an undertaking/declaration stating that the manuscript under consideration contains solely their original work that is not under consideration for publishing in any other journal in any form.

A manuscript that is co-authored must be accompanied by an undertaking explicitly stating that each author has contributed substantially towards the preparation of the manuscript to claim the right to authorship.

It is the responsibility of the corresponding author that s/he has ensured that all those who have substantially contributed in the manuscripts have been included in the author list and they have agreed to the order of authorship.

Author Agreement Form / Statement

All authors are required to provide a signed statement declaring the originality of the Article. Sample text is as under:

We the undersigned declare that this manuscript is original, has not been published before and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. We confirm that the manuscript has been read and approved by all named authors and that there are no other persons who satisfied the criteria for authorship but are not listed. We further confirm that the order of authors listed in the manuscript has been approved by all of us. We understand that the Corresponding Author is the sole contact for the Editorial process. He/she is responsible for communicating with the other authors about progress, submissions of revisions and final approval of proofs.

Signed by all authors as follows:

Name: ________________________________________________________________

Signature: _____________________________________

Author Consent Statement

Each author is required to submit a statement along with his/her submitted article showing his/her agreement with all the policies of the journal regarding the publication of any article.

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