Guidelines for Authors

NDU Journal accepts original and evidence-based research papers that add value to existing literature. A research paper must have clarity of argument and uses an appropriate methodology that is workable and applicable to the given environment pertaining to the journal's scope.

Research Papers shall be in MS Word, duly formatted according to the guidelines (given below) and Publication Policy of the Margalla Papers. The corresponding text, tables and figures shall be drafted in a single Microsoft Word file. Only Electronic submission (Soft Form) of manuscripts is allowed. The Journal website is not guaranteed manuscript acceptance until the editorial process is completed. 

Author(s) are requested to register through their ORCID IDs for paper(s) submission.

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Manuscript Requirements

All manuscripts must be accompanied by a brief abstract (properly formatted as justified in Italicized text) and keywords, and highlight Research Background, Methodology, Major Finding(s), and Conclusion in brief.

The general guidelines for the authors are appended below:

-  Language:                                      British English
-  Abstract:                                         150-250 Words
-  Manuscripts Length:                   5000-6000 Words (approx.)
-  Font and Size:                                Times New Roman, 12 Font Size
-  Spacing:                                           1.5
-  Margin:                                            1 Inch on each side
-  Biographic Sketch of Author:    50 Words
-  Referencing (Endnotes only):   The Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition) - Click on Chicago Style of Referencing for more details.

Important for Referencing

There is a References field when an author makes a submission and the author will be able to add references to it. Each reference should be on a separate line and you should sure the text you paste into the field is unformatted and has no extra line breaks or spaces. Remove any DOIs in the references. Using a referencing tool, allowing the Chicago Style of Referencing, is highly recommended. 

Number of Authors

A Research Paper should not exceed three (3) Authors. The Principal/ Lead Author should provide each author's research contribution to the paper.

Conflict of Interest

There should be no Conflict of Interest among authors regarding the paper submitted.

Plagiarism Guidelines

NDU Journal follows the HEC plagiarism and similarity index policy and uses Turnitin Originality Report software. The journal allows an overall similarity of the content maximum of up to 19%, and single-source similarity must not exceed 5%. The Editorial Board of Margalla Papers has a zero-tolerance policy on academic dishonesty or any part or whole research paper being submitted for publication. Author(s) must take responsibility for academic ethics.

For more details please visit our webpage Plagiarism Policy.

Ethical Guidelines 

Please visit our webpage Publishing Ethics

Publication/ Processing Fee

NDU Journal does not charge any fee for submitting, processing and publishing research articles.

For details, please visit our webpage Processing Fee and Subscription