Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

Main purpose of the journal USJMS is to serve scientists through quick and prompt but quality publications of their valuable and advance research. It also provides researchers a forum where they can report their work in front of all aspirant researchers from all around the world that will be available for further discussion and potential concerns. Besides this, the results of scientists will be made public in a fashion that conveys their significance for knowledge, culture and daily life. 

USJMS is biannual international journal publishing the high quality research in all areas of mathematics and statistics on the basis of originality, their importance, interdisciplinary interest and with surprising and interesting results. 

SCOPE OF THE USJMS:

University of Sindh Journal of Mathematics and Statistics (USJMS) is a peer-reviewed journal of Mathematics and Statistics. The authors are invited to submit their articles of current research that contribute new open problems in all areas stating the current state and future directions. The articles may be of interest to a wider audience as well as to specialists. However the authors are welcome to submit their articles which are in line with the scope of USJMS. The scopes of the journal include, but are not limited to the following topics:

AREAS OF ADVANCED MATHEMATICS:

APPLIED MATHEMATICS

STATISTICS

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

REVIEW PROCESS:

USJMS will publish high quality research papers that are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor and if found suitable for further consideration then will go through a double-blind peer review, and at least one of the reviewers will be from outside the country. This process will be prompt, nondiscriminatory and will have high confidentiality for your research undergoing the review process.

Editor will short list the research papers that have relevancy with the scope of the journal based on his/her judgment but without any prejudice. After completing the review process, submission of revised manuscript and assessing the quality and validity, the editor has a right to accept or reject a research paper. That rejection of paper for publication should be purely based on merit, academic standards and professional demands of the journal. In case of conflicts the advisory committee will resolve the matter amicably.

A full double-blind peer review process is used comprising the following steps:

  • All papers submitted to the USJMS are first examined by an Editor for the initial review. The editor may assign an Associate Editors to review the quality and scope of the submitted manuscript. If the article fails to meet the journal criteria, the paper is rejected immediately and authors are notified.

  • Once the paper is submitted, the editor or Associate editor ensures that the paper follows the double-blind review policy. If the author names are found, then the author name(s) and affiliation(s) are removed from the paper and updated version is uploaded on the system either by the editor or corresponding author.

  • Every submitted article is checked for the Similarity report by the Editor, before forwarding it to the reviewers. Turnitin system is used by the journal as prescribed by HEC, to check the similarity of paper. As per HEC policy, in case manuscript has been found to have a similarity index of more than 19% it will be immediately either returned back to the author for correction and resubmission, or will be rejected and archived. This decision is made by the editor, based on the similarity ratio. (Please Note that the parameters for similarity check involve, Add to No Repository,  Exclude Bibliography, Exclude Quoted Text).

  • If the paper satisfies the criteria, then the editor or associate editor will send the article to at least (03) reviewers for review. Each article will be reviewed by at least 01 National and 01 International reviewers with a double-blind, peer review policy.

  • Reviewers are recruited from the national and internationally universities having a PhD with reputed research profile (checked through Google Scholar and Research Gate) for the given area/ field of submitted article.

     
  • Each reviewer is initially invited to review the article showing them the article title and abstract only. Upon acceptance of the review request the full paper is presented and a review form is used to record their feedback and suggestions through online management system.

  • The reviewers' recommendations will determine whether to “Accept Submission”, “Revision Required”, “Resubmit for Review” or “Decline Submission”. The final decision if made by the Editor based on the reviewers’ report.

  • Once the decision has been made, the review response - including the review form and suggestion, are sent to all authors of the article with editorial decision. The same email is then forwarded (BCC) to all reviewers (with Blind policy) and Associate Editors corresponding the article for ensuring transparency and high standards.

  • For the papers which require only revisions, the Associate or Technical editor will re-review the paper for ensuring that the reviewers suggestions have been incorporated or not.

  • For papers that require resubmission for review, will undergo second Round of review by the same or different reviewers to ensure that the quality of the revised paper is acceptable.

  • After final Acceptance, the Author/Corresponding author will be notified and paper will be forwarded to technical editors for copy-editing, layout editing and proof reading.

The most important criterion for acceptance/rejection is originality of the material presented in the manuscript.

 

Open Access Policy

University of Sindh Journal of Mathematics and Statistics  provides an immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. To enable unrestricted usage our Journal is following CC-BY-ND license. Researchers can copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, for any purpose. Authors can self-archive publisher's version of the accepted article in digital repositories and archives.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Peer Review Policy and Ethical Guidelines for Reviewers

Preamble

Review of manuscript by peer-reviewers is not only an essential component of formal scholarly engagement, but is also a fundamental step in the publication process as it aids a journal editor in making editorial decisions. It also allows an author to improve the paper via editorial communications. Scholars when they accept to review the research paper have an ethical responsibility to complete this assignment professionally. The quality, credibility and reputation of a journal also depend on the peer review process.

The peer review process depends on trust, and demands that professional involved supposed to fulfill his/her role ethically. These professionals are the momentum arm of this process, but they are may be performing this job without any formal training. As a consequence, they may be (especially young professors) unaware of their ethical obligations. The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan wants to set out ‘Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers’ so that all peer reviewers provide their valuable services in a standardized manner.

Suitability and Promptness

Peer reviewers should:

  • Inform the editor, if they do not have the subject expertise required to carry out the review and s/he should inform the editor immediately after receiving a request.

  • Be responsible to act promptly and submit review report on time, Immediately inform the editor of any possible delays and suggest another date of submission a review report, and

  • Not unnecessarily delaying the review process, either by prolonged delay in submission of their review or by requesting unnecessary additional data/information from the editor or author(s).

  • A reviewer should not, for the purpose of his/her own research, use unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript, without the approval of the editor.

  • The data included in the research paper is required to be kept confidential and the reviewer shall not be allowed to used for his/her any personal study.

  • Reviewer must declare any potentially conflicting interests (e.g. personal, financial, intellectual,professional, political or religious). In this situation, s/he will require to follow journal’s policies on situations they consider to represent a conflict to reviewing.

  • A reviewer should be honest to declare conflicts of interest, if, the research paper under reviews is the same to his/her presently conducted study.

  • If the reviewer feels unqualified to separate his/her bias, s/he should immediately return the manuscript to the editor without review, and justify to him/her about this.

Standards of Objectivity

  • Reviews should be objectively carried out with a consideration of high academic, scholarly and scientific standards.

  • All judgments should be meticulously established and maintained in order to ensure the full comprehension of the reviewer’s comments by the editors and the author(s).

  • Both reviewers and author(s) in rebuttal should avoid unsupported assertions.

  • Reviewer may justifiably criticize a manuscript but it would be inappropriate and impressible to resort to personal criticism on the author(s).

  • Reviewers should ensure that their decision is purely based on the quality of the research paper and not influenced, either positively or negatively, by any personal, financial, or other conflicting considerations or by intellectual biases.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

  • A reviewer should not, for the purpose of his/her own research, use unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript, without the approval of the editor.

  • The data included in the research paper is required to be kept confidential and the reviewer shall not be allowed to used for his/her any personal study.

  • Reviewer must declare any potentially conflicting interests (e.g. personal, financial, intellectual, professional, political or religious). In this situation, s/he will require to follow journal’s policies on situations they consider to represent a conflict to reviewing.

  • A reviewer should be honest to declare conflicts of interest, if, the research paper under reviews is the same to his/her presently conducted study.

  • If the reviewer feels unqualified to separate his/her bias, s/he should immediately return the manuscript to the editor without review, and justify to him/her about this.

Confidentiality

  • Reviewers should kept the research paper as confidential document and must not discuss its content in any platform except in cases where a professional advice is being sought with the authorization of the editor, and

  • Reviewers are professionally and ethically bound not to disclose the details of the research paper prior to its publication without the prior approval of the editor.

 

Ethical Considerations

  • If reviewer would suspect that the research paper is almost the same of someone else’s work, s/he will ethically inform the editor and provide its citation as a reference.

  • If reviewer would suspect the results in research paper to be untrue/unrealistic/fake, s/he will share it with the editor.

  • If there has been an indication for violating the ethical norms in the treatment of human beings (e.g. children, female, poor people, disabled, elderly, etc), then this should be identified to the editor.

  • If the research paper based on any previous research study or is replica of an earlier work, or the work is plagiarized e.g. the author has not acknowledged/referenced others’ work appropriately, then this should be brought in the editor’s knowledge.

Originality

For evaluating originality, peer reviewers should consider the following elements:

  • Does the research paper add to the existing knowledge?

  • Do research questions and/or hypotheses are appropriate to the objective of the research work?

 

Structure

If the layout and format of the paper is not per prescribed one, the reviewers should discuss it with the editor or should include this observation in his/her review report. On the other side, if the research paper is exceptionally well, the reviewer may overlook the formatting issues. Other times, reviewers may suggest restructuring the paper before publication. The following elements should be carefully evaluated:

  • If there is serious problem of language expression and reviewer gets an impression that the research paper does not fulfill the linguistic requirements and readers would face difficulties to read and comprehend the paper. Such situation would usually arise when the author’s native language is not English. The reviewer should record this deficiency in his/her report and suggest the editor to make its proper editing.

  • The data presented in the paper is original or reproduced from previously conducted or published work. The papers which reflect originality are more likely to be given preference for publication.

  • The clarity of illustrations including photographs, models, charts, images and figures is essential to note. If there is duplication that should be reported in the review report. Similarly, descriptions provided in the ‘results’ section should correspond with the data presented in tables/figures, if not then it should be clearly listed in the review report.

  • Critically review the statistical analysis of the data. Also check rational and appropriateness of the specific analysis.

  • Reviewers should read the ‘Methodology’ section in detail and make sure that the author(s) has demonstrated the understanding of the procedures being used and presented in the manuscript.

  • The relationship between ‘Data, findings’ and ‘Discussion’ requires evaluating thoroughly. Unnecessary conjecture or unfounded conclusions that are not based on the presented data are not acceptable.

  • The organization of the research paper is appropriate or deviate from the standard or prescribed format?

  • Does the author(s) follow the guidelines prescribed by the journal for preparation and submission of the manuscript?

  • Is the research paper free from typographical errors?

Review Report

Following are the guidelines for reviewer as prescribed by Higher Education Commission, Pakistan:

  • Reviewer must explicitly write his/her observations in the section of ‘comments’ because author(s) will see the comments made by reviewers and would incorporate those comments in their revised version of manuscript.
  • For writing a review report, the reviewers are requested to complete a prescribed form(s).

  • It is helpful for both the editor and author(s) if the reviewer writes a brief summary in the first section of the review report. This summary should comprise of reviewer’s final decision and inferences drawn from full review.

  • Any personal comments on author(s) should be avoided and final remarks must be written in a courteous and positive manner.

  • Indicating any deficiencies is important. For the understanding of editor and author(s), the reviewers should highlight these deficiencies in some detail with specificity. This will also justify the comments made by the reviewer.

  • When reviewer makes a decision regarding research paper, it will clearly indicate as ‘Reject’, ‘Accept without revision’, or ‘Need Revision’ and either of the decisions should have justification of the same.

  • The reviewers should indicate the revisions clearly and comprehensively, and show willingness to confirm the revisions submitted by the author (s), if editor wishes so.

  • The final decision about publishing a research paper (either accept or reject) will solely rest with the editor and it is not a reviewer’s job to take part in this decision. The editor will surely consider reviewer’s comments and have a right to send the paper for another opinion or send back to the author(s) for its revisions before making the final decision.

 

Aim of the Journal

Main purpose of the journal USJMS is to serve scientists through quick and prompt but quality publications of their valuable and advance research. It also provides researchers a forum where they can report their work in front of all aspirant researchers from all around the world that will be available for further discussion and potential concerns. Besides this, the results of scientists will be made public in a fashion that conveys their significance for knowledge, culture and daily life. 

USJMS is biannual international journal publishing the high quality research in all areas of mathematics and statistics on the basis of originality, their importance, interdisciplinary interest and with surprising and interesting results. 

 

Publication Cycle

This Journal will be publidhed biannual, i.e. 2 times in a year.

 

Plagiarism Policy

  • It is the author(s)’  responsibility to ascertain that s/he has  submitted  an entirely original work, giving due credit, by virtue of proper citations, to the works and/or words of others where they are used.

  • Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is not acceptable.

  • Material quoted verbatim from the author (s)’ previously published work or other sources must be placed in quotation marks.

  • As per HEC policy, in case manuscript has been found to have a similarity index of more than 19% it will either be rejected or left at the discretion of the editor for purposes of a conditional acceptance.

  • Authors may submit their article turnitin report as ‘supplementary material’ during paper submission for proof.