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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 or in the process at another journal.
  • Article length: 5000-7000 words, with an abstract of about 150 words.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  • The text should be 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 with the source mentioned under.
  • A one line bio with current designation, institutional affiliation and email address at the beginning of the document.
  • Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition Footnotes.
  • Adhere to the writing style outlined in the Author's Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Research Scholars who wish to contribute their original, unpublished articles to the Journal may submit by:

Summer Edition: February 1st - 31st March

 Winter Edition:   August 1st - 30th September

Book Review submissions are accepted throughout the year.

Manuscript submitted for JCS should be original and not submitted anywhere else. Once accepted for publishing after peer review, the author cannot withdraw the article. Papers/articles should not be longer than 7000 words or less than 5500 words, with an abstract of about 150 words. Reviews of recent books by scholars of standing in their field may comprise 1100-1500 words. Authors are required to submit article along with their brief introduction, in MS Word format to


Footnotes should be based on The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, e.g. observe the following examples before submitting your paper:
Reference to a Book: S.M. Burke, Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: An Historical Analysis (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 1988),
Reference to a Journal: Ali A. Mazrui, “Has a Clash of Civilization Begun? From the Cold War of Ideology to a Hot War of Religion,” NDU Journal VI, no.2 (Summer 2006): 17-27.
Reference to a Newspaper Article: Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, “London Moot & the Kashmir Dispute,” Pakistan Observer (Islamabad), December 4, 2007.
Reference to a Newspaper: Dawn (Islamabad), July 30, 2007.
Reference to an Internet Source: Hamid Hussain, “The Tale of a Love Affair that Never Was: United States-Pakistan Defence Relations,” Pakistan Horizon June, 2002, (accessed September 2, 2009)

For reference already cited in full, use Ibid. For reference cited already elsewhere, use short title form (i.e., Burke, Pakistan’s Foreign Policy, 118.) instead of op.cit or loc.cit. Give page number or date, if different from the one already cited. Avoid citing too many references. Cite only the most authentic reference.

Writing Style

  1. British spellings should be used.
  2. Date should be written as December 7, 2007.
  3. Abbreviations should be written in brackets after writing within bracket after spelling the acronym in full at first use, e.g., the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Subsequently only SAARC should be used without bracket.
  4. Word “per cent” should be used instead of sign “%”.

Submissions not based on Author Guidelines will not be accepted.


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