Theme of Pakistan Journal of Applied Economics
PJAE covers the applied research areas like agriculture, credit, finance, savings and investment, economic policies, education, health and nutrition, industry, manpower and employment, monetary and fiscal, population, rural and urban development, trade and aid, environment, transport and communication, water and power, etc. Papers with empirical work are preferred, which is helpful for policy making issues on the Third World Countries. The target group of readers is economists in academia, research institutions, government, etc., both local and international. A free online access and free publication make it easily available.
Pakistan Journal of Applied Economics since its inception in 1982, aims to provide its readers a unique forum for the exchange and sharing of information in the complex area of economics. The journal presents the social-economic problems, as expressed by economists, philosophers, political scientists, historians and business academics. The Journal publishes original contributions on applied issues in micro and macroeconomics. The primary criteria for selecting papers is quality and importance for the field. Papers based on a well motivated research problem that make a concrete contribution to empirical economics or applied theory are especially encouraged. It particularly fosters quantitative studies, the results of which are of use in the practical field, and thus helps to bring economic theory nearer to reality.
Most welcome are articles written by professional scholars in economics. Some of the larger topics which fall within the purview of Applied Economics are as follows:
- Economics and Ethics
- Economics of Eductation/Health Care
- Socio-economic problems of developing countries
- Environmental Problem
All copyright of the content of Pakistan Journal of Applied Economics (PJAE) are with the Applied Economics Research Centre (AERC), University of Karachi.
The Pakistan Journal of Applied Economics covers complex economic areas such as:
- Environmental & Natural Resource Economics
- International Economics
- Labor Economics
- Money and Banking
- Public Finance
- Political Economy
- Law and Economics
Pakistan Journal of Applied Economics offers wide-ranging studies of economic systems. The journal is an invaluable resource for keeping academics and practitioners aware of new trends, theories and developments
Open Access Policy
This journal allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and to use them for any other lawful purpose.
Key Journal Audiences
The Pakistan Journal of Applied Economics covers complex economic areas such as:
- Students and academics in economics
- Policy Makers
- University and college libraries
Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
The Pakistan Journal of Applied Economics regular the process to report, assess, inquire into, and investigate statements of research misconduct at the AERC. The Main policy applies to all faculties, reviewers, researchers, students and staff engaged in the proposing, performing, reviewing or reporting of research. The AERC adopt their own procedures with respect to discipline as a result of an investigation committee finding of misconduct.
A) Investigation Procedures
- Editorial Committee receives the report of an Investigation Committee in case find of research misconduct, the following procedures will apply
- If the Author is a faculty member, reviewer, researcher or students the report will be sent to the main, co-author of the paper, the Dean, and the Vice Chairman of the University and the author is blacklisted in PJAE.
1. Editorial Independency and Confidentiality
- At first submitted manuscripts are checked for Plagiarism through the turnitin software, after which all articles submitted to a Pakistan Journal of Applied Economics (PJAE) journal are initially assessed by the Editor, who decides whether the article fits the scope of the journal and is suitable for peer-review or not. If submissions are considered suitable for process manuscripts are evaluated by ‘Internal Reviewers’ (desk review) on the basis of the academic merit and its relevance to the scope of the PJAE.
- The Editorial Committee decides about three reviewers for a particular manuscript based on their expertise and availability and which is requested to assess the article (importance, originality, study’s validity, clarity and sound methodology). The editorial committee ensures that the proposed reviewers should neither be affiliated with the same institution nor currently collaborates of the author or co-author. Based on the reviewer reports, the editor makes decision to ask for revisions, accept or reject the submission.
- The manuscripts and reviews are discussed at the Editorial Committee meetings. These discussions, along with the responses from reviewers, help the Committee members make a final decision on each manuscript. When difference of opinions between reviewers occurs, the Editorial Committee weighs all comments and arrives at a balanced decision based on these comments. Reviewers whose opinion differs from the final board decision should not be discouraged, for their hard work is nonetheless fully appreciated. The decision letter of the Editorial Committee and reviewers’ comments are sent to authors via email. The Editorial Committee is the final decision entity on publication.
- The editor of the PJAE ensures that all submitted manuscripts which are being considered for publication, undergo double-blind peer-reviewed by experts in the field of the concerned paper. Editor is also responsible for deciding as to which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal will be published (after going through the routine process through the Editorial Committee), and based on validation of the work in question, its importance to researchers and readers, the reviewers’ comments, and such requirements as are currently in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
- The Editorial Committee and the Editor makes absolutely sure that the identity of the author is not disclosed to the internal reviewer or external reviewers and vice versa i.e., identity of internal / external reviewers remain hidden from the author of manuscript at all cost. Editor, Editorial Committee members and the Publication staff do not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone.
Policy for Reviewers and Authors
A) Policy for Reviewers
Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or know that its prompt review will be impossible, should immediately notify the editor and decline the invitation to review so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.
Manuscripts received for publication should be confidential and must be treated such that they must not be knows or discussed with others, persons except the Editor (Ed. Committee, Ed. staff). This also applies to the invited reviewers and referees who decline the review the invitation.
- Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively and opinions of reviewers should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments so that authors can use them for improving the manuscript.
- Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers and/or International (External) Referees should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that is an observation, derivation or argument that has been reported in previous publications should be accompanied by the relevant citation in the text with year of publication. These references shall approve with author (s), year, title of the study/book and name of the journal book/report, exc., with volume issue No. and para. A reviewer and/or international referee should also notify any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other manuscript (published or unpublished) of which they have personal knowledge.
B) Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
- Any invited referee(s) who have conflicts of interest resulting whatever with any of the author(s), institutions connected to the manuscript and the work described therein should immediately notify (in writing) to the editor to decline the invitation to review so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.
- Unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research (whether a reviewer of a paper or regretting to review the paper) without acknowledgement or written consent of the author(s) of that work. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not to be used for the reviewer’s personal advantage.
C) Policy for Author’s
The authors’ names should be accurately reflected as to who carried out the research and who wrote the article, and the order of authorship should be jointly determined by all co-authors.
- Originality, Plagiarism and Acknowledgement of Sources
Authors must ensure that their contribution does not contain any libel matter or infringe any copyright or other intellectual property rights or any other rights of any third party. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of work reported in the manuscript should also be cited. Plagiarism is of many kinds, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own, copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s work (without attribution), and claiming results of research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms will be treated unethical behaviour and would be unacceptable.
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely the original work, and if they have used the work and/or words of others; it should be appropriately cited or quoted. Authors should obtain permission to reproduce any content from the third-party/source (text and images). Third-party content for which permission has not been obtained (excluding contents by permission) should not be contained in the paper.
D) Publication and Submission Fee
No fee or charges would be changed from authors for manuscript processing in the PJAE. Authors pay neither submission nor publication fee.
The PJAE is being regularly publish with the financial support of the Higher Education Commission Government of Pakistan.
Authors should declare that the study/paper submitted to PJAE is original. Authors should ensure that their manuscript has neither been submitted nor published elsewhere (single/jointly). Sections of the manuscript which overlap with others/authors published or submitted content should be acknowledged and cited.
POLICY OF COMPLAINTS
If the PJAE receives complaint that any contribution to the Journal regarding Authorship, Plagiarism, duplicate, concurrent publication/Simultaneous submission, research results misappropriation, allegations of research errors and fraud or otherwise unlawful materials, PJAE will investigate the complaint.
Investigation may include a request that the parties involved substantiate their claims. The Journal will make a good faith determination whether to remove the allegedly wrongful material. A decision not to remove the material should represent the Journal’s belief that the complaintis without sufficient foundation, or if well‐founded, that a legal defense or exemption may apply, such as fair use in the case of copyright infringement or truthfulness of a statement in the case of libel.
Involvement and Cooperation in Investigations
Editor and the Editorial Committee will take responsibility to measures when ethical concerns are raised with regard to a submitted manuscript or published paper. Every reported act of unethical publishing behaviour will be looked into, even if it is discovered at author stage.
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