General Instructions:

Manuscripts must be submitted through Open Journal System (OJS). Every published article can be accessed through JISR-C website https://jisrc.szabist.edu.pk/JISRC/.

JISR-C publishes original research articles and guest edited thematic topic issues written in English in all domains of IT and Computer Science. Book reviews, Conference Proceedings and mini thematic issues are also considered for publication.

Principal/Corresponding author shall submit original manuscript along with all the supporting/supplementary material (if any) and Consent letter duly filled and signed by principal author, on behalf of all the Co-authors (if any) on the given email address.

The author shall ensure that the manuscript is original in nature and is not submitted in any other journal for publication. The author shall also confirm that the manuscript is not submitted or published already elsewhere. Additionally, the author(s) must also obtained permission regarding any copyrighted illustration, structure or table published previously.

Authors should ONLY submit their articles directly as we do not accept articles through intermediary companies or agents. Manuscripts submitted by third party will not be entertained.

The Editor of JISR-C is authorized for to make decision for the initiation of manuscript review process. Moreover, based on the reviewer’s comments, the decision of Editor JISR-C will be final for publication.

Following details shall be provided by corresponding author with the submission on OJS

1) Full name of Corresponding/Principal author (marked with asterisk*)
2) Full names of Co-authors
3) Institutional affiliation of all authors
4) Complete address including cellphone/landline.
5) E-mail address

For any further queries regarding submission preparation, please contact at editor.jisrc@szabist.edu.pk
or Email at: editor.jisrc@szabist.pk

Open Access Policy:

JISR-C follow an open access publication policy. All published articles have undergone a double-blind peer review process and upon acceptance are immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.

Allegations of Misconduct:

JISR-C has a strict policy for allegations of misconduct. The complaint can be on the grounds of author, reviewer, or reader misconduct. In the event that the JISR-C editorial office is made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article (fabrication of data, falsification, manipulation of citation, plagiarism, etc.), the policy followed to deal with such cases is:
1. JISR-C advises the author, reviewers, and readers to submit any formal complaint to the Editorial Team via email at editor.jisrc@szabist.edu.pk. All complaints will be dealt with in full confidence.
2. The editorial office of the journal receives a complaint that an article submitted to or published in the journal is suspected of containing research misconduct.
3. The specific manner and details of the misconduct should be clearly stated in the complaint.
4. In cases of author misconduct, if the reviewers find something against the integrity of the research, the editorial office of the journal should be notified about the concerns.
5. The editorial office will conduct an investigation, during which time the editor of the journal and the corresponding author(s) of the suspected article will be in contact.
6. The corresponding author(s) will be asked to provide an explanation with factual statements and any available evidence.
7. If the author(s) of the suspected article accepts the misconduct complaint, then in the event that the article has been published, a correction or retraction may be necessary to remedy the situation. Whereas, if the misconduct is reported during the review process, the review process may continue with the author(s) making the relevant changes.
8. If the required response is not received in the stipulated time or there is an unsatisfactory explanation, the manuscript may be permanently retracted or rejected. Before making a decision, confirmation will be sought from the experts of the relevant institution or other authorities as required.
9. If reviewer misconduct has occurred, the journal office should be notified about the case with a clear explanation. In the case of minor issues such as unsatisfactory quality of comments, the journal may send the manuscript for another review. However, in the case of the allegation regarding misuse of the data, the case should be immediately reported to the editorial board and dealt with strictly in light of COPE ethical guidelines.
10. In cases of reader misconduct, the editorial office of the journal will decide the matter on merit. If the journal office finds that the complaints are invalid, they will be rejected, whereas matters with justified claims will be dealt with according to the COPE ethical guidelines.
11. In all three of the above-mentioned grounds, the complainant will be informed of the outcome once the issue is resolved, and the case will thereupon be considered concluded.

Appeal & Complaints Policy:

1. Appeal against Manuscript Rejection:

JISR-C follows the transparent process of review process and decisions either to publish or reject the manuscripts are made purely on a merit basis. However, JISR-C is open to accepting the appeal/s against rejection of the manuscript. If the author wishes to reconsider a rejection manuscript to the journal, they must write to the JISR-C official email mentioning their manuscript details.

The author is allowed to make an appeal only once for a rejected manuscript and will be sent to the next editorial board meeting whenever is scheduled after the date of appeal received to the journal. Only the corresponding author is allowed to appeal.

An appeal can be made if Author can:
a) Provide the details of why he/she disagrees with the decision. The author will be required to provide the answers to the comments of the journal and/or reviewers who contributed to the rejection decision.
b) Give any new information or data you would like the journal to consider.
c) Provide evidence if the author believes that a reviewer has made technical errors in his/her assessment of the manuscript.
d) Include evidence if the author thinks a reviewer may be in a conflict of interest.

1. Appeal against Manuscript Rejection:

In case the appeal against rejection is successful, the editorial board may send this case (including revised manuscript and author response) to the reviewer for merit decision. The author will be provided instructions by the editorial team on the submission of the revised manuscript to consider for another review stage.

Whereas if the appeal is unsuccessful, the decision will be final and no further request will be entertained by the journal.

Complaints Process Policy:

JISR-C welcomes the complaints against the process and publication ethics. In case of any of the complaints, JISR-C shall acknowledge the receipt of the complaint and initiate an investigation in line with relevant guidance from the written policies and procedures of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), where applicable.

1. Complaint regarding the Review Process:

In case of a complaint regarding the review process, authors may email their complaints directly to the journal at editor. jisrc@szabist.edu.pk . The Editor-in-Chief, together with the Editor, will investigate the matter, and the appropriate feedback will be given to the complainant.

2. Complaint about JISR-C Publication Ethics

In the case of a complaint about JISR-C Publication Ethics, the concerning issue can be reported via the provided email address. The Editor-in-Chief, along with the editorial board, will follow the COPE guidelines to deal with such complaints. The complainant will be given appropriate feedback on the complaint.

Once the matter is completely investigated, the complainant will be informed of the outcome once the issue is resolved, and the case will thereupon be considered concluded.

Conflict of Interest Policy:

JISR-C advises each author to disclose potential conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest in research exists when an individual may prefer, or be perceived to prefer, their own interests or obligations over their duties and responsibilities as a researcher. Conflicts of interest may be actual, potential, or perceived and involve financial and non-financial benefits. Therefore, JISR-C advises the author(s) that all sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed, along with a brief overview of the role played, if any, by the responses during various stages of the research.

1. For Authors:

To avoid ambiguity, authors must state explicitly whether potential conflicts exist or do not. Authors should do so in the manuscript after the acknowledgement section, providing additional detail, if necessary, in a cover letter that accompanies the manuscript. They should provide the name of the funding agency or organization if the project is supported by such an agency or organization, while the details must contain information about the role of the funding agency or organization in supporting data collection or any other part of the research. Any other necessary information (financial or non-financial) must also be provided.

2. For Reviewers:

Reviewers must report to the editorial office any conflicts of interest that may bias their opinions of the manuscript, and they must withdraw themselves from reviewing particular submissions. If a reviewer fails to mention the conflict of interest, he/she may be removed from the reviewers’ list.

3. For Editors:

JISR-C requires the editorial board and team members to declare any competing interest during the contract and update their designation whenever is changed. Further, any member of the editorial board should not deal with such manuscripts which he/she may find conflicts of interest from his/her side.

Review Policy:

JISR-C employs double-blind peer review process, where both reviewers and authors remain anonymous to each other throughout the review process. All research articles are submitted to two experts, not belonging to the editorial Staff, editorial board and Advisory Board. The reviewers are chosen from national and international review panel comprising PhD holders with relevant domain, expertise and publications record. Every manuscript submitted for publication is read by the editorial team, for an initial review. If the article meets minimum quality criteria, it is sent to two reviewers.

1. Review Process

Initial/Desk Review

Submitted manuscripts are first checked by the editorial team to ensure if the manuscript falls in the journal scope and adheres the required formatting (IEEE).

The manuscript is also checked for plagiarism using Turnitin software. If the plagiarism report is below 15% and less than 5% from a single source, the manuscript is forwarded to the Managing editor.

Manuscripts that do not fall within the scope of the journal are rejected.

Double-Blind Review

Manuscripts passed through the desk review are sent for a double-blind review process (one national reviewer and one international reviewer).

JISR-C selects the reviewers based on their subject and research expertise and give complete freedom to decide on the papers.

To ensure confidentiality and privacy, anonymous/blind manuscripts (without authors’ names and details) are sent to all reviewers.

Any paper rejected by the reviewers do not process further, and the author is notified accordingly.

If the manuscript is accepted by reviewers with minor changes, the corresponding author is provided with the comments and given ample time to incorporate the comments.

The corresponding author send the revised manuscript to the journal in a stipulated time.

The editorial board decides on comments and if the manuscript is ready for publication. The corresponding author is informed of the decision.

Manuscripts accepted by reviewers with major changes are sent to the corresponding author with ample time to incorporate all comments.

The corresponding author is responsible to submit the revised manuscript in a stipulated time and it is at the discretion of the editorial board to send the revised manuscripts to the same reviewers or any other reviewers if required. Otherwise, Editorial board may decide to send the manuscript for the publication process.

The corresponding author is responsible to respond the editorial board for all the changes suggested by the reviewers. If the corresponding author does not respond to the journal despite sending reminders, the editorial board has a fully right to reject the paper. Similarly, the corresponding author does not incorporate the required comments or justify on not incorporating the suggested comments. The editorial board has fully right to reject the manuscript.

2. Decisions on Article

Reviewers will have four possible options for each article [1] Accept [2] Accept with minor changes [3] accept with major changes and likely re-review [4] Reject. In cases where there is a strong disagreement between reviewers, further expert advice may be sought. Based on the reviewers’ comments, the editorial team makes the final decision either to accept, reject or revise the manuscript and communicates the decision to the authors, along with referees’ reports. If significant revisions are proposed, acceptance is dependent on the satisfactory response to the proposed revisions by the author and may be sent back to the same reviewers for final decision or another reviewer depending on the availability of the reviewers. The Manuscripts that have been rejected are not eligible for further consideration by the journal and thus should not be resubmitted. If a revision is allowed, it will be explicitly stated in the Editor’s decision.

Authorship Policy:

JISR-C believes that the published manuscript is original and all the authors whose names are given in the manuscript have made significant contributions and fulfil the criteria of authorship as per COPE definition of authors https://publicationethics.org/resources/discussion-documents/authorship

1. Authorship Credit

Authorship credits may only be awarded to those who have made a substantial contribution to the construction of the article. The corresponding author of the article is responsible for granting credits to co-authors who are heavily involved in the work. In addition, the corresponding author must ensure that all co-authors have endorsed the final submission and the ready-to-publish version of the article. Others who have been involved in some important aspects of the research should be recognized for their contribution in the acknowledgment section.

2. Changes in Authorship

The corresponding author is entirely responsible for providing the authors’ names when submitting the paper to the journal. Once the paper is accepted for publication, any addition, deletion or rearranging of authors’ names will not be entertained unless approved by the journal's editor. To request such an amendment, the corresponding author must provide the publisher of the review with the reason for the modification of the list of authors and a confirmation email from all authors that they agree. However, such a request cannot be accepted if the manuscript has already been published in an online issue.

3. Order of Authors

The corresponding author is responsible to provide consent on the order of the authors while submitting the manuscript. All authors must agree to the order of the authors. If the journal receives any conflict/complaint on disagreement from any of the authors, will hold the manuscript and reject if the authors do not agree mutually and provide the consent in writing through emails.

4. Guest/Ghost Authorship

JISR-C does not allow to provide the names of the guest/ghost author because such author/s make/s no significant contributions to the study, hence, do not qualify for authorship

Plagiarism Policy:

JISR-C only accepts similarity reports generated in-house using Turnitin software provided by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan and adheres to the guidelines specified by HEC which states that the manuscript should have a similarity index of less than 20% from all sources. Moreover, the article should not contain similar content of more than 4% from a single source and before submission should be removed from the institutional repository if submitted in the form of a thesis.

Further, JISR-C does not accept self-plagiarism (Article/Manuscript/thesis submitted in repository usually in Turnitin by author or author’s institution) whether it is from authors’ published or unpublished thesis or any form of work submitted by the author or any other institution in Turnitin repository or any other repository or database. The author is required to remove it from the repository before submission to Journal. For a detailed policy on plagiarism, please go through HEC Plagiarism Policy (https://www.hec.gov.pk/english/services/faculty/Documents/Plagiarism/Plagiarism%20Policy.pdf ).

Publication Fee Policy:

JISR-C does not charge any fee from the author in any form.
1. Article Processing Fee (APC): No fees is charged by journal in account of processing fee.
2. Submission Charges: No fees is charged by journal in account of submission charges.
3. Waiver: The journal does not have any financial earning. All the expenses pertaining to journal’s management are managed by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST).
4. Review Honorarium: JISR-C offer the honorarium for both national and international reviewers.

JISR-C has an open access publication policy. The full text of all articles is available free of charge as soon as they are accepted. All articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) Attribution Non-Commercial License which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited. The Corresponding Author retains ownership of the copyright of the published work.

The work submitted to JISR-C implies that it is an original and unpublished work by the author(s), and does not infringe any copyright or other rights held by any other party neither previously published nor accepted for publication elsewhere and is not being considered by another journal for publication.

The authors shall be responsible for all information in the manuscript presented. It is the author(s)’ responsibility to obtain signed permission from the copyright holder to use and reproduce text, illustrations, tables, etc., previously published in other journals, whether electronically or in print. Although authors are not required to submit the raw data used to do quantitative or qualitative analysis at the time of submission, if any question arises about the accuracy or validity of the research work during the review process, the author(s) should provide raw data to the Editor.

The corresponding author will be asked to sign and submit a completed Consent Form on behalf of all co-authors of the manuscript. Authors are obligated to disclose any sponsorships or funding from an institution concerning their research in the copyright form.

Authors are not permitted to post the work on any platform online/offline, by any means, from the time such work is submitted to JISR-C until a final decision on the paper has been given to them. If a paper is accepted for publication, the authors may not post the work on any platform online/offline or at any other place, by any means, until the paper is published. JISR-C can reproduce printed copies of articles in any format in the future. Authors can post their papers on any platform once JISR-C publishes the online issue.

Licensing Terms:

All articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ ) Attribution Non-Commercial License which states that:

Anyone is free to:

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

Attribution — you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

NonCommercial — you may not use the material for commercial purposes.

No additional restrictions you may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as the license terms are being followed.

Archiving Policy:

The publisher maintain and archive all the published content on its server. Furthermore, authors retain the copyright to their articles, therefore they can self-archive their accepted manuscripts as well as published manuscripts on their personal websites, institutional repository like PMC or a cross-institutional subject repository. The journal also assigns Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) to all its contents to facilitate reaching their permanent links on the internet.

Repository Policy:

JISR-C allows all authors to deposit all versions of their article or publisher's version/pdf for self-archiving (author’s personal website) or archive in any institutional or other repository. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work. When posting, distributing or reusing Open Access articles, the journal should be clearly attributed as the original place of publication and correct citation details should be given.

Correction Policy:

JISR-C believes and is strictly in compliance of maintaining the integrity of the scientific record. Minor corrections that do not affect the scientific understanding of the paper (formatting or typographical errors or vocabulary preferences) may be rejected if submitted post-publication. The correction procedure depends on the publication stage of the article, but in all circumstances a correction notice is published as soon as possible.

The Online version is considered the version of record, and not an opportunity to make changes prior to print publication. JISR-C consider replacing this version with an updated version which corrects the error and notes the changes that have been made and the date(s) on which the changes were made (in a correction notice at the end of the article).

Retraction Policy:

JISR-C reserves the right to retract articles that are found to be fraudulent (e.g., containing data manipulation or misrepresentation) or in serious breach of one of our policies. Evidence of plagiarism, falsification of data, or other scientific misconduct associated with a published article is determined at the discretion of the Editorial board. Any scientific misconduct will result in the removal of the article and the printing of a retraction as is consistent with the guidelines of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) and COPE guidelines.

Privacy Policy:

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal. They will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Subscription Policy:

JISR-C is open access journal and online articles can be downloaded for free. As discussed in previous section, JISR-C does not ask authors or institutions/universities to subscribe our journal. JISR-C publishes hard copies of each issue and post to engineering universities and DAIs a under HEC affiliated universities list without any cost.