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Author Guidelines


We invite authors to submit manuscripts that fall within the mission and scope of the journal. We accept submissions on a rolling basis, except for our Special Issues: Special Issues follow the deadlines set by the Special Issue editors.

  • All submissions, except creative works, should be Pakistan-related. Submissions of creative works should meet at least one of the two criteria: they should be either by a writer of Pakistani origin--native or diasporic--or about a Pakistan-related subject.
  • All submissions must be in Standard American English.
  • All submissions must be single-spaced and must use Times, font size 12.
  • We do not consider simultaneous submissions.

Specific Editorial Sections

Scholarly Articles: Scholarly Articles can be 4000-9000 words including notes, and should follow the MLA Style for articles related to the Humanities and APA Style for the Social Sciences. Use footnotes instead of endnotes. The review process will usually take about eight weeks.

Please include in the body of your paper:

  • A 200 (max) word abstract
  • At least six keywords
Please also fill in (while registering) your credentials, a brief bio, and instutional information as we will eventually need to add it to your published paper.

Poetry and Prose:

  • Poetry: You can submit only one poem at a time. To submit additional poems, please restart the submission process on the author page.
  • Prose: Submit only one short story/creative nonfiction piece, not exceeding 9000 words, at one time.

Book Reviews: Book Reviews should not exceed 1200 words and should be about Pakistan-related books or about books authored by Pakistani writers published within the last one year. (This rule applies only to academic books; we will consider reviews of creative works from or about Pakistan even if published prior to last one year).

Translations: We are primarily interested in translations of original works from any of Pakistani languages. Translations must include necessary author/publisher permissions and must be preceded by a Translator's Note providing introductory details to the translated work and its author.

Notes: We publish short notes and commentaries (1000-2500 words) about Pakistan-related subjects.

Urdu Section: We encourage Urdu writers to submit their prose and poetry. Authors should upload their submissions in PDF.



The MLA style is widely used in the humanities for professional writing and documentation, and it is particularly utilized in English studies, comparative literature studies, cultural studies, and other liberal arts scholarship. The definitive guide for MLA Style is the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, third edition.


The APA style is predominantly used in the social sciences, and contains more guidelines for handling data, graphs, and charts. The definitive guide for APA Style is The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, fifth edition. 

How to Submit an Article: Video Tutorial.


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.

  1. We welcome both new and previously published works. If submitting a previously published work confirm that you are either the copyright holder or have the copyright holder's permission to submit your work to us.

    We do not consider simulatneous submissions.

  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format, and the text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines. The text is 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 at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. Your name should not appear in any part of the paper.
  5. If your essay uses colored graphs, diagrams, or pictures, ensure that you also upload a supplementary file (Step 4 of the submission process) of your illustrations with the BEST POSSIBLE RESOLUTION. This measure is necessary for us to produce a good final copy of your article.

Copyright Notice

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

    3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
    4. All works Published in Pakistaniaat are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.


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