PJG Author-Guidelines

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Guide for Authors

Indian subcontinent is well respected for its growing research activity in the geosciences, particularly in circum Himalayan earth science. Pakistan Journal of Geology (PJG) is the peer-reviewed journal of the geologists in Pakistan. The PJG publishes scientific papers, notes, and discussions in the broadly defined fields of geoscience that are related to the geology of Asia. Contributions from Europe and Middle East and Africa are also welcome due to strategic location of Indian subcontinent as well as topical studies on any geoscience-related discipline. Production, publication, and distribution of the PJG are managed by the ZIBELINE INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING. The subject matter includes geology, geophysics, physical geography and pedology. Prospective contributors should consult recent issues of the journal and see whether a planned submission is appropriate. All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and single-blind refereeing.

1. The Pakistan Journal of Geology (PJG) is intended for the dissemination of scientific themes of broad interest and original character related to Pakistani and neighboring countries Geosciences, including modern processes and new field and laboratory techniques. There are four regular and two theme issues per year.
2. The PJG publishes Articles, Fast Communications, Articles with Accelerated Review, Letters to the Editor, Editorials and Review Articles.
3. The abstracts may be written in Urdu or, preferably, in English.
4. Articles – the main publication model consists of up to 8.000 words, including references. Fragmented
articles will not be accepted (E.g. part 1, part 2). The articles must be readable, regardless any previous article.
5. Discussions – section destined to disclose comments on the recently published Articles, followed by the Replica of the author(s) of the original work. Both texts must be brief, objective and concise.
6. Book Reviews – The reviews are published by invitation of the Editors.
7. Geological News – It is about news which deserve rapid communication.

Submission of Manuscript (Paper)

The manuscript should be submitted using the “Online Submission” section in our Web site (https://www.zibelinepub.com) along with ‘copyright agreement and author responsibilities’. Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript through the online Manuscript Tracking System. Regardless of the source of the word-processing tool, only electronic Word (.doc, .docx) files can be submitted. There is no page limit. Only online submissions are accepted to facilitate rapid publication and minimize administrative costs. Submissions by anyone other than one of the authors will not be accepted. The submitting author takes responsibility for the paper during submission and peer review. If for some technical reason submission through the online submission is not possible, the author can contact [email protected] If you have problems in online submission system, you can send articles by e-mail to info@volksonpress After successful submission of manuscript, authors will receive Manuscript ID within one week for their submitted article and this id should be used for further communications.

Authors may suggest two reviewers. Please provide the name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers, and fields of interest of suggested reviewers. Any technical queries will be referred back to the author, although the Editors reserve the right to make alterations in the text without altering the technical content. All enquiries concerning the publication of accepted papers should be addressed to [email protected]

Authors are responsible for their research work carried out, presentation and results expressed. Editorin-Chief, Editors and Editorial Board does not claim any responsibility, liability of statements made and opinion expressed by authors. Editors do not necessarily agree with the views expressed in the matter published herein.

Manuscript Details

The manuscript of a research article should be arranged as follows :
1. Title Page
2. Abstract and Keywords (optional: graphical abstracts & highlights)
3. Introduction
4. Material & Methods
5. Results & Discussion (both can be given as separate headings)
7. Unknown Mechanism (For Bad Science Journal only)
8. Conclusion
9. Acknowledgement
10. References
The manuscripts must be double-spaced typed, written in clear, grammatical English with no typographical errors.

Title Page

Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible. Author names and affiliations. Present the authors’ affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author’s name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name, and, if available,the e-mail address of each author.

Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who is willing to handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication.


A concise and factual abstract is required (200-300 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, they must be cited in full, without reference to the reference list. Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

Graphical abstract (Optional)

Although a graphical abstract is optional, its use is encouraged as it draws more attention to the online article. The graphical abstract should summarize the contents of the article in a concise, pictorial form designed to capture the attention of a wide readership. Image size: Please provide an image with a minimum of 531 × 1328 pixels (h × w) or proportionally more. The image should be readable at a size of 5 × 13 cm using a regular screen resolution of 96 dpi. Preferred file types: TIFF, EPS, PDF or MS Office files.

Highlights (Optional)

Highlights are also optional. They consist of a short collection of bullet points that convey the core findings of the article and should be submitted in a separate page in the manuscript. Please use ‘Highlights’ as the title and include 3 to 5 bullet points (maximum 85 characters, including spaces, per bullet point).


Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, “and”, “of”). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Subdivision – Numbered Sections

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, …), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to ‘the text’. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.


State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Material & Methods

Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. What is the material or equipment used to conduct the study. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.

Results & Discussion

Results should be clear and concise. This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.


The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section. Appendices If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.


Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field in a footnote to be placed on the first page of the article. Such abbreviations that are unavoidable in the abstract must be defined at their first mention there, as well as in the footnote. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.


Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).

Nomenclature and Units

Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other quantities are mentioned, give their equivalent in SI. You are urged to consult the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) http://www.iupac.org and International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) http://iupap.org/ for further information.

Figures and Other Illustrations

Upon submission of an article, authors are informed to include all figures and tables within the text of the manuscript. In addition to that Figures should be submitted in separate zip files containing all figures. All figures should be cited in the paper in a consecutive order. Figures should be supplied in either vector art formats (Illustrator, EPS, WMF, FreeHand, CorelDraw, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) or bitmap formats (Photoshop, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, etc.). Bitmap images should be of 300 dpi resolution at least unless the resolution is intentionally set to a lower level for scientific reasons. If a bitmap image has labels, the image and labels should be embedded in separate layers.


Tables should be cited consecutively in the text. Every table must have a descriptive title and if numerical measurements are given, the units should be included in the column heading.


Manuscripts must contain at least 10 references. The references must cite recent and relevant research only. At least half (50%) of the references should be published within the last 5 years.

Citation in Text

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list.

Reference Style

Text : Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given. Example: ‘….. similarly derived [5,8]. Fleming and Carlos [8] explained this theory as ….’ List : Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.


Reference to a Journal Publication:

[1] D. Wang, Y. B. Fu, M. A. Ashraf, Artifacts reduction in strain maps of tagged magnetic resonance
imaging using harmonic phase, Open Med. 10 (2015), 425–433 DOI: 10.1515/med-2015-0074

Reference to a Book

[2] M. Hosseini, M. A. Ashraf, Application of the SWAT Model for Water Components Separation in Iran,
first ed., Springer, Japan, 2015

Reference to a Book Chapter

[3] M. A. Ashraf, S. Batool, M. Ahmad, M. Sarfraz, W. S. Aqma , Biopolymers as biofilters and biobarriers,
in: P. Torgal, I. Karak, J. Jonkers (Eds.), Biopolymers and Biotech Admixtures for Eco-Efficient
Construction Materials, Elsevier Woodhead Publishing, India. 2016, pp. 401-424.

Web references

As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should

also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.

Journal Abbreviations Source

Journal names should be abbreviated according to the List of Title Word Abbreviations : http://www.issn.org/services/online-services/access-to-the-ltwa/

Ensure that the following items are present:

• One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:
• E-mail address
• Full postal address
• Phone numbers
All necessary files have been uploaded, and contain:
• Keywords
• All figure captions
• All tables (including title, description, footnotes)
Further considerations
• Manuscript has been ‘spell-checked’ and ‘grammar-checked’
• References are in the correct format for this journal
• All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa
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Review Process

Manuscripts not adhering to the journal guidelines will be returned to authors without scientific evaluation. Submitted manuscripts adhering to journal guidelines are reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief or an Associate Editor, who will assign them to reviewers. The Editorial Board will prepare a decision letter according to the comments of the reviewers, which will be sent to the corresponding author.

After Acceptance 


We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. PDF version of proof will be sent to corresponding author. Corrected proofs must be returned to the publisher within 48 hours of receipt. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication

will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility. Before the accepted paper is published we will intimate the processing fees in the acceptance letter.


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