Publication Policy

  1. Name and Scope of the Journal
  2. Guiding Principles
  3. Manuscript Submission
  4. Review Policy
  5. Open Access Policy
  6. Publication Frequency
  7. Advertising Policy
  8. Article Processing Charges
  9. Copyright and Licensing
  10. Plagiarism Policy: rules and regulations about the handling
  1. Name and Scope of the Journal:

Name of the Journal: The name of the journal is “Bakhtar Journal of Management”.

1. Scope of the Journal:

The “Bakhtar Journal of Management” is an academic and interdisciplinary publication dedicated to advancing the theory, research and practice of management, economics and commerce. Our aim is to extend the body of knowledge on these domains, focusing on both the conventional and emerging areas of study. We invite research articles and reviews from scholars, educators, policymakers and industry practitioners from around the world.

The journal encompasses a wide array of research themes under the spectrum of management including but not limited to Strategic Management, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behaviour, and Operations Management. In the domain of economics and commerce, we entertain submissions on Micro and Macro-Economics, International Trade and Business, Financial Management, and similar topics.

Through this dissemination of scholarly work, the Bakhtar Journal of Management seeks to foster intellectual conversations, promote research networks and enhance management, economics and commerce understanding in our society.

2. Guiding Principles:

The “Bakhtar Journal of Management” is governed by a set of core guiding principles that shape our activities, decisions, and actions.

  1. Upholding Academic Integrity: We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of academic and scholarly integrity. We strongly condemn plagiarism, data falsification, or any form of academic dishonesty.
  2. Peer Review: All submissions are systematically peer-reviewed by recognized experts in the respective field. The journal aims to maintain a double-blind process to ensure unbiased and impartial review.
  3. Ethical Considerations: We adhere to strict ethical standards, ensuring that all research involving human participants or animals comply with internationally recognized ethical guidelines.
  4. Intellectual Property Rights: Author(s) of papers published in our journal retain copyright to their work. We promote the responsible use of intellectual property, respecting and acknowledging the rights of copyright holders in all our publications.
  5. Transparency and Accountability: Our decision-making processes are transparent, based on merit, and can be held accountable by authors and other stakeholders. We provide clear guidelines on the submission, review, and publication process to authors.
  6. Independence: The journal acts with complete editorial independence, free from commercial or institutional bias. Decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication are based solely on the paper’s importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to the journal’s scope.
  7. Diversity and Inclusion: We encourage submissions from researchers of all backgrounds, countries, and career stages, adhering to a principle of fairness and non-discrimination.
  8. Confidentiality: We respect the confidentiality of all contributors, and take measures to protect the identity and intellectual property of submissions under review.

Through these guiding principles, we aim to promote rigor, relevance, and ethical correctness in the scholarship of management, economics, and commerce.

3. Manuscript Submission:

At Bakhtar Journal of Management, we strive to make the manuscript submission process as straightforward as possible for authors. Below are the details of our submission guidelines:

  • Format: Manuscripts should be double-spaced with one-inch margin all around. The text should be in Times New Roman, 12-point font. Include page numbers at the bottom right of each page.
  • Length: Original research papers should not exceed 8,000 words, including references, tables and figures. Review articles should generally not exceed 6,000 words, and short communications should be no longer than 3,000 words.
  • Style Guide: All manuscripts should conform to APA (American Psychological Association) style, 7th edition. This applies to citation styling in-text and in the reference list, and to the formatting of headers, title page, abstract, and body text.
  • File Types: Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) format. Tables and figures should be integrated into the main document in their appropriate location.
  • Cover Letter: A cover letter should accompany the manuscript, specifying the category of the submission (e.g., Research Article, Review Article) and affirming that the manuscript is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Submission: Authors are requested to submit their manuscripts via our online submission system (provide the URL here). In case of any difficulties, manuscripts can be emailed to our Editorial Office (provide email address here).

Before submission, authors are advised to ensure their manuscript is complete, correctly formatted, and satisfy the journal’s guidelines. Authors are also encouraged to proofread their manuscripts for clarity, grammar, spelling and punctuation.

It is understood that the submission materials will be treated confidentially until they are published.

4. Review Policy:

At the Bakhtar Journal of Management, we adhere to a rigorous double-blind peer review process, to ensure the quality and integrity of the scholarship we publish. Here is an outline of our review policy:

  • Double-blind Peer Review: In the double-blind review process, both the reviewer and the author are anonymous to each other. This process is designed to reduce bias, promote fair evaluations, and focus solely on the content and suitability of the manuscript.
  • Selection of Reviewers: Our peer-reviewers are selected based on their expertise and reputation in their respective fields. Reviewers are typically scholars or experienced practitioners in management, economics, or commerce.
  • Review Timeline: Once a manuscript is submitted, it initially goes through an internal review by the editor for suitability. If deemed suitable, it is sent to at least two reviewers. Reviewers are typically given 2-3 weeks to complete their review. However, review times can vary based on the length and complexity of the manuscript.
  • Review Criteria: Manuscripts are assessed based on their novelty, methodological rigor, clarity of presentation, contribution to the field, and alignment with the journal’s scope. Reviewers also check for any ethical issues, and ensure that all studies and methodologies used comply with international standards and guidelines.
  • Review Feedback: After the review, the manuscript can either be accepted, accepted with revisions, or rejected. In case of revisions, authors are expected to address the reviewer’s comments and resubmit an improved version of their manuscript.
  • Appeal: Authors have the right to appeal if they believe the decision was unjust. In such cases, the manuscript can be re-evaluated.

All these measures are designed to maintain the high standards of research published in the ‘Bakhtar Journal of Management’ and to promote transparency, fairness, and ethical practices in academic publishing.

5. Open Access Policy:

The ‘Bakhtar Journal of Management’ is committed to disseminating cutting-edge research to the widest possible audience. To this end, we have adopted an Open Access Policy, which means that all published articles are freely accessible online to all readers immediately upon publication.

We believe that open access accelerates the progress of research, encourages innovation, and enriches education. It permits anyone to read, download, print, and distribute articles, making it easier for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the public to benefit from the work.

To support the costs associated with publishing, peer review management, journal production, online hosting and archiving, we charge a modest Open Access fee. This fee only applies once the paper has been accepted for publication after a rigorous peer-review process.

Please note that the Open Access fees are subject to change based on the current situation and may be updated from time to time. All updates will be duly communicated on our website and through other appropriate channels.

We seek to keep our fees as low as possible to promote inclusivity and ensure that authors from all over the world can share their research through the ‘Bakhtar Journal of Management’. In case of severe financial hardship, fee waivers or discounts may be considered. Please contact our editorial office for further details.

6. Publication Frequency:

The Bakhtar Journal of Management is published on a quarterly basis. With its regular release in March, June, September, and December, our aim is to provide readers with a constant and consistent source of up-to-date research in the fields of management, economics, and commerce.

Each issue seeks to present a platform for academics, industry experts, and researchers from across the globe to share their innovative ideas, original research results and practical development experiences in their respective domains. The quarterly frequency allows our journal to stay at the forefront of these evolving disciplines and offer the latest insights to our readership base worldwide.

7. Advertising Policy:

At the Bakhtar Journal of Management, we accept limited advertisements that align with our audience’s interests and our journal’s academic nature. It gives us more opportunity to provide services to our patrons while ensuring that our journal remains a primary source of high-quality academic content. Here are some guidelines on our advertising policy:

  • Types of Advertisements: We accept advertisements related to academic products and services, such as upcoming academic conferences, seminars, workshops, new books, academic programs, scholarships, and funding opportunities.
  • Acceptance of Advertisements: All advertisements are subjected to approval by the Journal’s Editorial Board. The advertising must not be misleading, deceitful, unethical, or incompatible with our aim of promoting research in management, economics, and commerce.
  • Placement and Frequency: Ads can appear in designated places on our online journal portal. The number and frequency of ads appearing depend upon the ad size, duration, and type.
  • Advertising and Editorial Content: We strictly maintain a clear distinction between advertisements and the journal’s editorial content. Advertisements will not influence editorial decisions or the integrity of our published research.
  • Right to Refusal: The Bakhtar Journal of Management reserves the right to refuse any advertising that is not in line with our principles or the interests of our readers.

Advertisers interested in advertising in the Bakhtar Journal of Management should contact our advertising department for more information about rates, specifications, and terms and conditions.

8. Article Processing Charges:

At the Bakhtar Journal of Management, we strive to make scholarly publishing as accessible as possible. Currently, we do not charge authors any fees for the processing and publication of their articles. This includes submission, peer-reviewing, editing, publishing, maintaining and archiving, and allows for immediate global dissemination of their work.

However, the economic environment of academic publishing is dynamic. While we strive to keep our publishing model free for authors, we may in the future have to institute Article Processing Charges to cover the costs of publishing. If this becomes necessary, we guarantee that prospective authors will be notified well in advance of any charges and that such charges will be competitive and fair.

Our ultimate aim is to ensure that financially constrained authors are not discouraged from submitting their work due to processing charges, hence, even in a scenario where charges are implemented, we would pursue options for waivers or discounts for authors from low-income economies.

Please keep an eye on our website for any potential updates regarding our Article Processing Charges policy.

9. Copyright and Licensing:

At the Bakhtar Journal of Management, we adopt a balance between the authors’ rights to use their article and the journal’s rights to publish and disseminate the article. Here is an outline of our copyright and licensing policy:

  • Copyright: Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be requested to complete a ‘Journal Publishing Agreement’. The copyright of the article is retained by the authors, who grant the Bakhtar Journal of Management a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. Additionally, authors retain the right to reuse the content of the paper in other works created by them.
  • Licensing: Articles in the Bakhtar Journal of Management are published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). This license allows others to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the work, even commercially, as long as they credit the author for the original creation. Authors also allow others to copy, distribute and transmit the work, and to adapt the work, under this License.
  • Author’s Warranties: Authors warrant that their manuscript is their original work, has not previously been published, and is not under consideration by any other publication. They also warrant that the article contains no libelous or unlawful statements and does not infringe on the rights of others.
  • Open Access: Consistent with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access, by “open access,” we mean the free availability of the research article on the public internet, permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full texts of these articles.

Our copyright and licensing policies are designed to ensure widespread dissemination of research while protecting the rights of authors. For additional information or queries, authors can contact the Bakhtar Journal of Management editorial office.

10. Plagiarism Policy

At Bakhtar Journal of Management, we have a zero-tolerance policy towards plagiarism. Plagiarism, the unacknowledged use of another’s work as one’s own, is a serious ethical offense undermining the integrity of scholarly communication. Below are some guidelines and rules about handling plagiarism:

  • Definition of Plagiarism: Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the copying of text, ideas, images, or data from another source, even from your own publications, without giving appropriate credit, and presenting them as the author’s own work.
  • Plagiarism Check: All submissions are subjected to plagiarism checking. We use professional software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts.
  • Handling Plagiarism: If plagiarism is detected during the review process, the manuscript may be rejected immediately. If plagiarism is detected after publication, we may issue a correction or retract the paper, as appropriate. We also reserve the right to inform authors’ institutions about plagiarism detected either before or after publication.
  • Consequences: Authors found to have plagiarized the work of another are subjected to the following consequences:
    • Immediate rejection of the manuscript.
    • Prohibition against all of the authors for any future submissions to the journal, either individually or in combination with other authors of the plagiarized manuscript.
    • Prohibition against all of the authors from serving on the Editorial Board.

Authors are advised to ensure their submission is entirely original, and if the authors have used the work and words of others, appropriate citations are required. Authors submitting their works to the Bakhtar Journal of Management confirm that the submitted papers are their own contributions and have not been copied in whole or in part from other works. Each submission is thoroughly checked for plagiarism and, in the case of detection of overlap, the paper may be rejected altogether without the explanation. Authors are advised to check their submission for plagiarism, even self-plagiarism, before submitting them to the journal to avoid any possible violation of publication ethics.