About the Journal

Bahawalpur Journal of Media and Communication (BJMCis an academic journal founded by the Department of Media Studies of The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan, in January 2020. It is a bi-annual journal of Media and Communication. It publishes every June and December. Original academic papers that are not published elsewhere are welcome to submit. This journal strictly adheres to international academic norms. As an editorial policy, following the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) criteria of Y category journal, papers submitted to BJMC get reviewed by at least one international and one national expert.

This journal belongs to the entire Pakistani and international research community and welcomes research papers from home and abroad, supplemented by planning topics, research notes, book reviews, etc., to allow readers to deeply understand the development of important issues, the development of new concepts, and be familiar with communication theory and evidence aggregation, analysis, and discussion of data. 

Bahawalpur Journal of Media and Communication (BJMC) is available in online version only. 

Purpose, Focus, and Scope:

Bahawalpur Journal of Media and Communication (BJMC) is an interdisciplinary journal that, while centered in communication, is open and welcoming to contributions from the many disciplines and approaches that meet at the crossroad of journalism and communication studies. We are interested in scholarship that crosses disciplinary lines and speaks to readers from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives.

BJMC has the following three purposes:

  1. To encourage excellent academic papers and research results of original media and communication scholarship;
  2. To provide a platform for the academic dialogue of Pakistani and international community for the publication, direction, and enhancement of media and communication research;
  3. To attach importance to cross-disciplinary communication research, and expand the scope and development of academic knowledge in free and equal circulation.

Multidisciplinary Perspective: 

BJMC publishes peer-reviewed content from both the social sciences and the humanities having aspects of media and communication scholarship.

Editorial Policy: 

BJMC's editorial committee and advisory team are composed of inter-school, domestic and foreign scholars. The Department of Media Studies at The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan, is responsible for editorial affairs and online publication. Original academic papers that have not been published elsewhere are welcome to submit. 

As an editorial policy, following the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) criteria of Y category journal, papers submitted to BJMC get reviewed by at least one international and one national expert.

The editorial principle of the Bahawalpur Journal of Media and Communication (BJMC) is to provide high-quality academic research for media, communication, and news community members, promote open and diverse discussions, and publish original and outstanding research results. BJMC also encourages cooperation with researchers from other schools to expand the diversity of editorial board members. BJMC aspires to pursue the highest principles of "openness and pluralism", "pursuit of excellence", and "serving the academic community." The aforementioned open invitation to researchers from other schools to enter the editorial board reflects that all types of researches related to journalism and communication are acceptable as long as they are rigorous in structure and reasonable in the discussion. Contributions are not limited to teachers only; recent works by Master's, M. Phil., and Doctoral students are also welcome. The manuscript selection of this journal is not biased towards any research method and research orientation. It is welcome to use survey methods, experimental methods, qualitative and quantitative content analysis, speech analysis, participation observation, in-depth interviews, critical and cultural analysis, discourse and critical discourse analysis, etc.

The "pursuit of excellence" means that although the content of Bahawalpur Journal of Media and Communication (BJMC) is all-encompassing, it reflects the phenomenon of "noise" in the media, society and communication community. BJMC desires to continuously improve its quality. In other words, BJMC is firmly committed to improving the quality of academic papers, but it should also strengthen its essence of serving the media, communication and news community, helping "community residents" to communicate with each other and reach consensus. "Consensus" here means that BJMC is to reflect the past territory and future development and direction of this field by choosing to publish excellent reserach papers. Therefore, BJMC strengthens quality control through anonymous reviews and helps reviewers to improve the quality by reviewing comments, with a view to achieving the latest and best creative opportunities.

Peer reviewers are asked to evaluate and judge submissions using the following criteria:

  1. complete, coherent, and well-organized presentation;
  2. sufficient explanation of the significance of the problem;
  3. clear demonstration of the relevance to the field (beyond the case presented); 
  4. original contribution to media and communication scholarship;
  5. compelling presentation of the problem within a theoretical framework (where appropriate);
  6. establishment of a relationship between the problem and relevant literature;
  7. appropriate research design and method;
  8. accurate and useful interpretation; 
  9. sound argument and analysis; and
  10. effective conclusion about the implications for media and communication theory, research, practice and consupmtion.

The only criteria for acceptance of papers will be the originality of ideas, weight of arguments and clarity of presentation. Peer reviewers are asked to indicate their assessment of each criterion above as excellent, satisfactory, unsatisfactory, or not applicable, and also to offer comments. Reviewers' comments are extremely important to help the authors revise and improve their papers.

Administrative Process:

Each issue mainly publishes five to ten research papers. Occasionally, it also publishes "thematic papers" on different topics, and it also welcomes book reviews.

After the manuscripts are delivered to the editor-in-chief, the assistant editor will first conduct a "form review", and then follow the same steps to start the editing process by the editorial board. It can be divided into two parts: "pre-production" and "post-production." The editor will forward the manuscript to at least two anonymous reviewers recommended by the editorial board members. After the review reports are collected, the editorial board (including the editor) will decide whether to publish it or amend it and then send it back to the original author to withdraw or modify it. Once it is decided to publish, it will enter the post-production process, with the assistant editor assisting proofreading at least three times. BJMC will publish the electronic version of the papers.

Open Access:  

BJMC believes in the ideal of "OPEN ACCESS". The website address of this journal is http://journals.iub.edu.pk/index.php/bjmc/index, and readers can access it from all over the world. Browse and download all the contents of this journal for free. Submission and review are also open to the internet. The authors are welcome to submit contributions and provide comments.