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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

To submit a paper, you need to log in to our site, which requires you to be registered. If you are not registered, please complete the form on our registration page, http://journals.iub.edu.pk/index.php/bjmc/user/register , which will log you in after it is submitted. If you are registered, please go to the paper submission page (which will ask you to log in if you are not already logged in). 

  • The submission must default to the 6th edition of the APA style guide.
    For example,
    Alverez, A. (1970). The savage god: A study of suicide. New York: Random House. Natarajan, R., & Chaturvedi, R. (1983). Geology of the Indian Ocean. Hartford, CT: University of Hartford Press. Maddux, K. (1997, March). True stories of the Internet patrol. NetGuide Magazine, 12(2), 88-92.
  • Research articles should range between 5,000 and 9,000 words (all-inclusive). Papers must NOT exceed 9,000 words.
  • The submission can include files such as graphs, pictures, images, or video and audio files to be stored on BJMC server. Graphics should be in JPEG or PNG format. Audio segments should be in MP3 format. Video segments should be in Quick time, MPEG, AVI (Video for Windows), or WMV (Windows Media Video) format. We encourage authors to obtain appropriate permissions to use materials originally produced by others, but do not require such permissions as long as the usage of such materials falls within the boundaries of Fair Use.
  • An abstract and keywords are required for an article submission.
  • If you are requested by the Editor to submit revisions for review, you can upload a revised version.
    • Abstract (150-200 words): It discusses a compact view of the research problem, purpose of study, research design and key findings.
    • Keywords (five-seven words): It does not use words or phrases from the title, and supplement the title's contents. These are descriptive, represents key concepts and nouns.
    1. Introduction (and background): It describes the purpose, scope, context, significance, background, hypothesis(es), question(s), brief methodology, outcome(s), an outline of remaining structure/organisation of the article.
    2. Literature Review (theoretical framework): It gives a description, summary, and critical evaluation of sources explored in relation with research problem(s) being investigated.
    3. Methodology (methods and materials): It describes the actions taken for investigation of the research problem and the rationale for the application of the specific procedures or techniques used to identify, select, process, and analyse the information applied to understanding the problem.
    4. Results (data and analysis): It reports the findings of the study based upon the methodology(ies) being applied, and in a logical sequence without bias or interpretation, if data is generated from the author’s own research.
    5. Discussion (discussion and findings): It interprets and describes significance of findings in light of what was already known about research problem. It explains new understanding or insights being emerged based on studying the problem. It is connected to introduction through research questions or hypothesis(es) and the literature reviewed.
    6. Conclusion (suggestions and recommendations): It helps the readers to understand why the research should matter to them. It gives a synthesis of key points and, (if applicable), recommends new areas for future research.
    • References (list of sources): It contains list of updated published and unpublished material on the topic including research articles from internationally reputed journals indexed in WOS, Scopus etc.   
    • Acknowledgements (if any) 
    • Appendices (if any

Book Review Guidelines:

The following are some guidelines for a book review essay.  Your book review should concern only the book(s) that you’re reviewing with a word count of about 1,500 words (including the references).  It should provide BJMC readers an engaging, informative and critical discussion of the work. The review should also consider:

  • The intended audience for the book and those who would find it useful.
  • The main objectives of the book and how effectively these are accomplished.
  • The context or impetus for the book (e.g., political controversy, review research, policy, theory, etc.).
  • A comparison of other works on this subject.
  • Constructive comments about the strengths and weaknesses of the book.

Please lead your essay with the following listing:

  • Author(s) or editor(s) first and last name(s) and please indicate if it is an edited book
  • Title of book
  • Publisher's city and state and name of publisher
  • Year of publication
  • Price (please indicate paperback or hard cover)
  • Total # of page expressed as XXX pp.
  • Image of the book cover

Under this listing, please include your information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Institution affiliation

Style Guidelines:

  • All references should follow APA (6th edition) formatting.
  • Roman, 12 point
  • Spacing: Multiple 1.3
  • Margins: 1.7 top and bottom; 1.25 left and right sides
  • All reviews should be submitted with American English spelling, rather than British English.
  • The Bahwalpur Journal of Media & Communication (BJMC) is a multi-disciplinary journal, thus authors must communicate to a wide audience rather than just those within their own field. Language must, therefore, be direct and void of unnecessary jargon and technical terms. Please use the active voice as much as possible.

Submission Guidelines to the BJMC System:

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. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for publication consideration (or an explanation has been provided in "Comments to the Editor").
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word and should not exceed 9,000 words (all-inclusive).

BJMC regularly checks submissions for plagiarism through Turnitin.

  1. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., http://journals.iub.edu.pk/index.php/bjmc) are activated and ready to click.
  2. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font (Times Roman preferred); employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate reference points, rather than at the end of the article.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  4. The text has had the authors' names removed. If an author is cited, "Author" and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author's name, paper title, etc. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.

Ensure that your submission is anonymized (including in "Properties). To anonymize your manuscript for double blind peer review, follow these instructions.

Ensure there is no author information in the metadata of any of the files submitted. Remove acknowledgments, grant funding, or other author-related information from the manuscript. Check the figures for appearance of any author names.

When referring to your own work within the paper, consider the likelihood of someone being able to identify you from the citation. Reduce that possibility by:

  1. a)  Avoiding the first-person in association with any citation (e.g., replace “As we have shown (Jones, 2012) …” with “As Jones (2012) has shown…”).
  2. b)  Remove references to your own unpublished / in press work except where essential; where such work is cited, delete the author’s name (i.e., cite as “Author, in     press”) and remove from the reference list.
  3. c)  Avoid references that by implication identify the author (e.g., delete “This work is part of a larger grant project (Ibrahim, 2013, 2014)”).
  4. d)  Avoid excessive self-citation—typically, articles citing “Ramirez (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2014) …” are by Ramirez!
  5. e)  More generally, use common sense. Consider whether your writing has the potential to identify you to a reader who is an expert in the field; if it does, think about sensible ways to reduce that possibility.
  1. Research articles should range between 5,000 – 9,000 words (including the abstract, images with captions, footnotes, references, and appendices, if any - ALL INCLUSIVE). Book reviews should range between 1,200 - 1,800 words.
  2. Ensure that the author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which is found in the Microsoft Word File menu.  SEE #6.
  3. Any endnotes should be converted to footnotes.
  4. Authors must include their profile, including affiliation and position, when completing the bio information.
  5. All articles should include an abstract of no more than 200 words and keywords.
  6. All articles must follow the 6th edition of the APA style guide (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association).
  7. All articles must include a bibliography at the conclusion of their manuscript that conforms to the 6th edition of APA style.
  8. All spellings must be rendered in American English. To change British or Commonwealth spellings to their American equivalents, please see the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
  9. Only one submission by an author will be considered at a time.
  10. Articles and features are double-blind reviewed and therefore these papers must be anonymized.

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Bahwalpur Journal of Media & Communication (BJMC) is an academic journal. As such, it is dedicated to the open exchange of information. For this reason, BJMC is freely available to individuals and institutions. Copies of this journal or articles in this journal may be distributed for research or educational purposes free of charge and without permission. However, commercial use of the BJMC website or the articles contained herein is expressly prohibited without the written consent of the editor. Authors who publish in Bahwalpur Journal of Media & Communication (BJMC) will release their articles under following the publication policy of BJMC. This allows anyone to copy and distribute the article for non-commercial purposes provided that appropriate attribution is given.  

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The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors. In accord with these provisions, Bahwalpur Journal of Media & Communication (BJMC) believes in the vigorous assertion and defense of Fair Use by scholars engaged in academic research, teaching and non-commercial publishing. Thus, we view the inclusion of “quotations” from existing print, visual, audio and audio-visual texts to be appropriate examples of Fair Use, as are reproductions of visual images for the purpose of scholarly analysis. We encourage authors to obtain appropriate permissions to use materials originally produced by others, but do not require such permissions as long as the usage of such materials falls within the boundaries of Fair Use.

Bahwalpur Journal of Media & Communication (BJMC) encourages authors to employ fair use in their scholarly publishing wherever appropriate. Fair use is the right to use unlicensed copyrighted material (whether it is text, images, audio-visual, or other) in your own work, in some circumstances. If you have any questions about whether fair use applies to your uses of copyrighted material (whether it is text, images, audio-visual, or other) in your scholarship, simply include your rationale, grounded in the Best Practices, as a supplementary document with your submission.

 

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