Policy Documents


Frequency: Bi-Annual

E-ISSN:  3006-0427, P-ISSN: 3006-0419

Web link: https://sss.org.pk/index.php/sss/index


About the Journal

Social Sciences Spectrum is an open access, peer-reviewed, and refereed journal published by the t Institute for Youth Drug Abuse Education and Prevention Studies, Lahore, Pakistan. All contents are freely available without charges to the user or his/her institution. The journal published under Creative Common License 4.0. The readers are allowed to search, read, download, copy, print, or link to the full texts of the articles published in Journal of Climate and Community through link https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Previous issues are also available in electronic form https://sss.org.pk/index.php/sss/issue/archive

Focus and Scope

The Social Science Spectrum aims to provide a platform for disseminating high-quality research that advances our understanding of the complex dynamics of human societies. The journal encourages submissions that explore diverse perspectives, employ rigorous methodologies, and contribute to the ongoing scholarly discourse in the social sciences.

Copyright and Licensing

Open Access Policy

This journal provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. As such, copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the authors, under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


The Editors do not assume any responsibility for the views expressed by authors and the accuracy of the data used by them. Moreover, the authors are responsible for plagiarize, copied or any unethical use of data, if found.

Plagiarism Policy

Social Sciences Spectrum follows the HEC guidelines/criteria for all types of plagiarism. The same can be accessed at HEC Plagiarism Policy. All the submitted manuscripts are subjected to plagiarism checking through the software Turnitin (courtesy HEC). Manuscripts with similarity index more than 19% are not processed further unless rectified. It is the authors' responsibility to apprise themselves of plagiarism in any form including paraphrasing and self- plagiarism.

For a plagiarized article (multiple submissions) in processing, the identification of act will lead to dropping of article from further processing / consideration of publication. The corresponding author will be required to give an explanation on demand. In case of an unsatisfactory reply, the matter will be referred to the disciplinary committee that may decide the course of action. For a published article, the allegedly plagiarized article will be temporarily retracted from publication and a notice to the effect will be published in the JPS. The author will be served an explanation demand. In case of non-response in the stipulated time or unsatisfactory explanation, the article will be permanently retracted and the author will be blacklisted. HEC and author's institute will also be notified. In case of multiple submissions, other editors will also be informed. The author(s) will have to provide documentary proof of retraction from publication, if such a defense is pleaded. Those claiming intellectual / idea or data theft of an article must provide documentary proof in their claim.

Instructions for Author

Peer Review Process

All research articles, review articles and policy papers are reviewed by two peer reviewers using a double blind reviewing process. This includes submissions from the editors or from reviewers. Care is taken to ensure that submissions are reviewed by members of the team with knowledge of the subject area but who do not have a conflict of interest. The anonymous review process has been ensured by Preparing Anonymous Review

The contributors are requested to submit their manuscripts electronically through OJS submission link:

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the editors, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent / anonymous expert referees (one foreign from technologically developed country and one local expert)

The reviewing process takes approximately two to three months to complete. The author / authors of selected papers is/are required to submit a Certificate of Proof Reading from an English Language Expert & Declaration Certificate.

Printing and Publication Charges

The Journal do not charge any processing, publication or printing fees from the author/s.

Manuscript Requirements

The authors are directed to follow these guidelines to submit their manuscripts:


The files should be in Microsoft Word format (docx). The font style and size should be verdana and 12 with Double Line spacing.

Manuscript Length

Articles should be between 4000 to 8000 words including all text (references, appendices etc.)

Article Title

A tile of not more than 19 words should be provided. The title should clearly represent the manuscript avoiding ambiguities

Author Details

The author/authors details should be provided in not more than 100 words. In case of co- authorship, the authors should be mentioned in order of their authorship. The following information is required:

Name and affiliated institute with complete address E-mail address of author/ authors

Corresponding author


Abstract should be consisted of 150 to 200 words explaining the main intent, scope and significance of the paper. It should clearly explain the employed methodological procedures, major findings, theoretical as well as practical implications of the study, conclusions and relevant recommendations


Author should provide relevant and short keywords (minimum: 5, maximum: 10) that represent their work.


The headings should be concise, clear and followed by APA (7th Ed.) as:

Level One Heading (centered, bold, upper and lowercase) Level Two Heading (flush left, bold, upper and lowercase)

Level three heading. (indented, bold, upper and lower case, text follows immediately after the period)

Level four heading. (indented, bold, italicized, lowercase except first letter and proper nouns, ends with a period, text follows immediately after the period)

Level five heading. (indented, italicized, lowercase except first letter and proper nouns, ends with a period, text follows immediately after the period.

Notes, Endnotes

Notes or Endnotes should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers, enclosed in square brackets and listed at the end of the article.


The author should cite publications in the text: (Adams, 2006) using the first named author's name or (Adams & Brown, 2006) citing both names of two authors or (Adams et al., 2006), when there are three or more authors. At the end of the paper a reference list in alphabetical order should be supplied:


Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (1979). The guide to everything and then some more stuff. New York, NY: Macmillan.

Chapter of a Book:

Bergquist, J. M. (1992). German Americans. In J. D. Buenker & L. A. Ratner (Eds.), Multiculturalism in the United States: A comparative guide to acculturation and ethnicity (pp. 53-76). New York, NY: Greenwood.

Book Reviews:

Dent-Read, C., & Zukow-Goldring, P. (2001). Is modeling knowing? [Review of the book Models of cognitive development, by K. Richardson]. American Journal of Psychology, 114, 126-133.

Journal Article with DOI:

Paivio, A. (1975). Perceptual comparisons through the mind's eye. Memory & Cognition, 3, 635- 647. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225

Journal Article without DOI (when DOI is not available):

Becker, L. J., & Seligman, C. (1981). Welcome to the energy crisis. Journal of Social Issues, 37(2), 1-7.

Journal Article without DOI (when DOI is not available):
Becker, L. J., & Seligman, C. (1981). Welcome to the energy crisis. Journal of SocialIssues37(2), 1-7.

Hamfi, A. G. (1981). The funny nature of dogs. E-journal of Applied Psychology, 2(2), 38-48. Retrieved from http://ojs.lib.swin.edu.au/index.php/fdo

Online Newspaper Articles:

Becker, E. (2001, August 27). Prairie farmers reap conservation's rewards. The New YorkTimes. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com

Encyclopedia Articles:

Brislin, R. W. (1984). Cross-cultural psychology. In R. J. Corsini (Ed.), Encyclopedia ofpsychology (Vol. 1, pp. 319-327). New York, NY: Wiley.

Technical and Research Reports (often with corporate authors)

Hershey Foods Corporation. (2001, March 15). 2001 Annual Report. Retrieved fromhttp://www.hersheysannualreport.com/2000/index.htm

Website with no author or date of publication:

Census data revisited. (n.d.). Retrieved March 9, 2009, from Harvard, Psychology of Population website, http://harvard.edu/data/index.php






Dr. Abdul Jabbar

Chief Editor

Social Sciences Spectrum