About the Journal

SCOPE

Rehabilitation sciences is one of the emerging fields in Pakistan with multi professional expertise practice in this domain. Pakistan journal of rehabilitation (PJR) is exclusively the first ever rehabilitative journal of Pakistan that promotes holistic approach thus invites manuscripts from the following and other varied domains of rehabilitation sciences thereby pulling together disparate rehabilitation disciplines to enhance the quality of knowledge and decision making:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Assistive Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Sports
  • Psychology
  • Speech Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Audiology
  • Rehabilitation Nursing

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

PJR is a peer reviewed journal, bi-annually published that started its publication in 2012 with the expressed aim to promote and disseminate scientific knowledge and to break scientific inertia and stasis in the field of rehabilitation in Pakistan.

The dynamic nature of rehabilitation paradigm and the swift transformation from conservative to smart era practicing tools and educational methods has compelled the rehab professionals to be more vigilant for setting up bench mark techniques and innovative approaches for the regaining of qualitative functional life.

PJR promotes practitioner as well as educators of rehab to share evidence-based practice that concerns theoretical knowledge, its correlation to practice, innovative approaches and evolutionary ideas, the facilitation and promotion of community participation and health for bench mark evidence-based practice. Moreover, it offers a platform for the scholars to discuss contemporary issues that may affect education, practice and research.

PJR welcomes a variety of topics for submission, including original research, theory, educational innovations, review of educational material, and technology updates. It accepts variety of methodologies and analysis, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.

The original research articles cover topics such as children and youth; mental health; rehabilitation, disability, and participation; productive aging; health and wellness; work and industry; psychosocial wellbeing education; Neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, integumentary, women health, sports science and rehabilitation, speech and language pathologies, Acculturation; and professional issues.

 

PUBLICATION POLICY AND DECISIONS

All variety of articles submitted to Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation go through double blind peer-reviewed process. The article submitted in the category of ‘Original Research’ presents scientific research that complies with the editorial policies PJR encourages the use of simple language and small phrases. PJR expects that regardless of category, the content submitted has not been published elsewhere. If the results have been presented as an abstract in a conference, it should be declared at the time of submission. The Editors ensures the publication of only those articles which are directly related to the PJR category i.e. it must be related to Rehabilitation. This procedure is truly and clearly unbiased and purely based on merit. The Editorial Team make sure to publish variety of article in each issue therefore, they accept or regret, the article purely on the basis of academic and professional demands of upcoming issues of Journal. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, genuine logical or specialized flaws, or lack of a relevant message are dismissed prior to continuing for formal companion audit. In case of regret to an article, the author will be acknowledged briefly along with justified reasons. The reasons of unacceptance may include:

  • Irrelevant topic (does not falls under Rehabilitation field).

Topics which are not related to Rehabilitation or Psychology would not be accepted in Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation. Scholars are advised not to send any irrelevant topic to PJR.

  • The topic contains insufficient knowledge OR inaccurate knowledge.

Any article which contains inaccurate information or irrelevant references, which misleads the people and creates a wrong perception about a topic are strongly restricted to submit publication. Scholars have to use references which are available on google scholar or any other relevant indexing.

  • The format is not accurately followed, if the data contains inaccurate analysis.

Scholars are advised to use proper formats and accurate statistical analysis tools such as Excel, SPSS, Medcalc etc… If any other irrelevant statistical tools are found which my lead the wrong analysis, the article will be rejected.

  • The Plagiarism Report.

The Plagiarism Report of articles should not exceed 15%. The authors are advised to share the plagiarism report along with the article, if any of the article founds exceeding 15% plagiarism will results to rejection.

  • Or any other copyright or legal issues such as fake authorship.

Authors are advised to share their genuine work along with true authorship. Fake authorships or any other legal issues such as factious research will leads to permanent disqualification of author from PJR.

  • Publication Fees

PJR welcomes article submissions from all over the world,  authors are highly appreciated to submit their manuscripts in PJR as the journal currently charges no submission or publication fee.

 

REPOSITORY POLICY

Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation is an Open Access Journal. Authors are entitled to make their article publicly available according to the terms of the CC BY license.

The article and any associated published material are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0). Under the Creative Commons Attribution License, any scholar is free to share or allowed to copy the work along with proper referencing to the original author whereas, the scholar who is adapting the work is restricted to use the statements like ‘all rights reserved’ OR any other statement which takes the work under their proprietorship. The published source must be acknowledged. For articles, a link to the journal home page or articles’ DOI and URL has been set.

Entire volumes (publisher PDF) may be uploaded to institutional universities when required after an embargo period of 0 months after publication. Authors MAY NOT self-archive their articles in public and/or commercial subject-based repositories.

The Ziauddin University is on the list of I4OA (link https://i4oa.org/) and I4OC (https://i4oc.org/) is visible as the publisher.

As per the repository policy and as an open-access journal PJR already make abstracts openly which is available by depositing them in Crossref.

SHERPA ROMEO

https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/40506

REVIEW POLICY AND PROCESS

Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation like other prestigious research journals has established it review policy to promote authenticity and quality in the published articles. PJR offers a double-blind peer review policy for all types of publications submitted to PJR in order to preserve the anonymity of both the author and reviewer throughout the consideration process. The editorial officers are responsible for keeping their manuscript identity confidential for double-blind peer review, all such details that may reveal the author’s identity must be removed and kept unknown between author and the reviewer.

 All sorts of comments or feedback regarding manuscripts by reviewer and the feedback response by author to the comments are saved and concealed within the cover letter in order to keep confidentiality intact. It is recommended that authors may acknowledge all contributors but to maintain confidentiality the details must only be revealed within the cover letter and maintain the blind peer review policy. The manuscripts submitted in PJR are read by the staff editors exceptionally. Only those papers that meet the editorial criteria are sent for formal review that includes international as well as national reviewer. In between the review’s authors are advised to improve on the basis of first reviewer’s comments and later submitted to second reviewer but the identity is always intact and made sure that identity is not revealed at both ends.

 Those manuscripts or research papers that don’t meet the criteria of the guideline on evaluation by the editors will be returned back to author on the basis of insufficient material or irrelevant to the interest of journal or otherwise, inappropriate content will be forbidden promptly without external review.

 The Editor is responsible to ensures privacy and removing the authors’ information before proceeding with the articles to the reviewer in order to adhere to the double-blind peer review policy. It is also ensured that each article is reviewed under nondiscriminatory and highly professional methods. Moreover, editors make sure to provide the comments of reviewers to the authors promptly and provide them ample time to make changes.

All the above-mentioned procedures are maintained and practiced through a database i.e. Open Journal System (OJS). Both national, as well as international reviewers, are entitled to review each article thoroughly. All the reviewers work under Open Journal System database where they receive and submit articles from the Editorial Team.

This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.

PLAGIARISM POLICY

Pakistan journal of rehabilitation belongs to a reputable educational institute that believes in ethical, genuine and innovative effort. Plagiarism is defined as stealing others’ ideas, text or results, pass off the idea and incorporating them into one’s own manuscript which is one of the depraved misconducts.

The plagiarized manuscript that is presented with large copy-pasted data or another’s work without crediting the source is inappropriate and would not be considered for publication in PJR. Authors are needed to announce upon accommodation that the composition isn’t getting looked at somewhere else, and as such the identification of a copy accommodation or distribution is commonly viewed as a purposeful demonstration. This incorporates articles recently distributed in another dialect. For adequate types of optional entries or distributions (for example an article converted into English), writers should look for consent from the distributer and copyright holder of the first article, and should illuminate the Editor regarding the accepting diary about the historical backdrop of the first article. It should likewise be clarified to peruse that the article is a deciphered rendition, with a reference gave to the first article.

PJR refuses self-plagiarism too which the authors usually beliefs that their own work which published any other place by their name already cannot be used without the consent of that journal and will need to be mentioned in reference.

If any article under process in PJR is identified having plagiarism will lead to an explanation from authors and the publication process will be stopped. The authors will be given a fair chance to explain and justify their actions. In case of an unsatisfactory response that is more than 15% plagiarism, the article will be retracted. The notice of such retraction will be published online immediately and in the next issue of the printed version of the journal.

Once plagiarism turns out to be evident post-publication, PJR might correct or retract the publication depending on the degree of plagiarism. PJR uses software named “Turnitin” for Similarity Check which is one of the most authentic tools to serve the purpose and promote original work.

COPY RIGHT POLICY

Copyright refers to the legal right of the author for his/her manuscript. The right to copy is reserved till the original author gives permission for reproducing the work again.

PJR Copyright policy gives authors of original material the exclusive right to further use and duplicate that material for a given amount of time, at which point the copyrighted item becomes public domain. Authors reserve the right to use the article freely as long as its original authors and citation details are acknowledged. PJR requires complete authority from the authors to grant rights of their publication. Authors have to incorporate with PJR that they can use any of their work into their publications and copies along with their name and identity.

The article and any associated published material are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0). Under the Creative Commons Attribution License, any scholar is free to share or allowed to copy the work along with proper referencing to the original author whereas, the scholar who is adapting the work is restricted to use the statements like ‘all rights reserved’ OR any other statement which takes the work under their proprietorship. Writers should acquire the important authorization to reuse outsider material in the article. The utilization of short concentrates of text and some different sorts of material is normally allowed, on a restricted premise, for the motivations behind analysis and audit without making sure about conventional authorization. On the off chance that writers wish to remember any material for their paper for which they do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this casual understanding, they should get composed consent from the copyright proprietor before accommodation (for example if an author is using any particular test, experiment or any copyrighted treatment, he must have to show the consent form along with the paper).

OPEN ACCESS POLICY AND TIMELINESS

OPEN ACCESS POLICY:

Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation publishes fully open access journals, which means that all articles are available on the internet to all users immediately upon publication, without requiring a subscription to the journal.

PJR provides free access for all users globally which increases the Journal’s readership and visibility without any spatial constraints.

TIMELINESS POLICY:

In order to maintain timely publications, the reviewers are asked to respond within the days assigned for the review of the particular manuscript. All the Editors and Reviewers are advised to generate their OJS Ziauddin Account in order to receive an article for review and editing. The Editors will advise writers in due time, if their article is acknowledged or whether there is a need to modify something. Likewise, the Editors maintain whatever authority is needed to alter articles appropriately. Papers that have been printed or sent for distribution to different journals won’t be acknowledged. Only fresh/ unpublished articles / papers will be entertained in Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation. All writers ought to send a complete version of their work containing a composed assertion proposing the article for accommodation, promising to notice the morals of reference of sources utilized (bibliographic references, figures, tables, polls). In case of delay, the reviewers are recommended to inform the journal editor so that the status regarding the manuscript can be communicated to the authors and meanwhile other alternatives can be preferred by the staff editors. PJR editorial team have a full right to accept or reject a paper in any of the upcoming volume of their Journal. Authors are advised to cooperate with the team while applying for their publication.

For More Information: https://www.openaccess.nl/en/what-is-open-access

ARCHIVING POLICY

Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation pledges the metadata to LOCKSS and CLOCKSS via PKP PN, Google Scholar, and self-repository. PJR makes sure that all published scholarly articles published by PJR must be available after any accidental loss of Journal data in its self-archived account. PJR is continuously in process of adding data to well-known repository services.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

For Authors:

The authors who are submitting their manuscript in the form of research paper, systematic review, letter to the editor, or editorial in Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation (PJR) must to accompanied by the conflict of interest and should declare that they do not have any conflict of interest in regards to any of the activity taken by Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation in the form of their Editorial team members, Advisory Board and reviewers. PJR has full rights to signed or unsigned any of their Board Member and authors do not have any conflict of interest in this regard. If any of the author have conflict of interest in this regard, he must have to complain PJR through complain form mentioned in CONTACT US webpage of PJR. Moreover, authors must assure their declaration in terms of any other activity taken by PJR on their website or in their print journal format. Authors should assure that they do not have any conflict of interest in the activities taken by Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation.

Author’s Declaration Process:

Authors are advised to submit declaration of conflict of interest by adding a statement at the end of their manuscript. They can add a statement that “The author (s) have no conflict of interest regarding any of the activity perform by PJR”. If any of the author have not attached the declaration statement at the end of their manuscript, it will be considered as “No Conflict of Interest” with Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation.

REVENUE AND FUNDING SOURCES

Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation (PJR) is owned by Ziauddin University. PJR runs under one of the dominant colleges of Ziauddin University named as Ziauddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences (ZCRS). The team of Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation (PJR) is collaboratively runs by ORIC department of Ziauddin University and ZCRS team under the supervision of Dr. Zulfiqar Umrani, Director ORIC and Dr. Sumaira Imran Farooqui, Editor in Chief of PJR and Principal ZCRS.  PJR welcomes article submissions from all over the world, authors are highly appreciated to submit their manuscripts in PJR as the journal currently charges no submission or publication fees. In order to run the journal in proficient manner, Ziauddin University makes sure all the expenses of Journal and PJR team solely transacted under their revenue. As the journal is self- financed open access journal and all the expenses are bared by Ziauddin University itself, there is no revenue earning practices of Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation.  All the expenses of PJR including the cost of printing, websites expenses, team member salaries etc… are supported by Ziauddin University.

POLICIES DOCUMENTS

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