Policies JLL


All research articles published in the University of Chitral Journal of Linguistics and Literature (UOCHJLL) are fully open access and immediately freely available to read, download and share. Articles are published under the terms of a Creative Commons license, which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium provided the original work is properly cited.

The author(s) and the copyright holder(s) grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.

A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in a suitable standard electronic format, is deposited immediately upon initial publication in at least one online repository that is supported by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-established organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, interoperability, and long-term archiving.


UOCHJLL maintains the highest standards of peer review while increasing the efficiency of the process.

All research articles published in UOCHJLL  undergo full peer review, taking into account the following characteristics:

  1. UOCHJLL  follows a double-masked review process, and each paper is reviewed by at least two suitably qualified experts in the subject area.
  2. The journals’ Editors make all publication decisions on the basis of the reviews provided.
  3. Members of the international Editorial Boards lend insight, advice, and guidance to the Editor generally and assist in decision-making on specific submissions.
  4. Managing Editors and Editorial Assistants provide the administrative support that allows UOCHJLL  to maintain the integrity of peer review while delivering rapid turnaround and maximum efficiency to authors, reviewers, and editors alike.

Peer Review of Referred Papers

Editors of UOCHJLL  will decide promptly whether to accept, reject, or request revisions of referred papers based on the reviewer’s comments. In addition, Editors will have the option of seeking additional reviews when needed. Authors will be advised when Editors decide further review is required.


University of Chitral Journal of Linguistics and Literature (UOCHJLL) is run by the Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chitral. We don’t have any financial assistance to manage publishing costs, peer reviewers, and advisory/editorial/proofreading bodies' dues to the journal; therefore, we charge authors a nominal publication fee.

UOCHJLL publication charges from submission to publication:

  1. Article-processing charges (pre-acceptance)
  • Submission of article

Article submission is free. Once the article is submitted, the author will be awarded an acknowledgement of receipt of the article. Then, the article will go through the pre-editorial review. Pre-editorial review means to check up and scrutinize the submitted article on the fundamental criteria of UOCHJLL publishing policy; it includes checking the:

  • Scope
  • Non-repository ------------------- (below than 19%)
  • Basic format (author strength and citation style, etc.)
  • Abstract and keywords

If the article passes the pre-editorial review, a message is communicated to the author for submission of processing charges (non-refundable). After the submission of charges, the article is sent for review.

After a preliminary editorial review, the article will be sent to referees who have expertise in the subject of the article of anonymous review. Authors/ contributors will be informed about the comments of the referees and will be required to revise the article accordingly if needed.

Note: article processing charges (pre-acceptance) do not depict the acceptance of the article for publication by any means.

  1. Article publishing charges (post-acceptance PKR 25000)
  • Acceptance and Rejection of Article

Acceptance and rejection of the article depend on reviewers’ analysis. In both cases, reviews are communicated to the author. In case of acceptance, the editor processes the manuscript for formatting, copyediting, proofreading, reference linking, and metadata generation for indexing and publication purposes. The author is communicated to submit publication charges that cover the following:

  • Formatting
  • Copyediting
  • Proof Reading
  • Reference Linking
  • Metadata Generation
  • Assigning DOI
  • Indexing
  • Marketing of journal and content: making sure readers and authors know about the work published in the title.
  • Promotion on various mediums: content advertising via various world-recognized forums and groups, databases, research software, and social media. Customer service: responding to authors and readers
  • Circulation: Published contents circulate in the relevant circle for enhancing citations.
  • Production of articles: inclusion in abstracting, indexing, aggregating, linking, and uploading in world-class reputable research databases, directories, and bibliographies.
  • Note: The editor performs pre-editorial review/task and post-editorial task.



Authorship is an explicit way of assigning responsibility and giving credit for intellectual work. The two are linked. Authorship practices should be judged by how honestly they reflect actual contributions to the final product. Authorship should be attributed to personnel with significant contributions to the study, manuscript drafting, and holding responsibility for the authenticity. General supervision or financial support shall not suffice for the authorship. The contribution of each author shall clearly be stated, and contributing authors shall not be changed without prior written consent from the existing authors.

Usually, an author is an individual judged to have made a substantial intellectual or practical contribution to a publication and who agrees to be accountable for that contribution. This would typically include the following individuals.


  1. Everyone who is listed as an author should have made a substantial, direct, intellectual contribution to the work. For example (in the case of a research report), they should have contributed to the conception, design, analysis and interpretation of data. Honorary or guest authorship is not acceptable. Acquisition of funding and provision of technical services, patients, or materials, while they may be essential to the work, are not in themselves sufficient contributions to justify authorship.
  2. Everyone who has made substantial intellectual contributions to the work should be an author. Everyone who has made other significant contributions should be acknowledged.
  3. All authors' academic qualifications should have relevance to the work.
  4. When research is done by teams whose members are highly specialized, individual's contributions and responsibilities may be limited to specific aspects of the work.
  5. All authors should participate in writing the manuscript by reviewing drafts and approving the final version.
  6. We do not consider multiple submissions and redundant publications. 
  7. One author should take primary responsibility for the work as a whole, even if they do not have an in-depth understanding of every part of the work.
  8. This primary author should ensure that all authors meet basic standards for authorship and should prepare a concise, written description of their contributions to the work, which all authors have approved.


All authors hold full copyright. They are allowed to link published papers and share the published papers online or offline in the final format printed on the journal website. Additionally, authors are allowed to index and store the published work in any private, public, professional and institutional repositories, including Research Gates, University Repositories, Academia.edu, Google Scholar, etc.

Authors are free to:


The journal uses the institutional archive and The Internet Archive for its papers. The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization dedicated to archiving the Internet and other digital materials and providing public access to these records. We are not in the business of responding to requests for affidavits or authenticating pages or additional information from the Wayback Machine, and our collections are available at no cost via our Web site, http://www.archive.org. As a non-profit, our resources are limited, and processing affidavit requests involve significant time and effort that we would prefer to be devoted more directly towards our mission. Please remember that an affidavit from the Internet Archive may not be necessary.

Self-Archiving Rights: All authors hold full copyright and self-archiving rights. Authors are allowed to download and archive their articles in open-access repositories as “post-prints”.


Prevention of plagiarism is essential as it provides scientific and academic integrity. Hence, the University of Chitral Journal of Linguistics and Literature strictly follows the Plagiarism Policy as described by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. The University of Chitral uses the latest plagiarism detection software to control plagiarism concerns. Also, the Journal editors will run a plagiarism check for the submitted manuscripts before sending them to reviewers. We do not process any plagiarized content in any form, including self-plagiarism. If a manuscript has over 19% plagiarism based on the result of the Turnitin check, we will send the manuscript back to the author to be revised for plagiarized content.

The author basically must only submit an article that is free from plagiarism. The editor, however, checks each article before its publication. The first step is to prevent plagiarism against the offline database developed by the University of Chitral Journal of Linguistics and Literature and, secondly, against all relevant online databases.


All submitted manuscripts undergo an extensive peer-review process and circulate among the Author, Editorial Office, Reviewer, and Publisher before final publication. The whole process consists of the following editorial workflow:

All steps, from manuscript submission to final publication, are performed in the OJS. All submitted manuscripts are initially quality-controlled by the Editorial Office for manuscript formatting, reference provision, plagiarism checking, and completion of all necessary files required to perform the review process. Once initial quality controls are passed, The Editor decides on the initiation of the review process or declines to do so based on the quality of the presented work and the scope of the journal.

If the editor finds the manuscript to be of high quality and within the aims and scope of the journal, the manuscript is forwarded to at least two expert reviewers in the field. Reviewers are requested to (i) assess each section of the manuscript for values ranging from 0 to 5, (ii) provide comments to the Author, (iii) make comments to the Editor, (iv) make recommendations (accept, reject, minor revision, or major revision) and (v) willingness to review the revise version of this manuscript in case of minor and significant revision.

Based on the reviewers’ comments, suggestions and overall assessments, the Editor recommends one of the following options:

(i) accept, (ii) reject, (iii) minor revision, (iv) major revision, (v) returned.

In case of acceptance, the Author is notified, and the editor processes the manuscript for formatting, copyediting, proofreading, reference linking, and metadata generation for indexing and publication purposes. The rejected manuscripts are closed, whereas manuscripts with minor or major revisions require appropriate actions from the Author for re-consideration by the Editor. The Editor either makes final recommendations or considers another round of the review process.