Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Aims, Objectives and Scope 

The VFAST Transactions on Education and Social Sciences is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the VFAST-Research Platform. It was established in 2013 and covers the areas of Education or Social Sciences. The aim of this journal is to provide an international platform for academicians and social science researchers all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various new issues and development in the field of Education and social sciences. The further aim is to make quality publication, for the purpose the research papers are passed through the rigorous peer-review process to ensure originality, relevance, and readability. The journal also seeks clearly written survey and review articles from experts in the field, to promote insightful understanding of the state-of-the-art and technology trends. The Objectives of the Journal are to continue to pursue a high level of research publications and assume leadership in research journals of the field with excellence.


The journal publishes original papers including but not limited to the following fields:

Inclusive Education, Early Childhood Education, ICT in Education, Economics of Education, Education Leadership and Management, Sociology of Education, Curriculum Development, Pedagogy, Linguistics, and other Social Science related areas.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Policy document VTESS.pdf

The journals use a double-blind review policy, which means that the reviewers and authors don't know the names of each other.

Steps in the Peer-Review Process

The peer-review process of VTESS is described in the following table:



Estimated Time


Internal Review by the Editor

7 days


Review Process after the successful initial step

30-40 days


Communication of review reports to authors for minor/major revision

7 days


Submission of the revised paper

15 days


Submission of Compliance reports to the reviewers

7 days


Acceptance of paper                  

(on successful submission of revised paper)

7 days


Total days from submission to Acceptance

83 days

  •  Paper is returned to authors if it does not meet the initial screening in the first step.
  • Paper is rejected/Accepted with minor changes/ Accepted with Major Changes  in step 2
  • Final Acceptance within 3 months after step#1.

Note: Authors are requested to revise the paper carefully in accordance with the reviewers’ suggestions to avoid unnecessary delay in the review process.


Publication Frequency

The Journal publishes four issues per year


Open Access Policy

The journal allows readers to freely read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and to use them for any other lawful purpose. This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statements

VFAST Transactions on Education and Social Sciences (VTESS) is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the advancement of education and social science research with excellence. The Journal doesn’t compromise on quality and originality of research and followed the standard rules of publication ethics.  In the journal all submitted manuscripts passes through plagiarism test as an initial screening. Further, it goes through Single-Blind peer review process. The final editorial decision of Acceptance/ Acceptance with minor revision/ Acceptance with major revision or Rejection depends on the reviewers recommendations.

To ensure the integrity of scholarly publishing: publisher, editors, reviewers and authors are required to follow the following ethical standards. 

Duties of Publisher:

As per the standards defined by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) the publisher of VTESS is responsible for:

1.       To define the relationship between publisher, editor and other parties in a contract

2.       To respect privacy (for example, for research participants, for authors, for peer reviewers)

3.       To protect intellectual property and copyright

4.       To maintain the confidentiality of the submitted research work

5.       To maintain Authorship – Transparency and integrity (for example, conflicts of interest, research funding, reporting standards – Peer review – Appeals and complaints)

6.       To review journal policies periodically based on international standards of publication ethics

7.       To implement code of conduct for editors, reviewers and authors

8.       To maintain the integrity of the record

9.       To investigate  suspected research and publication misconduct

10.    To Publish corrections, clarifications, and retractions

11.     Publish content on a timely basis


Duties of Editors:

Editor is responsible for:

1.       To check the submitted manuscript with the scope of the Journal

2.       To check the similarity (if the overall similarity is more than 19% or one source similarity is more than 5% then straight away rejected)

3.       To evaluate manuscript only for their intellectual contents without regard to the nature of author, institution or other influential reasons

4.       To maintain the information of submitted manuscript confidential to anyone other than reviewers, section editors and publisher

5.        Not to use the disclosed unpublished material and idea of the submitted manuscript for his/her own research


Duties of Reviewers

Reviewers are responsible for:

1.       To review that manuscript for which they feel qualified

2.       To evaluate a manuscript in the assigned and agreed bracket time

3.       To maintain the information of submitted manuscript confidential

4.       To conduct review objectively and should not use personal criticism of the author

5.       To identify the relevant published work which is not cited

6.       To take notice and inform the editor if they get any type of substantial similarity in idea or in text

7.       To keep confidential the ideas obtained through peer review and must not use for personal advantage

8.       To not take the manuscript for evaluation, in case, of any conflicts of interest based on any connection with authors or institutions related to the submitted research

Duties of Authors

1.       Authors should submit original research with objective discussion of its significance. A manuscript should contain existing ideas with references and contribution with logical evidences

2.       Authors are bound to make available the raw data if they asked to provide in connection with a paper for editorial review

3.       Authors must adhere the publication requirement of VTESS during submissions like copyright license agreement and copyright transfer as mentioned in “authorGuidelines

4.       Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study

5.       It is to make sure that all authors have seen the final approved version and they have no conflict in submission

6.       It is to make sure that all authors should disclose that they have no conflict of interest in this submission and possible publication




Publication Fee

All articles published in VTESS are openly accessible and freely available online immediately after publication. This is made possible through an Article Processing Fee (APF), which covers the spectrum of the publishing services we offer. This includes the provision of article production and hosting, the connection to abstraction and indexing services, and customer service. The APF, payable when your manuscript is editorially approved before its publication, will be paid either by you or by your funder institution, or employer.

The publication fee is actually the processing charges which are set minimum in order to promote our slogan of "Spreading ideas" without heavy financial constraints, the set fee is:

1. Rs. 40,000/- for Pakistani and USD: 250 for foreign authors. 

2. In addition there is a  20% discount for Ph.D. and MS scholars as principal authors. 


Retraction Policy

As per the COPE Retraction Policy https://publicationethics.org/node/19896, VFAST Research Platform adopt the same as mentioned below:

Key points

Editors should consider retracting a publication if:

  • They have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of major error (eg, miscalculation orexperimental error), or as a result of fabrication (eg, of data) or falsification (eg, image manipulation)
  • It constitutes plagiarism
  • The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper attribution to previous sources or disclosure to the editor, permission to republish, or justification (ie, cases of redundant publication)
  • It contains material or data without authorisation for use
  • Copyright has been infringed or there is some other serious legal issue (eg, libel, privacy)
  • It reports unethical research
  • It has been published solely on the basis of a compromised or manipulated peer review process
  • The author(s) failed to disclose a major competing interest (a.k.a. conflict of interest) that, in the view of the editor, would have unduly affected interpretations of the work or recommendations by editors and peer reviewers.

Notices of retraction should:

  • Be linked to the retracted article wherever possible (ie, in all online versions)
  • Clearly identify the retracted article (eg, by including the title and authors in the retraction heading or citing the retracted article)
  • Be clearly identified as a retraction (ie, distinct from other types of correction or comment)
  • Be published promptly to minimise harmful effects
  • Be freely available to all readers (ie, not behind access barriers or available only to subscribers)
  • State who is retracting the article
  • State the reason(s) for retraction
  • Be objective, factual and avoid inflammatory language

Retractions are not usually appropriate if:

  • The authorship is disputed but there is no reason to doubt the validity of the findings
  • The main findings of the work are still reliable and correction could sufficiently address errors or concerns
  • An editor has inconclusive evidence to support retraction, or is awaiting additional information such as from an institutional investigation
  • See also Expressions of Concern Forum discussion.
  • Author conflicts of interest have been reported to the journal after publication, but in the editor’s view these are not likely to have influenced interpretations or recommendations or the conclusions of the article.

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