Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Aims, Objectives and Scope:

The VFAST Transactions on Islamic Research is a yearly peer-reviewed journal published by the VFAST-Research Platform. It was established in 2013 and covers areas of Islamic Research. The aim of the journal is to provide an international research platform to the scholar of Islamic Research and academicians all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various issues in the field of religious studies along with the development of world in various directions mostly related with social and humanity. The research papers for publications passed through 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 its solution. The Objectives of the Journal is to continue to pursue a high level of research publications and assume leadership in research journals of the field with excellence.

The Scope:

The scope covers Qur'anic Studies; Hadith; Sufi Literature; Islamic Philosophy; Islamic Law; Early Islamic Historiography; Islamic History and Society; Islamic Thought and Literature; Islamic Origins; Islamic Politics; Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Late Medieval Spain; Christian-Muslim Relations: Past, Present & Future; Women and Islam, and Islam and Peace.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The Journal is an online and print open access, single-blind peer review which means that the reviewer knows the author's name but the authors don’t know about the reviewers.  The review of a submitted manuscript passes through the following steps

  • Initial screening for the suitability of the article in terms of topic, content, presentation style, plagiarism, and mechanics of writing is carried out by the Editor & Associate Editors.
  • For the Plagiarism check, the manuscript passes through the plagiarism software, the acceptable similarity is less than 20%.
  • Manuscripts that meet the Journal criteria are sent to two reviewers in the relevant field. If the reviewers differ in their opinions regarding the quality of the work, the paper will be referred to a third reviewer.
  • Authors are informed about the comments or suggestions of the reviewers and are required to revise their paper at a specific time.
  • Once the reviews have been received, the editorial team makes a decision to accept or reject a manuscript, or to request an author for further revisions keeping in view the reviewers’ comments.
  • The Editor may consult experts (anonymous readers) before the referee review when deemed necessary. In such cases, the Editor's decision will be based on the expert report.

Steps in the Peer-Review Process

The peer-review process of VTIR 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#5.

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



Open Access Policy

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.



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Publication Ethics

VFAST Transactions on Islamic Research (VTIR) is the  Peer reviewed journal provides a medium for knowledge sharing related to the Qur'an, Hadith, Fiqh and their applications in the daily life. 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/ 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 VTIR 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 VTIR 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 VTIR 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 the minimum to promote our slogan of "Spreading ideas" without heavy financial constraints, the set fee is:

1. USD 250 Rs. 35,000/-  for Pakistani and USD: 300 for foreign authors. 

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