Pakistan Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology

About Journal

Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology (PJSCP) is a HEC recognized Y category Journal, published biannually by the Department of Psychology, Government College University, Lahore. The first Issue of PJSCP was published in the summer of 2003. The Journal caters to original research articles and brief reports. Over the years of its publication PJSCP has published high quality qualitative and quantitative research articles and short reports from researchers across the globe.

In accordance with the ethical requirements outlined by HEC Pakistan, PJSCP employs a double-blind reviewing policy; ensuring that the identity of the reviewer and the identity of the author are not shared. Furthermore, PJSCP engages remarkable national and international researchers and academicians in its consulting editorial committee.

Aim & Scope

PJSCP provides a forum for dissemination of findings related to social and clinical areas of Psychology, although not totally excluding other fields. The journal aims to enhance the understanding of social, environmental and cultural factors in the etiology and outcomes of mental health problems as affecting individuals and society. We welcome articles from psychology, psychiatry, sociology, organizational behaviours and other disciplines allied to mental health and well-being. We publish both quantitative and qualitative research and give both approaches equal importance. In addition to regular length articles, brief reports are also published for maximum utilization of the space. PJSCP follows the double blind-reviewing policy.


Prof. Dr. Syeda Shahida Batool

Associate Editor

Prof. Dr. Syeda Salma Hasan

Dr. Amina Tarar

Managing Editor

Dr. Nasreen Akhtar

The members of Advisory Board are as follows:

  • Prof. Dr. Ruhi Khalid (local)
  • Prof. Dr. Najma Najam (local)
  • Prof. Dr. Zahid Mehmood (local)
  • Prof. Dr. Anila Kamal (local)
  • Prof. Dr. Sarah Shahed (local)
  • Prof. Dr. Rafia Rafiq (local)
  • Prof. Dr. Zainab F. Zadeh (local)
  • Prof. Dr. M. Anisul Haque (local)
  • Prof. Dr. Talat Sohail (local)
  • Dr. Rubina Hanif (local)
  • Dr. Jim Diaz-Granados (USA)
  • Dr. Vincent Egan (UK)
  • Prof. Dr. Chok C. Hiew (Canada)
  • Dr. Kausar Suhail (Canada)
  • Prof Dr. Ralph W. Hood (USA)
  • Dr. Parminder Parmar (USA/India)

List of Abstracting Agencies

Serial. no Indexing Agency Status
1 ProQuest Active
2 PsycINFO Active
3 Elsevier/Scopus Applied For
4 Ebsco Host Applied For

Copyrights Policy:

In accordance to PJSCP’s Copyright policy, authors are required to transfer the copyrights of their research article or short report to Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology (PJSCP); and would henceforth be considered a property of PJSCP.

Permissions Policy:

PJSCP is an open access Journal and full text articles can be accessed online.

However, as per the Journal’s regulations permission should be sought in order to reproduce substantial material from any copyright material. This includes use of direct text, illustrations, charts, tables, pictures, and scales.

In case of use of scales and instruments in research projects, it is imperative to obtain permission from the authors of the scale.

In keeping with international standards, PJSCP strives to ensure transparency in all aspects of the publication process and to curb ethical violation. For this purpose the following guidelines have been set:

1. Submission Policy: All article will be submitted via journal email and will be addressed to the Editor. Authors are not allowed to contact members of the editorial board on their personal email addresses or phones.

  • Authorship & Contribution: At the time of submission, authors are required to submit an Agreement Form (sample available on the website) that clearly deals with authorship concerns and contributions by all authors.
  • Conflict of Interest: It is essential for all authors to comment upon and discuss any conflicts of interest within the same agreement form. A duly signed and scanned copy must be submitted at the time of submission for the manuscript to be accepted to the publication process.

2. Data Sharing & Reproducibility: As per international research standards, authors are advised to keep data of submitted/published manuscripts for up to five years. If data has been lost, please do not submit the manuscript. Furthermore, if required the editorial committee can request authors to submit their data sheets (for validation).

3. Ethical Oversights: Authors must strictly follow the research ethics and guidelines outlined in the American psychological Association (APA) publication manual 6th edition (please consult the manual for a detailed guideline). All manuscripts must address ethical considerations. Any manuscript found to be in violation of the ethical guidelines will not be catered to and will result in a minimum 2 year ban.

4. Human and Animal rights: When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should clearly indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national). When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

5. Plagiarism: In accordance to the standards set by the Higher education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, the similarity index/plagiarism of all articles must be below 19%. A similarity index report MUST be sent through at the time of submission.

6. Acknowledgment: Authors are responsible for providing acknowledgment of financial or otherwise support they have received.

7. Acceptance of Article: If required, an acceptance letter can be issued for an article that has been peer-reviewed by the consulting editors and proof read by the Editorial board.
However, the acceptance granted for the article is subject to withdrawal at the recommendation of the Editor in case the author fails to incorporate corrections and revisions in the final proof in a timely manner.

8. Allegations of misconduct & Complaints: Any allegations of misconduct should be reported to the Editor-In –Chief directly. The editor is then liable for responding to the complainant and dealing with such complaints in accordance to the Journal’s policies.

9. Post –Publication Corrections: A final copy of the manuscript is sent through to the corresponding author, who is then required to notify the editorial board of any required changes with 24-48 hours. In case the author requires post-publication corrections, an application will be emailed to the Editor directly. The corrections will then be incorporated in the copy available online. Please note: any post-publication changes cannot be made in the hard copy of the Journal.

10. Peer-Review Processes: In accordance to the criteria outlined by HEC Pakistan. The manuscript is sent reviewed via a double blind policy. After submission, the manuscript is scrutinized by the editorial committee. Upon their approval of the quality of the manuscript, it sent to a minimum of two consulting editors for external review. The final stage is the proofing by the editorial board. Please note that if the editorial board are dissatisfied by the corrections and changes incorporated by the author/s the manuscript will be moved to the next issue or denied publication.

11. Editorial Acceptance/Rejection of Manuscript: Please note that the decision to accept/reject a manuscript is heavily dependent upon the comments of national and international consulting editors. Furthermore, the Editor-in –Chief has full right to reject the manuscript if it does not meet the standards and regulations of then Journal.

12. Manuscript Processing Time: Keeping in view the stringent criteria upheld by PJSCP to ensure publication of quality and innovative research, the minimum time required for processing of an article is 6-8 months.

13. Publication Fee: In case of full filing the additional charges of the Journal, PJSCP may demand processing and publication fee. The processing fee is Rs.1000/- and the publication fee is Rs.4000/-. Upon submitting the fee, please make sure to SEND PROOF/ RECEIPT OF PAYMENT to the Journal’s email ID.
Note: The processing fee will not guarantee the publication of the submitted manuscript.

The Fee will be deposited in the following Account:

Bank: United Bank Ltd. (UBL) GCU Lahore branch
Account Title: Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Account Number:  0001010641
Branch Code: 0953

*Note: for online transaction you are suppose to enter branch code along with account no. 

Submission of manuscripts: Original manuscript should be submitted to the Editor.

  • Authors are requested to submit a copy of the manuscript, a cover sheet, which shows the title of the study, the authors’ name, the institutional affiliation and address and email of the corresponding author.
  • The first page of text should omit the author’s name and affiliation. However, it should include the title of the research.
  • It is desirable to duly acknowledge the contribution of all the persons, organizations and institutions involved in the research.
  • The corresponding authors have to submit duly filled in agreement form, given on the website of PJSCP, along with the submitted manuscript for the journal.
  • Each manuscript should be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.
  • Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources. All accepted articles will become the property of the publishing body.
  • All parts of the manuscript should be formatted according to the guidelines provided in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition); it should be typewritten, double spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper.
  • Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces.
  • Each article should be summarized in an abstract of not more than 200 words and a minimum of 150 words. The author should also mention 5-6 keywords.
  • The minimum length of an original manuscript should be 5000 words and it should be no longer than 8000 words or 30 pages including references and appendices. If submission is considered to be published as a short report it should be 2000-4000 words long.
  • Manuscripts, including tables, figures and references, should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition).

Tables and Figures: Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate sheets or files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should also be completely labeled.

Format: The manuscript should be organized according to the Journals format.

Introduction (no heading), Method (Participants, Instruments, Procedure, Ethical Considerations), Results, Discussion (after discussion list Implications, Limitations

and Future Recommendations, Conclusion) and References.

Correspondence and submission: Correspondence between editorial office and author(s) will be done through email. Please give email address that corresponding author intends to keep for at least a couple of years after publication. Any subsequent correspondence should be addressed to: The Editor, Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, GC University, Katchery Road, Lahore-54000, Pakistan.

Online submission of articles can be made to:, or

Summary of Research Articles Submitted, Accepted and Published

2012 -2019

Published biannually

ISSN 1727-4931



Details of Journal Issues No. of Papers Submitted No. of Papers Rejected No. of Papers Accepted No. of Papers Published
Vol. 17 (1)-2019 16 2 8 10
Vol. 16 (2)-2018 18 0 12 10
Vol. 16 (1)- 2018 20 1 16 7
Vol. 15 (2) -2017 8 0 6 6
Vol. 15 (1) -2017 15 1 6 6
Vol. 14 (2) – 2016 13 1 6 6
Vol. 14(1) – 2016 15 4 11 11
Vol. 13 (2) – 2015 11 2 8 8
Vol. 13 (1) – 2015 16 3 8 8
Vol. 12 (2) – 2014 12 4 8 8
Vol. 12 (1) – 2014 10 1 7 7
Vol. 11 (2) – 2013 NA NA 13 13
Vol. 11 (1)- 2013 NA NA 13 13
Vol. 10 (3) – 2012 NA NA 13 13
Vol. 10 (2) – 2012 NA NA 10 10

* Note: Submitted articles that were not reviewed in time with the publication deadline of an issue will be considered for publication after acceptance from the local and foreign reviewer

Serial no.                                                   Paper Title
01 The Moderating Role of  Personalirty  Traits on Work-Family Interface and  Maritaol Adjustment among Pakistani Employees
02 Multi-dimensional Acculturative Stress scale for Pakistani Muslim International Scholars (MASSPMISs): Preliminary findings
03 Social, Cultural And Organizational Barriers To Female Labour Force Participation
04 An Evaluation of Psychometric Properties of Pakistan Anger Scale: The Indigenous  Anger Scale
05 ‘Psychometric Properties of the Urdu Version of Almost Perfect Scale-R
06 Translation and Validation of Fate Control, Hardiness, Wellbeing, Gratitude, and Resilience Scales
07 Impact of Academic PsyCap on Perceived Academic Stress among University Undergraduates: Mediating Role of Study Engagement and Flow
08 The Psychology Effects of  Media Violence on  Sibling’s Aggressive Behavior: Parents Perception
09 Internalizing Problems of Adolescence in Context of Parent and Peer Attachment
10 Psychosocial Predictors of Suicidal and Non-Suicidal Self-Harm: A Mediation Analysis
11 Relationship between Thinking Styles, Learning Styles and Students Achievement in University Students
12 Moderating Role of Organizational Politics in Relationship of Perceived Transformational Leadership and Organizational Citizenship Behavior

in University Teaching Faculty

13 Work Autonomy, Organizational Climate and Employee Engagement
14 Development and Validation of an Altruism Scale for Youth
15 Female University Teachers Burnout and its Association with Their Demographic Variables
16 Colors of Love as Predictors of Relationship Satisfaction among University Students: A Gendered Perspective

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Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology,
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