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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is according to the styles and formatting used in template; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Journal policy:
The journal policy is to publish only original research work, therefore J. mt. area res. does not wish to receive any paper that has already been reported in parts or contains already published text, data, figures, tables or other illustrations or any copyright materials whatsoever that has been submitted or accepted for publication either in a journal or conference proceedings elsewhere in any form.  Misconduct in research papers, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication is unacceptable to this journal, and will be strongly discouraged. All submissions will be checked for plagiarism, any manuscript that contains redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar research work violates the policies of this journal and will be rejected. This journal follows the guidelines of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) for dealing with the cases of research misconduct.
Review policy:
J. mt. area res. adopts a rigorous peer-review procedure. All submissions are initially evaluated carefully by the editors. Manuscripts that are not deemed by the editors to be strong candidates for publication will be returned to the authors before peer-review. The manuscripts passing the initial review will be sent to at least two qualified peer reviewers. The journal adopts both single and double blind peer review system, authors are given option at the submission stage. Being a multidisciplinary journal, the editorial criteria can be made uniform across disciplines. The editors will make every effort to reach decisions on these papers within shortest possible time. Accepted papers will normally be published online as early as possible. Any major changes are not allowed after acceptance.
Papers accepted for publication become copyright of the Editorial Office, Journal of Mountain Area Research, Karakoram International University Gilgit, Gilgit-15100, Pakistan and authors will be asked to sign a copyright transfer agreement. Articles cannot be published until a signed copyright transfer agreement form has been received.
Article Processing Charges (APCs):
There are no Article Processing Charges (APCs) for all authors worldwide. All costs of the manuscript processing and publishing are borne by the Karakoram International University.
Types of contributions
Full length articles: J. mt. area res.  publishes high-quality full papers reporting substantial advances regarding an important scientific problem. Results must be compared with similar works reported by other researchers and discussed scientifically. Articles normally include a 250-word abstract, 3–5 keywords. Articles are suggested to be limited to a maximum of 15 pages, including references, captions and notes.
Letters: J. mt. area res. publishes important communications of novel findings which are brief in nature but is of general interest to a broad readership. The recommended length of letters is 4-6 journal pages with an abstract, 3–5 keywords, maximum 15 references and no subsections.
Review articles: Review articles are normally solicited by the editors, but unsolicited submissions may also be considered. Review Articles should bring the reader up-to-date with research in a particular field, highlighting the areas of special excitement and progress. They should focus on one topical aspect rather than providing a comprehensive literature survey. Authors should identify areas in the field where further developments are imminent, and give possible directions. Reviews normally include a 250-word abstract, 4–6 keywords, up to a maximum of 20 figures or tables and up to 80 references. Reviews are suggested to be limited to a maximum of 20 journal pages, including references, captions and notes. Authors are responsible to obtain written copyright permissions to reproduce any copyright materials in print and online editions of the journal from other sources for reproduction of the material from previously published work.
Guidelines for manuscript preparation
Cover letter: A cover letter should include:
-The name, affiliation and contact details of corresponding author(s)
-suggestion for 3-6 national and international potential reviewers (name, complete affiliation and a valid official e-mail). The suggested reviewers  must not be author(s)
-collaborator(s) at any stage. However, the journal editors are free to choose reviewers beyond the list suggested by the author(s).
-A statement of the conflict of interest for all authors
-Brief description about the significance and novelty of the research work
Manuscript order: The following order may please be followed in the arrangement of the manuscript:
-Materials & methods (experimental/simulation procedures)
-Results and discussion
Manuscript template: Please click here to download the manuscript template (or right click and save the file). Authors are requested to use this template for your manuscript preparation. 
General Layout: Set up the layout on your PC/Mac/workstation in the format (11.7″ high, 8.27″ wide). In this format, define 0.5″ (1.27 cm) wide left and right. The top margin should be 0.6″ (1.52 cm). The bottom margin should be 0.75″(1.9 cm). For unit conversion: 1 inch = 2.54 cm. Define a two-column layout, with a space of 0.25″(0.635cm) between columns. The title/ author/ affiliation section should be centered above both columns. NO blank lines between authors and institutions. Adjust the two columns on the last page to equal length, as far as possible. All paragraphs are to be indented 0.2″. 
Text Formatting: Please use Century Gothic throughout the entire manuscript body, except where stated specifically.  To achieve a unified look, the following formats should be used as illustrated also by this sample manuscript:
-Title: 16 points, century gothic font, all capitals, bold;
-Authors10 points, italic;
-Affiliation: 8 points, regular;
-Abstract headings: 11 points, century gothic font, all capitals, bold, without numbering;
-Section headings: 12 points, century gothic font, all capitals, bold, numbered;
-Sub section Headings: 11 points, bold, century gothic font, numbered;
-Text body: 10 points, regular; all paragraphs indented .2”;
-Figure captions: 9 points, century gothic;
-Table captions: 9 points, century gothic;
-References: 9 points, regular, numbered.
Figures and tables: Figures and illustrations may be in black and white, grey-scale or color.  Digital images, e.g., schematic drawings, photos, micrographs, etc., should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi.  Each figure should be accompanied by a numbered caption, as shown in Fig. 1, placed right below the figure being described.  All labels within the figure frame should be in font 10 or larger. Please ensure that all labels, arrows, lines, and other graphical elements superimposed on schematic drawings and micrographs print with sufficient contrast.  Figure 2 shows a photograph with unfavorable resolution (96 dpi) and low contrast.
Figure 1: The caption should be placed after the figure.
Figure 2: Rendering with low resolution (96 dpi), unfavorable size, and other deficiencies.
Tables should span one column, should be concise and should be preceded by a caption. Number tables in the order they are cited in the text.  Do not use internal horizontal or vertical lines, colour or shading. Design details are left to the authors.
Do not use very thin lines (hairline rules) in any of your Illustrations, Figures, Charts.  All lines need to be .5 rule or higher. Line drawings must be made in black ink.  If a table or figure is too wide to be contained in a single column, extend it over both columns, preferable at the top or bottom of a page.
Mathematical equations: When numbering equations, enclose numbers in parentheses and place flush with right-hand margin of the column, i.e., with appropriate punctuation. 
                                                                                                            x+y+z=1                                                                                       (1)    

 Example (The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support for this study derived from the ----------------).
Conflicts of interest/Competing interests: Example (The authors declare no any conflict of interest/competing interests OR as the case may be).
Data availability: Example (Not applicable OR as the case may be).
Code availability: Example (Not applicable OR as the case may be).
Authors’ contributions: For transparency, we encourage authors to submit an author statement file outlining their individual contributions to the paper using the relevant CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) roles: Conceptualization; Data curation; Formal analysis; Funding acquisition; Investigation; Methodology; Project administration; Resources; Software; Supervision; Validation; Visualization; Roles/ Writing - original draft; Writing - review & editing. Authorship statements should be formatted with the names of authors first and CRediT role(s) following. e.g. here is a sample CRediT author statement: “Zaheer Khan: Conceptualization, Methodology, Software Tayyabullah: Data curation, Writing- Original draft preparation. Muhammad Amir: Visualization, Investigation.  Ziaullah: Supervision Basit Ali: Software, Validation Nadia: Writing- Reviewing and Editing,”
References:  References should be in the proper format, numbered in the sequence in which they occur in the text. In the examples below, this is illustrated for contributions to conference proceedings[1], journals [2], Books [3], Book chapters [4], dissertations [5] and patents [6]. Do not use the phrases "et al." and "ibid." in the reference section. Instead, the names of all authors in a reference must be listed. If you are using Endnote for reference management, you can download the endnote style and copy this file into your endnote styles folder e.g.  C:\Program Files (x86)\EndNote X9\Styles. Do not use headers or footnotes.  Rather write your text to include all essential ideas and to be free from material of low importance.  If you have no other option and must use a footnote, number the footnotes separately in superscripts1.  Place the actual footnote at the bottom of the column in which it is cited.  Do not put footnotes in the reference list or exceed the margins limits.
Some example references:
[1]   K. Aratani, P. French, P. Sarro, S. Zaman, Topological aspects of grain growth microstructure: The two-dimensional and three-dimensional cases. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Stereology and Image Analysis in Material Science, June 3-6, (1994).
[2]   N. Akaiwa, P.W. Voorhees, Late-stage phase separation: dynamics spatial correlations, and structure functions, Phys. Rev. E 49 (1994) 3860–3880.
[3]   S. Timoshinko, D. Young, W. Weaver, Vibration Problems in Engineering, 4th edtion, John Wiley and Sons, (1974).
[4]   D. F. Khan and M.H. Farooq, Nonstructural characterization,  In Modeling of nanostructures, John Wiley and Sons, (1974), pp.163-275.
[5]   A. Ullah, Study of the evolution of grain structures via 3D reconstruction, Monte carlo simulation and Mathematical modeling techniques, Ph. D. Thesis, Beijing, University of Science and technology Beijing, (2013).
[6]  G. Q. Liu, H. Wang, and D. J. Sorolovitz, Methods for procedures related to the electrophysiology of the heart, U.S. Patent 3,154,026, May 15 (2003)