Publication/Editorial Policies

Ethics Policies Peer Review Policy
Plagiarism Policy Data Sharing Policies
Article Processsing Charges Policy Open Access Policy
Copyright Policy Funding Disclosure
Authorship Policy Conflict of Interest Policy
Rejected Article Apeals Reproduction of Previously Published Articles
Repository Policy Retraction Policy
Responsibilities of editorial team License Policy
Retrieve and Refund Policy Archiving Policy

Advertising Policy

Self-Archiving Policy


According to principles of transparency and best practice in scholarly publishing a good research should be justified, well planned, appropriately designed, and ethically approved in accordance to COPE,and DOAJ.
Reasonable steps will be taken to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. If tables, illustrations or photographs, which have already been published, are included, a letter of permission for re-publication should be obtained from author(s) as well as the editor of the journal where it was previously published.
ICMJE recommendations are followed to review best practice and ethical standards in the conduct and reporting of the manuscript, and other material published in the journal, to help authors, editors and other involved in peer review and create and distribute accurate, clear, reproducible, unbiased research articles. The role of authors and contributors are also according to ICMJE recommendations which is based on four criteria; available on


Khayaban is a peer-reviewed journal. Submitted manuscripts are reviewed for originality, relevance, statistical methods, significance, adequacy of documentation, reader interest and composition. Every paper will be read by at least two staff editors of the Editorial Board. Manuscripts undergo internal and external peer review. First the article is sent for internal review if a manuscript not found suitable for publication is likely to be rejected on this stage. The papers selected will then be sent to two external reviewers. If statistical analysis is included, further examination by a staff statistician will be carried out. The ultimate authority to accept or reject the manuscript rests with the Editor. We use Double-Blind Peer Review Policy. Research articles are reviewed by two peer reviewers. Reviewers should keep manuscripts and the information they contain strictly confidential. This is in accordance with the ICMJE responsibilities in the Submission and Peer-Review Process.


To verify the originality of articles submitted to Khayaban, all submitted manuscripts are scanned and compared with the Turnitin database. Khayaban strictly follows the HEC guidelines/criteria for all types of plagiarism. Articles submitted to Khayaban can be sent to HEC, other journals’ editors and or international agencies for authentication of originality. Plagiarism is when an author attempts to pass off someone else work as his or her own. Duplicate publication, sometimes called self-plagiarism, occurs when an author reuses substantial parts of his or her own published work without providing the appropriate references. This can range from getting an identical paper published in multiple journals, to salami-slicing, where authors add small amounts of new data to a previous paper.

Plagiarism prior publishing: Khayaban will judge any case of plagiarism on its limits. If plagiarism is detected by the editorial board member, reviewer, editor etc., in any stage of article process- before or after acceptance then we will alert the same to the author(s) and will ask them to rewrite the content to cite the references from where the content has been taken. If more than 19% of the paper is similar- the article may be rejected and the same is notified to the author. The editorial team of Khayaban would deal with cases of plagiarism.

When does the plagiarism check done? All the submitted articles for publication are checked for plagiarism after submission and before starting review.

How is plagiarism handled? The manuscripts in which the of similarity is detected are handled based on the extent of the similarity.
>=5% and =<19% of Similarity: The articles is sent back to author for content revision.
>19% Similarity: The manuscript will be rejected without the review. The authors are advised to revise the manuscript and resubmit the manuscript.
Why manuscripts with >17% plagiarism is rejected: If the similarity is detected more than 17%, it is found that the authors are very unlikely to revise the manuscript and submit the revised version. However, authors are welcome to do the required revisions and submit the manuscript as a new submission.

What if plagiarism detected after publication? If a case of plagiarism comes to light after a paper is published in a Khayaban, the journal will conduct a preliminary investigation. If plagiarism is found, the journal will contact the author's institute. A determination of misconduct will lead the Khayaban journal to run a statement, bidirectionally linked online to and from the original paper, to note the plagiarism and to provide a reference to the plagiarised material. The paper containing the plagiarism will also be obviously marked on each page of the PDF. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the paper may also be formally retracted.

For more detials read HEC plagiarism policy


The Khayaban requires the data generated (if any) by your research that supports your article to be made openly and publicly available upon publication of your article. Where it is not possible or viable to make data openly available (due to confidentiality or sensitivity issues), they should be shared through a controlled access repository.It is strongly encouraged that data generated by your research that supports your article be made available as soon as possible, wherever legally and ethically possible.


The article processing fee is PKR 5,000 and article publication fee is PRK 15,000, both fees are non-refunable. Authors of Original Manuscripts must submit receipt of processing fee (PKR 5,000) deposited in the bank at time of submission and remaining PKR 15,000 when the manuscript is accepted for publication. The bank account details are:

Account Title: Chairman Urdu Department Peshawar

Account No: 3048601519

Branch code: 388
National Bank of Pakistan
University Campus Branch Peshawar


Khayaban is an open-access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles but only for non-commercial purposes, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.


Authors retain the rights without any restrictions to freely download, print, share and disseminate the article for any lawful purpose. It includes scholarly networks such as Research Gate, Google Scholar, LinkedIn,, Twitter, and other academic or professional networking sites.
Users are permitted to read, copy, print, distribute, download, search, or link the complete texts of the articles or use them for any other lawful purpose.


The four criteria’s for authorship that is Non Author Contributors, Author Alteration, Contributor Statement, Correspondence Author, Deceased Author are according to ICMJE and COPE recommendations.


Any conflict of interest should be declared by all authors. This may include grants or honorarium, credits and promotions, memberships or any personal or professional relationships which may appear to influence the manuscript. Such competing interests are not unethical but should be declared. Authors should state the conflict of interest clearly in the submission statement form. This statement should also appear at the end of the text before the references. If there are no conflicts of interests, the authors should state, none to declare (to Comply with ICMJE recommendations).


All sources of grants received, and its spending should be disclosed. Such statements should be declared on the submission statement form and at the end of the manuscript before the references. If there are no funding sources, the authors should state “none to declare”.


Authors whose articles have been rejected have the right to send a letter of appeal giving detailed explanations. This will be reviewed internally, and a decision will be taken accordingly. Revised articles will not be considered at this stage.


It is the author's responsibility to secure all permissions prior to submission of the manuscript. A signed letter of consent should accompany any part of the article accessed from another source from the copyright holder, which may be the author, journal or the publisher.


As per COPE Guidelines, a publication should be retracted by the editors if:

  • There is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, as a result of major error (experimental error or miscalculation), fabrication or falsification (image manipulation).
  • There exists plagiarism.
  • The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper attribution to previous sources or disclosure to the editor, permission to republish, or justification.
  • It contains material or data without authorization for use.
  • Copyright has been infringed or there is some other serious legal issue.
  • It reports unethical research.
  • It has been published solely based on a compromised or manipulated peer review process.
  • The author 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.


The Khayaban aims to preserve all the published content on digital repositories. In order to follow that, the Khayaban commits to submit the metadata of all its manuscripts to various online repositories. This is to ensure the availability of the published scholarly content by Khayaban to the community despite any accidental loss of data in its personal archival records.
Khayaban has ensured that the metadata of all of its open access journals is compatible to all the well-known repository services and their digital crawlers may regularly collect it for record and preservation. Khayaban also permit Author(s) to self-archive and make their Article publicly accessible immediately on their employer’s internal website; their institutional and/or funder repositories.


Khayaban publishes its articles under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license (CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0). It allows for the non-commercial reuse of the published paper so long as the published paper is fully attributed. Commercial re-use can only be undertaken with the permission of the publisher.


Responsibilities of Editorial Board Members:

The responsibilities of the editorial board members are according to guidelines recommended by COPE, ICMJE.


The Published version of an article is the final version that can't edit further. The Published version of the article is placed on the journal's website on an immediate basis.
Self-archiving of the Published version is not subject to any embargo period
The published version may be placed on:

  • the author's personal website
  • the author's company/institutional repository or archive
  • not for profit subject-based repositories such as PubMed Central

The Author shall deposit an online published copy, issued by the Khayaban if he interest to deposit anywhere.


Following are the Khayaban Refund Policies when Author Retrieves his/her Manuscript.

  • The refund of processing fee is full & you will get your money back if the paper does not reach the reviewing stage.
  • There are no refunds or cancellation of debts if the author withdraws his or her paper from consideration; or if he or she declines to revise and resubmit.
  • There are no refunds or cancellation of debts, once the paper is published.
  • There are no refunds or cancellation of debts if the paper is removed due to Copyright Infringement Claims.
  • After Publish Issue / Indexing author can’t make the correction in the article. After publishing Issue/Indexing, If the author wants to do necessary corrections in the article he/she should pay extra as per changes in the article.


Khayaban does not publish any advertisements from organizations or any other companies.