Publication Ethics

Pakistan Journal of Weed Science Research (PJWSR) under the auspices of the Weed Science Society of Pakistan (WSSP) is committed to maintaining a high academic standard in publications of related articles. The publisher keeping an unbiased publication policy irrespective of any religion, sects, or nationality, thus promoting only original research-based articles. We commit to maintain a high ethical standard and be absolutely impartial to anyone. At the same time, we expect similar standards from our editors and reviewers. Honesty, originality, and fair dealing on the part of authors, and fairness, objectivity, and confidentiality on the part of editors and reviewers are among the critical values that enable us to achieve the journal aim. PJWSR respects the codes of conduct and international standards established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and available free of charge on its website ( We have already floated our membership application with COPE which is under process. Any behavior against publication ethics when proven will be treated as publication malpractice and beyond doubt is unacceptable.

Authors of PJWSR must confirm the following:

Submitted manuscripts must be the original work of the author(s).

Only unpublished manuscripts should be submitted.

It is unethical to submit a manuscript to more than one journal concurrently.

Any conflict of interest must be clearly stated.

Acknowledge the sources of data used in the development of the manuscript.

All errors discovered in the manuscript after submission must be quickly communicated to the Editor.

Reviewers of PJWSR must confirm the following:

That all manuscripts are reviewed in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry nor political values of author(s).

That any observed conflict of interest during the review process must be communicated to the Editor.

That all information pertaining to the manuscript is kept confidential

That any information that may be the reason for the rejection of publication of a manuscript must be communicated to the Editor.

Editors of PJWSR must confirm the following:

That all manuscripts are evaluated in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry nor political values of authors.

That information pertaining to manuscripts is kept confidential.

That any observed conflict of interest pertaining to manuscripts must be disclosed.

The Editorial Board takes responsibility for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts based on the reviewer’s evaluation of the manuscript, policies of the journal editorial board, and legal restrain acting against plagiarism, libel, and copyright infringement.




The editor has the responsibility for acceptance or rejection of manuscripts rests with the Editors. Doing so normally entails advice from Reviewers; however, manuscripts that Editors deem clearly inappropriate may be rejected without such review.


Editors have the duty to judge manuscripts only on their scholarly merits. Editors should operate without personal or ideological favoritism or malice.

Conflict of Interest:

Editors should avoid any practice that gives rise to a conflict of interest or the reasonable appearance of one.


Editors are bound, not disclose information about a manuscript to anyone other than Reviewers and Authors.

Review Quality:

Normally, three Reviewers should be invited to comment on a manuscript, but a minimum of two Reviewers is acceptable with local and foreign reviewers as per the PJWSR policy in practice. Authors may request that certain Reviewers not be used, but this decision should be left to Editor's discretion.


Editors should take steps to ensure the timely review of all manuscripts and respond promptly to inquiries from Authors about the status of a review.

Decision Quality:

Editors should write high-quality editorial letters that integrate reviewer comments and offer additional suggestions to the Author. Editors should not send a decision letter, without explanation, attached to a set of reviewer comments.


An editor presented with convincing evidence by a Reviewer that the substance or conclusion of an unpublished manuscript is erroneous should promptly inform the Author. If similar evidence is presented for a published manuscript, the Editor should ensure prompt publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note, as appropriate.


The Editor-in-Chief should respect the Journal's constituents (readers, Authors, Reviewers, Editors, editorial staff, and publisher), and work to ensure the honesty and integrity of the Journal's contents and continuous improvement in journal quality.

Journal Acceptance Rate for the year 2019:

Pakistan Journal of Weed Science Research (PJWSR) currently had a 51% acceptance rate, in the Year 2020, the journal received a total of 90 papers, and a total of 46 papers have been accepted, some are in the queue and under review for publication.