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Submission Preparation Checklist

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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point Time New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses)
  • Do not embed figures, graphics or photos in the manuscript text file. Please remove figures and tables from your manuscript text file and upload them separately After the MANUSCRIPT.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Organization and Style:
Organize the paper as listed below.


The title should tell the readers what your work is and it must be in 1-3 line. Try to be both brief and complete. Indicate the professional affiliation for each author under the title. The corresponding author should provide the full contact details i.e. address, email, a telephone number or fax number.


The manuscript must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than one short paragraph (upto 350 words). The abstract should be self-contained. No references, figures, tables are allowed in an abstract. Use only terminology that has been defined or is well known from prior publications. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. The abstract must stand alone as a very short version of the paper rather than as a description of the contents.

  • Keywords:Provide maximum 4 to 6 words after the abstract.

Body of the Text:


This section should provide sufficient background information to allow readers to understand the significance and context of the article. This does not mean, however, that authors should use the introduction to receive established results or to indulge in other needless repetition. The introduction should present the nature and scope of the work. It should also review the pertinent literature and establish the terminologies and notations and state the objectives. The introduction section should also provide a brief overview of the methodology and results to highlight the contribution.


This section describes how the work discussed in the paper was carried out. If an original method is being presented it should be described in detail and applications provide to demonstrate value or usefulness. In instances, where the method used is not original per se, but was used to obtain a new result details should be provided in an appendix. The description should contain sufficient detail to be repeated by a competent reader.


Explain your results fully. Results are often summarized graphically or in tables and these should be supported with sufficient text to explain their content and significance.


This section is used to convey the significance of your results.


The conclusion section may begin with a paragraph summarizing your work; this is for readers who will sample only the Introduction and the Conclusions before deciding whether to read the entire paper. Discuss whether there are logical conclusions, new problems that have arisen as a result of your study and future work that might be undertaken to advance understanding and development in your topic of study.

  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:If the author includes an acknowledgment, it is placed after the conclusion and before the appendices and references.
  • REFERENCES:The reference list is placed at the end of manuscript, after the acknowledgments and appendices.

Manuscript Formatting

  • Tables: Tabled should be placed in separate file from main text by a short title sentence describing what the table shows. Caption of the table must be bold and above the table.
    Figures: Insert figures separate from the manuscript with captions below the figure. Figures should be in jpg format and of good quality, scanned figures are not acceptable.
    • Units: Metric system for all measurements should be used.
    Scale/Axes: All figures must include a scale and axes must be labeled on graphs. Scale bar must be included on microphotographs.
    Permission/copyright: The author is responsible for obtaining permission to use previous published illustrations. By submitting a manuscript the author is agree that the copy right of their article is transferred to the publisher.
    • Page Size and Format: Manuscript should be printed double space on A4 paper one side only. Text to be formatted in single column using MS word the left right and up down margins should be 3cm.
    • Font Size: The font size used should be 12 Times New Roman.
    Format of Headings: It is necessary to distinguish the categories of headings in your manuscript so your intentions will be clear to the editors.
    • FIRST ORDER HEADING: Place principal headings at the center of the page in capital letters. This heading must be bold.
    • Second Order Heading: Place second order heading at the center of the page in bold, with each initial word of the heading and proper nouns capitalized.
    • Third order heading: Place third order heading at the center of the page in bold, with only the first word of the heading and proper nouns capitalized.
    Abbreviations and Nomenclature: Abbreviations, acronyms, or symbols should be defined the first time they appear in the text. Avoid extensive use of abbreviations or commercial acronyms.
    Citations: All published work cited in the text must be listed in the references section. Do not cite internal or proprietary documents that cannot be obtained or accessed by the reader. In the text, a reference identified by means of an author’s last name should be followed by the year of the reference in parentheses. When there are more than two authors, only the first author’s last name should be mentioned followed by et al. The List of References section must be alphabetical by first author and then chronological; where there are two or more papers by the same author(s) in the same year, add lowercase letters after the year, e.g., (Jones 1989a, b). In the list of references use the following format: author, year, title, volume, number, and page range.


References to book, unpublished thesis, journals, articles in collections and conferences or workshops proceedings, technical reports and thesis should be listed in alphabetical order. For example. The list should be in alphabetical order.

For books.
Kadri, I.B., 1995. Petroleum Geology of Pakistan: Karachi, Pakistan Petroleum Ltd., pp. 15-275.
Pettijohn, F.J., Potter, P.E., Siever, R., 1987. Sand and sandstone. Springer, New York.

For journal.
Ahmed, R., and Ahmad, J., 1991. Petroleum geology and prospects of Sukkur Rift Zone, Pakistan with special reference to Jaisalmer, Cambay and Bombay high basins of India: Pakistan Journal of Hydrocarbon Research, 2 (3), pp. 33-41.

For Conference Paper.

Ahmad, N., Fink, P., Sturrock, S., Mahmood, T., & Ibrahim, M., 2004. Sequence stratigraphy as predictive tool in lower Goru Fairway, lower and middle Indus platform, Pakistan. PAPG, ATC, 85-105.
Ahmad, N., Mateen, J., Shehzad, K., Mehmood, N., & Arif, F., 2013. Shale gas Potential of lower Cretaceous Sembar formation in middle and lower Indus basin, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Hydrocarbon Research, 22, pp. 51-62.

For edited volume.

Zuffa, G. G., 1985. Optical analyses of arenites: influence of methodology on compositional results. InProvenance of arenites,pp. 165-189. Springer, Dordrecht.

For Proceedings.

Kemal, A., Balkwill, H. R., Stoakes, F. A., Ahmad, G., Zaman, A. S. H., & Humayon, M., 1991. Indus Basin hydrocarbon plays. In International Petroleum Seminar on new directions and strategies for accelerating Petroleum Exploration and Production in Pakistan, pp. 16-57.

Unpublished Report.
Raza, H. A. & Alam, S. 1982. Basinal study of Hydrocarbon prospects in Badin. Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan, Islamabad, Unpublished report, pp. 15-20.

Manuscript submission
The manuscript must conform to the instructions to the authors of PJHR as mentioned above (failing of which will lead to the rejection of the manuscript from further process). The manuscript should be submitted through website of PJHR.


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