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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 11-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); 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.

Author Guidelines

IMSTS accepts manuscripts edited in accordance with its Author Guidelines. All submissions must be the original work of the author(s). Manuscripts are to be

submitted in English and Urdu manually and electronically. 

For Manual Submission, author(s) can send their manuscript via email at where mail should also be CC to On the other hand, Online Submission Process facilitates the author(s) to submit their manuscript electronically. Publishing in IMSTS is not remunerated, however, some justified expenditures coerce the administration to receive defensible charges.


The manuscript is submitted as a Microsoft Word file without any specific graphical and typographical edits.

Word Formatting guide

The research study usually consists of an abstract, keywords, an introduction, the present state of a topic, and analysis of the chosen area of research or interest, methodology, findings, a discussion of the findings, a conclusion, and references. The research study is usually structured into four parts: objective, method, results, and conclusions.

The format of the manuscript is by default a one-column A4 with no text header, footer, and page numbering; all style tags are removed. Paragraphs are separated by a space, not tabs. As a font standard, Calibri 11-points is required. The whole text is left-aligned. Automated citations and links are not applied. All direct citations are italicized, however, the quotation marks themselves are not italicized.

A list of Notes is located in a separate section between the text and the final list of References. In the text, the number of the note is given in Arabic numerals in square brackets.

All images, tables and figures are attached separately, while their descriptions are marked and included in the text. All figures are provided in curves. All images are provided with a copyright license granted to the publisher.

The total length of a paper, including images, tables and figures inserted into the text, should not exceed 10-16 pages (almost 4,000 to 6,000 words). However, the length of numerical, pictorial and/or statistical content is subjected to the opinion collected from the examiners during the peer review process.


The abstract contains a concise description of the objective(s), methodology and main findings of the paper. It is usually not longer than 250 words.


A list of up to six keywords or key technical expressions from a respective academic field should be provided separated by a semicolon.


The submissions must follow the author-date system in accordance with the following edition of the APA Style

References at the end of a study are listed alphabetically. In the text, reference is given to the author’s name (without initials), followed by the year of publication and page number(s) (both in parenthesis), e.g. (McGinn 2008, 12). Each in-text citation matches up with an entry in a reference list, where full bibliographic information is provided.

About the author(s)

The author(s) data include name, surname, degrees, affiliation, main professional achievements, professional headshot, and email of author(s). This information should be provided at the time of paper submission via online or manual “submission form”.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Instructions about First and Corresponding Author

As per the policy of IMSTS;

  • If the manuscript has been extracted from any thesis, only the research scholar has the sole right to be the first and corresponding author.
  • If the manuscript belongs to any project, the project head has the authority to be the first and corresponding author.
  • If the manuscript exhibits the joint working of multiple authors, the “Acknowledgement” section should be added in the manuscript that reflects the justified role of each author (along with the corresponding author) in the finalization of the research.
  • In the case of a book review conducted by multiple authors, although it is necessary to present a critical analysis of each reviewer an author who finally shapes the introduction, conclusion and references of critics’ citations has the right to be the primary author.
  • The policy regarding Discourse Analysis and Travelogue is similar to the policy about Book reviews.

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Privacy Policy

IMSTS Journal respects the privacy of its readers and contributors, and is committed to protecting the personal data of individuals in accordance with its Privacy Policy.

Who Are We?

IMSTS Journal is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal on mystical, spiritual and theological studies published by the RMR Publishers; an exclusive part of the Rehmat and Maryam Researches (an academic research-oriented non-profit based company registered by the SECP).

What Personal Data Do We Collect?

Personal Information about Authors

All digital publications of the IMSTS Journal contain personal information about the authors of individual articles, specifically their names, institutions they are affiliated to, email contacts, and photographs. By submitting their manuscripts, the authors give their agreement to the IMSTS Journal publisher to publicly release their personal data.

Who Do We Share Your Data with?

We do not share your data with any third-party service. However, the content of IMSTS Journal’s digital publications is shared with external citation databases for indexation purposes. It is also shared with libraries or other archives

In all these cases, IMSTS Journal only administrates your data.

How Long Do We Retain Your Data?

If you are signed up for the IMSTS Journal Newsletter, your email address and its metadata are retained until you unsubscribe from our mailing list. For users registered on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profiles. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that kind of information.

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You can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

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