Guidelines for contributors

IASSI Quarterly: Contributions to Indian Social Science is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles, review articles, perspectives, research notes/commentaries, and book reviews. It encourages original contributions to promote debate and discussion on issues related to social and economic development from the perspective of multi and inter-disciplinary practice of social sciences.

All entries must be addressed to The Editor, IASSI Quarterly: Contributions to Indian Social Science and emailed to

Research Articles should range between 7000-8000 words, perspectives between 4000-6000 words, and notes/commentaries between 2000-3000 words. Manuscripts should be sent in electronic format (word document) and addressed to the Editor at and

  • Each contribution should be accompanied by an abstract/summary of around 150 words and a short biographical note/s on the author/s.
  • Notes in the text should be numbered and expanded at the end of the text in the form of Endnotes. Use of any reference in the endnotes should be in a consistent style similar to that of the text (for example: Deshpande, 2003) and should be expanded separately in the “Reference” section with all relevant information according to the Reference format.
  • All figures and tables should appear at the relevant places in the text and not at the end of the article. All figures and tables should be referred to by their numbers in the text (for instance, ‘See Table 1’, ‘See Figure 3’). The titles of the tables and figures should be brief and to the point. Tables and Figures should mention the source which should be placed at the bottom of respective tables and figures. Please ensure that the tables are properly formatted and are readable. Similarly, all figures must be formatted for proper readability and understanding. In case of graphs, use different types of line designs/shading patterns such that the figures may be easily readable in black and white printed format. Desist from use of colours, dark/shaded backgrounds etc. We also encourage the Author’s to provide us such versions of tables and figures which are easy to edit and not use image formats for the same.
  • References should be embedded in the text in a consistent style, for instance, (Deshpande, 2003). The full details of this Reference should then be provided in the Reference list in alphabetical order starting with the author(s)' surname(s) in the following format.
  • Book titles: Streeten, Paul, JavedBukri, MahbubulHaq, Norman Hicks and Francis J. Stewart (1981). First Things First: Meeting Basic Human Development Needs in Developing Countries, Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Chapters within books: Kaul, Inge (2003). “Choices that Shaped the Human Development Reports” in Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and A.K. Shiva Kumar (eds), Readings in Human Development, Oxford University Press, London, pp. 61-67.
  • Articles: D'Mello, Bernard (1992). “Thinking about the Labour Process: Some Clues from Western Studies”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 28, No. 22, pp. 63-70.
  • Reports: United Nations Development Programme (2005). Human Development Report, Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Working paper: Nathan, Dev (2004). Micro-Credit in East Africa: Creation of Women's Space and Transition from Subsistence to Accumulation, Working Paper No. V, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi.
  • Ph. D thesis: Brenner, Mark (2000). Re-examining the Distribution of Wealth in Rural China (Ph. D thesis), University of California, Riverside.
  • Mimeo: Deininger, Klaus and Lyn Squire (1996). “New Ways of Looking at Old Issues: Inequality and Growth” (Mimeo).
  • Newspaper report: Dasgupta, Ashok (2006). “India's Reform Path a Role Model for Morocco” in The Hindu, 11 December.
  • Internet resources: Rodrik, Dani (2005). “Why We Learn Nothing from Regressing Economic Growth on Policies”, available at , site accessed on 5th April, 2005.

Please use British spellings throughout. However, use ‘‘z’’ spellings for words like “civilization”.

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