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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 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


          Author must:

  1. Submit their manuscript electronically in MS Word format and single-spaced throughout including text, displayed quotations, notes, references, and appendices etc. on 8.5 x 11-inch or A4-sized sheets of standard paper.
  2. Use Times New Roman font, 12-point size, and 1-inch/2.5-centimeter margins on all sides.
  3. Provide, on the title page, their short profile including name, designation and academic and research achievements, institutional affiliations and complete postal and e-mail addresses. Please use official or institutional email id, if available.
  4. Articles should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words. All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 180 words followed by 6-8 keywords.  
  5. Should number footnotes, if any, serially.          
  6. Should use British English and spellings throughout; they must use universal “s” in “-ise”, “-isation” words (except in quotations and proper names, where ‘-ize’, ‘-ization’ must be retained).
  7. Should use double quotes throughout the manuscript. Single quotes marks are used only within double quotes, to indicate a quotation within a quotation. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of more than 40 words should be separated from the text and indented with one space with a line space above and below.
  8. Should use expressions such as ‘nineteenth century’ and ‘1980s’. Numbers from one to nine are to be spelt out; 10 and above are to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements, only figures are to be used (e.g., 3 km, 9 per cent, not %). Authors should use globally accepted expressions such as thousands and millions, not lakhs and crores.
  9. Should minimize the use of italics, but when required, use consistently. Non-English words should be placed in italics.
  10. Should indicate tables and figures in text by numbers (e.g., see Table 1), and not by position (e.g., see Table below). Position of each table and figure in the text must be indicated with an insertion: “Insert table/figure no. about here.” Present each table and figure on a separate page at the end of the article.
  11. Should give single-spaced references at the end of the article. The author’s surname should come first, followed by the author's name. If more than one publications by the same author are listed, the items should appear in chronological order in the references.   
  12. Citations and References should adhere to the guidelines given in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. Some examples are given in the attached paper:


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