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Submission Guidelines

This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Please read the guidelines below and then submit your manuscripts to the editor Prof. Werner Menski at Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Asiatic Society for Social Science Research (JASSSR) will be reviewed.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication.

If you have any questions about publishing with JASSSR, please visit the JASSSR Journal Solutions Portal

  1. What do we publish?

    1. Aims & Scope

    2. Article types

    3. Writing your paper

  2. Editorial policies

    1. Peer review policy

    2. Authorship

    3. Acknowledgements

    4. Funding

    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    6. Research data

  3. Publishing policies

    1. Publication ethics

    2. Contributor’s publishing agreement

    3. Open access and author archiving

  4. Preparing your manuscript

    1. Formatting 

    2. Artwork, figures and other graphics

    3. Supplemental material

    4. Reference style

  5. Submitting your manuscript

    1. Information required for completing your submission

    2. Permissions

  6. On acceptance and publication

    1. JASSR Production

    2. Online First publication

    3. Access to your published article

    4. Promoting your article

  7. Further information

What do we publish?

Aims & Scope

Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Asiatic Society for Social Science Research (JASSSR), please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

Article types

Articles should be sent in a word document format, and should normally be between 5000–7000 words, including references. Book reviews are also invited of about 1000–1500 words. There is no limit on the number of references allowed.

The manuscript should be structured as follows:

  • Contributors must provide their complete affiliations and e-mail addresses with their papers. In case there are two or more authors, then corresponding author’s name and address details must be clearly specified on the first page itself.

  • All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 150–200 words and 4–6 keywords.

  • A short bio-sketch of about 50–75 words must be provided for every contributor.

  • Use a clear readable style, avoiding jargon. If technical terms or acronyms must be included, define them when first used. Use non-racist, non-sexist language and plurals rather than he/she.

  • UK spellings with ‘ise’ are normal practice for this Journal (but retain US spelling in original quotes and references).

  • Use single quotation marks with double quotes inside single quotes. 

  • Use points in abbreviations in initials of name, Latin abbreviations, reference abbreviations, the United States when used as an adjective and for labels to conceal the identities of study participants. Do not use points with contractions or acronyms (e.g., APA, NY, USA, Dr, PhD) or measurement abbreviations.

  • Page ranges should be elided to the last digit. For example, 320–329 should be 320–9, but 318–356 should be 318–56.

  • Use ‘per cent’ instead of % in the text. In tables, graphs, etc., % can be used.

  • Give specific dates in the form 22 November 1980. Decades should be referred to as ‘twentieth century’, ‘1980s’.

  • Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimised but consistent. For non-English and uncommon words and phrases, use italics throughout the text. Meaning of non-English words should be given in parenthesis just after the word when it is used for the first time.

Writing your paper
The JASSSR Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. JASSSR Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.


Make your article discoverable
For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

Editorial policies

Peer review policy

JASSSR operates a strictly double blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author, but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Decisions on manuscripts will be taken as rapidly as possible, but may take several months. 


All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.


All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.


South Asia Research requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the JASSSR Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

Declaration of conflicting interests

It is the policy of JASSSR to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles. 

Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

Research data

At JASSSR we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, The Journal encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the JASSSR Author Gateway, which includes information about JASSSR's partnership with the data repository Figshare.

Publishing policies

Publication ethics

JASSSR is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the JASSSR Author Gateway

JASSSR and ASSSR take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.


Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a JASSSR journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

Contributor’s publishing agreement

Before publication, JASSSR requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. JASSSR;s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants JASSSR the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than JASSSR. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the JASSSR Author Gateway.

Open access and author archiving

South Asia Research offers optional open access publishing via the JASSSR Choice programme. For more information on Open Access publishing options at JASSSR please visit JASSSR Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

Preparing your manuscript for submission


The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. A LaTex template is available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit JASSSR’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article. 

Supplemental material

This Journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files

Reference style

References in both the text and end notes should be cited in the text as author (date: page), or, for a series of references (Black & Williams, 1999; Downey & Jones, 2001). Use ‘et al.’ in the text for more than two authors, and give all names in the References list. The letters a, b, c, etc. should be used for different works by the same author in the same year: (Brown, 1999a, b).

An alphabetical references section should follow the text (and end notes if any), formatted as follows:

Surname, X.X. & Surname, Y. (year) Title with Initial Caps [Translated Title]. Place: Publisher.
Chapter in a book
Surname, X.X. (year) ‘Title of Chapter’. In X. Surname & Y. Surname (Eds), Title of Book (pp. xxx – xxx). Place: Publisher.
Journal article
Surname, X.X. (year) ‘Title of Article’, Name of Journal, no.): xx – xxx [page range].
Paper in a conference
Surname, X.X. (year, month) ‘Title of paper’. Paper presented at Name of Conference, City of presentation.
Surname, X. (year, month, date) Title of Article. URL (consulted month, year), from http://xxxx.xxxx.xx.xx/xxxx/xxxx

Submitting your manuscript

Information required for completing your submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).


Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the JASSSR Author Gateway

On acceptance and publication

JASSSR Production

Your JASSSR Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

Online First publication

Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the JASSSR Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

Access to your published article

JASSSR provides authors with online access to their final article.

Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The JASSSR Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the JASSSR editorial office as follows: 


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