Guidelines for Contributors


  1. Papers not already published nor meant for publication elsewhere should be sent in a word document to

  2. Articles should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words including tables, charts, notes and references. Book Reviews should be 1,000 to 1,500 words. But discretion rests with the editors. The articles should be typed in Times New Roman Font size 12 and 1.5 line spacing.

  3. Each paper must have a title page which will carry the full title of the paper, the name and address of the author, and institutional affiliation, if any, and should provide a contact phone number and email address. The title page must also give an abstract of the paper (100 to 150 words), and may include acknowledgments.  The author should not be identified anywhere else in the paper.  The page starting the text of the paper should carry only the title of the paper.

  4. All tables and diagrams should be formatted in black and white. Data used for tables and graphs must be provided in Excel. All tables and diagrams must carry numbers for identification and must be clearly referenced in the article.

  5. "Authors should ensure that the paper is properly edited for language and consistency"

  6. Reference to sources/literature cited should be carried within the text in brackets giving the name of the author, year of publication and page number, e.g. (Basu 1967: 35).  Notes and list of references (bibliography) must appear at the end of the text. References should be listed alphabetically by author and chronologically for each author.  Some examples are given below:

    Tout, K. 1989. Ageing in Developing Countries. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Rao, S.R. and J.W. Townsend. 1998. Health needs of elderly Indian women: an emerging issue, In Krishnaraj, M., Sudarshan R.M. and Shariff, A. (eds), Gender, Population and Development, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 340-363.

    Sundararaman, T., I. Mukhopadhyay and V.R. Muraleedharan. 2016. No respite for public health, Economic and Political Weekly, 51 (16): 39-42.

  1. The journal follows British English spelling (with -ise variant), not American (e.g. programme, not program; labour, not labor). The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary is to be followed for spellings..

  2. Quotation marks should be consistently single, except for a quote within a quote: e.g. Sen summed it up best by saying: `The importance of capital in the production process notwithstanding, a distinction must be made between "foreign" and "domestic" capital.'

  3. Authors will receive a PDF file of their published article.

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