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Journal of South Asian Development

Journal of South Asian Development

eISSN: 09731733 | ISSN: 09731741 | Current volume: 18 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

The Journal of South Asian Development, a refereed publication, publishes research articles and scholarly comment relating to all facets of development in South Asia. The journal is multi-disciplinary, innovative and international in its approach and includes theoretical and conceptual articles as well as empirical studies covering both historical and contemporary issues/events. While the journal is primarily a social science journal (covering politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, economics), we also consider papers from the natural and environmental sciences, geography, history and other disciplines that deal with development issues in order to provide comprehensive and balanced scholarship.

Geographically, the coverage includes the seven states of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives) plus Afghanistan and Myanmar. Articles could focus on one particular state, group of states or the entire region. Articles comparing South Asian states/region with other region/states will also be considered.

Manuscripts are initially screened for quality, content and relevance by a member of the Editorial team. At present about 80 % of the submissions to the journal do not pass this initial hurdle. The manuscripts deemed suitable are then taken forward for double-blindfold peer review. Our aim is to achieve a time from submission to first decision of about three months.

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The Journal of South Asian Development (JSAD) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes papers based on original research pertaining to any aspect of development in South Asia (a region comprising of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives). We invite papers that focus on the economic dimensions, social relations or power dynamics of development in South Asia. We welcome a diversity of theoretical perspectives, analytical frameworks and methodological approaches, and value interdisciplinary and comparative research. JSAD engages a wide readership across the social sciences, both in South Asia and globally, including researchers, practitioners, policymakers, the media and others.

Contributions are welcomed from development studies scholars, economists, economic historians, anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, geographers, and others committed to the study and analysis of development issues, past and present, in any part of the South Asia region. Within this broad field, we are particularly interested in receiving research articles on:

- economic development: labour, firms, markets, trade, institutional change, technological change, state capacity, growth, structural change, industrialization, structural reforms, macroeconomic policies
- governance and public policy; education, health, nutrition, food security and social protection;
- poverty; inequality; social development; social mobility;
- migration, refugee studies, humanitarian aid;
- political economy of development; land and other conflicts; dispossession and displacement; social and political change; elections;
- information, communication and digital technologies for development;
- environment and development; climate change vulnerability, adaptation and resilience
- civil society, human rights and justice;
- intersectionality and development (gender, religion, class, caste/tribe, age, or sexuality);
- development theory, practice and policy.

Indraneel Dasgupta Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Sabyasachi Kar Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi, India
Kenneth Bo Nielsen University of Oslo, Norway
Rajeswari Sengupta Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, India
Carol Upadhya National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, India
Book Review Editor
Lipika Kamra Queen Mary University of London, UK
Associate Editors
Tanika Chakraborty Indian Institute Of Management–Calcutta, India
Priya Deshingkar University of Sussex, UK
Taniya Ghosh Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India
Amanda Gilbertson University of Melbourne, Australia
Farzana Haniffa Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Shareen Joshi Georgetown University, USA
Sohini Kar London School of Economics, UK
Nida Kirmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS
Kanika Mahajan Ashoka University, Haryana, India
Rajesh Raj Natarajan Associate Professor in Economics, Sikkim University, India
Patrik Oskarsson Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Selim Raihan University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Indrajit Roy University of York, UK
Anirudh Shingal S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai, India
Aparna Sundar University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Raphael Susewind King's College, London, UK
Chinmay Tumbe IIM Ahmedabad, India
Parag Waknis Ambedkar University, Delhi, India
Editorial Board Members
Bina Agarwal University of Manchester, UK
Amita Baviskar Ashoka University, India
Sonalde Desai University of Maryland, USA
Rajat Ganguly Murdoch University, Australia
Katy Gardner London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Barbara Harriss-White Oxford University, UK
Vegard Iversen University of Greenwich, UK
Ravi Kanbur Cornell University, USA
Khalid Nadvi University of Manchester, UK
Geert De Neve University of Sussex, UK
Kunal Sen UNU-WIDER, Finland
Ashutosh Varshney Brown University, USA
Arjan Verschoor University of East Anglia, UK
Dushni Weerakoon Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka
Andrew Wyatt University of Bristol, UK
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    Journal of South Asian Development is hosted on Sage Peer Review; a web based online submission and peer review system. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit to login and submit your article online.

    JSAD is a multi-disciplinary journal with limited number of volumes and papers published in a year. One of our major objectives is to provide adequate space to papers from different social sciences and humanities as well as contributors from different parts of South Asia and the world. In view of these objectives and in order to give a chance to as many contributors as possible, we would like to discourage multiple papers from the same author contemporaneously.

    Authors will be provided with a copyright form once the contribution is accepted for publication. The submission will be considered as final only after the filled-in and signed copyright form is received. In case there are two or more authors, the corresponding author needs to sign the copyright form.

    The corresponding author will receive a link for the copyright form once a contribution is accepted for publication. The submission will be considered as final once the author submits the copyright form.

    Guidelines for Research Articles

    Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words length and ideally combine theory with empirical analysis. Papers may focus on a particular state, a group of states or the entire South Asian region. Papers that compare South Asian states or the region with other states and regions are also welcome.

    All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 200 words, approximately five keywords, and full institutional affiliation, postal and email addresses and brief profile of the author/s. 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. Papers submitted to JSAD must not be under consideration by any other publisher; authors must attest to this at the time of submission. It is also the author’s responsibility to disclose any potential conflict of interest regarding the submitted manuscript.

    Guidelines for Perspectives

    JSAD welcomes submissions for Perspectives contributions to the journal.  A Perspective is intended to provide an outlet for short treatments of an emerging topic or debate of interest to contemporary development in South Asia.  We welcome Perspectives on topics that originated in academic literature, at a conference or workshop, in a keynote, in development policy or practice, or even in informal discussions on social media.

    A Perspective can be a critical evaluation of a body of literature, a synthesis of a current debate, an overview of an emergent issue in development or a reflection on personal experience or research.  Perspectives can consider original research, but also policy, practice or popular debates.  Discussions of urgent and emergent debates are also welcome.  Contributions will be considered from research scholars as well as policy makers, development practitioners and others engaged with issues of development in South Asia.  As a journal that promotes inclusivity and diversity, we encourage contributions on themes that cover any area of development in South Asia.

    Perspectives should be no longer than 2000-3000 words in length. They should limit their use of references, notes and technical material, as the goal remains a readable, accessible, and brief contribution.  Submissions will go through an expedited review process and JSAD will endeavour to publish a submitted Perspective in the next available issue.

    Please email the editors at to express your interest in submitting such a piece, and they will consider your written piece with immediate effect. The formal submissions shall be done through the online submission site.

    Guidelines for Book Reviews

    The JSAD also publishes reviews of books on all aspects of development in South Asia. Individual authors or publishers interested in having their books reviewed in the JSAD should send books to Lipika Kamra, Queen Mary University of London, UK. Lipika Kamra can be contacted by email at

    Manuscript Formatting

    1. The manuscript should be submitted in MS Word format.
    2. All articles should be typed on one side of the paper (preferably A4) and double-spaced throughout (not only the text but also displayed quotations, notes, references and any other matter).
    3. Notes should be numbered serially and presented at the end of the article. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
    4. British spellings be used throughout; universal ‘z’ in ‘-ize’ and ‘-ization’ words.
    5. Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes only used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text and indented with one space with a line space above and below. When directly quoting from a work, include the page number in the citation.
    6. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent not %). Use international number system (i.e., thousands, millions, billions, etc.).
    7. When referring to a century use words, e.g., ‘twentieth century’ and when reference is being made to a decade use numbers, e.g., ‘1980s’.
    8. Permissions and Releases: Material taken directly from a copyrighted source should be clearly identified, and the copyright holder’s written permission to reproduce it must be submitted in a separate file. Obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material is the author’s responsibility, as is payment of any fees the copyright holder may request.
    9. Tables and figures to be indicated by number (e.g., see Table 1), not by placement (e.g., see Table below). Short and crisp titles and headings in tables and figures are preferred. The units of measurement should be stated and the sources must be cited at the foot of the table. Present each table and figure on a separate sheet of paper, gathering them together at the end of article.
    10. All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi and 1500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG. Due permissions should be taken for copyright protected photographs/images. Even for photographs/images available in the public domain, it should be clearly ascertained whether or not their reproduction requires permission for purposes of publishing (which is a profit-making endeavor). All photographs/scanned images should be provided separately.
    11. A consolidated listing of all books, articles, essays, theses and documents referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) should be provided at the end of the article.

      Arrangement of references: Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work. In each reference, authors’ names are inverted (last name first) for all authors (first, second or subsequent ones); give the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work unless the work has more than six authors. If the work has more than six authors, list the first six authors and then use et al. after the sixth author’s name.

      Chronological listing: If more than one work by the same author(s) is cited, they should be listed in order by the year of publication, starting with the earliest.

      Sentence case: In references, sentence case (only the first word and any proper noun are capitalized – e.g., ‘The software industry in India’) is to be followed for the titles of papers, books, articles, etc.

      Title case: In references, Journal titles are put in title case (first letter of all words except articles and conjunctions are capitalized – e.g., Journal of Business Ethics).

      Italicize: Book and Journal titles are to be italicized.

    12. Citations and References should adhere to the guidelines below (based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition). Some examples are given below:

      In text citations:

      One work by one author: (Kessler, 2003, p. 50) or ‘Kessler (2003) found that among the epidemiological samples..’.

      One work by two authors: (Joreskog & Sorborn, 2007, pp. 50–66) or Joreskog and Sorborn (2007) found that..

      One work by three or more authors: (Basu, Banerji & Chatterjee, 2007) [first instance]; Basu et al. (2007) [Second instance onwards].

      Groups or organizations or universities: (University of Pittsburgh, 2007) or University of Pittsburgh (2007).

      Authors with same surname: Include the initials in all the in-text citations even if the year of publication differs, e.g., (I. Light, 2006; M.A. Light, 2008).

      Works with no identified author or anonymous author: Cite the first few words of the reference entry (title) and then the year, e.g., (‘Study finds’, 2007); (Anonymous, 1998).
      If abbreviations are provided, then the style to be followed is: (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2003) in the first citation and (NIMH, 2003) in subsequent citations.

      Two or more works by same author: (Gogel, 1990, 2006, in press)

      Two or more works with different authors: (Gogel, 1996; Miller, 1999)

      Secondary sources: Allport's diary (as cited in Nicholson, 2003).


      Patnaik, Utsa (2007). The republic of hunger. New Delhi: Three Essays Collective.

      Edited Books:
      Amanor, Kojo S., & Moyo, S. (Eds) (2008). Land and sustainable development in Africa. London and New York: Zed Books.

      Translated books:
      Amin, S. (1976). Unequal development (trans. B. Pearce). London and New York: Monthly Review Press.

      Book chapters:
      Chachra, S. (2011). The national question in India. In S. Moyo and P. Yeros (Eds), Reclaiming the nation (pp. 67–78). London and New York: Pluto Press.

      Journal articles:
      Foster, J.B. (2010). The financialization of accumulation. Monthly Review, 62(5), 1-17. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225 [DOI number optional]

      Newsletter article, no author:
      Six sites meet for comprehensive anti-gang intiative conference. (2006, November/December). OOJDP News @ a Glance. Retrieved from
      [Please do not place a period at the end of an online reference.]

      Newspaper article:
      Schwartz, J. (1993, September 30). Obesity affects economic, social status. The Washington Post, pp. A1, A4.

      In-press article:
      Briscoe, R. (in press). Egocentric spatial representation in action and perception. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Retrieved from

      Non-English reference book, title translated into English:
      Real Academia Espanola. (2001). Diccionario de la lengua espanola [Dictionary of the Spanish Language] (22nd ed.). Madrid, Spain: Author.

      Special issue or section in a journal:
      Haney, C., & Wiener, R.L. (Eds) (2004). Capital punishment in the United States [Special Issue]. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 10(4), 1-17.

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    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

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