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Social Change

Published in Association with Council for Social Development

Editors
Manoranjan Mohanty Distinguished Professor, Council for Social Development, New Delhi
Vinay Kumar Srivastava Anthropological Survey of India and University of Delhi, India
Managing Editor
Mannika Chopra Council for Social Development, India


eISSN: 09763538 | ISSN: 00490857 | Current volume: 48 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

Social Change publishes empirically-grounded analytical papers, theoretical essays and policy discussions in the field of social change and development. This multi-disciplinary, quarterly journal has a global readership among academia, social movements, NGOs and policy makers. We invite contributions from eminent thinkers and researchers as well as young, innovative writers from India and abroad.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Social Change publishes empirically-grounded analytical papers, theoretical essays and policy discussions in the field of social change and development. This multi-disciplinary, quarterly journal has a global readership among academia, social movements, NGOs and policy makers. We invite contributions from eminent thinkers and researchers as well as young, innovative writers from India and abroad.

Book Review Editor
Ghazala Jamil Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Editorial Assistant
Gurmeet Kaur Council for Social Development, India
Editorial Advisory Board
Monica Bruckmann Federal Flomenance University, Rio de Janeiro
Muchkund Dubey Council for Social Development, India
Gopal Guru Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
T Haque Council for Social Development, India
Rounaq Jahan University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Columbia University, USA
Mark Juergensmeyer University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Kalpana Kannabiran Council for Social Development, Southern Regional Centre, Hyderabad, India
Staffan Lindberg University of Lund, Sweden
Deepak Nayyar Council for Social Development and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Ashok Pankaj Professor and Director, Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India
Imrana Qadeer Council for Social Development and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Ma Rong Peking University, China
K B Saxena Council for Social Development, India
Mohamed Seedat University of South Africa, South Africa
Kian Tajbakhsh Social Scientist, Teheran, Iran
Jandhyala B G Tilak National University of Educational Planning and Administration, India
Virginius Xaxa Tezpur University, Sonitpur
S Akbar Zaidi Social Scientist, Pakistan
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  • Dutch-KB
  • EBSCO
  • Indian Citation Index (ICI)
  • J-Gate
  • OCLC
  • Portico
  • ProQuest: Sociological Abstracts
  • ProQuest: Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines:  Social Change

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below, then submit your manuscript in soft copy (MS Word) as an attachment to socialchange@csdindia.org. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of good quality that meet the aims and scope of Social Change 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, 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, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    3. Publishing polices

    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission
    5.2 Permissions

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article

    7. Further information         

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    Before submitting your manuscript to Social Change, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope

    1.2 Article types
    Full-fledged papers may be of 5,000 to 8,000 words. Brief write-ups of 1,000 to 3000 words (research reports, commentaries, theoretical notes, and data-based profiles) may also be sent; these will be considered for inclusion in sections titled Commentary and Perspectives & Documents. Responses to an article published in Social Change will be considered for inclusion in the section titled Discussion.

    The manuscript should be structured as follows:

    • Cover page, showing title of the paper, name of author, author’s affiliation and institutional address with pin code, email id and a 100–150 word abstract. Authors’ names and references should not be used in the text in order to keep authors’ anonymity (e.g., ‘as the author has written elsewhere’ should be avoided). . 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.
    • The contributors should also provide 4–6 keywords for online searchability.
    • Text should start on a new page, and must not contain the names of authors.
    • All references should come at the end of the manuscript.
    • Tables and figures should be provided in editable format and should be referred to in the text by number separately (e.g., Table 1) not by placement (e.g., see Table below). They should each be submitted on a separate page following the article, numbered and arranged as per their references in the text. They will be inserted in the final text as indicated by the author. Source citations with tables and figures are required irrespective of whether or not they require permissions.
    • Figures, including maps, graphs and drawings, should not be larger than page size. They should be numbered and arranged as per their references in the text. All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi and 1500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG. Permissions to reprint should be obtained 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 (The Publisher is a profit-making endeavour). All photographs/scanned images should be provided separately in a folder along with the main article.
    • Mathematical formulae, methodological details etc. should be given separately as an appendix, unless their mention in the main body of the text becomes essential.

    1.3 Writing your paper
    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    Social Change is a peer-reviewed journal which follows a doubly blinded review process.

    2.2 Authorship
    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.

    2.3 Acknowledgements
    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.

    2.3.1 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.

    2.4 Funding
    Social Change requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE 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. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    Social Change encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics
    SAGE 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 SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
    Social Change and SAGE 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 plagiarised 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.

    3.1.2 Prior publication
    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE 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.

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement      
    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence 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 SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving
    Social Change offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway. 

    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting
    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’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.

    4.3 Supplementary 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 supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style
    Social Change adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    • The language and spellings used should be British (U.K.), with ‘s’ variant, e.g., globalisation instead of globalization, labour instead of labor. For non-English and uncommon words and phrases, use italics only for the first time. Meaning of non-English words should be given in parenthesis just after the word when it is used for the first time.
    • Articles should use non-sexist and non-racist language.
    • Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurement (e.g., China’s GDP growth rate 9.8 per cent) use numbers. Very large round numbers, especially sums of money, may be expressed by a mixture of numerals and spelled-out numbers (India’s population 1.2 billion). Follow thousand, million, billion number metric system instead of lakhs and crores.
    • Single quotes should be used throughout. Double quote marks are to be 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.
    • Notes should be numbered serially and presented at the end of the article. Endnotes must contain more than a mere reference. They should contain comments, qualifications, explanations.
    • Use ‘per cent’ instead of % in the text. In tables, graphs etc, % can be used. Use ‘20th century’, ‘1990s’.
    • Social Change does not encourage frequent use of capital letters. They should be used selectively and consistently. Only the first word of title and subtitle should start with capitals. Although proper names are capitalised, many words derived from or associated with proper names, as well as the names of significant offices are lowercased. While the names of ethnic, religious and national groups are capitalised (the Muslims, the Gurkhas, the Germans), designations based loosely on colour (black people) and terms denoting socio-economic classes or groups (the middle class, the dalits, the adivasis, the african-american) are lowercased. All caste, tribe and community names (the Santhals, the Jatavs) are to be capitalised but generic terms (the kayasths) are to be lower cased. Civil, military, religious, and professional titles (the president) and institutions (the parliament, the united nations) are to be put in lower case, but names of organisations (the Labour Party, the Students Federation of India) are to be capitalised. The names of political tendencies (the marxists, the socialists) should remain in lower case. All generic terms must not be in caps.  Some examples are: African american will be in caps as will kayasthya. However bania will not be in caps and nor should be brahmin. marxists, gandhian, maoists also should be in upper case.
    • Abbreviations are spelled out at first occurrence. Very common ones (US, GDP, BBC) need not be spelled out. Other commonly used abbreviations (am, pm, cm, kg, ha) can be used in lower case, without spaces.

    4.5 English language editing services
    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    5. Submitting your manuscript
    Manuscripts should be submitted in soft copy in MS Word as an attachment to socialchange@csdindia.org

    5.1 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. 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).

    5.2 Permissions
    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permissionfrom 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 SAGE Author Gateway

    6. On acceptance and publication           

    6.1 SAGE Production
    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned 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. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 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 SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.  

    6.3 Access to your published article
    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article. An automated email from our system would be sent to the authors providing a link to their published manuscript. They can access their submission through that link easily.

    6.4 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 SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit thePromote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

    7. Further information
    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Social Change editorial office as follows:

    E-mail: mannika@csdindia.org
    Telephone: 011 24615383

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