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South Asia Research

South Asia Research

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South Asia Studies

eISSN: 17413141 | ISSN: 02627280 | Current volume: 40 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

South Asia Research is an international, multidisciplinary forum which covers the history, politics, law, economics, sociology, visual culture, languages and literature of the countries in South Asia. It includes works of theory, review and synthesis as well as detailed empirical studies by both research students and established scholars around the world.

Electronic Access:
South Asia Research is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

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

South Asia Research is a peer-reviewed international, multidisciplinary forum which covers the history, politics, law, economics, sociology, visual culture, languages and literature of the countries in South Asia. It includes works of theory, review and synthesis as well as detailed empirical studies by both research students and established scholars from around the world.

Werner Menski South Asia Institute, SOAS, London, UK
Review Editor
Kanika Sharma Law, SOAS, London, UK
Assistant Editors
Anwesha Arya Film and South Asian Studies, Rye, East Sussex, UK
David Lunn South Asian Studies, SOAS, UK
Sonia Khan Bangladesh Studies and Law, London and Dhaka, UK
Vineeth Mathoor History, Changanacherry, Kerala, India
Gaurav Pathania Sociology, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
Amit Ranjan International Relations/Pakistan Studies, NUS, Singapore
Saidalavi P C Anthropology, ANU, Canberra, Australia
Anirudh Tagat Economics, IITB Monash Research Academy, IIT Mumbai, India
Farooq Yousaf Afghanistan-Pakistan Affairs, University of Newcastle, Australia
Editorial Committee
Santhosh Abraham Humanities/Social Sciences, IIT Madras, Chennai, India
Raziuddin Aquil History, University of Delhi, India
Zoe Headley Anthropology, IFP-CEIAS, Paris, France
Eswarappa Kasi Tribal Studies, IGNTU, Amarkantak, MP, India
Prashant Kidambi History, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Alessandra Mezzadri Development Studies, SOAS, London, UK
Muhammad A Z Mughal Social Anthropology, KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Shobna Nijhawan Languages and Literatures, York University, Toronto, Canada
Ashok Pankaj Development Studies, Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India
Rahul Rao Political Sciences, SOAS, London, UK
Susmita Roye English/Foreign Languages, Delaware State University, Dover, USA
Gopika Solanki Political Science, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
International Advisory Board
Domenico Amirante Political Science, University of Naples II, Naples, Italy
Padma Anagol History, Cardiff University, UK
Toshie Awaya History, TUFS, Tokyo, Japan
Faisal Devji History, St Antony’s, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Rachel Dwyer South Asian Studies, SOAS, London, UK
Domenico Francavilla Law/Philosophy, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
Ridwanul Hoque Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Michael Hutt South Asia Institute, SOAS, London, UK
Binod Khadria School of Social Sciences, JNU, Delhi, India
David Ludden History, NYU, New York, USA
Matthew McCartney Area Studies, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Chris Ogden Asian Security, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland, UK
D Parthasarathy Sociology, IIT Mumbai, Mumbai, India
Tanika Sarkar School of Social Sciences, JNU, Delhi, India
Sanjay Subrahmanyam History, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Gauri Viswanathan Comparative Literature, University of Columbia, New York, USA
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: South Asia Research

    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 South Asia Research 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 South Asia Research, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types
    Articles should be sent in a word document format, and should normally be between 5000–7000 words, including references. The manuscript should include an abstract of 100–150 words. At the bottom of the abstract, please also submit 3–5 keywords for your article. Book reviews are also invited.

    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 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
    South Asia Research 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.

    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
    If necessary, 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.

    [FOR SINGLE BLIND JOURNALS: Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.]

    [FOR DOUBLE BLIND JOURNALS: Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.]

    2.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.3.2 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
    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 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
    South Asia Research encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    It is the policy of the journal 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’.

    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
    South Asia Research 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
    South Asia Research 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, but these illustrations are not 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
    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.
    Article in 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].
    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

    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

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission
    Submit your manuscripts to the editor, Prof. Werner Menski at

    Please provide the complete contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors and identify who is to be the corresponding author. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files.

    Style: 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.
    Spelling: UK spellings with ‘ise’ are normal practice for this Journal (but retain US spelling in original quotes and references).
    Punctuation: Use single quotation marks with double quotes inside single quotes. Present dates in the form 1 May 1998. 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, 318–356 should be 318–56; 320–329 should be 320–9.

    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 and/or the Journal Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process.

    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. No complimentary hard copies will be provided to the authors.

    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.

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

    Prof. Werner Menski, Emeritus Professor of South Asian Laws, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG, UK. E-mail: Web:

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