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NHRD Network Journal

NHRD Network Journal

Published in Association with National HRD Network
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Human Resource Management

eISSN: 2631455X | ISSN: 26314541 | Current volume: 13 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

The NHRD Network Journal has been publishing since 2006, and has systematically built knowledge in the HR arena and made it available to current & future generations of HR professionals by including contributions from various eminent authors and by drawing the attention of chief executives of different organisations, agencies and Government departments to HRD philosophy and processes and their benefits. The Journal has evolved over time and facilitated professional development by stimulating the HR Professional thought process, disseminating HRD knowledge and skills among HR professionals and practitioners, and sharing information and experiences relating to HRD.

The NHRD Network Journal is committed to promoting the HRD movement in the country and enhancing the capability of human resource professionals to compete globally and thereby creating value for society.

The Special Issues of the Journal have been varied and focused on a number of research areas relating to Human Resource Development such as:

· Attracting and Retaining Talent

· Career Management

· Organizational Change

· Global HRM

· Women in Corporate Leadership Roles

· Organization Development

· Learning and Development

· Leadership

· Work-Life Balance

· Institution Building

· Coaching For Performance and Development

· Human Resources Management in Rapid Growth Organizations

· HR Competence

· HR and Employee Relations

· CEO and HR

· Skill Building and HR

· Technology and HR

The NHRD Network Journal is the official publication of the National HRD Network. The aim of the journal is to compile and publish the research and professional views and experiences of reputed HR professionals, line professionals, CEOs, researchers and academicians in different specialised areas within the field of human resource development. Extensive research is carried out to identify themes of current interest to HR fraternity for each issue. Each issue is guest-edited by an expert in the concerned theme area. The Journal continuously strives to generate new knowledge in HR by thriving active collaboration between practitioners and academics.

The Journal publishes primarily three categories of articles:

· Conceptual and Research-based Articles

· Contributions from thought leaders

· Organizational Experiences in HR interventions/mechanisms

The Journal also publishes book reviews, interviews of eminent professionals of the field and case studies.

The scope of the journal includes multiple HR-related themes: IT in HR, Performance Management, Attracting and Retaining Talent, Career Management, Women in Corporate Leadership Roles, Work-Life Balance, Human Resources Management in Rapid Growth Organizations, etc.

Pallab Bandyopadhyay National HRD Network, Gurgaon, India and Founder, HR Plus, Bengaluru, India
Editorial Board
Srinath Jagannathan Chairperson-PGP-HR, IIM Indore, Indore, India
Gopal Mohapatra Professor, IIM Bangalore, India
PNSV Narasimham Senior Vice President and Global HR Head, Cyient , Hyderabad, India
Ashok Ramachandran National Secretary, NHRDN, Gurgaon, India and Group Executive President – Human Resources, Aditya Birla Group, Mumbai, India
Krish Shankar National President, NHRDN, Gurgaon, India and Group Head - Human Resources, Infosys, Bengaluru, India
Dhananjay Singh Director General, NHRDN, Gurgaon, India
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: NHRD Network Journal

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below before you submit your manuscript 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 will be reviewed.

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

    As part of the submission 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 policies

    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 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 please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types

    The journal may include any combination of research articles, perspectives, book reviews and debates. The length of manuscripts (especially, research articles) should be between 4,000 to 7,000 words, excluding abstract, including notes and references. The book reviews should, however, be around 500 words. This information must be stated at the end of the manuscript.

    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

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it 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

    All papers submitted peer review by members of a carefully appointed editorial board/committee etc.

    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.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided assistance, e.g. 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

    NHRD Network Journal requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page 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

    NHRD Network Journal 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 to require a declaration of conflicting interests all 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’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

    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

    NHRD Network Journal 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 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 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  

    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 agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and 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 the author to the society. For the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    NHRD Network Journal offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice For 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 are also accepted. Word and (LaTex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    • The font of the submitted articles should be Times New Roman, 12 font and double space.  
    • Name(s) of with author’s affiliation and institutional address (in case of more than one author, the name and address of the corresponding author with pin code and email id must be provided.
    • A 100–150 word Abstract along with 4 to 5 relevant keywords should be a part of the content.
    • All notes must be listed as
    • The language and spellings used should be British (UK), with ‘s’ variant , e.g., globalisation instead of globalization, labour instead of labor.  
    • Non-English and uncommon words and phrases should be italicized. Meaning of non-English words should be given in parenthesis just after the word when it is used for the first time.  
    • Numbers from one to nine should be spelt out, and 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurement (e.g., China’s GDP growth rate 9.8 per cent; 10-year-old boy, etc.) numbers should be used.  
    • 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 to British; however, glaring mistakes in spellings can be rectified using (sic.).
    • Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text and set as block quotes.
    • Use ‘per cent’ instead of % the text. In tables, graphs, and within parenthesis, % can be used.
    • Use ‘20th century’, ‘the 1990s’.
    • Initials in names of people used in the text must have spaces in them and dots (e.g., M. K. Gandhi, P. T. Usha, etc.).
    • Fuller/non-truncated number ranges should be used (e.g., 1987–1988, 2012–2015, etc.).
    • Use of boldface or all capital letters should be avoided. Quotes/italics must be used for emphasis. of different words—proper nouns, names of castes, regions, —must be made consistent the text.
    • Abbreviations should be spelled out at the first occurrence: some common ones (US, GDP, BBC) being .

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

    In-text citations of all tables and figures must be provided, that is, these should be referred to in the text by their respective numbers (e.g., Table 1). In case these have been taken from some other published work, the source of the same must be provided to avoid any copyright issues.

    4.3 Supplementary material

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

    4.4 Reference style

     NHRD Network Journal adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    For each text citation there must be a corresponding citation in the reference list and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding text citation.

    Some examples of references are given below.

    • Books:

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

    • Edited Books:

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

    Amanor, K. S., & Moyo, S. (2008). Land and sustainable development in Africa (A. Sharma, Ed.). London/New York: Zed Books.

    • Translated books/Editions of books:

    Amin, S. (1976). Unequal development (trans. B. Pearce, 2nd ed.). 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.

    • Newsletter article, no author:       

    How OJJDP Is Promoting Youth Justice and Safety: 2016 Wrap-Up. (2016, November/December). OJJDP News @ a Glance. Retrieved 24 January 2017, from

    [Note: 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.

    [Note: The translation of the non-English titles must be provided in square brackets right after the title. In cases where the author of the article (usually an institute or society) and the publisher are same, the name of the publisher is replaced with the word ‘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.

    Haney, C., & Wiener, R. L. (Eds). (2004). Capital punishment in the United States. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 10(Special Issue), 1−17.

    • Working paper/Reports:

    Amin, S. (1976). Unequal development (Working Paper/Report No. E-212). London and New York: Monthly Review Press.

    • Conferences:

    Liu, S. (2005, May). Defending against business crises with the help of intelligent agent based early warning solutions. Paper presented at the Seventh International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, Miami, FL. Retrieved 24 January 2018, from

    • Proceedings:

    Herculano-Houzel, S., Collins, C. E., Wong, P., Kaas, J. H., & Lent, R. (2008). The basic nonuniformity of the cerebral cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 105, 12593–12598. doi:10.1073/pnas.0805417105

    [Note: Providing the doi is optional.]

    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 Permissions

    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 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 OnlineFirst publication

    OnlineFirst 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.

    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 the Promote 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 NHRD Network Journal editorial office at:

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