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Studies in Indian Politics

Studies in Indian Politics


Editor
Suhas Vasant Palshikar Retired Professor, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Managing Editor
K C Suri University of Hyderabad, Telangana, India


eISSN: 23217472 | ISSN: 23210230 | Current volume: 7 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-annually
Call for Papers

The journal Studies in Indian Politics (SIP) will be a blind peer-reviewed bi-annual journal.

SIP will publish research writings that seek to explain different aspects of Indian politics. The Journal adopts a multi-method approach and will publish articles based on primary data in the qualitative and quantitative traditions, archival research, interpretation of texts and documents, and secondary data. The Journal will cover a wide variety of sub-fields in politics, such as political ideas and thought in India, political institutions and processes, Indian democracy and politics in a comparative perspective particularly with reference to the global South and South Asia, India in world affairs, and public policies. While such a scope will make it accessible to a large number of readers, keeping India at the centre of the focus will make it target-specific.

SIP is a forum for those engaged in the pursuit of generating new knowledge and analyses of Indian politics based on original research. By way of making such a knowledge and analyses accessible to the public, it will cater to the needs of a large number of social and political scientists engaged in teaching and research at educational and research institutions in India and abroad.

SIP expects readership mainly from academics and students (both post-graduate and research level) in higher education institutions and research institutes in India and abroad. We also expect a few interested journalists, NGO functionaries, political analysts and commentators and policy makers to read the journal.

The proposed journal will more generally cater to the needs of researchers and students in Political Science, and within political science, its emphasis will be on Indian politics, state politics in India, political thinking in India and comparative politics with India/global South as the focus.

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

Studies in Indian Politics is a double blind peer-reviewed bi-annual journal. The journal publishes research writings that seek to explain different aspects of Indian politics. The journal adopts a multi-method approach and publish articles based on primary data in the qualitative and quantitative traditions, archival research, interpretation of texts and documents, and secondary data. The Journal covers a wide variety of sub-fields in politics, such as political ideas and thought in India, political institutions and processes, Indian democracy and politics in a comparative perspective particularly with reference to the global South and South Asia, India in world affairs, and public policies. While such a scope makes it accessible to a large number of readers, keeping India at the centre of the focus makes it target-specific.

The journal is a forum for those engaged in the pursuit of generating new knowledge and analyses of Indian politics based on original research. By way of making such a knowledge and analyses accessible to the public, it cater to the needs of a large number of social and political scientists engaged in teaching and research at educational and research institutions in India and abroad. SIP expects readership mainly from academics and students (both post-graduate and research level) in higher education institutions and research institutes in India and abroad. We also expect a few interested journalists, NGO functionaries, political analysts and commentators and policy makers to read the journal.

The journal caters to the need of researchers and students in Political Science, and within political science, its emphasis will be on Indian politics, state politics in India, political thinking in India and comparative politics with India/global South as the focus.

Review Editors
Philip Oldenburg Columbia University, New York, USA
Ujjwal Kumar Singh Delhi University, Delhi, India
Assistant Editor
Abhay Datar People`s College, Nanded, Maharashtra, India
Editorial Managing Team
Pradeep Chhibber University of California, Berkeley, USA
Rajeshwari Deshpande Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Kailash K K University of Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Irfan Nooruddin Georgetown University, USA
Sandeep Shastri Jain University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Editorial Assistant
Vibha Attri CSDS, Delhi, India
Editorial Board
Hilal Ahmed CSDS, Delhi, India
Mukulika Banerjee London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Sanjib Baruah Bard College, New York, USA
Rekha Chowdhary Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla
Gopal Guru Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Niraja Gopal Jayal Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Rob Jenkins Hunter College & The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, USA
Sunil Khilnani Kings` India Institute, King`s College London, UK
Alistair McMillan University of Sheffield, UK
Pratap Bhanu Mehta Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University, Sonepat, Haryana, India
Valerian Rodrigues Ambedkar Chair Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi, India
Arild Ruud University of Oslo, Norway
Akio Tanabe Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Divya Vaid Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Ashutosh Varshney Brown University, RI, USA
Yogendra Yadav Former Senior Fellow, CSDS, Delhi, India and Activist with Swaraj Abhiyan, India
Advisory Board
Imtiaz Ahmad Retired Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Pranab Bardhan University of California, Berkeley, USA
Rajeev Bhargava Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India
Partha Chatterjee Columbia University, New York, USA and Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata, India
Christophe Jaffrelot Centre for the International Studies and Research (CERI), Sciences Po, Paris, France
Sudipta Kaviraj Columbia University, New York, USA
James Manor University of London, London, UK
Ghanshyam Shah Formerly National Fellow, ICSSR, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
D L Sheth Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India
V B Singh Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Studies in Indian Politics 

    Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be addressed to: The Chief Editor, Studies in Indian Politics. E-mail: lokniti.journal@csds.in 

    Book reviews and book review essays are commissioned and edited by Philip Oldenburg (philip.oldenburg@columbia.edu) and Ujjwal Kumar Singh (ujjwalksingh@gmail.com)

    Studies in Indian Politics publishes short write-ups on Methods and Teaching-Learning of Political Science. Write ups for the section Teaching-Learning Political Science are commissioned by Rajeshwari Deshpande (rajeshwari.deshpande@gmail.com) and write ups for the section Notes on Methods are commissioned by Divya Vaid (divya.vaid09@gmail.com).

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Studies in Indian Politics 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 Studies in Indian Politics, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types

    The journal publishes research writings that seek to explain different aspects of Indian politics. The Journal covers a wide variety of sub-fields in politics, such as political ideas and thought in India, political institutions and processes, Indian democracy and politics in a comparative perspective particularly with reference to the global South and South Asia, India in world affairs, and public policies. The journal caters to the need of researchers and students in Political Science, and within political science, its emphasis will be on Indian politics, state politics in India, political thinking in India and comparative politics with India/global South as the focus.

    • Manuscripts of articles should not ordinarily exceed 7,000 words in length, inclusive of references, tables and figures. Notes, commentaries (under teaching-learning section or research methods section) and book review essays should not exceed 3,000 words in length. Book Reviews should not ordinarily exceed 1,000 words. All Submissions should be sent only in soft copy, preferably in MS Word, double-spaced throughout (even for quotations, notes, references).
    • Along with the submission, authors also need to send an undertaking that the same article is not submitted to any other publication.
    • Provide an abstract of not more than 150 words and 4–6 keywords for articles.
    • British spellings should be used throughout; universal ‘z’ in ‘-ize’ and ‘-ization’ words.
    • Single quotes should be used throughout. Double quote marks are to be used within single quotes.
    • Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above should remain in figures. However, for exact measurements use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent not %).
    • Notes should be numbered serially and presented as footnotes. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.

    There is no limit on the number of references allowed.

    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

    Studies in Indian Politics adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    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

    Studies in Indian Politics 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

    Studies in Indian Politics 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
    Studies in Indian Politics 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

    Studies in Indian Politics 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

    Studies in Indian Politics adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    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 must be submitted at lokniti.journal@csds.in (research papers), philip.oldenburg@columbia.edu and ujjwalksingh@gmail.com (book reviews), rajeshwari.deshpande@gmail.com (Teaching-Learning Political Science), and divya.vaid09@gmail.com (Notes on Methods). 

    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 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 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.

    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. 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

    For more information, please contact Editors: Suhas Palshikar (ched.sip@gmail.com), K. C. Suri (surikc@ gmail.com) or Assistant Editor: Abhay Datar (abhaydatar@hotmail.com)

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