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South Asian Survey

South Asian Survey

Sriparna Basu FORE School of Management, India

eISSN: 09730788 | ISSN: 09715231 | Current volume: 22 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-annually

Call for Papers on Special Issue: SAARC and Geopolitics

General Call for Papers

South Asia has a long shared history and significant cultural similarity.The region is already positioned as a strong consumer market base with and consistent GDP growth rates, of 5-6%, over the past couple of decades. In terms of high demographic dividend, the region has the largest working-age population, and the milieu to foster entrepreneurship. Moreover, the institutions in the region can have ethnocentric proximity and reduced cultural distance, both conducive to investment and growth. Yet South Asia is one of the least integrated regions of the world in terms of conducive trade environment and policy space. South Asia’s intraregional trade as a share of total trade is the lowest in the world, at less than 2% of gross domestic product (GDP), compared to 40% for East Asia (World Development Report, 2007). Additionally, people to people connection as well as a cross-border investment is low owing to inter-regional conflicts leading to security hazards, and also infrastructure bottlenecks that render cross-border exchanges costly and therefore unattractive. There is a real need to promote integration by creating Regional value Chains (RVCs) in order to improve the region’s share in the global economy and overall growth and harmony.

South Asian Survey is a bi-annual peer-reviewed scholarly journal that serves as a forum to share fresh thinking and to debate on matters of national and regional concern to the countries of South Asia. It carries scholarly articles, contributions on policy advocacy, and well-researched articles. The journal is more than two decades old, and enjoys a wide subscription base among social scientists and policymakers.

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South Asian Survey (SAS) is a bi-annual refereed scholarly journal that provides a platform for research articles exhibiting an in-depth understanding of issues confronting the South Asian economy, history, culture, inter-regional trade, public policy, diplomacy, and contemporary business. The journal encourages scholarly research articles that engage in nuanced discussion of subjects, and bring together some fine thinking from South Asia and around the world on the social, cultural, economic, and political environments of life and livelihood in South Asia. SAS also encourages submissions that focus on social sector issues, insights from different industry segments, the impact of governance and public policy on business and bilateral trade decisions, and similar areas. A key agenda of the journal is to encourage interdisciplinary work that offers alternative outlooks on issues beyond disciplinary silos. SAS encourages conceptual as well as empirical research. The journal also carries book reviews of recently-published literature that fit the scope of the journal and accentuates the intellectual discussions to which this journal plays host.

SAS is indexed with, among others, J-gate, EBSCO, ICI, and ProQuest.

SAS is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). South Asian Survey is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at


Associate Editor
Bishakha Majumdar FORE School of Management, India
Editorial Board
K K Bhargava Indian Council for South Asian Cooperation, New Delhi, India
H K Dua The Tribune, Chandigarh, India
Eric Gonsalves Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India
Nancy Jetly Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Manoj Joshi Mail Today, New Delhi, India
Mahendra P Lama Sikkim University, Gangtok, India
S D Muni National University of Singapore, Singapore
V Suryanarayan University of Madras, India
Charan D Wadhva Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India
Advisory Editorial Board
Lok Raj Baral Executive Chairman, Nepal Centre for Contemporary Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal
Muchkund Dubey Council for Social Development, India
Godfrey Gunatillake Chairman Emeritus, Marga Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Hameeda Hossein Professor, Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
A K H Morshed Former Foreign Secretary, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Syed Nawab Haider Naqvi Former Director, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad
V A Pai Panandikar Former Director, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India
V R Panchmukhi Former Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, India
Devendra Raj Pandey Former Finance Minister; Chairman, Nepal South Asian Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal
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    The South Asian Survey 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 log in and submit your article online. Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be addressed to the journal administrator.

    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.


    South Asian Survey follows standard double-blind peer review procedures with regard to all academic articles submitted to the journal. This involves sending contributions out to two external reviewers. Anonymity of both the contributor and the reviewers is maintained.


    1. All articles should be submitted in MS Word format and double-spaced throughout (not only the text but also displayed quotations, notes, references, and appendices)
    2. Authors must provide their institutional affiliations and complete postal and e-mail addresses on the title page. Please mention the URL of your institutional website (if available)
    3. Articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words. All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 150 words. The number of keywords provided should at least be seven
    4. Footnotes/endnotes should be numbered serially
    5. Authors should use British spellings throughout; universal ‘s’ is to be used in ‘-ise’, ‘-isation’ words (except in quotations and proper names, where ‘-ize’, ‘-ization’ should be retained)
    6. Authors should use single quotes throughout the document. Double quotes marks are used only within single quotes, to indicate a quotation within a quotation. 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
    7. Authors should use expressions such as ‘nineteenth century’ and ‘1980s’. Numbers from one to nine are to be spelt out; 10 and above are to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements, only figures are to be used (e.g., 3 km, 9 per cent, not %). Authors should use globally accepted expressions such as thousands and millions, not lakhs and crores
    8. Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimised, but used consistently. Non-English words should be placed in italics
    9. Tables and figures are to be indicated in text by numbers (e.g., see Table 1), and not by position (e.g., see Table below). Position of each table and figure in the text is to be indicated with an insertion: 'Insert table/figure no. about here'. Present each table and figure on a separate page at the end of the article
    10. References should be double-spaced and should appear at the end of the article. The author’s surname should come first, followed by the author's name. If more than one publication by the same author is listed, the items should appear in chronological order in the references
    11. Citations and References should adhere to the guidelines below (based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th 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).


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

    [Please do not place a period at the end of an online reference.]

    • 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.

    14. BOOK REVIEWS should mention title of the book reviewed, name of the author of the book, place of publication and publisher, year of publication, number of pages, and price. For example, Zoya Hasan (Ed.), Democracy in Muslim Societies: The Asian Experience. New Delhi: SAGE Publications/Observer Research Foundation, 2007, pp. 266, Rs 550.

    The length of the book review should bebetween 1500 and 2000 words (including references)

    Authors are encouraged to adhere to the submission guidelines closely to avoid desk rejection of manuscripts.

    Instructions for Revised Manuscript Submission:

    1. The authors must ensure that they have responded to all the comments by the reviewers and/or the editor, in detail, in the author's response letter. The author's response letter must not contain the author's name
    2. The authors must ensure that they have uploaded the revised manuscript files

    Instructions for Reviewers

    1. SAS invites scholars and academicians to contribute to the journal’s activities as reviewers.
    2. Interested reviewers should create an account at (INSERT URL). Submitted articles would be assigned to the reviewers periodically, depending on their areas of interest and expertise. On assignment, the reviewer would receive a mail from he editor’s desk, with the name of the paper and deadline for review. The reviewer needs to log into his/her account for further action
    3. Once assigned, the submission appears on the reviewer's dashboard. The reviewer should click on the "HTML" button to view an online version of the manuscript, and click on the "PDF" button to view a PDF version of the manuscript
    4. The reviewer should navigate to the "Score Sheet" tab to access the reviewer form. The "Save" button at the bottom of the scoresheet should be clicked to save one's review comments in the system.
    5. To submit the review, the reviewer should click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the score sheet
    6. The reviewer should endeavour to provide constructive and detailed comments for the author. In addition, if there are comments for editor's attention only, they may be entered in the Comments to Editor field, and these will remain confidential
    7. All communication regarding this manuscript are privileged
    8. Any conflict of interest, suspicion of duplicate publication, fabrication of data, or plagiarism must immediately be reported to the Editor's desk

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