Focus and Scope

Space and Culture, India welcomes theoretically informed original research, commentaries, reviews, and practice reflections on emerging issues, social and economic development, social welfare, social change and challenges specific to India and other South Asian countries. The emphasis in this Journal of Space and Culture, India is to stimulate thinking, offer scholarly learning and stand out to offer debates, discussion on development issues and challenges for development and social change in India and the region. The editorial board seeks original   contributions that addresses a variety of concerns and issues such as discrimination,  on account of gender and ethnicity,  militarism  of the region and civil conflict, corruption, poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, disease, rights to shelter, environmental degradation, scientific and technological resources and trade and the region in the context of international  development.  The journal is equally interested in papers and articles that offer voice to the cause of weaker and marginalised sections of the Indian sub-continent.

Peer Review Process

The Space and Culture, India aims to maintain an anonymous review policy. Each manuscript will be reviewed independently. At no time, the name of the author(s) (or any personal information) will be made known to the referees, or made relevant to the selection and publication of the author's work. All submitted manuscripts need to strip off all identities, which are then circulated to reviewers for comments. On receiving comments from the reviewers (again, with no identifying information) are circulated to author(s) to guide revisions. However, the final decision on the suitability of all submissions for publication rests with the editorial board.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

Publication Ethics

Journal Space and Culture, India adheres to the publication ethics for editors, authors and reviewers as defined by COPE's Committee on Publication Ethics, in their Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011) and Elseviers's Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK) as a baseline for handling publishing ethics issues. Please refer to the responsibilities, disclosure of conflicts of interest and complaints procedure below.

Authors' responsibilities

Online Submission Process and Author Fees

Reporting standards

Authors of original research reports should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data access and retention

Authors could be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the paper for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least ten years after publication (preferably via an institutional or subject-based data repository or other data center), provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release.

Originality, plagiarism and acknowledgement of sources

Authors will submit only entirely original works, and will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should also be cited.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

In general, papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere cannot be submitted. However, by submitting a manuscript, the author(s) retain the rights to the published material as evidenced by our Open Access Policy.

Authorship of the paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors.

The corresponding author ensures that all contributing co-authors and no uninvolved persons are included in the author list. The corresponding author will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and to cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Reviewers' responsibilities

  • To contribute to the decision-making process, and to assist in improving the quality of the published paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively, in a timely manner.
  • To maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author. To not retain or copy the manuscript.
  • To alert the editor to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review.
  • To be aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and to alert the editor to these, if necessary withdrawing their services for that manuscript.form of an erratum.

Editors' responsibilities

  • To act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
  • To handle submissions for sponsored supplements or special issues in the same way as other submissions, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic merit and without commercial influence.
  • To adopt and follow reasonable procedures in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature, in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Society where appropriate. To give authors a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaints. All complaints should be investigated no matter when the original publication was approved. Documentation associated with any such complaints should be retained.

Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest can occur when you (or your employer or sponsor) have a financial, commercial, legal, or professional relationship with other organizations, or with the people working with them, that could influence your research.

All authors should include a statement disclosing any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. The journal editor will use this information to inform his or her editorial decisions, and may publish such disclosures to assist readers in evaluating the article. The conflict of interest can be declared on your cover letter or on the manuscript submission form in the journal's online peer-review system.

Conflict of interest: sample disclosure statements

In accordance with Journal Space and Culture, India's policy and my ethical obligation as a researcher, I am reporting that I [have a financial and/or business interests in] [am a consultant to] [receive funding from] (delete as appropriate) a company that may be affected by the research reported in the enclosed paper. I have disclosed those interests fully, and I have in place an approved plan for managing any potential conflicts arising from [that involvement].

or

This research is sponsored by [company A] and may lead to the development of products which may be licensed to [company B], in which I have a business and/or financial interest. I have disclosed those interests fully, and have in place an approved plan for managing any potential conflicts arising from this arrangement.

If there is no disclosure, we will publish the statement: 'No potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.'

Complaints Procedure

This procedure applies to complaints about the publishing policies, procedures and actions of publishing and editorial staff and the editor-in-chief of the Journal.

We define a complaint as:

  • anything defined as a complaint by the complainant
  • anything we believe goes beyond an expression of disagreement with a decision and identifies a perceived failure of process or severe misjudgement

The complaint must relate to content or a procedure that was the responsibility of the publisher or our editor.

Registering a complaint Complaints may be made by phone, email or letter. Our preference is by email as it provides the most reliable audit trail. The complaint should be directed initially to the person the complainant is already in contact with over the relevant matter. If that is not appropriate please email the publisher. Whenever possible complaints will be dealt with by the person to whom they are made. Where that is not possible or appropriate the complaint will be referred to the most appropriate person. All complaints will be acknowledged immediately if made on the telephone or within three working days of receipt if made by email or post. If possible a definitive response will be made within two weeks. If this is not possible an interim response will be given within two weeks. Interim responses will be provided until the complaint is resolved.

If a complainant remains unhappy after a reply considered definitive by the editor-in-chief or publisher, the complainant may complain to an external body, when that body has relevant oversight.

Publisher

ACCB Publishing
North Shields, NE29 9JA
Email: publishing@accb.org.uk
Ph. (+44) 07424146636

Sponsor

Alliance for Community Capacity Building (Registered Charity No. 1106666, Charity Commission, England and Wales), North Shields, NE29 9JA
Email: admin@accb.org.uk
Web: accb.org.uk