Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details (email, phone numbers).

  • All necessary files have been uploaded, and contain keywords, all figure captions, all tables (including caption, description, footnotes).

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in 'Comments to the Editor').

  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF document file format.

  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

  • Manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar-checked'.

  • All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa.

  • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web).

  • Authors may choose to have their manuscripts professionally edited before submission either with Scholarly Communication or elsewhere.

  • Check for plagiarism has been done using an online tool e.g., Scan my Essay.

Author Guidelines

Authors should follow the rules stated here for submission of the manuscripts.  Please note that the submitted articles cannot be sent to other journals simultaneously or published somewhere else before. So, the authors must submit a declaration of the same along with the article.


All articles should be written in English preferably British. SI units should be used.


Typescripts should be double-spaced with normal margins on all sides.  Use 12-point Times New Roman font for easy readability. Manuscripts not conforming to this style may be sent back to authors.

Length of the manuscripts

All manuscripts must be composed in MS Word.  Authors must clearly outline in the declaration as to what kind of manuscripts their paper is: regular, commentaries, reviews or observations. Length of the regular papers must be approximate 5000 words including notes and references. In addition, in between 1500-2000 words in the case of observations, commentaries and reviews, this includes book reviews.  Manuscripts exceeding the target length will be sent back to the authors.

While submitting a book review, the reviewer must mention the name of the concerned book, the name of the author/editor, place of publication and publisher, year of publication, number of pages, ISBN and the price of the concerned book.

Title page

The title of the paper, name(s),  professional/academic affiliation(s) and full postal address(es), including email, phone numbers of the author(s) should appear on a separate title page, as manuscript will be submitted for anonymous reviews.

Abstract and keywords

All papers must be accompanied by an abstract in between 250-300 words. Five keywords should follow immediately after the abstract on a separate line. Wherever appropriate, these should include one for the locality, one for the topic, one for the method and two others relevant to the paper.

Figures, Table and Maps

Authors are solely responsible for providing the highest quality figure format possible. All figures need a caption. Please be sure that all imported scanned material is scanned at the appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour. Tables and figures should be numbered with Arabic numerals. The Figures should be labelled as Figure 1, Figure 2 and so on. Please embed the figure(s) in the word file. Similarly, Tables should bear captions too and be labelled as Table 1, Table 2 and so on. Please ensure that Tables are embedded in the file too. Maps (with a scale) are accepted. Maps must have a scale, a key/legend and compass direction and embedded in the word file.


Authors may use footnotes sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article, using superscript Arabic numbers. Many word processors build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Should this not be the case, indicate the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article. Do not include footnotes in the Reference list. In the case of Table, footnotes-please indicate each footnote in a table with a superscript lowercase letter.

Anonymous Review

In order to follow a completely anonymous review process, there must not be any references to you or your work. When there are references to you, please replace your name and the names of your co-authors with (Author/ Author et al.).


All publications cited in the text should be presented in a reference and vice versa. That is, all cited works reflected in the text of the paper should be included and arranged alphabetically at the end of the paper in references. In the text, refer to the author's name (without initials) and the year of publication, with specific pages indicated if required, for example, (Hazra, 2011: 29). Works by the same authors in the same year should be cited as (Hazra 2011a) and (Hazra, 2011b). For three or more authors use the first author followed by "et al.", in the text. Multiple citations must be separated by a semicolon.

The journal follows the rules of APA Style®, detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (a APA Style® Web Guide is available at here ). A few examples of APA Style® are given below for your quick reference:

Journal Articles

Ahmed, N. (2012). General Health and Alienation Status of Divorced Women in Bangladesh, Social Work Chronicle, 1(2), pp.1-13
Dubey, P., T. Pal, A. Chatterjee and S. Santra (2012). Gender Perspective in Disaster Preparedness: A Study in Flood-prone Areas in Rural West Bengal, Social Work Chronicle, 1(2), pp. 50-67
Hazra, A. (2009). Gender Disparity in Education, Yojana, 53, pp. 32. (ISSN: 0971-8400)


Bhattacharyya, R. (in press). Are we Empowered as Yet: Lessons from the University Students of Assam. Germany: Lap Lambert Publishing House (ISBN: 978-3-659-20580-4)
Bhattacharyya, R. (2011a). Academic Writing. North Shields, UK: ACCB Publishing (ISBN: 978-1-908368-00-3)
Bhattacharyya, R. (2011b). Searching Scholarly Information on the Web. North Shields, UK: ACCB Publishing (ISBN: 978-1-908368-01-0)

Book Chapters

Hazra, A. (2011a). Food Crisis and the Growing Need to Ensure Food Security. In S. K. Dutta (eds.), Development and Rural Livelihood, Kolkata: Levant Books, pp. 340 – 350
Hazra, A. (2011b). NREGA: Exploring the Current Dilemmas and Dynamics.  In S. Murugan (eds.), National Rural Employment Programme, New Delhi: Anmol Publication [ISBN: 978-81-261-4933-9], pp. 66 – 74

Conference Proceeding

Bora, J. and B.K. Kar (2010). Recent Flood of the Puthimari River in the Rangia Region of Kamrup District in Assam, India and its Consequences. Paper presented at the International Conference on Strategic Management of Energy, Environment and Disaster for Sustainable Development, organized by Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and GSMI, Michigan, USA, January 11-15, 2010, pp. 556-566

Working Paper

Milanovic, B. (2012). Global Income Inequality by the Numbers: in History and Now An Overview, Policy Research Working Paper, 6259, The World Bank Development Research Group Poverty and Inequality Team, pp. 1-28


Human Development Report (2013). The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World, New York, USA: UNDP.

Reference from the Web

Crime in India: 2011 Statistics. National Crime Records Bureau, Available at (accessed January 17, 2013)

Newspaper article (without an author and from the Web)

Gang-rape case committed to fast-track sessions court (2013, January 17). The Hindu, Available at (accessed January 18, 2013)

Newspaper article (with an author and from the Web)

Singhal, R. (2012, December 19). Why do Men Rape?. The Times of India, Available at (accessed January 17, 2013)

Newspaper article (with an author)

Mukhim, P. (2013, January 17). Another Election, Another Government, The Assam Tribune, (p.6)

Please also ensure that the correct form of referencing is used throughout the paper. Manuscripts not following these instructions are liable to be returned for modification.

Academic Ethics

Space and Culture, India expects that all submitting authors must stick to the academic ethics.

Please ensure that the article submitted to the journal is free from plagiarism. All ideas and quotes used in the article must be properly referenced.

The article submitted to the journal must be original, and should not wholly or in part be previously published anywhere else.

All copyrighted material(s) used in the article must have clearance for publication.

The journal checks for all these and uses online plagiarism checker software to identify plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Breaching these standards will be treated seriously and the Editorial Board will be compelled to inform to the authors institution.

Publication Fee

Article Publication Fee: ₹ 5000.00 (South Asia), USD200 (Outside South Asia)

This is an 'Open Access' journal, universally and freely accessible via the Internet, and, as such, no subscription fee or article download fee is charged. If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay a processing fee as above to cover the cost to the following accounts:

Prag Foundation for Capacity Building
State Bank of India (GMC Branch, Bhangagarh, Guwahati, Assam)
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