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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.
  • CSAS takes issues of plagiarism very seriously. In case of lack or insufficiency of acknowledgement of resources, appropriate action would be taken including: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article and/or legal action.
  • Authors must ensure that the articles have not been published elsewhere, and are not under consideration by any other journals.
  • If the articles contain any material that is owned by a third party, the author must certify that they have taken permission for use and must acknowledge the source in their article.
  • 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.
  • For the publication of co-authored papers in the journal, the corresponding author must be authorized to speak on behalf of the contributing authors.

Author Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Critical South Asian Studies invites submission of articles that serve its aims and objectives. It upholds a rigorous editorial and peer-review process based on an initial screening done by the editorial board; the articles deemed fit to serve the standards as well as the aims and objectives of the journal are sent to the reviewers for double-blind review process. The journal provides open access to its articles and does not charge Article Processing Charges (A.P.C.). Authors retain the copyrights to their work.

The submissions should be made in word files. In order to ensure a blind review process, the name of the author must not be included in the body of the text. Please submit author affiliation and contact details in a separate document. Authors may also attach an original or open source high definition image that would illustrate or compliment the purpose of the article.

The submissions should be accompanied by a 100 to 150 words’ abstract and a list of 2 to 6 keywords.


The journal publishes articles usually between 5,000 and 8,000 words including tables, references, captions, footnotes and endnotes.


The article should be written in Times New Roman, font size 12, and double spaced with pages sequentially numbered. Authors must compile their manuscript in the following order: title; main text; endnotes; references; text-based appendices.

Each figure should be numbered and should have (a short but descriptive) title. Any copyright issues must be taken care of by the authors.

Authors must enclose quotes of less than 50 words within double quotation marks. Quotes of more than 50 words should be indented by half an inch from the left hand margin.


Authors must follow British spelling conventions.

Authors are responsible for language editing. If the reviewers or the journal editors feel that the documents require additional editing, the authors will be notified. This also refers to  citations and referencing, which should follow the following guidelines.

Citation and Referencing

Authors must follow the Harvard (author/date) citation and referencing style.

All sources referred to in the body of the author’s text must be cited using the ‘name and date’ format. All in-text citations should have a corresponding detailed entry at the end of the essay in a separate ‘References’ section.


  • In-text citation must contain the author(s)’ or editor(s)’ name, year of publication and page numbers:                                                                                                                 Williams (2005, p. 29) states… OR (Williams, 2005, p. 29)
  • In case of two or three authors, authors must state the surnames of all authors:                                                                                                                                                               (Gainor, Garner and Puchner, 2009, pp. 189-201)
  • In case of four or more authors, the first author’s name should be followed by an ‘et al’.                                                                                                                                            (Mitchell et al, 2017, p. 189)

The reference list must appear on separate page after the endnotes and be organized alphabetically by the author.


Kolatkar, A. (2005) Jejuri. New York: New York Review of Books

Edited Book:

Shepherd, S. (eds.) (2016) The Cambridge introduction to performance theory.3rd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.   

Book by Multiple Authors:

Bose, S. and Jalal, A. (2014) Modern south asia: history, culture, political economy. 3rd edn. Delhi: Oxford University Press.


Wheatley, D. (1998) ‘In the eye of the fairy tale’, Marvels and tales, 12(1), pp.213-228.

Online Journal:

Sportel, Iris. ‘Who is afraid of islamic family law?’, Religion and Gender. 7(1) [Online]. Available at: https://www.religionandgender.org/articles/abstract/10.18352/rg.10211/ (Accessed: 1 February 2018)


Franzen, J. (2011) Liking is for cowards. Go for what hurts [Online]. The New York times. Available at:                                            http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/opinion/29franzen.html (Accessed: 1 February 2018).

Guidelines for book reviewers

  1. Book reviews contains the full details of the book: author, full title, series, place, publisher, date of publication, edition, pages, price, form, and ISBN. It will appear in this form:

Bolger, F. and Srilata, K. (eds.) (2017) All the world’s between: a collaborative project between India and Ireland. Delhi: Yoda. pp. 217. Paperback. 12. ISBN- 9789382579472.

  1. The review introduces the book, it author/ editor, its main argument and its influence and relevance.
  2. The book review, preferably, appears within two years after the publication of the book. Reviews looking at older books would not be considered for publication.
  3. The review comments on the structure and organization of the book. It must elucidate if the writing is clear and accessible.
  4. The review engages critically with the arguments furthered by the book. In case of creative works, the review engages critically with the form and contents of the work.
  5. The review particularly focuses on how the book contributes to the broad field of South Asian Studies.
  6. The review must preferably be between 800 and 1,000 words.


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