Papers should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words in length and ideally combine theory with empirical analysis. Papers may focus on a particular state, a group of states or the country. Papers that compare countries, states or the regions with other states and regions are also welcome.

All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 250 To 300 words, approximately five keywords, and full institutional affiliation, postal and email addresses and brief profile of the author/s. In case there are two or more authors, then corresponding author’s name and address details must be clearly specified on the first page itself. Papers submitted to JSSMR must not be under consideration by any other publisher; authors must attest to this at the time of submission. It is also the author’s responsibility to disclose any potential conflict of interest regarding the submitted manuscript.

Authors will be provided with a copyright form once the contribution is accepted for publication. The submission will be considered as final only after the filled-in and signed copyright form is received. In case there are two or more authors, the corresponding author needs to sign the copyright form.

The (JSSMR) is a peer-reviewed journal and follows a two-step review process. All papers submitted to the (JSSMR) are first scrutinized by the editors to determine suitability. Papers found to be suitable are then assessed by peer referees using a double-blind review process. The JSSMR) strives to provide authors with a publication decision within three months of submission of their papers.

Papers should be formatted in MS Word and sent electronically to the Editor at


  1. All articles should be typed on one side of the paper (preferably A4) and 1.5spaced throughout (not only the text but also displayed quotations, notes, references and any other matter).
  2. Notes should be numbered serially and presented at the end of the article. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
  3. British spellings be used throughout; universal ‘z’ in ‘-ize’ and ‘-ization’ words.
  4. Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes only used within single quotes. 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. When directly quoting from a work, include the page number in the citation.
  5. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent not %). Use international number system (i.e., thousands, millions, billions, etc.).
  6. When referring to a century use words, e.g., ‘twentieth century’ and when reference is being made to a decade use numbers, e.g., ‘1980s’.
  7. Permissions and Releases: Material taken directly from a copyrighted source should be clearly identified, and the copyright holder’s written permission to reproduce it must be submitted in a separate file. Obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material is the author’s responsibility, as is payment of any fees the copyright holder may request.
  8. Tables and figures to be indicated by number (e.g., see Table 1), not by placement (e.g., see Table below). Short and crisp titles and headings in tables and figures are preferred. The units of measurement should be stated and the sources must be cited at the foot of the table. Present each table and figure on a separate sheet of paper, gathering them together at the end of article.
  9. All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi and 1500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG. Due permissions should be taken for copyright protected photographs/images. Even for photographs/images available in the public domain, it should be clearly ascertained whether or not their reproduction requires permission for purposes of publishing (which is a profit-making endeavor). All photographs/scanned images should be provided separately.
  10. A consolidated listing of all Books, articles, essays, theses and documents referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) should be provided at the end of the article.

Arrangement of references

Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work. In each reference, authors’ names are inverted (last name first) for all authors (first, second or subsequent ones); give the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work unless the work has more than six authors. If the work has more than six authors, list the first six authors and then use et al. after the sixth author’s name.

Chronological listing

If more than one work by the same author(s) is cited, they should be listed in order by the year of publication, starting with the earliest.

Sentence case

In references, sentence case (only the first word and any proper noun are capitalized – e.g., ‘The software industry in India’) is to be followed for the titles of papers, Books, articles, etc.

Title case

In references, Journal titles are put in title case (first letter of all words except articles and conjunctions are capitalized – e.g., Journal of Business Ethics).


Books and Journal titles are to be italicized.

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: All port’s diary (as cited in Nicholson, 2003).



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.

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

Newspaper article

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

In-press article

Briscoe, R. (in press). Egocentric spatial representation in action and perception. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Retrieved from http//

Non-English reference Books, title translated into English
Real Academia Espanola. (2001). Diccionario de la lenguaespanola [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.