Manuscript Submission

Madhya Pradesh Journal of Social Sciences (MPJSS) welcomes research papers for the dissemination of original research, analytical paper, and paper based on literature review on any aspects of social sciences. Research papers should be submitted electronically to the Editor, MPJSS at

Review System

Every research paper will be reviewed by masked reviewers. The criteria for acceptance of papers are contemporary relevance, contribution to knowledge, logical analysis, and sound methodology for research papers. The Editor reserves the right to reject any manuscript as unsuitable for publication, keeping in view the required level of logical argument, the topic of relevance, and citation style of the submitted paper without requesting for external review.

Basic Format of the Manuscript

Contributors must include their affiliations, and postal and E-mail address with their papers and book reviews. Research papers should be written in MS word (1.5 spaced) format ranging between 5000 to 8000 words. It must be accompanied by an abstract of 100 words and necessary keywords. MPJSS accepts reviews of a scholarly book on social sciences (1500-2000 words).

Spellings and numerical usages

Use British spellings in all cases instead of American spellings (hence ‘programme’ not ‘program’, ‘labour’ not ‘labor’). Use ‘s’ spelling instead of ‘z’ spelling (hence ‘organise’ not ‘organize’). Use figures to express all numbers 10 and above. Spell out numbers lower than 10, however for exact measurement, use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent not %)

Quotation, notes, tables, and figures

Use a single quote throughout. Double quotes only to be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be indented from the text.
MPJSS uses endnotes in the place of footnotes. Endnotes should be numbered serially and presented at the end of the paper. We advocate minimum usage of tables and figures. However, all the tables and figures should be numbered and their sources should be mentioned clearly below the tables and figures.

In-text citations (As per APA, 7th Edition)

Provide the last name of the author followed by a comma, then the year of publication. Example:  (Jones, 2005)
For works with two authors, put and between the last names of the authors. Example:  (Cook & Croft, 2015)
For works with three or more authors, provide the name of the first author plus “et al.”  Example:  (Chen et al., 2008)
Include page number only in the rare case where a direct quote (placed in quotation marks) is used. Example: (Jones, 2005, p. 79)

Reference List


Use “References” as page heading.
Indentation: For each entry, all lines after the first line should be indented one-half inch from the left margin.


Double-space the entire list (both within and between entries).
Author: Provide the last name of the author, then the initials of the first and middle names. Put a space between the initials.  Example:  Jack, A. A.

Two authors:

Put a comma and an ampersand between the authors. Example:  Cook, M., & Croft, J. B.

Three or more authors:

Put a comma after every author.  Before the final author, put a comma and an ampersand.  Provide last names and initials of up to 20 authors.  When there are 21 or more authors, include the first 19 names, insert an ellipsis (but no ampersand), then provide the last author’s name.

Article title:

Do not place quotation marks around the article title. Use sentence case (that is, capitalize only the first word of the title, the first word following a colon, and proper nouns).  Example: Interactive mindfulness technology: A walking labyrinth in an academic library

Journal title:

Do not use sentence case (that is, capitalize all major words). Example: College & Research Libraries News

Journal volume and issue numbers:

Italicize the volume number.  Include the issue number for all journals that have them. Place the issue number immediately after the volume number (no spaces), and enclose the issue number in parentheses. Example:  76(6)

Print Book

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work. Publisher.
Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. American Psychological Association.
Zeleke, W. A., Hughes, T. L., & Drozda, N. (2020). Home–school collaboration to promote mind-body health. In C. Maykel & M. A. Bray (Eds.), Applying psychology in the schools. Promoting mind-body health in schools: Interventions for mental health professionals (pp. 11–26). American Psychological Association.


Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work. [Ebook]. Publisher. Nondatabase URL
De Huff, E. W. (n.d.). Taytay’s tales: Traditional Pueblo Indian tales. [E-book].

Print Journal

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), page range.
Harlow, H. F. (1983). Fundamentals for preparing psychology journal articles. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 55(2), 893-896.


Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), page range.
Brownlie, D. (2007). Toward effective poster presentations: An annotated bibliography. European Journal of Marketing, 41(3), 1245-1283.

Print Magazine

Cite like a print journal article, but give the year and the month for monthly magazines. Add the day for weekly magazines.
Henry, W. A., III. (1990, April 9). Making the grade in today’s schools. Time, 135, 28-31.

Online Magazine

Cite like a print magazine article, except: a) no page numbers, and b) add a DOI (preferred) or full URL.
Auerback, M. (2019, January 27). In antitrust, size isn’t everything. Salon.

Online Newspaper

Cite like an online magazine article except that in most cases, you’ll include a URL because no DOI will be available.
Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Newspaper. URL
Parker-Pope, T. (2008, May 6). Psychiatry handbook linked to the drug industry. The New York Times.

Website Example

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of page. Title of Website. URL
Martin Lillie, C. M. (2016, December 29). Be kind to yourself: How self-compassion can improve your resiliency. Mayo Clinic.
Cleveland Clinic. (2019, July 16). Stress: 10 ways to ease stress.