The Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research (MPISSR) welcomes articles of interest representing original work, analytical papers and papers based on review of extensive literature on any aspect of Social Sciences for publication in Madhya Pradesh Journal of Social Sciences. All communication should be addressed to: The Editor, MPJSS, Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research, 6, Bharatpuri Administrative Zone, Ujjain – 456 010

Each article should be accompanied with a declaration by all the authors that (i) they are the authors of the article in the order in which listed; and (ii) the article is original, has not been published and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission in writing for the use of all previously published material, not that of the editor or publisher.

Submission of Articles
Articles should be sent through e-mail to or in MS-Word format.

Review System
Every article will be reviewed by a masked peer review by two referees. The criteria used for acceptance of articles are contemporary relevance, contribution to knowledge, clear and logical analysis, fairly good English and sound methodology of research articles. The Editor reserves the right to reject any manuscript as unsuitable in topic, style or form without requesting external review.

The author owns the copyright of the article until the article is accepted by the Madhya Pradesh Journal of Social Sciences for publication. After the acceptance communication, the copyright of the article is owned by the Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research and should not be reproduced elsewhere without the written permission of the editor and the authors of the article.

Article should be 1.5 spaced typewritten on one side of quarto A4 size paper. The length of the article should normally be 5,000 – 8,000 words and also not less than 4,000 words. The margin kept should be 1″ on the all the four sides.

The first page of the article should contain an abstract of the article not exceeding 100 words.
House style
– For the main text, use Times New Roman, 11 point, 1.5 line spacing.
– For notes, use Times New Roman, 10 point, single line spacing. Set the alignment as “left”.
– Use British and “-ise” spellings (labour, centre, organise).
– Use double quotation marks for quotations, and single marks for quotations within quotations.
– Indent quotations of more than four lines, without quotation marks.
– For quotations from other publications, always provide page number(s) for the quotation.

A term to be abbreviated must, on its first appearance, be written out completely and followed immediately by its abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter, the abbreviation may be used without further explanation.

Use figures to express all numbers 10 and above. Use words to express numbers lower than 10, and common fractions numbers that begin a sentence/title.

Although proper names are capitalised, many words derived from or associated with proper names (brussels sprouts, board of trustees), as well as the names of significant offices (presidency, papacy) are lowercased.
Civil, military, religious, and professional titles are capitalised when they immediately precede a personal name, as in
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said at the meeting that….
But titles are normally lowercased when following a name or used in place of a name, as in
The prime minister speaking at an informal meeting said…
– Titles are normally lowercased when following a name or used in place of a name, as in In an interview, the prime minister said …
– Titles denoting civic or academic honours are capitalised when following a personal name, as in Lata Mangeshkar, Bharat Ratna.
– The full names of legislative, deliberative, administrative, and judicial bodies, departments, bureaus, and offices, and often their short forms, are capitalised, as in the United Nations General Assembly, the Parliament of India, the Lok Sabha, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Supreme Court.
– While the names of ethnic and national groups are capitalised (Aborgines, the Jews, the French), designations based loosely on colour (black people) and terms denoting socioeconomic classes or groups (the middle class) are lowercased.
– All caste, tribe and community names to be capitalised.
– The names of political groups or movements other than recognised parties are lowercased, anarchists, independents, communists, but the Communist Party of India.
– The full names of associations, societies, unions, working groups, inquiry commissions, meetings, and conferences are capitalised, as in the International Olympic Committee, the Indian Red Cross Society.

Tables, Figures
Headings should be placed above each table/figure and should follow this format:
Table 1. Asset Ownership by Household Category
Figure 5. Communication Flows
Notes and sources should be placed under each table/figure.
Column headings in tables should clearly define the data presented.

In-text citations
– Works cited in the text should read thus: (Brown 1992, 63-64); Lovell (1989, 1993).
– For repeat citations: eg (ibid 75)
– For groups of citations, order alphabetically and not chronologically, using a semi-colon to separate names: (Brown 1992; Gadgil and Guha 1994; Lovell 1989).
– Use “et al” when citing a work by more than two authors, but list all the authors in the References (unless there are six authors or more).
– To distinguish different works by the same author in the same year, use the letters a, b, c, etc., Besson (1993a, 1993b).

All works cited in the text (including sources for tables and figures) should be listed alphabetically under References, on a separate sheet of paper.
– For multi-author works, invert the name of the first author only (Gadgil, M and R Guha).
– Use (ed.) for one editor, and multiple editors.
– When listing two or more works by one author, use — (19xx), such as after Swann (1967), use — (1974), etc, in chronologically ascending order
– Indicate (opening and closing) page numbers for articles in journals and for chapters in books.
– Note that italics are used only for titles of books and names of journals. Double quotation marks are used for titles of journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, reports, working papers, unpublished material, etc.
– For titles in a language other than English, provide an English translation in parentheses.
– Use endnotes rather than footnotes.
The location of endnotes within the text should be indicated by superscript numbers.
For sources which have insufficient details to be included in the Reference, use endnotes (such as interviews, some media sources, some Internet sources).
See the following for style and punctuation in References.