Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Journal of South Asian Studies is an open access peer-reviewed international academic covering the study area of modern South Asia pertaining to its politics, history, literature, arts, cultural and social studies, economy and security matters, and international affairs with linkage of immediate Asian regions. Articles on theoretical, comparative studies and case studies, empirical analyses, commentaries and reviews concerning the growing strategic significance of modern South Asian region and its relevance with other Asian regions (Central Asia, Southeast Asia, West Asia, and Middle East) are accepted for publication. Each issue of South Asia gives an exclusive venue to “Young dynamic social scientists”, graduate and post-graduate students, researchers, practitioners and general readers interested in South Asian politics. A special issue of the journal is published in the background of important events or developments or happenings in South Asian region or with collaboration of any world region/country according to its respective countries’ contexts.

Journal of South Asian Studies is aimed to provide in-depth analysis, to promote understanding of South Asian countries and their geographical link with other Asian regions internationally with reference to political and economic issues, dynamics of security in the world politics, conflict resolution, proliferation and non-proliferation, humanitarian issues, armaments and disarmaments as well as information on their cooperation through regional organizations and their foreign relations and diplomacy with great powers such as the United States, European countries, Russia, China. It deeply informs with local knowledge and views of South Asian cultural, history, societies, art literature and social sciences alongside exchange of its trends and traditions to other areas of world. It also highlights the most critical challenges of the region and places recommendations for resolving these problems from local and international deeper debate and dialogue.

Journal is intended to promote innovative ideas and outlooks through scholarly debates about South Asian countries’ affairs and their role in the world and entrenching standardized scientific research of international relations, on the higher ends and Asian politics and security dynamics of the modern world on the lower ends.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Journal of South Asian Studies is using online article submission, review and tracking system for quality and quick review processing. Journal of South Asian Studies provides review process of 04-06 weeks followed by rapid publication of research article.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Publication Ethics


It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher.


Publication decisions

The editor of the Journal of South Asian Studies will be responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal will be published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding a, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.


Fair play

The editor will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.



The editor and the editorial staff of the Journal of South Asian Studies will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.


Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript will not be used in an editorial board or editor’s own research without the written consent of the author.


Duties of Reviewers

Peer-review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers’ expert in the field of publication.


Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.



Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible will notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.



Any manuscripts received for review will be treated as confidential documents. They will not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.


Standards of Objectivity

Reviews will be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author will not be involved in the review. Referees will express their views clearly with supporting arguments.


Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers will identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported will be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer will also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.


Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review will be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers will not consider manuscripts in which they have some conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.



Reporting standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.


Data Access and Retention

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.


Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.


Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

An author should not, in general, publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in other than the Journal of South Asian Studies. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.


Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.


Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects.

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.


Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.


Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.


The guidelines are based on COPE's Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for journals.