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SAMAJ publishes manuscripts in English. Articles submitted should be about 6,000 to 8,000 words. This includes footnotes and endnotes, but excludes abstract and bibliography. Photographs, graphics, maps or illustrations in relation to the contribution may be included. An abstract of 100-150 words maximum, describing the main arguments of the article should be included in the submission. Every article should include a minimum of five keywords.

All text documents should be sent as attachments to an electronic message to one of the following addresses:

For general enquiries:

To submit a proposal for a thematic issue:

To submit a free-standing article:

To submit a book review:

Copyright & Plagiarism

SAMAJ publishes original manuscripts. Author(s) submitting a paper to SAMAJ should not submit it to any other journal for three months. SAMAJ takes plagiarism seriously, and commits to investigate all claims of plagiarism. Submitted manuscripts may be checked for plagiarism using specialized software.

Necessary permission must be obtained by the authors for the reproduction of any illustration or other material already published. Authors should ensure they hold the copyright to whatever image, pictures, text or material they reproduce in their articles. SAMAJ will not be liable for any copyright breaches.

SAMAJ assumes no responsibility for the contributors’ statements of fact or opinion.

Authors of an article published in SAMAJ must ask the permission of the Editorial Board before republishing it elsewhere, in which case reference should be made to SAMAJ.

Contributions published in SAMAJ are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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Manuscript formatting

SAMAJ follows the formatting guidelines of the American Sociological Association Style Guide (5th edition, 2014), published by the American Sociological Association. The editorial board invites authors to make sure their typescript conforms to ASA guidelines.

Here are some documents to help authors format their typescript:

Authors using a reference management software such as Zotero, Mendeley or Endnote may download the ASA citation style:

Note on foreign words and diacritical marks

ASA guidelines should be followed: in general, foreign words should be italicized, unless they are included in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (this includes such Latin phrases as ad hoc, per se, etc., but also many other foreign expressions [example: vis-à-vis]; please check the dictionary).

For South Asian or other Asian languages, foreign text should always be italicized, even if the same word is used several times. Agreement in gender/number is accepted, as long as continuity is maintained throughout the submission.

Vernacular languages: long vowels should be spelt as ‘a’ or ‘ā’ (but not aa), ‘i’ or ‘ī’ (but not ‘ee’), ‘u’ or ‘ū’ (but not oo). For diacritical marks on consonants, the choice is left to the authors but they should remain consistent throughout the text. However, if they choose to have diacritical marks on consonants, they should also consistently use diacritical marks on vowels (ex: ‘śām’ but not ‘śam’).

When a foreign word is used in text, its translation should immediately follow in parentheses, e.g. kitab (book).

In the case of a quotation in a foreign language, its translation should be included either in an endnote or in brackets immediately following the quotation (without italics and without quotation marks), e.g. roti, kapra aur makan [bread, clothing and shelter].