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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission is an original manuscript. It has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The submission is written in English and is about 6,000 to 8,000 words in length (including footnotes and endnotes, but excluding abstract and bibliography). The submission may be shorter if you are submitting a book review (1,000-2,000 words) or review essay (2,000-5,000 words).
  • The submission includes an abstract of 100-150 words maximum and a minimum of five keywords. Book reviews and review essays do not require an abstract and keywords.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Informations for Authors. References are formatted according to the ASA citation style.
  • The submission has been fully anonymised. It does not contain any individual information that could identify the author, whether in the text or notes (by referring, for instance, to one's dissertation), references, or document properties.

Author Guidelines

Review process: Manuscripts first go through an initial internal screening by the editorial board. If the proposed article is deemed to fit in our editorial scope and fulfils the criteria for articles, it will then be sent to anonymous external reviewers.

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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.

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].

Thematic issues

SAMAJ invites proposals for thematic issues from guest editors whose aim is to explore a particular research question through an inter-disciplinary and comparative method (to submit a proposal for a thematic issue, contact ti@samaj.eu).

Review process: Manuscripts first go through an initial internal screening by the editorial board. If the proposed article is deemed to fit in our editorial scope and fulfils the criteria for articles, it will then be sent to anonymous external reviewers.

Free-Standing Articles

Free-Standing Articles are not part of thematic issues and therefore do not follow a particular publication calendar. FSA are published when ready after a double-blind peer review process.

Review process: Manuscripts first go through an initial internal screening by the editorial board. If the proposed article is deemed to fit in our editorial scope and fulfils the criteria for articles, it will then be sent to anonymous external reviewers.

Book reviews

SAMAJ publishes book reviews and review essays. In case you need to contact the book review editors, please write to br@samaj.eu.

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