Guidelines for Contributors

The IIS University Journal of Social Sciences (JOSS) invites papers presenting original research in the field of Social Science (including Political Science, History, Physical Education, Economics, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Women’s Studies). Papers are subsequently peer-reviewed, in consultation with our Editorial Committee. Scholars interested in getting their work published in JOSS are urged to carefully read the detailed guidelines before submission.

Submission Guidelines
Manuscripts are invited in the following categories: Research Article, Comment/Research Note, Review Article and Book Review.

The manuscript should be typewritten (Times New Roman-12 font size), double-spaced, with one inch margin on all sides. A clear and specific title should be given to the manuscript. The pages should be numbered serially throughout the paper. Illustrations and other materials reproduced from other publications must be properly credited.

Categories of Manuscripts

  • Research Article (not exceeding 6000 words) - should include in-depth analysis and recent findings. It should contain following sections (a) Abstract (around 100 words), (b) Key words (not more than 5, listed alphabetically), (c) Acknowledgement (if any). Where possible, the research article may follow the given structure: Introduction, Material and Methods, Result and Discussion.
  • Comment/Research Note (not exceeding 2000 words) - should contain important new findings that are novel and of fairly broad interest. It should include a brief abstract. Body of the text will not have any title, like abstract, material and methods, results, and discussion except the acknowledgements and references.
  • Review Article (not exceeding 8000 words) – is expected to survey and discuss current developments in a field. It should be well focused and organized, and avoid a general ‘textbook’ style.
  • Book Review (not exceeding 2000 words) – should contain scholarly review of any recent publication in the relevant discipline.

In APA style, in-text citations are placed within sentences and paragraphs so that it is clear what information is being quoted or paraphrased and whose information is being cited.

Reference List
References cited in the text of a research paper must appear in a Reference List or bibliography. This list provides the information necessary to identify and verify each source.

  • Order: Entries should be arranged in alphabetical order by authors' last names. Sources without authors are arranged alphabetically by title within the same list.
  • Authors: Write out the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work. Use an ampersand (&) instead of the word "and" when listing multiple authors of a single work. e.g. Smith, J. D., & Jones, M.
  • Titles: Capitalize only the first word of a title or subtitle, and any proper names that are part of a title.
  • Pagination: Use the abbreviation p. or pp. to designate page numbers of articles from periodicals that do not use volume numbers, especially newspapers. These abbreviations are also used to designate pages in encyclopedia articles and chapters from edited books.
  • Indentation*: The first line of the entry is flush with the left margin, and all subsequent lines are indented (5 to 7 spaces) to form a "hanging indent".
  • Underlining vs. Italics*: It is appropriate to use italics instead of underlining for titles of books and journals.

Frank, R. H., & Bernanke, B. (2007). Principles of macro-economics (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

Edited book
Gibbs, J. T., & Huang, L. N. (Eds.). (2001). Children of color: Psychological interventions with culturally diverse youth. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Journal article
Almeida, L. (1990). Morphological differences between American and Brazilian Pig Latin constructions. Piggiotica, 13, 946-987.

Journal article, accessed online
Ku, G. (2008). Learning to de-escalate: The effects of regret in escalation of commitment. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 105(2), 221-232. doi:10.1016/j.obhdp.2007.08.002

Knight, A. (2001). Exercise and osteoarthritis of the knee (Unpublished master's dissertation). Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

Dissertation, accessed online
Young, R. F. (2007). Crossing boundaries in urban ecology: Pathways to sustainable cities (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. (UMI No. 327681)

Essays or chapters in edited books
Labajo, J. (2003). Body and voice: The construction of gender in flamenco. In T. Magrini (Ed.), Music and gender: perspectives from the Mediterranean (pp. 67-86). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Encyclopedia set or dictionary
Sadie, S., & Tyrrell, J. (Eds.). (2002). The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians (2nd ed., Vols. 1-29). New York, NY: Grove.

Data set from a database
Bloomberg L.P. (2008). Return on capital for Hewitt Packard 12/31/90 to 09/30/08. Retrieved Dec. 3, 2008, from Bloomberg database.

Central Statistics Office of the Republic of Botswana. (2008). Gross domestic product per capita 06/01/1994 to 06/01/2008 [statistics]. Available from CEIC Data database.

Entire Website
When citing an entire website (and not a specific document on that site), no Reference List entry is required if the address for the site is cited in the text of your paper.

Tables and Figures
All tables must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals in the order of appearance in the text. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend, with footnotes, where needed, suitably identified below. All figures should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals in the order of appearance in the text.

Photographs/figures should be in JPEG/TIFF format with high resolution and graphs should be on separate excel sheet.

Submission of Article
A soft copy of the manuscript, along with a cover letter and copyright form should be sent to The Editor, The IIS University Journal of Social Sciences at

Or a hard copy can be sent to the address below:

The Editor,
The IIS University Journal of Social Sciences
Gurukul Marg, SFS, Mansarovar, Jaipur – 302020
Rajasthan (India)

The journal is multidisciplinary, therefore research and review papers of general significance that are written clearly and are well organized will be given preference. Manuscripts submitted that do not adhere to the prescribed format will be rejected.

A covering letter must accompany the submission and should include the name, preferred academic or professional affiliation, address, fax and telephone numbers, and email address of the corresponding author and co author(s)

After a manuscript has been accepted, PDF proofs will be made available to the authors in due course. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that there are no errors in the proof.

Authors are required to submit a copyright form, duly filled in, along with the manuscript.

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