About Journal of Adivasi and Indigenous Studies (JAIS)

Journal of Adivasi and Indigenous Studies is a bi-annual (February and August), peer-reviewed online journal that seeks to publish inter-disciplinary studies on the adivasi communities in India. Scholars are invited to submit original and unpublished articles, review articles and book reviews to editor@joais.in. Scholars can upload their articles via Contact Us page . Articles should be between 4000 and 8000 words, containing the author’s name, institutional affiliation, if any, and email address. Manuscripts should be typed on double-spaced pages (font size: 12) in MS Word format. Contributors will be required to revise their submissions in the light of reviewers’ comments. Subsequently, proofs will be sent to the author for cross-checking and must be returned to the editor/associate editor promptly.

Publication Ethics

The publication of a research article, book review, or other work in a peer-reviewed journal is a crucial step in facilitating the development of a knowledge repository. In an age of information abundance, it is very important and vital to help readers and research-scholars to segregate quality information. It serves as a mirror image of the writers' and publishers' hard work. Journal of Adivasi and Indigenous Studies (JAIS) understands the importance of publication-ethics and we have established standards of ethical behaviour for all parties involved such as the authors, the peer-review experts and editors.

The Journal of Adivasi and Indigenous Studies (JAIS) is dedicated to maintaining high standards for article quality, ethical publication practices, and stringent peer review. Editors, authors, and expert reviewers are all expected to strictly adhere to the ethical standards outlined in the Committee on Publication Ethics' (COPE) Code of Conduct. In collaboration with others, we seek to instruct researchers, writers, contributors, reviewers, and editors on comprehending and adhering to those criteria.

Journal of Adivasi and Indigenous Studies (JAIS) is committed towards supporting stringent double blind peer- review process. This entails that all manuscripts are reviewed internally by the editors and only those papers that meets the standards of the journal are sent for review by experts. In this process the identity of the author and reviewer are concealed from both parties and a reviewer may opt to reveal his/her identity on his/her own discretion. The journal aims at maintaining scientific, ethical and quality standards in publishing and, as such, we work hard to educate researchers, authors, board members, editors and reviewers on understanding and meeting those standards, as a team.

The editors, members of the editorial board and the team members of the journal may occasionally submit their own manuscript for possible publication. In these cases peer review process would be handled by other members of the board.

Role & responsibility of Editors

  • Publication decisions & Accountability
  • Confidentiality of contents & source
  • Disclosure, conflicts of interest, and other issues
  • Fair play
  • Open, transparent and fair research data
  • Restriction on the use of AI and chatbots.

Role & responsibility of Reviewers

  • Assistance to Editors
  • Confidentiality
  • Firm on Objectivity / Eradication of subjectivity
  • Promptness
  • Acknowledgment of sources
  • Disclosure and conflict of interest

Role & responsibility of Authors

  • Reporting standards
  • The originality of contents and plagiarism
  • Avoidance of concurrent publication
  • Acknowledgment of sources, persons
  • Disclosure and conflicts of interest
  • Notification of Fundamental errors in published works

Please note that AI chatbots for example chatGPT and generative AI tools should not be listed as authors.

Journal of Adivasi and Indigenous Studies (JAIS) follows strict Code of Conduct and aims to adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.


All our journals are committed to publishing only original contents, i.e., contents that have neither been published in other journals nor are under review elsewhere. Plagiarism in any form is not accepted and if found, it is notified to all the stakeholders and necessary actions will be taken and will incur plagiarism penalty. Corrected articles will be verified once again to ensure that it does not have plagiarism issues.

Duplicate Submission or redundant publication

Multiple submissions are considered to be serious academic misbehaviour. Even when a publication fee is paid, it wastes the time and work of the editors and other stakeholders and contributes to the problem it is intended to solve, the slow speed of editorial review. If contributors have used their already published work, or work that is currently under review, as the basis for a submitted work, they are required to quote/cite the previous work and indicate how their submitted work offers novel contributions beyond those of the previous work.

Improper Author Attribution

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis. The editor or members of the editorial board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the Journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

Citation Manipulation

Citation Manipulated articles are those articles that are found to include citations whose objective is to increase the number of citations to a given author's work or articles published in a particular journal.