Instructions to Authors

Journal of Adivasi and Indigenous Studies (JAIS) publishes original manuscripts. Author(s) submitting a paper to JAIS should not submit it to any other journal for three months. Author(s) of an article published in JAIS must ask the permission of the editor or associate editor before republishing it elsewhere.

ABSTRACT: An abstract of 100-150 words, describing the main arguments of the article, should be included.

LENGTH: Articles should be about 5,000 to 8000 words, including all notes and references.

SPELLINGS: Use British spellings. ‘Colour’ not ‘color’, ‘labour’ not ‘labor’. Use ‘-ise’ spellings instead of ‘-ize’; so ‘specialise’ not ‘specialize’, ‘finalise’ not ‘finalize’.

DATES: Use ‘19th century’, not ‘nineteenth century’. Decades should be cited as 1980s, 1860s and so on. Specific dates should be written as 12 August 1978.

NUMBERS: Numbers 0 to 9 should be spelt out. Numbers 10 and above should be written in numerals.

REFERENCES: The body text will follow the standard anthropological style of in-text referencing, to be placed before the punctuation mark. Therefore
(Sen 2012:32).

In case of more than one reference, it should be arranged either chronologically (Guha 1999; Sen 2012) or, alphabetically (Banerjee 2006; Guha 1999; Sen 2012), separated by a semi-colon.

An exception should be made only where the argument is built in a particular order in the text, and the author is keen to cite the references in the same order. Thus, one could have a scenario of (Sen 2012; Guha 1999; Banerjee 2006) which is neither chronological nor alphabetical.

All references must be listed at the end of the article. They must include complete publication details including place and year of publication, publisher’s name in the case of books and volume, issue and page numbers in the case of journal articles. The following style is to be followed for citations in the references:

Organski, A. F. K. and Jacek Kugler. 1980. The War Ledger. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Maoz, Zeev. 1983. ‘Resolve, Capabilities, and the Outcome of Interstate Disputes, 1816–1976’, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 27(2): 195–229.

Collier, David. 1991. ‘The Comparative Method: Two Decades of Change’, in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson (eds), Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives, pp. 7–31. New York: Harper Collins.

Kier, Elizabeth. 1992. ‘Changes in Conventional Military Doctrines: The Cultural Roots of Doctrinal Change’, unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Cornell University.

Wirtz, James. 1989. ‘Counterinsurgency Paradigms’, review of Deadly Paradigms: The Failure of U. S. Counterinsurgency Policy, by Michael Shafer, International Security, 14(1): 184–94.


Mitchell, Alison and Frank Bruni. 2006. ‘Scars Still Raw, Bush Clashes with McCain’. New York Times, 25 March.


Mitchell, Alison and Frank Bruni. 2006. ‘Scars Still Raw, Bush Clashes with McCain’. New York Times, 25 March, (accessed 4 November 2008).

NOTES: Notes should be set as footnotes at the bottom of each page.

ABBREVIATIONS: The abbreviation for a term must be given in parentheses after the term at first mention only. Thereafter, the abbreviation may be used. Acronyms will not have periods, so NATO, UNESCO, LTTE, IPKF. Abbreviations of English words, however, like ‘Prof.’, ‘ed.’ and ‘approx.’ will have a period at the end. Contracted words will also have have a period. For example, ‘eds.’, ‘Mr.’ and ‘Dr.’.

ITALICS: Italics should be used for non-English words, even for words that recur frequently in an article. Do not use italics for foreign terms that are now accepted words in the English language, and appear in The Oxford English dictionary (pundit, guru, per se); but italicise ibid. Translations of non-English words should be placed in parentheses immediately following the words, e.g. kitab (book).

CAPITALISATION: Do not use capitals for denoting emphasis. Generally, civil, military, professional and religious titles are only capitalised when they appear along with the name of a person. For example, Prime Minister Nehru, President Kennedy and the president of India, the commander-in-chief of the army.

PUNCTUATION: Use a comma before ‘and’ when there are 4 or more variables. Hence, ‘a, b and c’, but ‘a, b, c, and d’. Use double quote marks within single quote marks for quotations. The positioning of periods, commas, exclamation points and question marks should be within quote marks only in cases where they are part of the quoted material.

QUOTATION: Quotations should be enclosed within ‘single’ quotation marks. Substantial quotations of forty or more words should be indented without quotation marks. Quotations within a quotation should also be enclosed within ‘single’ quotation marks.

SUPERSCRIPTS: Place superscripts for footnote references after the punctuation mark.

TABLES AND FIGURES: These should be properly titled and numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Please include a brief bio (100-150 words) of the author, along with an email address and institutional affiliation (if any). .