Guidelines for Contributors

  1. The Journal of Indian History and Culture welcomes well researched and detailed articles of not more than 5000 words on any aspect of Indian history and/or culture in one way or another.
  2. The Journal of Indian History and Culture adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.
  3. The submission should comprise not more than 5000 words in Times New Roman font, Size-12, Double spaced, A4 page paper size, including the references in MS Word format, with up to 10 illustrations in JPG or JPEG format. Contributions in PDF format will not be accepted.
  4. All articles must be printed on one side of A4 paper with margins on all sides and double spaced throughout (i.e. including quotations, notes, references and any other matter).
  5. All articles must include 4-6 keywords, and an abstract of about 200 words should be included. Abstract should not be repeated verbatim in the paper. The contributors’ degree(s), affiliation(s) and complete postal and e-mail address should be included.
  6. The papers must be written in English. Authors who write in a language different from their mother tongue must have their text edited for English language before sending them for submission.
  7. Diacritical marks may be used in articles on pre-modern history. Italicised words can have diacritics as required. Please follow F. Steingass, “A comprehensive Persian-English Dictionary” for Arabo-Persian vocabulary. A list of diacritical marks is given at the end of the guidelines for reference.
  8. All non-English words and book titles need to be in italics, even when in the text of the paper. (For example:  bund, farmān, pro bono, per diem, etc.)
  9. Use ‘eighteenth century’ and ‘1970s’. Spell out numbers from one to ninety-nine;100 and above may remain in figures. Dates must be written as 1st January, 2023.
  10. Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes should be used within single quotes. Double quotes can be used for direct speech. Quotations of 45 words or more should be indented from the text with a line space above and below.
  11. All tables and figures should be numbered and cited in the text. Source details for all tables and figures should be mentioned irrespective of whether or not they require permission.
  12. Do not distinguish between Primary and Secondary references. When references are listed, providing a detailed Bibliography also is not required. All details must be given as endnotes. These notes may include brief explanations only.
    •  References should mention author’s name, book title, year of publication, publisher, place of publication and page number(s).
    •  In the case of journal articles, it should include author’s name, article title, journal title, volume number, issue number, year of publication, place and page number(s).
    • Articles in the edited volumes should include author’s name, article title, editor’s name (ed.), book title, year of publication, publisher, place and page number(s).
    • Complete details need to be given in the References section of the paper. (Please see examples below.)

The following examples illustrate the style to be followed:


•        Krishna, Nanditha, Hinduism and Nature, 2017, Penguin, New Delhi. p. 70.

Edited volumes

•        Sudhakar, G.J., ed., Popular Uprisings in India with Special Reference to Tamil Nadu 1750-1857, 2015, CPR Publications, Chennai. p. 120.

Articles in journals

•        Bhattacharya, U., ‘From Surreys to Management: The Early Colonial State’s Intervention, in Water Resources of Bengal’, Indian Historical Review (hereinafter IHR) Vol. 44 Number 2, December 2017, Chennai. pp. 225-251.

Articles in edited volumes

•        Ananthakrishnan, S., ‘Critically Evaluating the Uprising in the Tamil Country’ in G.J. Sudhakar (ed.), Popular Uprisings in India with Special Reference to Tamil Nadu 1750-1857, 2015, CPR Publications, Chennai. pp. 43-51.

13.     Avoid the use of internet sources, except when essential and cite the source writer’s name, article title, page numbers, if available, and the date of accession.

14.     Papers which have to be heavily reviewed linguistically and re-written, or do not follow the editorial guidelines, will be sent back to the authors for correction.

15.     Send your paper / review to

The Editor
Journal of Indian History and Culture
CPR Institute of Indological Research
1 Eldams Road, Alwarpet
Chennai 600018.

An identical electronic copy with author’s details may be sent as an e-mail attachment to

16.     Papers submitted without complete reference details as illustrated above are liable to be rejected.

Book Reviews

Author(s) may send 2 copies of their published book(s) for review in JIHC with a covering request for review. It is the prerogative of the Editor to select the reviewer. Books will not be returned.


The contribution must be submitted within the stipulated time.


Authors should give a written and signed undertaking in the given format with their covering letter in
both soft and hard copies of their article.

Undertaking by the Author

1. The paper is original and written by me / us.

2. The paper has not been previously published and has been submitted only to JIHC.

3. Permission has been obtained for material taken from other sources (including my/our published writing).

4. My / Our paper does on infringe on rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights.

5. The data included in the paper is true and not manipulated.

6. The data presented in the paper is my / our own. I / We have secured permission from the sources for data reproduced in the paper.

7. I / We have adhered to research guidelines of my / our field.

8. I / We will contact the editor to identify and correct any material errors upon discovery, whether prior or subsequent to the paper’s publication.

9. I / We have represented authorship of the paper accurately and ensured that all individuals credited as authors participated in the actual authorship of the work and all who participated are credited and have given consent for publication.

10. I / We assure that there is no apparent conflicting or competing interest in the publishing of my / our paper.

11. In case any claims are made on my / our paper, I / we accept full responsibility for the same and absolve the Journal of Indian History and Culture of all responsibility.

Place:                                                                                                     Signature:

Date:                                                                                                      Name:


Reviewers shall

•  Maintain the confidentiality of the review process.

•  Immediately alert the journal editor of any real or potential competing interest that could affect the impartiality of their reviewing and decline to review where appropriate.

•  Conduct themselves fairly and impartially.


•  The Editorial board retains the right to accept / decline the article / paper for publication in the Journal.

•  JIHC will not be responsible for the views of the author expressed in the published article.

•  Plagiarism is illegal and author will be responsible for any plagiarized matter used in the article. JIHC accepts NO liability for the same.

•  All decisions of the Editorial Board will be final and binding.

•  Unsolicited manuscripts will not be returned if unpublished.


International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration


Diacritical Marksaāiīuūeaioau˜

Consonant clusters




Tamil  – Transliteration Table