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Author Guidelines

Only research articles/papers and book reviews which have not been published or are not under review for publication elsewhere should be sent for review and consideration for publication with the JDP. A declaration to this effect should accompany the manuscript submitted for review.

The articles/papers will be initially screened on the parameters listed below before being sent for review:

  • The title and theme are appropriate and relevant and in keeping with the goal and scope of the journal.
  • The article has an abstract of about 150 words.
  • The article meets the expected grammatical standards.
  • Length of article - main body (excluding abstract, tables, references and notes) between 3000 to 6000 words.
  • In conformity with the JDP style of reference as given below.

The articles/papers meeting these requirements will then be reviewed on the criteria of contemporariness, relevance, originality, application of theory, its scope and potential for application in the field. Every article will go through a double peer-review process which may take up to two months. Every article will also be copy edited.

Mode of submission

  • All submission should be done in an electronic form only (A4, any editable document format) at this site, after registering yourself as an author.
  • The text of the body of the article/paper should be typeset with single spacing, two columns, with margin measuring half inch on all sides,
  • The first page should contain the title of the article and the name/s of the author/s or author blurb, contact details of the corresponding author.
  • The font size of the title of the article should be 12 pt, while the rest of the content 11 pt.
  • The typeface should be Times New Roman.

Declaration by authors

Each article has to be accompanied by the declaration of the author/s:

  • That the article is original and has not been published anywhere or is not under review elsewhere.
  • That they are the authors and in the order listed in the article, and that there is no conflict of interest between them.
  • In case the article has more than 500 words or includes table/s or image/s from other published work, a copy of written permission from the copyright holder of the concerned material is to be enclosed with the manuscript.

Registering for submitting articles

Authors intending to submit articles/papers need to register with the journal before submitting their articles. Please click on the link below  (or copy and paste in your browser) and follow the process:

JDP Style of Citation and Referencing

Citation Style

1. When citing quotes – use single or double inverted comas, but once started be consistent throughout the text:

‘Development is a process that addresses human living condition.’ Or

“Development is a process that addresses human living condition.”

2. Put the full stop inside the inverted coma:

‘Development is a process that addresses human living condition.’

3. Put coma (,) outside the inverted coma and then continue the sentence if required

‘Development is a process that addresses human living condition’, environment and etc...

4. Put question mark inside the inverted coma:

‘Does development address human living condition?’

5. Listing authors – Enclose the surname/s of the author/s followed by a single space, year, colon space and page number within parentheses

‘Development is a process that addresses human living condition’, environment and etc... (Islary 2008: 5) or (Islary and Narzary 2009: 37) or (Koikara, Islary and Narzary 2010: 44).

6. Using the name of author/s as part of a sentence:

According to Islary and Narzary (2009: 4) ‘development is a process that addresses human living condition.’

Alternatively you may also use

According to Islary and Narzary ‘development is a process that addresses human living condition’ (2009: 4).

7. Citing more than five lines

Intend the quote by five spaces from both right and left and make the fond size 2 points less than the fond size of the text in the body. Avoid the inverted comas.

8. Adding emphasis: either italicise a normal text or non-italicize the italicised text and use [emphasis added]:

‘Development is a process that addresses human [emphasis added] living condition’ (Islary 2008: 5). Or

‘Development is a process that addresses human [emphasis added] living condition’ (Islary 2008: 5).

9. Ellipses: Use ellipses (three dots/ ...) to show omission of some words/contents in a quotation as

‘Development is a process that addresses human living condition ... including housing and health care’ (Islary 2008: 5).


Referencing Style

The style of referencing in JDP should follow the general guidelines given below:

  1. Surname of the author, Name of the author, Year. Title of the Book. Place of Publication: Publisher.

  2. Arrange the list of references in an alphabetical order.

  3. Indent the second (other) line/s of the references by five spaces.


Particular Cases with Examples

1. A book with single author

Islary, J. 2010. Understanding Deviancy: A Sociological Perspective. Guwahati: Don Bosco Publications.

2. A book with more than one author (List all the names of the authors as given below)

Koikara, B., Islary, J. and Narzary, V. 2011. Participatory Research: An Experience from the Field. Guwahati: Don Bosco Publications.

3. Article in an edited book

Islary, J. 2012. Counselling in Schools. In- The Fields of Social Work Practice. Islary, J and Narzary, V. (eds.). Guwahati: Don Bosco Publications.

4. When only editor/s are known

Narzary, V. and Islary, J. (eds). 2011. Colonial Construct of the Tribes. Guwahati: Don Bosco Publications.

5. Article from Journal/s

Islary, J. 2013. Social work practice with families. The Journal of Development Practice. Vol.1(1). pp. 33–49.

6. Government Reports

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Assam. 2010. Health Status of Assam. Guwahati.

7. Institutional Reports

Assam Don Bosco University. 2010. Mental health in University. Guwahati.

8. If the same author/institution has been referred to more than once (list by the order of the year and if same year put a, b, c…. as shown below enclosed in parenthesis).

Assam Don Bosco University. 2010. Mental Health in Universities. Guwahati.

_____. 2011(a). Siltation and Ecological Risk in Wetlands of Assam. Guwahati.

_____. 2011(b). Community Mental health: A Baseline Study. Guwahati.

_____. 2013. Participatory Development Practice. Guwahati

 9. In case of an article without author’s name (write the first three words of the article followed by four dots, the year, etc., as given below)

Democratic values are…. 2010. Democratic values are based on, The Spark. September 2013.

 10. When a reference has no date of publication, no publisher or no place of publication (state ‘no date’, ‘no publisher’, ‘no place of publication’).

Osize, B. no date. Psychological Assessment of Rural India. No publisher: No place of publication.

 11. For citations from internet sources (Give the URL and date of access).

Unforgettable Langtukapam Remote …. 2013. Source: (Accessed on 20th February 2014).


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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in an editable document file format such as OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, etc.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses Times New Roman typeface, 12-point font for title and 11-point font for the rest of the text; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. We affirm that there is no conflict of interest among the authors, and all authors have made significant contribution in writing this article/paper.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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