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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.

  • One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details (email, phone numbers).

  • All necessary files have been uploaded, and contain keywords, all figure captions, all tables (including caption, description, footnotes).

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it been considered for publication in another journal (or an explanation has been provided in 'Comments to the Editor').

  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF document file format.

  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; 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.

  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

  • Manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar-checked'.

  • All references mentioned in the Reference list (strictly in APA7 style) are cited in the text, and vice versa.

  • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web).

  • Authors may choose to have their manuscripts professionally edited before submission either with Scholarly Communication, Writer Assistance Services (Email: or elsewhere.

  • Check for plagiarism has been done using an online tool e.g., Scan my Essay.

Author Guidelines

It is for general information to all the scholars that Journal Space and Culture, India publishes four regular issues supported by high levels of mentoring and pastoral care in addition to rigorous peer review. While we encourage submissions from a wide range of scholars from across the globe on topics linked to space, culture and socio-economic development, the scholars should note that the period from submission to publication could take more than 5-10 months.

Authors should follow the rules stated here for the submission of the manuscripts.  Please note that the submitted articles cannot be sent to other journals simultaneously or published somewhere else before. So, the authors must submit a declaration of the same along with the article. Besides, the authors must submit the following in a separate sheet.

1. Ethical Approval:

All manuscripts, regardless of involving human participants or using data linked to humans, should declare the following:

  1. A statement confirming that the manuscript was prepared following the protocols of the Helsinki Declaration or similar ethical statements.
  2. The name of the research committee that approved the research.
  3. A statement stating sufficient explanation if a particular study has been exempted from ethical approval.

2. Conflict of Interest:

All authors should declare a conflict of interest (financial or non-financial interests) statement.

3. Author Contribution Statement

To maintain transparency, if more than one author writes a particular manuscript, then all authors should specify their individual contributions (please see below).

4. Informed Consent

While submitting a manuscript, author(s) must declare whether informed consent/due permission was sought from all the participants or the legal guardians. However, if permission or consent was deemed as not necessary, then also the authors need to state 'why'.

5. Funding

Here, the authors should declare the full name of the funding organisation and the funding number.

6. Data Availability Statement

All original manuscripts should accompany a data availability statement.     

In addition, scholars should strictly adhere to the following rules.


All articles should be written in British English. SI units should be used.


Typescripts should be double-spaced with normal margins on all sides.  Use 12-point Times New Roman font for easy readability. Manuscripts not conforming to this style may be sent back to authors.

Length of the Manuscripts

All manuscripts must be composed in MS Word.  Authors must clearly outline in the declaration what kind of manuscript their paper is: Reviews, Special Articles, Research, Perspectives (or commentaries). The length of the Research and Special Articles must be between 5000-10000 words including notes and references, while the length of Reviews, Perspectives and Book Review Commentary should be between 1500-4000 words.  Manuscripts exceeding the target length will be sent back to the authors.

We also publish Book reviews. While submitting a book review, the reviewer must mention the name of the concerned book, the name of the author/editor, the place of publication and publisher, the year of publication, the number of pages, ISBN and the price of the concerned book.

Also, a typical research manuscript should not exceed five figures and five tables containing a caption and source. The manuscripts containing more than five figures and five tables will not be processed for peer review.

Title Page

The title of the paper, name(s),  professional/academic affiliation(s) and full postal address(es), including email, and phone numbers of the author(s) should appear on a separate title page, as the manuscript will be submitted for anonymous reviews.

Abstract and Keywords

All papers must be accompanied by an abstract of between 250 to 300 words. Five keywords should follow immediately after the abstract on a separate line. Wherever appropriate, these should include one for the locality, one for the topic, one for the method and two others relevant to the paper.

Figures, Table and Maps

Authors are solely responsible for providing the highest quality figure format possible. All figures need a caption. Please be sure that all imported scanned material is scanned at the appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour. Tables and figures should be numbered with Arabic numerals. The Figures should be labelled as Figure 1, Figure 2 and so on. Please embed the figure(s) in the word file. Similarly, Tables should bear captions too and be labelled as Table 1, Table 2 and so on. Please ensure that Tables are embedded in the file too. Maps (with a scale) are accepted. Maps must have a scale, a key/legend and compass direction embedded in the word file.


Authors may use footnotes sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article, using superscript Arabic numbers. Many word processors build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Should this not be the case, indicate the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article. Do not include footnotes in the Reference list. In the case of a Table, footnotes-please Indicate each footnote in a table with a superscript lowercase letter.

Anonymous Review

In order to follow a completely anonymous review process, there must not be any references to you or your work. When there are references to you, please replace your name and the names of your co-authors with (Author/Author et al.).


Follow the latest APA Style® of referencing, checking that all references cited in the text are cited in the reference list and vice-versa. The APA Style® is detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Style® Web Guide is available here).

Academic Ethics

Space and Culture, India expects that all submitting authors must stick to academic ethics.

Please ensure that the article submitted to the journal is free from plagiarism. All ideas and quotes used in the article must be properly referenced.

The article submitted to the journal must be original, and should not wholly or in part be previously published anywhere else.

All copyrighted material(s) used in the article must have clearance for publication.

The journal checks for all these and uses online plagiarism checker software to identify plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Breaching these standards will be treated seriously and the Editorial Board will be compelled to inform the author's institution.

Author Contribution Statement

Particular research constitutes various components viz., conceptualisation; methodology; conducting empirical research; searching the literature and collecting other resources; usage of software; validation of data; curation of data; critical analysis; presentation of data via the development of maps, figures and tables; writing original draft; editing, reviewing and preparing the final draft; guidance and administration of the project; acquisition of funding (if any).

So, while submitting a manuscript with more than one author, the authors need to declare their contributions. Of course, we recognise that one author might have contributed in multiple ways. So, the corresponding author must make sure that the author's contributions are correct and that all authors agree to the statements. For example, there are six authors in an anonymous (hypothetical) research manuscript. Their contributions are as follows: AA: conceptualisation, methodology, and software contribution; BB: curation of data, developing the first draft; CC: Conducting empirical research and visualisation of data; DD: Guidance and Supervision; EE: contribution in software and validation of data; FF: developing the final draft alongside editing and reviewing.

The following example will guide you better (NB: consent has been taken from all the authors).

Das, Tulshi, Bhattacharyya, Rituparna & Sarma, Pranjit (2020). Revisiting geographies of nationalism and national identity in Bangladesh, Geojournal, 10.1007/s10708-020-10305-1

Dr Tulshi Kumar Das, Professor, Department of Social Work, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh: Conceptualisation; collecting resources; writing the first draft; initial reviewing and cross-checking for references

Dr Rituparna Bhattacharyya, Research Consultant; Editor-in-Chief, Space and Culture, India and in Teaching and Development, Alliance for Community Capacity Building in North East India, United Kingdom (corresponding author): Conceptualisation; collecting references; developing the first draft with the incorporation of new ideas and relevant resources; data curation; methodology; re-writing the final draft; final reviewing of the draft and final editing.

Dr Pranjit Sarma, Assistant Professor, Mangoldoi College, Mangoldoi, Assam: data curation; reproduction of the maps.

Article Processing Fee

Within South Asia: INR 10,000.00 (single author); INR 15,000 (multiple authors)

Outside South Asia: High-Income: £800.00, Middle Income: £400.00, Low Income: £200.00

This is an 'Open Access' journal, universally and freely accessible via the Internet, and, as such, no subscription fee or article download fee is charged. If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay a processing fee as above to cover the cost to the following accounts:

Prag Foundation for Capacity Building
State Bank of India (GMC Branch, Bhangagarh, Guwahati, Assam)
A/C No. 30045901385/ SBIN0007700

Alternatively, payment can be made from outside India by credit card via PayPal to the account or to the following account:
Alliance for Community Capacity Building in North East India
HSBC Bank PLC, United Kingdom, 279 Whitley Rd, Whitley Bay NE262SW
IBAN: GB97HBUK40467221140604 | BIC: HBUKGB4171D
Sort Code: 40-46-72 | A/C No: 21140604

Copyright Notice

  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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