This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
The Indian Historical Review (IHR), a peer reviewed journal, addresses research interest in all areas of historical studies, ranging from early times to contemporary history. While its focus is on the Indian subcontinent, it has carried historical writings on other parts of the world as well. Committed to excellence in scholarship and accessibility in style, the IHR welcomes articles which deal with recent advancements in the study of history and discussion of method in relation to empirical research. All articles, including those which are commissioned, are independently and confidentially refereed. The IHR will aim to promote the work of new scholars in the field. In order to create a forum for discussion, it will be interested in particular in writings which critically respond to articles previously published in this journal. The IHR has been published since 1974 by the Indian Council of Historical Research. It is edited by an Editorial Board appointed by the Council. The Council also obtains the advice and support of an Advisory Committee which comprises those members of the Council who are not members of the editorial board.
|Raghuvendra Tanwar||Chairman, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi and Professor Emeritus, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana|
|Rajesh Kumar||Director (Journal, Publication & Library), Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|Md. Naushad Ali||Deputy Director (Publication), Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|Vasant Shinde||CSIR Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India|
|Dilbag Singh||Former Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi|
|Nanditha Krishna||Former Professor, C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Institute of Indological Research, University of Madras, Chennai|
|Himanshu Kumar Chaturvedi||Professor of History, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur and Member, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|Harihar Panda||Former Professor of History, National Defence Academy, Pune and Member, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|K K Muhammed (Padma Shri)||Former Regional Director, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Member, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|Smriti Kumar Sarkar||Former Vice Chancellor, University of Burdwan, West Bengal and Member, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|Om Jee Upadhyay||Member Secretary (officiating), Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|Saurabh Kumar Mishra||Deputy Director (Journal), Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|Heeraman Tiwari||Professor of History, Centre for Historical Studies, JNU, New Delhi and Member, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|Jan Lucassen||Professor of International and comparative Social History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
|Gyaneshwar Khurana||Former Professor of History, Kurukshetra University, Haryana|
|Ishwar Sharan Vishwakarma||Former Chairman, Uttar Pradesh Higher Education Service Commission, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh|
|Neeraja A Gupta||Vice Chancellor, Sanchi University, Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh|
|Anand Shankar Singh||Principal, Ishwar Saran Degree College, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh and Member, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|Susmita Pande||Former Chairperson, National Monument Authority, New Delhi and Member, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|Amarjiva Lochan||Professor of History, University of Delhi, New Delhi and Member, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|Tana Showren||Professor of History, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh and Member, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|Rajeev Lochan||Former Professor of History, Panjab University, Chandigarh|
|Veenu Pant||Professor of History, Sikkim University, Gangtok, Sikkim|
|Sanjay Manjul||Joint Director General, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), New Delhi|
|Zahra Mohebbi||Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, U.S.A|
|Eugenia Vanina||Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow, Russia|
Indian Historical Review
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Indian Historical Review welcomes well-researched and detailed articles of 7,000 to 10,000 words on any aspect of South Asian History. The articles and/or research notes must conform to the journal style. Correspondence in this regard may please be made with the Editorial Consultant, email@example.com. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Indian Historical Review will be reviewed.
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Types of manuscripts that can be submitted to Indian Historical Review are:
- Book Review
- Review Article
- Short Notice
Please note the following while preparing/submitting your manuscript:
- 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). Please provide two hard copies and an identical electronic copy as an e-mail attachment. Manuscripts should be in MS Word format. Contributions in PDF format will not be accepted.
- All articles must include 4–6 keywords, an abstract of about 200 words and carry contributors’ affiliation(s) and complete postal and e-mail addresses.
- Indian Historical Review carries articles written in British English with ‘s’ spellings.
- Diacritical marks may be used in articles on pre-modern history. Italicised words can have diacritics as required. For Arabo-Persian vocabulary, please fol-low F. Steingass, A Comprehensive Persian-English Dictionary. For Dravidian languages, the Madras University Tamil Lexicon or some standard equivalent may be used. For other languages, the system used should be clearly specified early in the article. Where diacritical marks are not used, the word should be spelt phonetically, e.g., bhut and bhoot (unless in a quotation, where the original spelling should be used).
- Use ‘nineteenth century’ and ‘1980s’. Spell out numbers from one to ninety-nine, 100 and above to remain in figures.
- Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes should only be used within single quotes. Quotations of 45 words or more should be indented from the text with a line space above and below.
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1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
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Indian Historical Review adheres to a rigorous double-anonymize reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.
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.
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If the named authors for a manuscript change at any point between submission and acceptance, an Authorship Change Form must be completed and digitally signed by all authors (including any added or removed) . An addition of an author is only permitted following feedback raised during peer review. Completed forms can be uploaded at Revision Submission stage or emailed to the Journal Editorial Office contact (listed on the journal’s manuscript submission guidelines). All requests will be moderated by the Editor and/or Sage staff.
Important: Changes to the author by-line by adding or deleting authors are NOT permitted following acceptance of a paper.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
2.3.1 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Indian Historical Review requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
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Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
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Indian Historical Review and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
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Indian Historical Review offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme. For more information please visit the Sage Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
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Indian Historical Review adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style. View the guide here to ensure your manuscript conforms to this style.
Submissions to the journal should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
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Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Indian Historical Review editorial office as follows: