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Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The open access  South Asian Journal of Social Sciences (SAJSS) provides a platform for all those interested in discussing issues and challenges democratic societies face today.

It promotes contributions within an emerging science of the information age following the highest standards of peer review. It is a journal that focuses on:

  • Social Theories
  • South Asian Society
  • Development
  • Population
  • Health and Illness
  • Communication
  • Poverty
  • Economy
  • Politics
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Social Problems
  • Labor
  • Crime and Social Policy
  • Environment and Disaster
  • Gender
  • Welfare and Policies

with a special interest in critical studies in these thematic fields. Papers should present findings in relation to South Asian and encourage user-centered thinking in a global, sustainable and participatory information society.

It is the journal´s mission to encourage interdisciplinary, unconventional ideas and multiple perspectives, and connect leading thinkers and young scholars in inspiring reflections. SAJSS is an innovative journal that welcomes submissions from all disciplines and approaches. We publish theoretical, practical and empirical research.

Besides peer-reviewed papers, we publish reflections on current issues, reviews of books, comments on articles, discussions, interviews, etc that are related to the journal’s mission. We aim to foster discourse, so feedback for reflections is welcome. Please note that also all published articles can be commented by readers. (Please first register as a reader and then use the “add comment” section that is visible at the right-hand side of the abstract of a paper). 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Papers

Papers invited by the editors. Will be reviewed by the editors.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Scientific Research Papers

Research in progress or completed. Will be peer-reviewed anonymously.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Studies

Will be peer-reviewed anonymously.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Project Descriptions

Focus on practitioners. Will be reviewed by the editors.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Reflections

Literature reviews, comments, discussions, and interviews

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Special Issue

Articles submitted for a current call for papers.Will be peer-reviewed anonymously.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

SAJSS offers two types of reviewing: double-blind and editorial reviews. Double-blind reviewing will be applied on submitted scientific papers and case studies, whereas project descriptions will be allocated to editorial reviews. Reflections (reviews, comments, discussions, interviews) are not peer-reviewed. Please select the section “Reflections” when submitting.

The typical articles publication process is:

  • An author submits a paper to our journal;
  • The managing editor assigns two reviewers;
  • Reviewers submit their reports and recommendations;
  • The editors take a decision based on the submitted manuscript and the submitted recommendations;
  • The managing editor informs the author about the decision and forwards the reviews;
  • If the author is asked to make changes, the paper can be resubmitted. If the paper is not suitable for SAJSS or contains fatal errors, the paper will be rejected and cannot be resubmitted;
  • Either the paper is accepted, or the author is asked to make minor revisions before acceptance, or the author is asked to make major revisions and resubmit the article for a second review, or the paper is rejected due to fatal errors that cannot be corrected or the topic is unsuitable for SAJSS;
  • If the paper is accepted, the author is asked to layout the paper according to our guidelines (references, citations, format, etc.) if the author has not done so in the first place;
  • The paper is published as soon as we receive the author’s final version. Publication is instantaneous and there is no holding time as in traditional journal publishing.

Publication Frequency

SAJSS is published twice a year. 

Open Access Policy

SAJSS provides full open access to its authors and readers. Publishing with and reading SAJSS is free of charge.

We ask authors to register with SAJSS to manage the publishing process. Authors play an active role in the publishing process and take full responsibility for using the layout template and proofreading their submissions. As an editor, we maintain the right not to publish papers that do not meet our quality standards. To gain all benefits of the SAJSS community we recommend readers to register with SAJSS.

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