Indian Journal of Human Development (IJHD) is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on both theoretical and empirical research and provides an open platform for critical engagement with human development discourses. The Journal includes scholarly essays, research notes, commentaries, perspectives and book reviews, besides information on events and statistics relating to human development. It welcomes expressions of all shades and opinions.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Indian Journal of Human Development (IJHD) is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on both theoretical and empirical research and provides an open platform for critical engagement with human development discourses. The Journal is published tri-annually and includes scholarly essays, research notes, commentaries, perspectives and book reviews, besides information on events and statistics relating to human development. It welcomes expressions of all shades and opinions.
|A K Shiva Kumar||Development Economist, New Delhi, India|
|Aasha Kapur Mehta||Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, India|
|K Seeta Prabhu||Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India|
|Alakh N Sharma||Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, India|
|Bhim Reddy||Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, India|
|Swati Dutta||Fellow, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, India|
|Aditi Madan||Associate Fellow, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, India|
|Vinoj Abraham||Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India|
|Sudhir Anand||University of Oxford, United Kingdom|
|Joydeep Baruah||Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University, Guwahati, India|
|Arjun S Bedi||International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam|
|Achin Chakraborty||Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK), India|
|Sachin Chaturvedi||Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi, India|
|Aalok Ranjan Chaurasia||MLC Foundation, Bhopal, India|
|Maitreyi B Das||The World Bank, USA|
|Gaurav Datt||Monash University, Australia|
|Sonalde Desai||University of Maryland, USA|
|Ashwini Deshpande||Ashoka University, Sonepat, India|
|Ravindra H Dholakia||Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India|
|Nata Duvvury||National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland|
|Jean Dreze||Ranchi University, Ranchi, India|
|Vusi Gumede||University of South Africa, South Africa|
|Indrani Gupta||Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India|
|Himanshu||Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi|
|Indira Hirway||Centre for Development Alternatives, Ahmedabad, India|
|K S James||Indian Institute for Population Sciences, India|
|Ravi Kanbur||Cornell University, USA|
|Aliya Khan||Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan|
|Fahmida Khatun||Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka, Bangladesh|
|Prabha Kotiswaran||King's College, London, United Kingdom|
|Nagesh Kumar||South and South-West Asia, UNESCAP, New Delhi, India|
|Minquan Liu||Peking University, Beijing, China|
|Sumit Mazumdar||University of Warwik, United Kingdom|
|Marcelo Medeiros||Institute of Applied Economic Research, Brasilia, Brazil|
|Purnima Menon||International Food Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, India|
|Abhiroop Mukhopadyay||Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India|
|S R Osmani||Ulster University, Belfast, United Kingdom|
|Sanjay Reddy||The New School for Social Research, New York, USA|
|Dennis Rodgers||The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland|
Indian Journal of Human Development
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Indian Journal of Human Development is hosted on Sage Peer Review; a web based online submission and peer review system. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/ijhd to login and submit your article online.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Indian Journal of Human Development will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere.
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Before submitting your manuscript to Indian Journal of Human Development, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Three could be three to five sections in the journal, though two sections remain unchanged.
- Research Articles
- Book Reviews
- Research Notes
Indian Journal of Human Development only publishes original material written by the submitting author(s) and not published, forthcoming or submitted to other publications. Submitted articles will be checked with plagiarism software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised 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 appropriate action. Further, the authors will be responsible for any such violation.
The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
2.1 Peer review policy
Indian Journal of Human Development 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.
Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.
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 Journal of Human Development 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.
Indian Journal of Human Development encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.
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
Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway
Indian Journal of Human Development 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.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway
Indian Journal of Human Development offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. A LaTex template is available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
The manuscript should be structured as follows:
- All articles should be typed on one side of the paper (preferably A4) and double-spaced throughout (not only the text but also displayed quotations, notes, references and any other matter). Manuscripts should be submitted in MS Word format.
- Contributors must provide their affiliations and complete postal address and E-mail address with their manuscript. In case there are two or more authors, then the corresponding author’s name and address details must be specified clearly.
- All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 150–200 words and five to six keywords.
- Endnotes should be used instead of footnotes, and should be numbered serially using standard figures (e.g., 1, 2, 3). The notes should be linked to the note cues within the text. Notes should contain more than a citation of a work. Use notes to elaborate an issue that is already made in the main text.
- The spellings used should be British (UK), with ‘s’ variant, e.g., globalisation instead of globalization, labour instead of labor.
- Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes to be used within double quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text and indented with one space with a line space above and below.
- Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimized but consistent. For non-English and uncommon words and phrases, use italics throughout the text. Meaning of non-English words should be given in parenthesis just after the word when it is used for the first time.
- Use capitals sparingly and double-check the logical application of any distinctions you wish to make between specific and general use.
- Abbreviations are spelled out at first occurrence. Very common ones (US, GDP, BBC) need not be spelled out.
- Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements use only figures (3 km; 9%). Use thousands and millions, not lakhs and crores.
- Give specific dates in the form 22 November 1980. When referring to a century use words, e.g., ‘twentieth century’ and when reference is being made to a decade use numbers, e.g., ‘1980s’.
- Ibid should not be used.
- Number ranges should not be truncated, for example, 2017–2018.
- Tables and figures to be indicated by numbers separately (see Table 1), not by placement (see Table below). Short and crisp titles and headings in tables and figures are preferred. Present each table and figure on a separate sheet of paper, gathering them together at the end of article.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.
This Journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files
Indian Journal of Human Development adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Indian Journal of Human Development is hosted on Sage Track Sage, a web-based online submission and peer review system. Visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/ijhd to login and submit your article online.
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).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway
Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Indian Journal of Human Development editorial office as follows: