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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.
  • 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).
  • make sure that the submission is anonymous and without reference to self/selves using pronouns I/My/We/Our etc. in the body.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-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.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.

Author Guidelines

Please ensure that you consider the following guidelines when preparing your manuscript. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your submission.

Article types

Indian Journal of Critical Disability Studies publishes the following kinds of articles;

  • Research articles
    InJCDS focusses on bringing forth original research on disability issues that emerge from examining both the political and the personal aspects of individuals, collectives, and the systemic. InJCDS is interested in arguments against or in favour of the idea that both the universal and the specific are essential. InJCDS is especially keen on research highlighting the unavoidable intersectional dimensions of class, gender, caste, hemisphere, and technology in relation to disability. We encourage constant questioning of binaries, of categories, of foundational positions of others and ours.  Articles must be of 5,000-8,000 words length. 
  • Reviews
    InJCDS is also interested in receiving  reviews of books, major articles, films, theatres, television programmes, artworks, concerts, museums and other media expressions that have a bearing on any disability issue. Anyone interested in submitting a review must first contact the editors to discuss interest in the area. The permitted review length is 3,000-8,000 words.

Overall Structure of the paper

  • Title page
    The manuscript submitted must only list the title and abstract on the title page to ensure anonymous review. 

    The names of all authors, affiliations, contact details, biography (optional) and the corresponding author details must be completed online as part of the submission process.

    Avoid using initials for author names. 

  • Abstract
    Both research articles and reviews must have an abstract of not more than 100 words summarising the main arguments and conclusions of the article. This must have the heading ‘Abstract’ and be easily identified from the start of the main text.

    A list of 4-6 key words should be placed below the abstract.

    The Abstract and Keywords should also be added to the metadata when making the initial online submission.

  • References

    All references cited within the submission must be listed at the end of the main text file.

    In-text citations 
    Every use of information from other sources must be cited in the text so that it is clear that external material has been used.

    If the author is already mentioned in the main text then the year should follow the name within parenthesis.

    • Goffman (1963) and Huges (2007) claimed that …

    If the author name is not mentioned in the main text then the surname and year should be inserted, in parenthesis, after the relevant text. Multiple citations should be separated by semi-colon and follow alphabetical order.

    • The topic related to disabled person's lived experience (Overboe 1999; Shakespeare 1999).

    If three or fewer authors are cited from the same citation then all should be listed. If four or more authors are part of the citation then ‘et al.’ should follow the first author name.

    • (Seth, Kashyap & Sharma 2010).
    • (Batson et al. 1997)

    If citations are used from the same author and the same year, then a lowercase letter, starting from ‘a’, should be placed after the year.

    • (Goodley 2018a; Goodley 2018b)

    If specific pages are being cited then the page number should follow the year, after a colon.

    • (Garland-Thomson 1997: 3; Campbell 2009: 11-13)

    For publications authored and published by organisations, use the short form of the organisation’s name or its acronym in lieu of the full name.

    • (ICCPR 1966) not (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966)

    Please do not include URLs in parenthetical citations, but rather cite the author or page title and include all details, including the URL, in the reference list.

  • Reference format

 Books: Last name, First name. Year. Title. Place of publication: Publisher.

  • Chapters within books

Last name, First name. Year. “Chapter title.” In Book title, edited by Editor name, Page numbers, Place of publication: Publisher.

  • Journal articles

Last name, First name. Year. “Article title.” Journal title Volume(issue): Page numbers. DOI

  • Newspaper articles (online)

Last name, First name. Year. “Article title.” Newspaper title, Month Date. Accessed Month Date Year. URL.

  • Newspaper articles (print)

Last name, First name. Year. “Article title.” Newspaper title, Month Date.

  • Conference papers

Last name, First name. Year. “Title.” Paper presented at Conference name, Conference location, Month Date.

  • Organisational publications/Grey literature

Organisation. Year. “Title.” Series/publication number. Retrieved from (if online).

  • Theses and dissertations

Last name, First name. Year. “Title.” PhD diss., University name.

  • Websites

Author/Organisation. Year. “Title.” Accessed Month Date. URL


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We publish pieces called provocations that raise questions (and not necessarily answer them) and provoke everybody/ anybody.

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