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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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • 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.
  • I, the submitting author, and (if applicable on behalf of ) the co-author(s), accept and agree that the editorial decisions on submissions are final with no right to appeal. A blind review process is followed by the Journal and the decision of the editors usually -but not necessarily- align with the recommendations of reviewers.
  • The Publisher is authorised to disseminate the submitted material in print and electronic formats following a thorough peer-review and editorial process.

Author Guidelines

The aim of the Critical South Asian Studies journal is to provide a medium for the publication of original works covering the entire span of Posthumanism studies. The editors are particularly keen to publish critical, multidisciplinary perspectives on a wide range of issues related to the posthuman condition.

All contributors must now submit to Critical South Asian Studies via the online submission process after registering with this website.

Works submitted for publication are entered into a double-blind peer review system and normally read by at least two assessors. The Editors' decision will be final. Articles submitted to Critical South Asian Studies should be original pieces of work, not been published before and not being considered for publication elsewhere in its final form, either in printed or electronic form.

Please make sure your manuscript is prepared according to the guidelines provided on our website.

If the online system is not responsive, submissions can be sent by e-mail to the editor. Manuscripts must be submitted as word documents (.txt, .doc, .rtf extensions are accepted).

Any opinions expressed in Critical South Asian Studies are those of authors and do not necessarily those of the editors or publisher.

Authors are personally responsible for obtaining permission for the reprint of any previously published material. Manuscripts need to be anonymized (i.e. author details and self-references removed) and ready for double-blind peer review.

The Publisher is authorised to disseminate the submitted material in print and electronic formats following a thorough peer-review and editorial process.

All manuscripts must be submitted in English (for submissions in other languages, please contact editors in advance). To disseminate your research more effectively, you may consider getting professional help from our partner copyeditors via or elsewhere.

Footnotes in the text should be numbered seriatim and include information which is not appropriate in the main text.

Tables and figures should be integrated into the text, and the copy editors may alter the layout whenever necessary. The title page must include an abstract of about 150 words and 3-5 keywords. Full contact information with institutional affiliations must also be provided. Introduction, literature review and data should be kept to a minimum unless it is essential to the paper.

Manuscripts submitted to Critical South Asian Studies will not be returned.

Please submit the following:

Please include your full details, contact and mail addresses, affiliations (if any), and a short biography when submitting online. Please also include the names and contact details of three potential reviewers while submitting online (there is a section to enter notes to the editor).

The manuscript includes the abstract (max. 150 words) and up to 5 keywords. (Please do not include any personal or affiliation information in the manuscript).

Manuscripts must be submitted as word documents (.txt, .doc, .rtf extensions are accepted). Please also send excel tables for graphics and/or figures used in the paper (if applicable). Please ensure your manuscript is paginated.

The format of the text should be as follows:

Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt, align left, unjustified.

If you use titles and/or subtitles, please mark these in bold type.

No centring throughout the text.

No headers or footers.

Single space after full stops.

No space between paragraphs. Tab for paragraph indent — 1.27 cm.

Do not indent the first paragraph or first paragraph of a new section.

Leave one line space before a new section.

Length: 4,500–7,000 words for articles

Page size: A4

Spacing Double (including “List of References”) except for abstract and endnotes (1.5 spacing)

Title of paper: 12 point bold. Centred. Capitalize the first word of title and subtitle, proper nouns and titles of texts. Otherwise, lower case, as in the title of the sample manuscript below: “Precarious Lives: Border and migration form in Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West

Author’s name (must be removed for the anonymous review process but included in separate title page document)

Place underneath title in 12 point regular, centred, plus email address in 12 point lower case.

Author’s Affiliation (must be removed from the submitted manuscript but included in separate title page) 

NB: we never use ibid. or op. cit., but always (author)-date-page, and do not use foot- or endnotes for citations. Also, do not split up the date and the page number, please.

Notes other than citations (which should be kept to a minimum) should appear as endnotes, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals.

If you are quoting extensively from one or at most two primary texts, please put in an endnote after the first citation as in the example below, and thereafter just put the page numbers in brackets (no ‘p.’ is needed):

Subsequent references are to this (2000/1912) edition of name of the book and will be cited parenthetically by page number in the text.

Picture captions: All photographs should be numbered and, where known, the photographer’s name should be given. All visuals and material borrowed from others must accompany explicit permission to publish print and online without restriction.

Illustrations should be inserted in the text. All graphs and diagrams should be referred to as figures and should be numbered. Illustrations can be in colour and appear in colour for the online version, but the print version of the journal will be printed in one colour.

Tables should also be numbered consecutively in the text and must be inserted in the text. There should not be redundant tables in the manuscript.

Any submission which does not conform to the above instructions may be returned for the necessary revision before consideration for publication.

Stylistic recommendations:

Use “nineteenth century” — NOT “19th century”, and hyphenate “nineteenth-century” only when it is being used as an adjective; in other words, “nineteenth-century fiction” but “the nineteenth century”. This rule applies to all centuries, except for ‘the twenty-first century’ and ‘twenty-first century fiction’ (no hyphen for the adjective on this one).

Use the full name the first time you mention a writer; thereafter, just the surname will suffice.

Please try to quote writers from their original sources. If it is unavoidable to go through a secondary source, use the abbreviated format ‘Khair, qtd. in Dwivedi, 2014’ rather than the full form ‘Khair, quoted in Dwivedi, 2014’.

We use endnotes rather than footnotes. Please note that the endnote marker should ordinarily go at the end of the sentence after the full stop, not immediately next to the text being cited in the endnote.

Write out all numbers from one to ten in words; 11 and above should be written as digits, except for approximations such as “dozens” or “hundreds”, and except for centuries (see above).

Please avoid contractions, so write “it is”, NOT “it’s”, and “there is”, NOT “there’s”.

Square brackets should only be used when it is an editorial intervention […], authorial intervention should be in normal brackets ( ).

Use a space-separated vertical line (“ | ”) to indicate a line break when quoting poetry, and a double space-separated line (“ | | ”) to indicate a verse break.

Use British (UK) spelling; e.g. labour, not labor; colour, not color; catalogue, not catalog; programme, not program.

However, we use “ize” endings, so realize, NOT realise; colonize, NOT colonise. Note, though, that in British spelling ‘yse’ is correct and not ‘yze’, so: analyse NOT analyze and paralyse NOT paralyze.

“North”, “South”, etc. are capitalized if they are part of the title of an area or a political division, e.g. South Africa, Western Australia, the West or the East, but not if they are descriptions in general terms, such as southern Scotland, the north of Italy, northern England.

For interviews, when these go out for the double peer review process, please put “Interviewer:” rather than your name to ensure anonymity. Once you have successfully passed through the peer review process, the full name of the interviewer and interviewee should be used the first time they appear in the text (in bold).


Quotations of fewer than 40 words are placed in the body of the text “in double quotation marks”. Quotations of more than 40 words should begin on a new line (first line not indented) and be identified by an extra line of space before and after.

Indent the whole quotation by 1.27 cm on the left hand-side, but keep the same font size and spacing. This is so that the type setters can identify where a quote occurs.

Use double quotation marks throughout, except for quotations within quotations, which should be in single quotation marks: “Grammar should be ‘particular’ in all cases”.

Dates and numbers

1 January 1945 (no commas, no “th” or “nd” or “rd” after numeral).

1990s (no apostrophe, not ‘90s or 90’s). In other words, for decades, write these in digits and do not abbreviate, so “1980s” not “E/eighties” or “80s”.

The fifth century; the nineteenth century (numerals), sated if used adjectivally, so “nineteenth-century poetry”.

In spans: 1950–1986, 1949–1955, 1989–1991. ALWAYS use en-dash not hyphen for separating two digits.

In page references, etc, where using numerals: 5–6, 32–33, 111–12.

The journal uses a slightly modified version of the author–date format advocated by The Chicago Manual of Style. An online outline can be found at:

Keywords Add five-seven key words, separated by semi-colons. 11 point.

Text Flow: 12 point Roman, left adjusted.

Referencing: Use parenthetical Chicago-style author–date referencing. Any other notes (which should be kept to a minimum) should appear as endnotes, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals.

Reference Section

Published books

Please list author (surname first). Date. Full title, including subtitles preceded by a colon.

Location of publisher is not needed.

Arendt, Hannah. 2018. The Human Condition. University of Chicago Press.

If the date of initial publication is significant, place it in square brackets before the date of publication of the text used:

Arendt, Hannah. [1958] 2018. The Human Condition. University of Chicago Press.

Two or more authors/editors

Please follow the sequence mentioned below:

Haywood, Max, and Andrew R. MacAndrew. 1964. Isaac Babel: The Lonely Years 1925–1939. Farrar.

Edited books

Sanga, Jaina C., ed. 2004. South Asian Literature in English: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood.

Anderson, Lorraine, Slovic, Scott, and John P O’ Grady, eds. 1999. Literature and the Environment: A Reader on Nature and Culture. Longman.

Journal articles

Last name, first name. Date. “Title of article in double quotation marks, headline capitalization.” [full stop inside quote marks] title of journal (in italics) Volume no. [full stop] issue number (in parentheses): page range separated by an en-dash, not a hyphen.

Note: volume/issue numbers should always be given in Arabic numerals, e.g.

Quayson, Ato. 2012. “The Sighs of History: Postcolonial Debris and the Question of (Literary) History.” New Literary History 43 (2). 368 – 69.

Editorial Policy

All submitted papers are screened and reviewed by the editorial and/or external reviewers. Referees are expected to provide supportive comments regarding their decisions. Following the receipt of a manuscript in the appropriate format, we anticipate a decision within three months.

Please see the full details of our Peer Review Policy here.


Full-length Papers

Full-length papers should be about 6,000 - 8,000 words, excluding the footnotes and references.

Make a new submission to the Full-length Paper section.


Commentaries should be about 1,000-3,000 words, excluding the footnotes and references.

Make a new submission to the Commentary section.

Book Reviews

Book reviews should be about 500-1,500 words, including the footnotes and references.

Artistic Works

Artistic submissions should include the artistic work and a 1,000-2,000 words statement about its relevance to posthuman themes.


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