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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. All supplementary material (graphs, maps, etc) is also provided in an editable 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.

Author Guidelines

Peer Review

All manuscript submissions are subject to editorial screening and anonymous peer review. All editorial decisions in this respect will be final. Average paper turnaround time will be 120 days.

Preparing Your Paper

Contributors should submit original unpublished articles for publication. Authors are advised to not submit work that they have submitted elsewhere.

Please include a word count for your paper.

  • Research paper for IPPR should be more than 5000 words and less than 8000 words.
  • Commentary for IPPR should not exceed 2500 words.
  • Book review for IPPR should be within 800-1000 words. 

Writing Guidelines

  • Please use British oxford spellings throughout the manuscript.
  • Please use single quotation marks. If quotation is long, it should be indented without using the quotation marks.
  • Please write dates in a month-date-year sequence (Ex: December 5, 2019)
  • While referring to numbers till Nine, please write in text and then in numerals.
  • At first mention, acronyms should carry their full forms and abbreviations in bracket. Thereafter, the abbreviated version should be used.
  • Please include a short bio of each author towards the end of the manuscript.
  • Research papers should carry a 200-word abstract and a maximum of six key words.
  • If research is funded by external agencies, all funding details for the research should be provided.

Referencing and endnotes

  • All manuscripts will be thoroughly checked for plagiarism. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their referencing.
  • Use in-text parenthetical citation while referring to the works of others, with author name(s), date, and page numbers, where applicable. The full details of the reference can be provided in the bibliography at the end.
  • Please use Chicago style of referencing for the bibliography. For examples of referencing styles, please refer to: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-2.html
  • If two successive citations/notes refer to the same source, use ibid.
  • For any online reference, please provide the date accessed along with other information.
  • Endnotes must be separate from the citations and must not be used to provide a reference. It can be used to explain or elaborate on an idea in the text.


  • Please submit both a PDF and an editable word document of your paper. This will help us format the document.
  • If the article uses any supplementary material, such as a table, graph, maps, etc, an editable document of the data source (Word, Excel, etc.) should be provided.
  • Each table, graph, etc. should be numbered, have a legend and a heading.


  • IPPR will post all published articles on its websites and summaries or excerpts maybe published on other digital and print properties.
  • The copyright of all articles published in IPPR will belong to the author(s) or their institution depending on the author’s terms of employment.

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