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Instruction to Authors                                  ISSN: Print - 2277-9094

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Manuscripts should be between 5000 and 8000 words, and must be submitted electronically in MS Word file format.  The manuscript must be accompanied by an abstract/summary of NOT MORE THAN 250 words and a short note of biographical details. Contributors should note that they are addressing a diverse audience of academicia, policy makers, administrators and development practitioners.


The manuscript should conform to the template and house style given here, including page size and margins (page size 10 inches long and 7.5 inches wide, with 1 inch wide margin all around).

  1. Apart from the article/paper, the contributions should include: (i) the name(s) of the author(s); (ii) the latter’s professional affiliations; (iii) an abstract of the paper in not more than 150 words; (iv) a Reference list at the end containing details of all the References quoted in the paper.

  2. Spellings: Use British spellings throughout, not American spellings.

  3. Notes: These should be numbered serially in the text and expanded in the same chronological order at the end of the text in the form of Endnotes.

  4. Quotations: Use double quotation marks for the entire quotation, reserving single quotation marks for quoted words within a quotation. The spellings of words in the quotation should be retained as in the original. In case of long quotations (50 or more words), the quotation should be broken off from the text and indented0.5 inch on the left, with a 1.5 line space above and below the quotation. The quotations must be followed by all relevant details including the name of the publication, author’s name, year of publication, and page no(s).

  5. Italics: Avoid italicising words frequently as that affects readability. Italics should be used only for book titles, journal names, foreign words (like ‘panchayat’, ‘bania’, ‘guru’, etc.), and if a particular word needs to be emphasised.

  6. Hyphenation: Use hyphens consistently throughout the article. For instance, words like ‘macro-economic’, ‘micro-credit’, ‘sub-sets’, ‘long-term’, ‘short-term’, ‘short-circuit’, etc., if hyphenated once, should be hyphenated throughout the text.

  7. Capitals: Capital letters should be used sparingly throughout the article as that affects readability. Please refer to the attached Style Sheet for the Indian Journal of Labour Economics to see where ALL CAPS should be used.

  8. Numbers: Generally, numbers from one to ten should be spelt out. Numbers above ten should be given in figures. However, if several numbers occur in a sentence or paragraph, all of them should be in figures, for easy readability. In case of units or percentages, all numbers should be in figures. For instance,3 km.,5 kg., 8 per cent, etc. In case of percentages, the word ‘per cent’ should be spelt out in the text, but the symbol % can be used in tables, graphs, figures and equations. In case of large numbers, use only ‘millions’ and ‘thousands’, not ‘lakhs’ and ‘crores’.

  9. Abbreviations: All abbreviations such as ‘pp.’, ‘vol.’, ‘no.’, ‘Dr.’, ‘Mr.’, ‘edn.’, ‘eds.’, etc. must end with a full stop. There should also be full stops between initials of names, such as V.K. Seth, G.K. Chadha, D.N. Reddy, etc. However, in case of well known acronyms like USA, UK, NATO, UNO, UNESCO, ILO, WTO, GATT, INTUC, AITUC, BJP, etc. there should not be full stops between the initials. All acronyms should be spelt out at the place of first occurrence with the acronym given in brackets. Subsequently only the acronym can be used. For instance, at the place of first usage, write Jawahar Rozgar Yojana (JRY), but subsequently, write only JRY.

  10. Dates: Specific dates should be written as, for instance,November 9, 2002. Decades should be referred to as the 1980s, 1990s, etc. The names of years should be in figures (1998, 2002, etc.), but the names of centuries should be spelt out (twentieth century, twenty-first century, etc.).

  11. Figures and Tables: Number each figure and table. All figures and tables should appear at the relevant places in the text and not at the end of the article. All figures and tables should be referred to by their numbers in the text (for instance, ‘Refer to Table1’, ‘Please see Figure3’, etc.). The titles of the tables and figures should be brief and to the point. The Source and Notes, if any, should be given at the bottom of the table or figure. Within the table or figure, numbers should be given in digits, not spelt out. Symbols like %, &, # should be used, where required, within the table or figure.

  12. Tables should be typed in Times New Roman 9 point font with Table Footnote in Times New Roman 8 point font.

  13. Tables should conform to the style attached. Tables should be drawn in MS Word native format and not pasted from other applications like MS Excel.

  14. Tables/Figures should be contained within the writable area of the page: should not be more than 5 inches wide and 7.5 inches in length. Tables/Figures should not break across pages. Long Tables should be manually divided into continuing parts, repeating headers for each part.

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