Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Broadly speaking, The South Asianist is an interdisciplinary academic journal intended to spur critical debate on social, environmental, cultural, linguistic, religious, political and economic aspects of South Asia. At its core is the need to open research on and in South Asia to as wide an audience as possible. With this in mind, peer-reviewed articles and reviews will be complimented by a variety of experimental formats including exploratory essays we call 'tea-stallers', as well as a section dedicated to video vignettes that include interviews and documentaries that seek to reflect the energy of ethnographic work with the affinities of investigative journalism. Finally, The South Asianist Blog has been created to follow more week-to-week activities of fieldwork and is run by a dedicated Blog Editor and a team of regular contributors.


Section Policies


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Special Submissions

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Exploratory Essays

The main rationale behind the creation of the Exploratory Essay or 'Tea Staller' (coined by Editorial Board member Saad Quasem) is the need to provide a space within the South Asianist journal that allows scholars to present ideas and on-going research, in under 1500 words, for the purpose of spurring debate, seeking peer-feedback, and attracting potential research collaboration in a format that does not require a lengthy academic peer-review process. Though EE's do not undergo the full due diligence of peer-reviewed academic articles, they would undergo a basic two-stage ‘in-house editing’ process in order to ensure that the main requirements are adequately addressed:

Stage 1: Editor assigns the EE to a senior or assistant editor for review.

  1. Main criteria for stage 1 EE reviews are:
    1. descriptive title
    2. clarity of argument
    3. outline of at least three main observations
    4. summary of argument and observations with concluding remarks
    5. a list of at least 3 outstanding research questions
    6. 300 word author bio
    7. circulate to at least two additional South Asianist senior or assistant editors for final review
    8. submit comments to the author

Stage 2: Assigned editor receives revised EE and

  1. checks for:
    1. compliance with all of Stage 1 requirements
    2. check for grammar and spelling
    3. works with editorial team to format in South Asianist template
    4. sends finalised template to author for approval
    5. sends final to Editors for publication

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Special Section - Nagas in the 21st century

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Peer Review Process

Editors acknowledge receipt of all submissions. Papers that do not correspond with the rationale of the journal, are insufficiently original, seriously flawed, or with poor English language may be rejected at this stage.

Suitable papers are passed on to two or more reviewers, selected for their expertise in the area of the submitted paper. Referees are asked to evaluate whether the submission:

-                 Is original

-                 Is theoretically and methodologically sound

-                 Is rigorous and critically engaged with relevant work

-                 Contributes to the field of South Asian Studies

A decision on whether to accept or reject the paper, along with any recommendations and comments from the referees will be sent to the author by the Editors, who hold the final decision on accepting or rejecting papers.


Publication Frequency

Two regular issues per academic year, in Autumn and in Spring. Additionally, Special Focus issues will be published intermittantly that cover conferences coordinated or linked with Edinburgh University's Centre for South Asian Studies.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

This journal’s open access policy is in line with UK research funders’ policies.



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Take Down Policy

Journals using the hosting platform http://journals.ed.ac.uk are encouraged to make every effort to ensure that published content does not infringe any person's rights, or applicable UK laws.

However, if you believe that content, in any of the journals hosted on this platform, may be illegal, please contact the Head of Research & Learning who will review the complaint and take appropriate action.

Research & Learning (Library & University Collections)
Main Library, George Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ
Email: onlinejournals@mlist.is.ed.ac.uk

Please note the Library is staffed 9-5pm Monday-Friday.

Making a complaint

In the body of the email please provide the following information:

  • Describe the infringement in as much detail as possible so that the specific content may be readily identified. The URL in the address bar will allow us to lookup the specific section.
  • Describe your relationship to the content, e.g. I am the author/creator of the material.
  • Describe the grounds for complaint, some examples are:
    • Unauthorised use by reason of reproduction and/or making available the material.
    • Breach of the moral right of [paternity/integrity/right not to have my work subjected to derogatory treatment].
    • Other complaints, e.g. defamation, breach of confidence, data protection.

On receipt of your complaint, Research & Learning Services will:
  1. Make an initial assessment of its validity
  2. For all but spurious complaints, temporarily remove access to the item that is subject to complaint
  3. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by email
  4. Contact the journal responsible for the publication of the content in question to invite a response
  5. Seek to verify your identity and authority as complainant
  6. Refer the complaint to the University's Legal Advisor for comment and advice

Potential outcomes:

When the Head of Research & Learning has verified the authenticity of your complaint and has been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the file will be permanently removed from public access.
If the Legal Advisor confirms that it does not breach any law then the item will be reinstated.

July 2014