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Indian School of Public Policy Review: Call for Submissions

As India marches on to become a global superpower, economic and social growth must be accelerated strategically. NITI Aayog projects India will achieve the ambitious milestone of $30 trillion economy by 2047. The Indian School of Public Policy Review (IPR) invites insightful contributions to encourage informed dialogue on the following critical growth dimensions, including Governance, Trade and Finance, MSMEs, Infrastructure and Transport, Clean Energy, Sustainable Development, Technology, Urbanisation, Human Rights, National Security, Social Security, Agriculture, Skilling, and Social Sector areas such as Education and Health, to outline the types of resilient structures and processes required to effectively achieve this ambitious goal.  

Submissions may be made under the following categories:

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1. Op-ed: The op-ed should be on one clear issue and be well-researched. You may add hyperlinks in-text. Please add a list of references at the bottom of the document,  preferably in APA citation style. Word limit: 700-800 words. 

2. Book reviews for our Policy Prism Series: The book reviews should be original, comprehensive and insightful. The review should briefly summarise the main arguments made in the book, apprise its strengths, weaknesses and contributions to the field, and critically engage with its policy relevance. Word limit: 800- 1000 words.

Submit your reviews by 15 March 2024. Selected submissions will be published tentatively from April 2024

3. Policy brief: The policy brief should contain a concise summary of the policy problem, analyse its implications,  and conclude with your recommendations. Word limit: 1500-2000 words.

4. Feature article: An in-depth exploration of a policy/ governance/ social cause related research topic, its analysis, discussion, and way forward. Word limit: 1500-3000 words.

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Visual media

1. Still Images: An original high-resolution still image along with a brief caption. Images should be relevant to themes related to social causes, governance, development, public policy.  

2. Photo essays: Visual narratives that weave together a set of photos accompanied by descriptions and an introduction. Generally a photo essay has 5-10 images, however, depending on the story/message to be conveyed a photo essay can have as few as 2 images. 

3. Illustrations/comic strips: The illustration/comic can be related to a social cause, governance, development, or public policy.                   

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Essay Submission Guidelines

All submissions will be reviewed by the Editorial Board, who will check for quality of arguments, clarity, organisation, spelling and grammatical consistency. We appreciate submissions that are balanced in tone and offer constructive perspectives with (preferably) clear  recommendations. There is no limit on the number of entries that one writer can submit. Please read these guidelines carefully before submitting:

1. Originality, publication status:

  • Only original and unpublished work must be submitted for consideration for publication. 
  • Inform the Editorial Board if the manuscript has been submitted elsewhere or has received acceptance elsewhere, as such submissions will not be considered.
  • Author(s) must take particular care that their work does not infringe on the rights of third parties, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights, and that their sources are duly cited.
  • IPR reserves the right to take down content in case of inconsistencies or malpractices post-publication.

2. Co-authorship: Submissions can be co-authored in all categories. 

3. Formatting specifications:

  • Headings: Times New Roman, size:13, Bold
  • Main body: Times New Roman, Alignment: Left, size: 12, spacing: 1.5
  • Endnotes and References: Times New Roman, size:12, Spacing: 1.0
  • Margins: 1 inch on all sides
  • Hyperlinks of resources used to be added in cases of op-eds and short articles.

4. Word limit and citation style: 

  • The word limit shall exclude endnotes and references. 
  • IPR follows the APA citation style. 

5. Submission and file format: 

  • Your submission’s mail subject and filename should be in the following format: Name_ Format of Writeup_IPR Submission.
  • Essays should be accompanied by an Abstract not exceeding 250 words, which shall be attached to the same document and should contain at least five keywords.
  • All entries should be submitted in .doc or .docx format only.

6. Plagiarism policy: Plagiarism above 10 % shall attract immediate disqualification.

7. Decisions of the Editorial Board on all matters shall be final.

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Visual Media Submission Guidelines

1.Still Images: Entrants must hold all applicable rights to the final image, including any retouching or image processing. Heavily vignetted, over-sharpened and over-saturated photo edits are discouraged. Originals must be preserved for edited entries. All entries must be submitted in .jpeg or .png format only.

2. Photo essays: The photo essay should be in the format of a Word doc containing the following:

  • Author name and affiliation
  • A descriptive title
  • An abstract (up to 50 words)
  • Context-setting and captions for the photos (up to 250 words)
  • List of references and/or acknowledgements if applicable

3. Illustrations/comic strips: All entries must be submitted in .pdf format. Vector graphic formats like .ai and .eps must be converted to PDF before submission. 

If you wish to get your articles and images featured on IPR, please email your submissions to [email protected]. We look forward to your participation and engagement. 

In case of any queries, the IPR team can be contacted at [email protected]