TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS

South Asia Monitor - a resource on South Asia, a dynamic region of 1.8 billion people comprising India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, and Afghanistan  - seeks contributory articles from those specializing or interested in, researching on, looking to engage in issues of relevance or consequence to this region, with South Asia watchers globally, in subjects from politics to foreign policy, defense and security, business and economy. development and environment, technology and media;  culture, literature, sports, and travel; besides country, bilateral and regional dynamics.

These articles/ commentaries should be of about 800-1000 words and should be well researched with a cogently argued point of view. We follow an independent editorial policy and, although based in New Delhi, we would like to give equal space to views from other South Asian countries as we would do to views from India, both for and against the establishment line on issues of contemporary interest. 

Our goal is to provide an unbiased and unprejudiced platform for debate and discussion on issues concerning or of relevance to South Asia and the nations that comprise it.  

The editors of South Asia Monitor, or SAM  - and its parent institution, Society for Policy Studies (SPS) - reserve the right to accept or reject any contribution, without assigning any reason. Payment of honorarium for select articles is completely at the discretion of the editors. Unsolicited articles will not be paid for. 

Guidelines/Regulations 

1. The website welcomes opinions/commentaries ranging between 800-1000 words and book reviews of 500-750 words. Longer pieces will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2. Give us an indicative headline of 6-8 words; this is subject to editorial approval and can be changed.

3. For editorial consistency, would prefer American spellings 

4. Please maintain a line gap/indentation between paras for easier editing.                  

5. Acronyms can be used but only after these have been expanded at first instance.

6. Please avoid first-person expressions like "us" or "we", especially while referring to a region, country, or its people, as it may sound jarring to readers from other geographies. However, articles dealing with personal experiences can be exceptions in this regard

7. Technical words and jargon should be explained in brief, as far as practicable. Also please mention the source or provide hyperlinks for data and figures.

8. The article should contain a line at the end giving a brief desired designation/title and institutional affiliation. Use the format: The writer is Designation/Institution. He/She can be contacted at...... (email Id and/twitter/linkedin/instagram handles)

9. Postal Address and Mobile details (for office records only) should be given if you are contributing for the first time

10. Latest thumbnail photograph (to be displayed along with the article). We would like to tag you on social media when the article is published. Please indicate if you do not desire your photo or mail ID/Twitter etc to be displayed with article and/or do not want to be tagged.

11. All submissions should be sent electronically, as attached word documents, to editor@spsindia.in

12. The subject line should be 'Article for South Asia Monitor'. 

13. The Editor reserves the right to take the final decision on the use of the article, any alterations required and its publication.

14. The copyright of the article rests with the South Asia Monitor/ Society for Policy Studies. 

15. Contributors will be sent an acknowledgement indicating the receipt of their article. If selected for publication, the contributors will be sent the link to their article which they are free to share on any medium so long as appropriate credits are given to the South Asia Monitor.

16. SAM grants permission to contributors to access and make use of the SAM platform only for non-commercial personal purposes.

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