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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.
  • 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

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Contributions must be original, unpublished work and must not be submitted to another publication simultaneously. However, longer, critical versions of previously published work may also be considered, as will translated material that is unpublished elsewhere in English. All contributions and correspondence should be submitted via the journal's online submission system. Articles should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. A printed copy of the manuscript is not required.

The Editors reserve the right to edit or alter contributions, but authors will receive proofs for approval prior to publication.

In addition, authors are required to make sure submitted content does not infringe 3rd party copyright. More information from the Intellectual Property Office here: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/copy.htm

Content Guidelines


Contributions of up to 15,000 words (including references, captions and notes) are welcome, in line with the rationale of The Highlander.

The first page should contain a title, subtitle (if desired), acknowledgements (if any), and the corresponding author’s name, affiliation, e-mail address, postal address and telephone number. Affiliations and e-mail addresses of co-authors should also be included.

The second page should contain an abstract of 200-250 words. This should indicate the scope of the paper and its main arguments.

The rest of the paper should contain the main body of the text, references, appendices, tables, and necessary footnotes (numbered consecutively). Footnotes should be kept to a minimum.


Commentaries and responses to articles published by The Highlander should adhere to the same style guidelines explained here.

Style Guidelines

Papers should be written concisely, but not at the expense of clarity. The text should be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, and should be double-spaced (including Abstract, References and Footnotes). Page numbers should be entered at the top right-hand corner of each page.

Headings and subheadings

  • Headings within the text should be positioned on the left-hand side of the text;
  • Primary Headings should be typed in bold and have initial capital letters;
  • Secondary Headings should be italicised and have initial capital; letters;
  • Tertiary Headings should be in normal font and also have initial capital letters.


Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. They should not be used for references, but for explanation and expansion of argument where appropriate. Footnotes reference numbers should appear as consecutive Arabic numerals and must be embedded in the text (so that any footnote additions or deletions will automatically change all the footnote changes throughout the paper).


Formatting should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. Citations in text should be referenced in parentheses: (Author Year) as in (Said 1978); (Author Year: Pages) e.g. (Sharma 2008: 309).


References should be listed under a heading called References at the end of the document, and should appear in alphabetical sequence using the following style:

Journal articles

Shah A. (2006), ‘The Labour of Love: Seasonal migration from Jharkhand to the brick kilns of other states in India’, Contributions to Indian Sociology 40 (1): 91-118


Scott, J. C. (2009), The Art of Not Being Governed: An anarchist history of upland southeast Asia, Yale: Yale University Press

Edited books

Bates, C. (ed.) (2001), Community, Empire and Migration: South Asians in diaspora, Bakingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Book chapters in edited collections

Bharadwaj A. (2009), ‘Assisted Life: The neoliberal moral economy of embryonic stem cells in India’, in D. Birenbaum-Carmeli and M. C. Inhorn (eds.), Assisting reproduction, testing genes: Global encounters with new biotechnologies, New York: Berghahn Books: 239-258


Bjerre, J. (1960) Kalahari (trans. Bannister, E.), New York: Hill and Wang

Electronic sources

Islam T. (2010), Let’s Save Puran Dhaka!, Accessed at http://urbanpovertyinbangladesh.blogspot.com/ on 23 April 2012


Vidanage, H. R. (2009), Exploring the impact of online politics on political agents and political strategies in the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. PhD thesis. University of Edinburgh

Newspaper articles

Roy P. (2012), Eyes Wide Shut!, The Orissa Post (Bubaneshwar), 15 March, p.14

Magazine articles

Kaung, K. M. (2011), Potemkin Politics: Are the Burmese reforms for real?, Himal Southasian: 21-25, December


Title. Format (e.g. DVD). Directed by xxx (date of release); place of publication, publisher/distributor, distribution date (if different from date of release, as in the case of DVDs).

Grey literature

This includes, but is not restricted to, governmental and non-governmental reports, pamphlets, internal company documents, conference papers, working papers and unpublished material. Reference to grey literature should follow the author and title style for books, but without italics for the title.

Other conventions


English is the working language of this publication, but we are willing to consider submissions in other languages, subject to our capacity to review and edit them. Words in other languages should be italicised.


First preference spelling from the Oxford English Dictionary should be used (eg, ‘criticize’, ‘organization’,—but ‘analyse’, ‘incise’); as should British-English (eg, ‘aesthetic’, ‘learnt’, ‘labour’, ‘programme’, ‘skilful’, ‘unshakeable’).

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Abbreviations and acronyms should be explained at the first occurrence. These, and other conventions, should be used consistently throughout the paper, and typed without full points. Thus: GNP, PhD. Per cent is preferred to %, unless used frequently. Always percentage.


Use an em-rule (–) with a character space either side.

Numbers, Dates and Measurements

Words should be used for simple numbers from one to ten, while figures should be used for numerals from 11 upwards. Exceptions are references to page numbers, and in sets of numerals, some of which are higher than ten (eg, 17, 6 and 2).

Four-figure numbers should have a comma, and a further comma with each additional three figures (eg, 2,000; 5,000,000.)

Dates should be written in full (eg, 15 February 1943), and decades in number, without abbreviation (eg, the 1980s). Write 20th century, and use 21st-century ideas. Metric units are preferred for contemporary weights and measures.


When in the text these should be in single quotation marks, and should be in double quotation marks when appearing as quotations within quotations. Quotations of more than two lines of text should be indented.

Tables, Illustrations and Figures

Tables, illustrations and figures should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, and placed in their appropriate location and caption marked in the text.

Illustrations may be provided in colour or greyscale and submitted as either .tiff or .jpeg files with a minimum quality of 300dpi. The online nature of this series means there is no additional cost for the inclusion of photographs, maps, etc and contributors are encouraged to use illustrations where appropriate.

Authors who are in doubt about the accepted style or conventions should refer to a recent article of The Highlander.

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