General Guidelines

  • Contributors must provide their affiliations and complete postal and e-mail addresses with their articles. Please supply one line designation of author(s) and a brief bionote (<100 words)

  • All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 150–200 words and four to six keywords

  • The length of an article should be between 3,500 and 6,000 words, including notes and references. In-text citations are preferred. Use only descriptive footnotes.

  • All articles must be original.

  • Submissions will be internally evaluated by the Editorial Team and, in the normal course, sent for refereeing.

  • Authors will be provided with a copyright form once the contribution is accepted for publication. The submission will be considered as final only after the filled-in and signed copyright form is received. In case there are two or more authors, the corresponding author needs to sign the copyright form.

  • Headings: Limit the levels of heading within an article to two, or at most three.

  • British spellings throughout; universal ‘s’ such as in ‘civilise’ and ‘civilisation’.

  • Quotations: Use normally double quotes throughout. Use singe quote marks within double quotes.

  • Use italics sparingly. For non-English or Indian words, which are not names, italics may be used. Use of bold is discouraged. Italicise all names of books, journals and websites.

[Modified from Contributions to Indian Sociology,

In-Text Citation and References in Jnanadeepa

Jnanadeepa prefers to use in-text citation with References, following Chicago Manual style (Author Date). Limited number of descriptive footnotes are allowed.


References should be embedded in the text in the Chicago Manual style (Author Date). Citations should be first alphabetical and then chronological, for example, (Pandikattu 1997, 2010; Desbruslais 1997; Soares-Prabhu 1960). The use of ‘Ibid’ is discouraged.

One work by one author: (Braganza 1997: 145) or ‘as mentioned by Braganza (1987: 228–30)’.

One work by two authors: (Pandikattu and Kunnumpuram 1987: 50–66)

One work by more than two authors: (Vattanky et al. 2009)

Groups or organisations or universities: (JDV 2015); (ISO 1997).

Works with same authors and year: (Jayard 2014a: 23); (Francis 2004a: 43–46).

Two or more works by the same author: (Pandikattu 1999: 328; 2000: 475).

Forthcoming works: (Gonsalves, forthcoming).

Direct quotations:

As George Soares-Prabhu points out, “The Kingdom of God has ushered in the miracles performed by Jesus, which are in fact signs of the Kingdom” (1998: 11).


At the end of the article, a consolidated alphabetical list of all books, articles, essays and dissertations referred to (including any cited in the tables, figures, graphs and maps) should be provided. The list should be typed in double-space. In the reference list, provide full name of author/s instead of just initials, wherever applicable. In case of multiple authors, provide names of all the authors. We follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition in the formatting of the reference details. Some examples are given below:

· Book (One author):

Pandikattu, Kuruvilla. 1999. Idols to Die, Symbols to Live. Delhi: Intercultural Publications.

· Book (Two authors):

Rocha, Rosario and Kuruvila Pandikattu. 2002. Visions and Dreams: new Horizons for an INDIAN CHURCH : Essays in Honour of Professor Kurien Kunnumpuram. Pune: Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth.

· Edited book:

Pandikattu, Kuruvilla,, ed.. 2006. Together Towards Tomorrow: Interfacing Science and Religion in India : Essays in Honour of Professor Job Kozhamthadam SJ. Pune: Association of Science, Society and Religion.

· Book chapter:

Ferrao, Victor. “The Biology of Violence: Ethical Responses.” In Science-Religion Dialogue and Its Contemporary Relevance, Edited by Binoy Pichalakkattu, Delhi: ISPCK, 57-68.

· Journal article:

Tete, Arjen. 2020. “Resisting Cultural Genocide.” Jnanadeepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies 23/1: 66-88 Jan-June 2019

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Ethics and Malpractices

Jnanadeepa is committed to upholding the highest editorial standards of publication ethics and best practice.

The journal and publisher take all possible measures against any publication malpractices.

All authors submitting their works to the Jnanadeepa for publication attest that the submitted works represent an original work, that the authors’ contributions have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works.

The authors acknowledge that they have disclosed all and any actual or potential conflicts of interest with their work or partial benefits associated with it. In the same manner, Jnanadeepa is committed to objective and fair peer-review of the submitted works for publication, and it focuses on preventing any actual or potential conflict of interests between the editorial and review personnel and the reviewed material.

The journal is vigilant in upholding the ethical standards of research conduct and publishing, and will take appropriate actions on forms of misconduct such as (but not limited to):

  • Authorship: submitting multi-author drafts without the consent of all authors, improper attribution of author credits such as exclusion of contributing authors or inclusion of authors making insufficient contribution

  • Data fabrication and falsification: manipulative, deceptive or willful suppression and/or misrepresentation of data, or omission of confounding or contradictory data.

  • Plagiarism and misuse of intellectual property: using the expression, language, ideas, and/or thoughts of existing or previously published research and materials without appropriate reference to the original source, and wilful misrepresentation of others work as one’s own original work.

  • Non-compliance with common research practices: failure to comply with established, accepted and ethical practices in the design and performance of methodological research processes; manipulating procedures or outcomes to obtain pre-determined or desired results, the wilful use of inappropriate statistical or analytical methods to distort or misrepresent results and the improper reporting of data.

  • Non-conformity to research guidelines: all research must conform to appropriate institutional, national, and recognised guidelines, standards and laws, and the journal will not tolerate violations of applicable local regulations and law involving the use of funds, care of animals, human subjects, drugs, biological or chemical materials.

Suspected cases of misconduct should be reported to the Jnanadeepa's Ethics Committee. All cases will be taken seriously and dealt with in strict confidence.