Guidelines for Contributors



“EXPRESSION- An International Journal for Social Science”
(Blind Peer Reviewed Refereed Indexed Half Yearly Journal)
The MCPS Journal accepts submissions in the following categories:

  • Articles & Research papers: 6,000-word maximum
  • Note: 4,000 – 6,000 words
  • Book Reviews: 2,000 – 4,000 words

All word limits are exclusive of References / Footnotes

The journal is flexible on the word count depending on the quality of the submission. Referencing and citations must be in conformity with the MCPS Journal Citation and Style Standard. Submissions must necessarily contain an abstract of not more than 200 words. Authors must indicate their academic qualifications including the degrees completed and the name of the university/institution to which they are affiliated. Co-authoring of papers among individuals of the same or different institutions is permissible.

Formatting Guidelines:

  • The submission must be word-processed and in Times New Roman.
  • The main text should be in font size 12 and footnotes in font size 10.
  • A one-line gap must be maintained between all paragraphs and headings.
  • All paragraphs must begin with a one-inch indent.

For further reference see the MCPS Journal Citation and Style Standard.

Contributors of articles, notes and comments are required to follow this pattern.


Mode of Citation for Books

A. For an Authored Book

(i) By a single author: Name of the author, Title of the book p.no. (if referring to specific page or pages) (Publisher, Place of publication, edition/year of publication).
E.g. M.P. Jain, Indian Constitutional Law 98 (Kamal Law House, Calcutta, 5th edn., 1998).

(ii) By two authors: Name of the authors, Title of the book p.no. (if referring to specific page or pages) (Publisher, Place of publication, edition/year of publication).
E.g. M.P. Jain and S.N. Jain, Principles of Administrative Law 38 (Wadhawa, Nagpur, 2001).

(iii) By multiple authors (more than two): Name of the first two authors, et.al., Title of the book p.no. (if referring to specific page or pages) (Publisher, Place of publication, edition/year of publication).
E.g. Jerry L. Mashaw, Richard A. Merrill, et.al., The American Public Law System – Cases and Materials 50 (West Group, St. Paul, MN, 1992).

B. For Edited Books

(i) By a single editor: Name of the editor (ed.), Title of the book p.no. (if referring to specific page or pages) (Publisher, Place of publication, edn/year).
E.g. Susan A. Bandes (ed.), The Passions of Law (New York University Press, New York, 1999).

(ii) By two editors: Name of the editors (eds.), Title of the book p.no. (if referring to specific page or pages) (Publisher, Place of publication, edn/year).
E.g. S.K. Verma and Raman Mittal (eds.), Intellectual Property Rights: A Global Vision 38-42 (ILI, Delhi, 2004).

(iii) By more than two editors: Name of the editors, the first two only, et.al. (eds.), Title of the book p.no. (if referring to specific page or pages) (Publisher, Place of publication, edn/year).
E.g. Chatrapati Singh, P.K. Coudhary, et.al. (eds.), Towards Energy Conservation Law 78 (ILI, Delhi, 1989).

Mode of Citation for Articles/Essays

(i) Citation of a paper published in a journal/periodical: Name of author of the article, title of the essay within inverted commas, volume number of journal Name of the journal in abbreviation page number (year).
E.g. Upendra Baxi, “On how not to judge the judges: Notes towards evaluation of the Judicial Role” 25 JILI 211 (1983).

(ii) Citation of a paper published in a case reporter:
E.g. P.K. Thakur, “Permissibility of Probation in Offences Punishable with Minimum Imprisonment” 2 SCJ 26-38 (2002).

(iii) Citation of an editorial from a newspaper: Editorial, Title of the Editorial within inverted commas Name of the newspaper, date.
E.g. Editorial, “Short-circuited” The Times of India, Aug. 2, 2004.

(iv) Citing a reference form Encyclopedia:
E.g. Edwin R.A. Seligman (ed.), XV Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (The Macmillan Co., NY, 1957).

Websites

If the website gives information as to when it was last modified, the same must be cited. If not, then the author must indicate the date of visiting the website.
E.g. Information Technology Act 2000, India, available at: http://www.mit.gov.in/itbill.asp (Last Modified July 29, 2003).

Mode of Citation of Case Law

  • Where the case title is written in the body of the text, only the name of the case shall be in the text
    e.g. Kesavananda Bharathi v. State of Kerala and the citation is written in the footnote as AIR 1973 SC 1461.
  • If the name and citation are to be written in the footnote itself: Kesavananda Bharati v. State of Kerala, AIR 1962 SC 933.
  • If parties to a case are numerous, for e.g. State of Punjab v. Union of India and others; this case is to be cited as: State of Punjab v. Union of India (1977) 3 SCC 592.

Acts

  • The Information Technology Act, 2000 (Act 21 of 2000).
  • SECTION(S) IN A STATUTE The Information Technology Act, 2000 (Act 21 of 2000),
  • s. 30 The Information Technology Act, 2000 (Act 21 of 2000), ss. 30, 32
  • The Constitution of India, art. 14 The Constitution of India, arts. 14, 15, 16

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