Guidelines For Contributors 

Transcript: Journal of Literature and Cultural Studies appears once in a year. It publishes original articles. Paper contributors will not have to pay any publication fee; however they may buy the required number of copy/copies of the journal from the department/ publisher by paying the subscription fee. Subscription fee (annually): Rs. 1000/- (Rupees one thousand) only; invited paper contributors will be provided with a complimentary copy free of cost. DD/Cheque/ NEFT as way of subscription should be drawn in favour of “Bodoland University, Department of English”, A/C no. 32828889922, State Bank of India. Branch Code: 7379, IFSC: SBIN0007379.

The length of paper should be between 3000-5000 words for research articles and 1000- 1500 words for book-reviews and interviews. The font size should be 12 in Times New Roman within 1.5 line spacing. The writers are requested to adhere strictly to MLA style. For details you can see Guidelines for Contributors. Contributor should submit an authority letter or assignment of copyright to the Chief Editor. See Format in the Ethical note.

The author(s) are requested to provide a bio-data stating their institution, work experience and publications, email id and other contact details. Full length paper not exceeding the word limit should be emailed to the chief editor. For any query you can contact the editors.


Style and language:
  • Articles should be written in English.
  • Word limit: Max 3000 words.
  • Authors should follow MLA Handbook Style – 7th Edition for citation.
Text Formatting:
  • Papers should be typewritten on A4 size pages, 1.5 spaced.
  • Papers should be submitted only in .doc format. (word document)
  • Font: Times New Roman with 12 point font size and justified alignment.
  • Title in 14 pt. Capitalization of each first word.
  • Subtitle 14 pt followed by author(s), name(s), designation (s) and institution (s) 14 pt in Capitalization.
  • Tab for paragraph indent — 0.5 cm, no space between paragraphs.
  • Indent first paragraph of the paper.
  • Do not use footnotes.
  • Leave one line space before a new section.
  • Use parenthetical referencing for bibliographical material. Other notes (which should be kept to a minimum) should appear as endnotes, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals.
Notes should be numbered consecutively and placed at the end of the text (endnotes), not as footnotes. They should only be used to provide further information about a particular idea. Endnotes cannot be substituted for the Reference List.
Prose: Quotations of less than thirty words are placed in the body of the text ‘in double quotation marks’. Quotations of more than thirty words should begin with a new line (first line not indented) and be identified by an extra line of space before and after. (Indented lines are without quotation mark) Poetry: Quotations of three lines are placed in the body of the text ‘in double quotation mark’. Quotations of more than three lines are placed in an indented new line following the MLA parenthetical source citation style. (Indented lines are without quotation mark) Name of individual poem, essay and chapter should be placed in double quotation mark. If it is translated work, original text in that language should given that is followed by translation.
E.g. The poet’s uttering,
Be buhum ………………………… Obongni jafungywi dan, (Brahma 47).
On this earth ……………… I have some responsibility
To carry out the unfulfilled gift of God (Narzary 16).

Indent the whole quote by 0.5 cm on both left and right, set in 11pt and 1.5 line spacing. This is so that the type setters can identify where a quote occurs.

Use double quotation marks throughout unless there is a quote within a quote, eg, ‘Grammar should be “particular” in all cases.’

  • Do not change the spelling or punctuation in a quotation.
  • The full stop should only be inside the quotation mark if the material quoted is a complete sentence. All other punctuation should fall outside quotation marks. Borges, Jorge Luis. Foreword. Selected Poems, 1923–1967. By Borges. Ed. Norman Thomas Di Giovanni. New York: Delta-Dell, 1973. xv–xvi. Print.
  • Chapter or other part of a book
    Gill, Stephen. “Mythical Interpretation of Indo-Canadian Diaspora” in Commonwealth Literature: Colonial Inheritance edited by Ram Bhagwan Singh and C. L. Khatri. Jaipur: Yking Books, 2011. Print.
  • Articles Printed (Magazines, News Papers, Journals)
    Mann, Susan. ‘Myths of Asian Womanhood’. Journal of Asian Studies 59 (2000): 835–62. Print. Mehta, Pratap Bhanu. ‘Exploding Myths’. New Republic 6 June 1998: 17–19. Print. Prasad, GJV. “Harold Pinter: Poet-Playwright of Peace and Violence”. The Indian Express 14 Dec. 2005. Print.\
  • Article online
    Owen, Wilfred. "'Minds at War' Wilfred Owen’s Psychological Journey". Web. 25 July 2013. . Poonam, K. "Myth and Reality in Githa Hariharan’s The Thousand Faces of Night." The Criterion: An International Journal in English Vol. 6 Issue 2. (2015): 103, April 30. English. (
  • Book Review
    David, Kamp. “Deconstructing Dinner”. Rev. of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan, Sunday Book Review. New York Times April 23, 2006. Web.
  • An Unpublished Dissertation
    Mehata, Suruchi. “Psychological Study of Protagonists in the selected novels of Anita Desai”. Ph. D. thesis. North Maharashtra University, 2010. Print.
  • A Published Dissertation
    Mehata, Suruchi. “Psychological Study of Protagonists in the selected novels of Anita Desai”. Ph. D. thesis. NMU, 2010. Mumbai: Routledge, 2013. Print.
  • Electronic Source-article in newspaper/periodical
    Kapahy, Inder.“There are 300 versions of the Ramayana: ABVP” The Hindu, (2011): 1 Web. October 25. English. Print. (Web id.)