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Notes For Contributors

EPW welcomes original contributions that have not been submitted, published, or accepted for publication elsewhere. Contributors must specify the same in the article submission email. Contributors are urged to follow EPW's stylesheet that is available on the EPW website. All contributions must be accompanied by:

  • An abstract of 150–200 words

  • Six to eight keywords 

  • Author name, email address and contact number for correspondence, one-line author note for each author stating current designation and affiliation, and author photographs (optional). We include the provided email address in the author note.

Contributors are cautioned against plagiarism and excessive self-referencing. Figures, graphs and tables must be used sparingly to avoid repetition of content. All supplementary files such as figures, tables, maps, etc, must be provided in MS Office (Word/ Excel) or other editable formats, wherever possible.

The EPW editorial team reserves the right to slot an article in a specific section, as deemed fit.


Decision Process

Receipt of articles is immediately acknowledged by email. If contributors have not received an acknowledgement and reference number within a week of submission, they are requested to check their spam folders for the mail and write to us at

Please note that the acknowledgement is only for confirming receipt of the article and does not imply that any decision regarding acceptance has been made. After submission, authors are requested to refrain from sending revised versions of their article with minor formatting or style changes.

Every effort is taken to complete early processing of the articles we receive. Given the high volume of articles received daily, it can take up to six months for a final decision on whether an article is accepted for publication. Articles accepted for publication can take up to 12 months from the date of acceptance to appear in print.

EPW’s review process is a continuous one and revisions may be requested even at the editing stage. In case revisions are found unsatisfactory, the decision regarding publication is subject to change. Articles with immediate relevance for policy and the current news cycle would be considered for early publication. Please note that these are matters of editorial discretion. The editorial team also reserves the right to make requisite changes to titles, subheadings, abstracts, and acknowledgements.

Revised Articles

All revised articles undergo a review process to ensure that the article has been revised satisfactorily. An “Action Taken” Report responding point-wise to the suggestions made by the reviewer must be sent with the revised article. Without this report, the revised article will not be considered. All revisions must be done in Track Changes mode. The reviewer must be acknowledged in the revised version of the article. Revised articles sent back after more than one year will be declined.

Categories for Submission


Word limit: 500–800 

Readers are encouraged to comment on current affairs and/or respond to published articles in EPW. Letters must contain the author’s full name and postal address.


Word Limit: 2,000–3,000

Short, analytical articles on topical and contemporary, social, economic and political developments will be considered for this section.

Book Reviews

Word limit: 1,500–2,000

EPW commissions book reviews. However, on occasion, unsolicited reviews may be considered for publication.


Word limit: 4,000–5,000

Innovative and focused analyses of social, economic, and political phenomena would be considered for this section.


Word limit: 4,000–5,000

Articles presenting unique viewpoints and standpoints on existing scholarship and contemporary phenomena are welcome for this section.

Special Articles

Word limit: Upto 7,000 

Original, unpublished research papers in any of the humanities and social sciences are welcome. All figures and tables must be prepared in MS Office (Word/ Excel) and not in .jpeg or other non-editable formats.


Word limit: 4,000–5,000

Short, original articles covering preliminary research in any of the humanities and social sciences would be considered for this section.


Word limit 1,500–2,000

In order to foster debate and discussion, responses to articles published in EPW are encouraged.


Word limit: 800–1,200

Short non-fiction/fiction accounts or reflections, including poems, on different aspects of culture (travel, literature, dance, music and film) will be considered under this section.


Contributions to this section may be in the form of articles (2,500–3,000 words), photo essays, podcasts and videos on topical social, cultural, economic and political developments. For more details, visit:


Open Access

EPW offers authors the option to make their article available Open Access once their article has been published in the journal. If you would like to make your article available under EPW Open Access , please write to us at



EPW posts all published articles on its website as well as on select databases. Published articles may be considered for translation into Indian languages under our ongoing project.

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Permission for Reproduction

1. EPW has no objection to authors republishing or revising their articles for other publications. However, the republished article must mention prominently that a version of the article first appeared in Economic & Political Weekly. It must also include the publication details along with the URL of the original EPW article.

2. No published article or part thereof should be reproduced in any form without prior permission of the author(s). A soft/hard copy of the author(s)’s approval should be sent to EPW.

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