About the Journal

Aims and Scope

This is a semiannual, scholarly, open access, research journal. IJHSSR aims to publish original research or reviews in various disciplines of humanities and social sciences. It bridges the gap between pure academic research journals and more practical publications. It also provides a forum for sharing timely and up-to-date publication of scientific research and review articles. The scopes of the journal include ethnic studies, history, English language and literature, gender studies, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, media studies etc.

Editorial Policy

IJHSSR has a strict peer review process and in most cases this consists of a double blind peer-review and a final decision on acceptance or rejection will be taken by the Editor who is responsible for the academic quality of what is published.

A summary of the editorial process is given in the flowchart below. The following provides notes on each step.

Pre-editing check

As soon as a paper is submitted, the managing editor assess the suitability of the manuscript, the qualifications and backgrounds of the authors. This is to reject any manuscript that do not comply with submission guidelines or required quality.

The editor for the journal will then be notified of the submission and invited to check and recommend reviewers.


The editor can suggest reviewers during the pre-editing process. Acceptance report from the reviewer and assigned editor is MUST for the publication of the paper. Qualified editorial board members will also go through the paper before its publication. Qualified reviewers from our database or any new reviewers are assigned to conduct the reviews of submitted papers.

The editorial board members are required to verify that they:
• hold no conflict of interest with the authors including having published with them within the last five years,
• hold a PhD,
• have recent publications in the same field as the submitted paper.

To assist editors, IJHSSR staff members handle all communication with reviewers, authors, and the external editor; however, editors can check the status of the manuscripts at any time during the process. Reviewers are given two weeks to write their review. Extensions can be granted on request. Only an editor can accept or reject a paper.

Editor’s decision

Acceptance decisions on manuscripts, after peer review, are made by an academic editor, either the Editor-in-Chief, a Guest Editor, or another suitable Editorial Board member. The academic editor has to check the suitability, research or academic background of reviewers, the adequacy of reviewer comments and author responses and the overall scientific quality of the paper.

The editor can either accept or reject a paper, ask an author for a revision, or ask for an additional reviewer.

Every paper will undergo a plagiarism check, using the software “Turnitin”. Reviewers can make recommendations and Editors-in-Chief are free to disagree with their views. If they do so, they should justify their decision, for the benefit of the authors.

Editorial independence is extremely important, and IJHSSR does not interfere with editorial decisions. In particular, no paper is published without the agreement of an academic editor and IJHSSR do not advise academic editors about accepting or rejecting articles.


In cases where only minor revisions are recommended, the author is usually requested to revise the paper.

Depending on whether the reviewer needs to see the paper again or on the basis of the wishes of the academic editor, the papers may or may not be sent to the reviewers after the author revises them. Papers are usually allowed to have two rounds of major revision unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Instructions for Authors

Authors are advised to prepare the manuscript as per the guidelines decided by the journal. It will help the editor to take a proper decision on time. Journal will accept new submissions throughout the year. The team will work to publish as per the schedule after the editorial process. This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge...

  1. Submission

Manuscripts must be written in good English and should be submitted through online submission system by log in to the website or e-mail it to researcharticles@ijhssr.com

Manuscripts should be submitted as a single MS-Word file including all materials. 

  1. Title Page

The first page of the manuscript must contain: the full title; the affiliation and full address of all authors and the corresponding author; the second page must contain an abstract of 250 words or less.

  1. Abstract

Author(s) need to write the abstract briefly and clearly with the main aims and findings/conclusions of the work; it should provide the reader a clear idea of what has been achieved. The length of the abstract should be within 150-250 words.

  1. Abbreviations

Any word or words to be abbreviated should be written in full when first mentioned followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis.

  1. Illustrations

All illustrations of any kind should be submitted as sequentially numbered figures, illustrations should be inserted in the main body of the manuscript text.

6.Tables and Supplementary Material

Data must be kept to a minimum. Tables should be numbered and headed with short titles. As with illustrations, they should insert in the main manuscript text.

7. Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements should appear at the end of the text.

  1. References

References should be cited in the text as name and year and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (Jacob, 2000a), (Jacob, 2000b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Maria et al., 2000). All references must be complete and correct. If essential, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. Where possible the DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include the date of access. References should be listed in the following style:

John, A. (2020). The prominent barriers to speaking in English: A study conducted among youngsters. International Journal of English Linguistics, 10(5), 190. https://doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v10n5p190

Crystal, D. (2017). English as a global language. Cambridge University Press.

  1. Footnotes

These should be numbered consecutively in the text.

  1. Appendix, if any, shall be included at the end of the paper.

Publication Ethics

Submitted manuscripts must be the original work of the author(s) and only unpublished manuscripts should be submitted. Any conflict of interest must be clearly stated.

Publication Fee

IJHSSR does not charge any fee for publishing an article.

Archiving Policy

IJHSSR makes use of OJS. It also has the support of ZENODO and the articles are given DOI.

Copyright and License

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.  

Double-Blind Peer Review Process

All articles submitted to IJHSSR are subject to double-blind peer and editorial reviews. The peer-review process collects the objective opinion on the quality of content.


Plagiarism Policy

IJHSSR has a Zero tolerance policy towards plagiarism. All articles are scanned through Turnitin. Turnitin receipt will be provided to authors with review reports. 

Authors are requested to check plagiarism at their end also to avoid any unpleasant situation.

Please respect the work of other researchers by proper quotation and citation in your article.

If any article is found plagiarized, it will not be published in our journal at any cost. 

If you find infringement of the copyright of your work in any work of IJHSSR, please inform us with proper evidence for corrective measures. Contact us immediately in case of plagiarism related queries.

Possible Actions by Editor for High Similarity Index

Editorial board has passed the following actions: 

  1. Similarity Index above 30%: Article Rejected(due to poor citation and/or poor paraphrasing, article outright rejected, NO RESUBMISSION accepted)
  2. Similarity Index (20-30%): Editor may send to the author for improvement[provide correct citations to all places of similarity and do good paraphrasing even if the citation is provided]
  3. Similarity indexLess than 20%: May be accepted or citation improvement may be required. [proper citations must be provided to all outsourced texts]

In case 2 and 3: The authors should revise the article carefully, add required citations, and do good paraphrasing to outsourced text. After this, resubmit the article with new Turnitin report showing NO PLAGIARISM and similarity below 20%