Publication & Management Policy

  • Salesian Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, a biannual journal in Humanities and Social Sciences (hereafter referred to as SJHSS), is owned by Salesian College, Sonada–743209West Bengal, India. Salesian College established in Sonada in 1938 and with a campus established in Siliguri in 2009, offers both undergraduate and Postgraduate courses. It was originally affiliated to Calcutta University and later became one of the founding colleges of North Bengal University when it was founded in 1962. It is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and granted CPE status and is accredited with Grade “A” (third cycle) by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru, India
  • The journal was initially launched in 2010 and has had a history of an unbroken sequence of publication. The biannual issues are released in May and December every year and carries papers presented at various seminars organized by the college as well as scholarly articles written/submitted by eminent academicians/scholars related to the theme
  • SJHSS welcomes scholarly and original manuscripts that explore interdisciplinary ideas in humanities and social sciences. The Journal publishes empirical, theoretical, clinical, and historical articles, short notes, review articles, translations of original articles, conference proceedings, and book and film reviews that facilitate constructive reflection, critique, and dialogue in the service of contributing to knowledge generation and dissemination.
  • SJHSS is international in scope and articles related to any theme under humanities and social sciences are welcome. However, it actively encourages and especially welcomes research focused on North Bengal and Sub-Himalayan regions of India as part of the commitment of Salesian College towards furthering quality research centered on this area.
  • SJHSS follows the Chicago Style Manual (as of now 17th Edition) for its articles. The prospective authors may access the Chicago Style Manual Checklist at the journal website here/
  • Submissions are accepted round the year. As a general policy, the deadline for submission of manuscripts for publication will be January 1 for the second issue of the year and June 1 for the first issue of the following year.
  • Every submission will be subject to plagiarism-check and two scrutinies by double-blind peer reviewers. The first scrutiny will focus on language, methodology, and stylistic requirements. The second will focus on content proper such as topic, relevance, and logical coherence.
  • Authors will be notified of the decision on acceptance for publication within three months from the date of submission of the manuscript.
  • Once an article is accepted for publication by SJHSS the copyright of the article belongs to the respective author(s), with the first right of publication belonging to SJHSS. An author, who wishes to republish the article in any form later, shall acknowledge its having been published previously in SJHSS with complete citation of its publication details. The author shall also intimate the Editor of SJHSS in writing of the republication of the article in any form.
  • SJHSS does not charge any fees from the authors for publication, nor does it offer any financial remuneration to invited authors for the articles. Authors whose articles, short notes, and review articles are published in the SJHSS shall receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their article appears. In the case of multiple authors of an article, only the first author shall receive the complimentary hard copy. The authors of book or film reviews shall receive only a standalone pdf softcopy extract of their review.
  • SJHSS is guided by its own publication policy and ethics policy; and has in place guidelines for reviewers and prospective authors. It also subscribes to the detailed ethical parameters advocated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and strives to adopt, to the extent feasible in its given context, the best practices recommended by COPE. The COPE resources can be accessed at https://publicationethics.org
  • Any dispute arising out of or in connection with the publication will be settled within the exclusive jurisdiction of the court in Darjeeling, West Bengal.
  • SJHSS has the following Management Bodies: Chief Editor, Executive Editor, Series Editors, Managing Editor, Review Editor, Advisory Board, Editorial Board, and Circulation Managers
  • The Principal of Salesian College Sonada & Siliguri (hereafter SCS) is the ex-officio Chief Editor (CE) of the Journal and holds the legal rights and duties related to the Journal. The Administrator of Salesian College Siliguri is the ex-officio Managing Editor (ME).
  • The Executive Editor (EE) is appointed by the Chief Editor in consultation with the Governing Body of SCS, for a term of five years, renewable every five years. The Executive Editor is responsible for the day to day responsibilities associated with the reception, peer review, editorial decisions, and acceptance decision of the manuscripts submitted as well as the timely publication of the journal
  • The Review Editor (RE) is appointed by the Chief Editor in consultation with the Academic Council of SCS, for a term of five years, renewable for another term. The Review Editor is responsible for book and film reviews. The Review Editor identifies and assigns a reviewer who is competent to review the books and films received for review or review articles. He/She is also responsible for inviting and editing books and film reviews as well as review articles.
  • The Advisory Board (AB) consists of a maximum of ten (10) outstanding scholars from various disciplines under Humanities and Social Sciences or field of publication, drawn from regional, national, and international institutes of higher education and research. The AB is invited to review every issue of the Journal and suggest ideas for improving the quality of the Journal. The AB is consulted on policy matters before the policies are adopted/updated for the Journal. The AB is formally requested once a year to contribute their written observations on the journal issues of the year and suggests ideas for further improvement. The AB members are also invited to make the Journal known within their circle of influence and encourage contribution from outstanding researchers worldwide. The AB members may be called upon to be part of a Higher Appeals Committee to examine and advice on any complaint or appeal related to editorial decisions or publication.
  • The Editorial Board (EB) consists of a maximum of ten (10) committed scholars from various disciplines under humanities and social sciences or field of publication, drawn from regional, national, and international institutes of higher education and research. Of the ten members, a maximum of three members may be chosen from within the SCS faculty. The EB is expected to make the Journal known among their circle of influence as well as invite scholarly contributions to the Journal from outstanding researchers. Whereas the EB members from within SCS are primarily responsible for the editing of the manuscripts accepted for publication, the other EB members are consulted on the suitability, content relevance, and if required, peer review of a submitted manuscript. The EB is consulted on policy matters before the policies are adopted/updated for the Journal. The EB members may be called upon to be part of an Appeals Committee to examine and advice on any complaint or appeal related to editorial decisions or publication. The EB is formally requested once a year to contribute their written observations on the journal issues of the year and suggests ideas for further improvement.
  • Both the AB and the EB are constituted for a period of five (5) years, on completion of which, they could be extended for another five years on mutual consent or could be reconstituted with 30-40% of the members being newly inducted.
  • Every effort is taken to keep the male to female ratio of combined AB and EB at 1:1.
  • The local members of the AB and EB, along with the Chief Editor, Executive Editor, Managing Editor, and Review Editor meet as and when necessary to discuss matters related to the Journal. The outstation members are consulted over email for their input.
  • The membership in AB and EB is honorary and pro bono. Any member is free to leave the AB or EB with written communication to the Executive Editor
  • The names, designations, institutional affiliations, and contact details of the CE, EE, ME, RE, AB & EB members, and Circulation Managers are listed on the Journal website.
Salesian College, Sonada was accredited by NAAC on 16 September 2004 and was given the Grade C++ (Institutional Score between 65-70%). On 26 February 2010 Salesian College has been conferred the status of a College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) by UGC, New Delhi, and into its 2nd Cycle from 1st April 2014. In March 2012, the College was re-accredited by NAAC with ‘A’ Grade (CGPA of 3.16 out of 4) to be the first College to receive such grade under the University of North Bengal.
The College retained its A Grade under the New stringent Format of Accreditation in May 2019 and it is valid till 2024.
Salesian Publications, Salesian Research Institute, and Salesian Translation Centre offer opportunities for capacity building for aspiring teaching and research personnel of the region. Salesian College Extension Activities Centre has trained and placed over 600 youth of the region in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development and Don Bosco Tech, New Delhi. Salesian College invites young people and their parents to partner in nurturing an ideal society.