Journal Policies

Journal Policies

Copyright Policies
Copyright remains with individual contributors, by virtue of which they can either self-publish their writings (which first appeared in JBS) for profit (commercial purpose)/charity (free distribution) or allow a non-commercial third party to republish their writings strictly under Open Access Policy, while the Journal of Bengali Studies holds the publishing right for re-publishing the contents of the journal in the future in any format, as per our journal policies, terms and conditions and submission guidelines. Further, Journal of Bengali Studies promises to go by an Open Access Policy for everyone as long as it remains for non-commercial purpose. However, any act of reproduction or redistribution of this journal, or any part thereof, for commercial purpose and/or paid subscription must accompany prior written permission from the Editor, Journal of Bengali Studies, and a contributor is also hereby bound to comply with the same in case they want to allow any third party commercial publication of his/her write up that first appeared in JBS. For further details, see the Terms and Conditions below. For any queries, please contact: and

Submission Guidelines

The authors of articles and reviews in the very act of sending contributions will by default be assumed to be in agreement with our Terms and Conditions. Therefore, before sending any contributions, the authors should carefully read the Submission Guidelines and Terms and Conditions and should only send their contributions if they are in full agreement with the same.

Submission Process
We accept only electronic submissions. The authors are requested to preserve one copy of soft file of their article/book review and send the same file as attachment in an email to,, and The authors are also requested to send a brief bio-note containing their name, designation, and notable works etc, preferably as a separate attachment to their email. If they insert the same within the article, we shall remove that part before sending it to peer review. File Types For all contributions, texts must be in RTF/MS-Word/Open Office format only; Jpeg format is to be used for accompanying images, if any (note: before submission, authors should get the permission from the concerned person or authority for reproducing copyrighted materials, including visual images. We will not remain responsible for any kind of copyright violation on the part of the authors).

Authors are requested not to use any footnotes; and the endnotes should be given manually at the end of the article, without using the endnote function of writing softwares. It will help us in structuring/formatting the article for the purpose of publication.

Format of the Articles
We want authors to follow any of the three styles for scholarly citation and reference: the MLA style (including Harvard referencing), the APA style and the Chicago Manual of Styles while preparing the articles. For quick references, check out

Maximum word length is 10000 words, all inclusive (inluding abstracts, notes and references). There is no minimum word length, the author has her discretion about it.

Authors are requested to include the following in the format of their articles:Full Title with subtitle, if any. An abstract of the article (not more than 150 words). The main body of the text should be prepared in such a way that no re-arrangement is needed afterwards. Heading, sub-headings, references and notes, illustrations etc. should be well arranged within the article.

All portions of the articles should be double line-spaced.

Reviews Word-limit: 2000 words Format: same as the articles

Editorial Help
The editorial board is ready to help the authors in preparing their articles, just in case they require any assistance. For this, the author needs to specify this in advance. Our editorial staff will be happy to contact the author and will try to help her out.

Journal of Bengali Studies is published in the English language. We accept both UK and US spellings. The language should be methodical, and objective and should not have any biased or racist colour.

Selection and Publication Process
The submitted articles will be first read by the editorial board keeping in view the standard and the scope of our journal. If any submitted article fails to fulfil our criteria, the same will be rejected and the author will be communicated the decision promptly. The editorial board may also advise the authors to revise the article. The ediorial board may also edit and bring necessary changes (if any) to the article/review prior to publication.

Peer Review
After going through a submitted article/review, if the editorial board is satisfied about its quality, it will select two or more academics as reviewers for of the article/review. The process followed is that of a double-blind peer review. The list of our peer reviewers is a strictly kept secret in order to prevent any possibility of manoeuvre.

Receipt of works is acknowledged within five working days.
In case of no reply, the contributor should resend the mail, and/or contact us.

Plagiarism Checker
Our journal's editorial board submits all contributions to a rigorous scrutiny of plagiarism checking softwares to minimise possibilities of any academic malpractice.


Terms and Conditions

Authors are requested to read the following "Terms and Conditions" very carefully.

If authors submit anything for publication, it will be taken for granted that they have read the "Copyright Policies" and "Terms and Conditions" and agreed to the same and in future will go by the same so far as their contributions accepted/published by Journal of Bengali studies are concerned:

While submitting any piece of writing or illustration with us for publication, the authors testify that the same has not been sent or is not being considered for publication elsewhere.

Terms and Conditions: Copyright
By virtue of submission via e-mail, the authors give Journal of Bengali Studies non-exclusive, all-language-use copyright to publish, reproduce, translate, distribute and grant reprinting permission to any other publishing agency or company regarding the published reviews and articles, the diagrams, maps and images online and in hard paper formats, wireless and all electronic digital formats and media like Pendrive/CD/DVD/Blue-ray disc and all other formats and media to be invented in future and for any number of copies at any time.

In the very process of submitting an article to us, the authors must agree to give Journal of Bengali Studies the rights to forward any contribution for any kind of commercial publications in future.

Any third party commercial publications of any part of Journal of Bengali Studies must have a prior written permission from Editor, JBS. This means that authors can self-publish their writings for commercial purpose or for free, or allow a third party to publish the same strictly under Open Access Policy (free distribution). But third party publications commercial in nature are not allowed without prior written permission from Editor, JBS.

Authors are responsible for getting the permission from the Copyright Holders for the reproduction of articles, long quotations, diagrams, maps and images in the articles, essays, illustration that they submit for publication to us.

In case of copyright violation or/and plagiarism solely the author/s will remain solely responsible and our journal cannot be held responsible and made a party for such cases.

Terms and Conditions: General
The authors should note that the online version of Journal of Bengali Studies is a non-profit, non-commercial and open access platform. We dont provide any remunerations to our authors, nor ask for any publication fees from them.

We reserve the rights to edit an article/review prior to publication.

Authors/contributors should understand that Journal of Bengali Studies reserves the right to change/modify the Submission Guidelines and Terms and Conditions at any time.


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