Guidelines for Submission to IPRR

Thank you for your interest in the Impact and Policy Research Review (IPRR), the biannual flagship research journal managed by IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi.

Instruction for Authors

The journal is divided into five sections:

  • Insights (1500-2000)
  • Policy Perspectives (3500-4000 words)
  • Special Articles (4000-6000 words)
  • Young Voices (800-1000 words)
  • Book and Report Review (800-1000 words)

If you would like to contribute to the forthcoming issues of IPRR, kindly write to us at with:

  • The tentative topic for your contribution
  • Section of the journal you would like to contribute to (Insights/Policy Perspectives/Special Article/Young Voices/Book and Report Review)
  • The date by which you would expect to send us your manuscript. IPRR is a biannual journal and submissions may be made on a rolling basis.


The Guidelines for Submission are given below:

  • The submission should not have been previously published, nor should it be before another journal for consideration (or an explanation should be provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • A covering page should be attached indicating the name of the paper, author/s, affiliation, contact address, email address and contact number. Where available, include ORCiDs and social media handles (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn).
  • The manuscript should contain a clear title and an abstract of 200-300 words, with 3-5 Keywords.
  • Word count should be inclusive of references, footnotes, endnotes, following the section-wise word counts as given above.
  • The submission file should be in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or RTF document file format.

There are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for this journal.

Style Guidelines

The Style Guide is given below:

  • The text should be 1.15-spaced, using a 11-point font in Times New Roman, and all illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points – with proper citation and acknowledgement – rather than at the end.
  • Use single quotation marks, except where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’. Long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.

Spelling and Language
Use American English spellings. For example, ‘organization’, instead of

Do not use full stops in abbreviations such as MP, MPP, NDP, PQ, USA, OECD.
In the first mention, the name should be spelt out in full, followed by the abbreviation in brackets used in subsequent references.

Italicize titles of books, journals, newspapers.

Spell out one to nine. From 10 up, use numerals. Use % rather than per cent or
percent (example, 10%). Do not use figures to excessive decimal places. At most two decimal places should be reported, with occasional exceptions to this rule, e.g., a regression coefficient of less than 0.005. Millions and thousands should be used instead of crores and lakhs.

Write out a series of years in full, for example, 1980-1993 (not 1980-93); refer to a
decade without an apostrophe, for example, the 1990s (not the 1990’s); for specific dates, cite day month and year in that, for example, 25 May 2004. References to centuries are written in full, e.g., twentieth century (not 20th century).


  • The reference list should include every work cited in the text. It should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style of citation, and where available, URLs for the references should be provided. The content and form of the reference list should conform to the examples below:
  1. Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. 2019. Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207–217. Available at:, Accessed on: March 21, 2020.
  2. Jerrentrup, A., Mueller, T., Glowalla, U., Herder, M., Henrichs, N., Neubauer, A., & Schaefer, J. R. 2018. Teaching medicine with the help of “Dr. House”. PLoS ONE, 13(3), Article e0193972. Available at:, Accessed on: February 2, 2012.
  3. Nanda, A. 2011. India’s Look East Policy. The New York Times, March 12, 2001.
  4. Mueller, R. 1990. Ethics and Dilemmas in Politics. London: Oxford University Press, p 20-22.
  • Do not use et al. in the reference list. Spell out each author’s full name or surname and initials. But et al. may be used in citations within the text when a paper or book has three or more authors.
  • Page numbers are required for articles, both place of publication and publisher are required for books cited and, where relevant, translator and date of first publication should be included. Page spans in references should be given in full, e.g. Sedgewick (1935: 102-103).
  • Ibid. (and the like) are not used when repeating citations. Simply repeat the original citation verbatim, e.g. (Orwell, 1945).
  • Multiple citations within parentheses should be divided by a semi-colon, and there should be no use of ‘&’ within such multiple references. References to works published in the same year should be cited as, for example, (Smith, 1991a, b).
  • Multiple citations within the text should be ordered by date, not alphabetically by author’s name, e.g. (Smith, 1902; Jones and Bower, 1934; Brown, 1955, 1958a, b; Green, 1995).

Editorial Policy

IPRR is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once a paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will be double-blind peer-reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees. This process ideally takes 4-8 weeks.

IPRR follows the ethics policy as per international standard practice and maintains zero tolerance towards plagiarism. It only publishes original material written by the submitting author(s), not published, forthcoming or submitted to other publications. Submitted articles will be checked with plagiarism software. Where an article is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take appropriate action. Further, the authors will be responsible for any such violation. The decision of the Editorial Board regarding selection/rejection/revision of the papers will be final and binding.