Instruction to Authors

Brief Format of Research Paper
Paper Title
Author Name
Designation with complete official address, mobile no., email ID
Abstract : Maximum 200 words
Keywords: Maximum 6 words
* Introduction
* Material and methods * Research Methodology
* Study area
* Results and discussion
* Conclusion
* References
Maximum word limit 3000.
For paper written in English language: Font: Times New Roman, Size: 12pt
For paper written in Hindi language: Font: Kokila (a UNICODE font), Size: 16pt

Detailed Format of Research Paper

Cover Letter
With each manuscript submission, author(s) must enclose a covering letter describing the significance of the work, its distinctiveness, and any similar work the authors reported before.
* Signed by all contributors
* Previous publication / presentations mentioned
* Conflicts of interest disclosed
Peer Review Policy
Swar Sindhu: National Peer Reviewed Journal of Music. Upon receipt of a manuscript, the Editor-in-Chief will send it for review. After receiving the reviews, the Editor-in-Chief will make a decision on status of the manuscript: acceptable; revise and resubmit; refuse; not suitable for this journal. After the Editor-in-Chief’s decision, reviews will be conveyed to the authors. Final decisions concerning publication are made by Editor-in-Chief.
Journal Contributor’s publishing Agreement
Swar Sindhu takes issues of copyright infringement & plagiarism in publication very seriously.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to any notes and references.
Authors are responsible for getting consent from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.
Article Types
Research Papers: Research papers should not exceed 3,000 words (including references), though in some cases, longer accounts may also be entertained. Original manuscripts in style and content not accepted or published elsewhere, are welcomed. Each manuscript must include an informative one-paragraph abstract that briefly (fewer than 200 words) summarizes the article. Manuscripts along with an abstract and four or five key words can be submitted for publication. Keywords and abstract are important to ensure readers to find your article online through online search engines.
Book Review: Reviews of high impact good quality books will be accepted. The journal’s editorial board also review books submitted for review by the Author or Publisher of relevant books.
Research Report/Short communications: These are limited to 1000 word counts, should also include an abstract and references.
Siting the Manuscript
Manuscripts should be emailed as a word file to Before submitting your manuscript, please read and strictly follow author’s guidelines and instructions provided below. Manuscripts not in compliance with these guidelines will be returned back. Manuscripts should be well organized so that the development of ideas is clear. Aim for clear communiqué of ideas. Short headings and subheadings improve the organizational structure of the manuscript and allow readers to look forward to the themes.
Cover Page
The cover page is meant mainly for the convenience of editors. It must include (in order):
* Title of the paper
* Date of submission
* Authors’ names, e-mail addresses, phone number of corresponding author (Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers must be provided)
* Postal address
* Author (s) Academic affiliation
* Word count of text, (including references)
* The number of tables and figures
* The number of references
Manuscript Preparation
Manuscript must be written in English/Hindi. It must be clear, concise and grammatically correct.
Page Setup
-Font: Times New Roman or Arial (bold, underline or italics may be used where necessary)
-Font (for hindi):Kokila (a UNICODE font) bold, underline or italics may be used where necessary)
-Font size: 12 for English
-Font size: 16 for Hindi
-Spacing: Single space between lines and one line between paragraphs
-Margins: 1 inch margins (top, bottom, left and right)
-Page numbers: Bottom centre
-Page size: A4
-Paragraph: Justified text
Typical sections in a paper should include:
Material and methods/methodology
Study area
Results and discussion
Endnotes & Footnotes
Endnotes must be numbered consecutively throughout the text by superscript numbers.
Footnotes will not be accepted.
Citation to work by four or more authors should be abbreviated with the use of et al. (e.g. John et al. 1999). Citation to work by one, two or three authors should always give the author names in full. Work with the same first author and date should be coded by letters, e.g. Harper et al. 1991a,b. Citations should be listed in chronological order in the text and be separated by a semi-colon, e.g. Begon & Gaston 1999; Royle et al. 2007. The references in the Reference list should be in alphabetical order with the journal name unabbreviated. The format for papers, thesis, entire books and chapters in books is as follows:
Paper in Journal
Anyinam, C. (1995) Ecology and Ethno-medicine: Exploring Links between current environmental crisis and indigenous medical practices. Soc. Sci. Med.; 40(3):321-329
Aswal, B. S. and Goel, A. K. (1989) Less-known medicinal uses of three plants from Western Himalaya (India). Econ. Bot.; (43):419-420
Acharyya, B. K. and Sharma, H. K. (2004). Folklore medicinal plants of Mahmora area, Sivasagar district, Assam. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 3 (4): 365-372
1. Balick, M. J. and Cox, P.A.R. (1996). Plants People and Culture.
The science of Ethno-botany. Scientific American Library, New York, USA
Chapter in Book
Maiti, D. C., Chauhan, A. S., Maiti, G. (2003). Ethno-botanical Notes on some Unexploited Plants used by Lepchas and Nepalese Communities of North Sikkim In Ethno-botany and Medicinal Plants of India and Nepal. Vol. 1 (Eds.) Singh, V., Jain, A. P., Scientific Publishers, Jodhpur, India
Bardia, A., Wang, A.H. and Hartmann, L.C. (2006). Physical activity and risk of postmenopausal breast cancer defined by hormone receptor status and histology: A large prospective cohort study with 18 years of follow up. J. Clin. Oncol. 24:49 (Suppl; abstr 1002)
Unpublished Thesis /Dissertation:
Khan, M. Z. (2008). Biodiversity and Ethno-botany of Himalayan Region Poonch Valley, Azad Kashmir Pakistan, (Unpublished PhD thesis) References should be cited as 'in press' only if the paper has been accepted for publication. Work not yet submitted for publication or under review should be cited as 'unpublished data', with the author's initials and surname given; such work should not be included in the Reference section.
Citations from the World Wide Web
Authors may sometimes wish to cite information available from the World Wide Web in similar ways to the citation of published literature. In using this option, authors are asked to ensure that fully authenticated addresses are included in the reference list, along with titles, years and authors of the sources being cited, and the most recent date the site was accessed.
Gleick, P. H. (2000). Water: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for the Water Resources of the United States. Available at: /water/water.pdf (accessed on 13 November 2010).
Tables (If any): Each table should be on a separate page, numbered and accompanied by a legend at the top. These should be referred to in the text as Table 1, etc. Avoid duplication between figures and tables.
Figures (If any): Figures and their legends should be grouped together at the end of the article before supporting information (if present). Figures should be referred to in the text as Fig. 1, Figs 1 & 2, etc. Photographic material should also be referred to as Figures. Photographic figures (good quality digital, colored photographs) should be saved in tif format at 300 d.p.i. (or failing that in jpg format with low compression) and should have good contrast.
Scientific Names (If any): Give Latin names in full, together with the naming authority, at first mention in the main text. Subsequently, the genus name may be abbreviated, except at the beginning of a sentence. If there are many species, cite a Flora or check-list which may be consulted for authorities instead of listing them, in the text.
Units, Symbols and Abbreviations (If any): Authors should use the International System of Units. Mathematical expressions should contain symbols not abbreviations. If the article contains many symbols, they should be defined as early in the text as possible, or within the materials and methods section. For instance: time units are: s, min, h, days, weeks, months, years. Use 'L' for liter not 'l' to avoid confusion with 'one'. Probability values should be denoted as P.
The word limit for the book reviews should be no more than 2500 words. The book reviews should carry the following details of the book under review, in the given order, at the beginning of the review:
* Name(s) of the author(s)
* Name of the book
* Name of the publisher/publishing house
* Place of publication
* Year of publication
* Number of pages and
* Price of the book
* Photograph of cover page
Details of the reviewer should be given at the end of the review in the following order:
* Name(s) of the reviewer(s)
* Name of the institute/organization/Government department, etc., that the reviewer is affiliated to and
* Place of location of the above institution/organization etc.
Manuscript Submission
The journal has an editorial board and several reputed subject experts as 'referees'. The review of manuscripts is done by reviewers according to the area of expertise. All decisions to accept, revise, or reject a paper will be made by the editors.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to