Journals :Humanities and Social Science


ISSN 2277-1425

e-ISSN 2277-1433


Editorial Board


Prof. Sikander Kumar

Vice Chancellor

Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla


Prof. Harish K. Thakur

Department of Political Science

Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla


Prof. Chetan Singh

Department of History and former Director, IIAS, Shimla

Prof. Ujjwal Kumar Singh

Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Prof. Ashutosh Kumar

Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh

Prof. B. K. Shivram, Department of History, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla

Dr. Luxmi Malodia

Human Resource Management, University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh

Prof. Gian Singh

Department of Economics, Punjabi University, Patiala

Prof. Vishal Sood, Dean, School of Education and Head, Department of Education, Central University of Himachal Pradesh

Prof. Biswambhara Mishra, Department of Economics, North-Eastern Hill University Umshing- Mawkynroh, Shillong


Himachal Pradesh University Journal (Humanities & Social Sciences) is published biannually by Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla in the months of June and December every year. All rights are reserved and no part of the contents or material published in the journal could be reproduced without the prior permission of the editor.

The soft copy of the journal is available at

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Overseas:         $ 70


Claims for undelivered copies may be made no later than four months of publication. The publisher will supply the missing copies when losses have been sustained in transit and if the availability in stock allows.


Himachal Pradesh University Journal (Humanities and Social Sciences)


ISSN 2277-1425

e-ISSN 2277-1433


Himachal Pradesh University Journal seeks to provide a space for broad and synthetic discussion within the spheres of humanities and social sciences. The Journal publishes research papers, articles, essays, reports, and book reviews on a wide range of topics of interest to the students and the scholars of humanities and social sciences. The journal focuses specifically on the issues of research applicability by encouraging the submissions that, in a concrete way, apply social science or critically reflect on the application of social science. In the meantime, HPUJ seeks to promote a broad public discussion and synergistic understanding within the described scope of the journal that is essential for the advancement of research and promotion of the scholarly community.

Submission of Manus

All the manus should be submitted electronically at the email hpuniversityjournal[at]gmail[dot]com   

The Editorial Team at HPUJ uses a peer review process for all submissions. Please do not try to contact any member of the editorial board with information about your manu or asking about the status of your submission, as this affects the review process adversely. General inquiries may be directed to the Editor, Harish K. Thakur, at the email profharishkthakur[at]gmail[dot]com  If the authors would like to have their books considered for review, they are advised to ask their publishers to send a copy of the book at the editorial address given below.

Submissions and Review

HPUJ does not consider papers that are currently under review at other journals. Authors are requested not to submit manus which are substantially similar to those published elsewhere (including chapters in books or articles published in other languages). Authors are required to email a minimum of two separate files: 

  • A title page including title of the full manu, author/authors’ name and contact information (mailing address, telephone, email address) rank and institutional affiliation.
  • An anonymous digital file of your paper. This file should not include any information that identifies the author/authors, or any other collaborators in the work. It should also avoid references to colleagues, or institutions or information that may help their identification.

Style and Format

All the submissions should be typed in Times New Roman, Font 12, double-spaced, and should follow the HPUJ style sheet discussed below. Notes and references should appear at the end of the manu. Each manu should include a brief abstract of 100-150 words describing the subject, general approach, intended purpose of the article, and findings with 5-6 keywords for indexing and online searching. The papers should be approximately between 4000 to 10000 words. However, Book Reviews or reports or research notes should not exceed 3000 words. The tables and figures should be inside the text of the manu. Tables should be in editable format. Finally, should a submission be accepted, authors are expected to work with the HPUJ directions to meet the manu requisites.

Each submission must use super numbers (“social problems begin with an objective condition1, that can be measured.”)  for notes and in-text citations for references to be mentioned at the end of paper in the order of Notes and References. All works cited (even in the notes) must be mentioned in the references. Authors are responsible for providing accurate and complete reference information. In-text citations should contain author, year, and page number, where applicable.


Some examples of in-text citation follow:

• Single author: (Locke 2002: 12–14); Less than four authors: (Geertz and Lyod 2010); Four or more authors: (Singh et al. 2016)

• Multiple authors: (Singh 1996: 56–58; Sharma and Rawat 2010; Almond, Easton and Boltz 2008; Wilson 2012)

• Within a sentence: As Berkley (2003: 33) observes…


References should be given alphabetically based on the last name of the first author. The use of “et al.” in references is not allowed. For accepted but not yet published materials use “Forthcoming” in place of the date. For unpublished works like raw manus, dissertations, papers etc. cite the date and place where the document is available or presented. In case of non-availability of the date, use “n.d.” in place of the date.  The data sets references may include a persistent identifier, such as a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), if possible.


Howard, Marc M. 2003. The Weakness of Civil Society in Post-Communist Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Marine Carrin and Lidia Guzy. 2012. Voices from the Periphery: Subalternity and Empowerment in India. New Delhi: Routledge India.


Berman, Sheri. 1997. “Civil Society and the Collapse of the Weimar Republic.” World Politics 49(3): 401-429.

Chambers, Simone and Jeffrey Kopstein. 2001. “Bad Civil Society.” Political Theory 29(6): 837-865.

Chapter in Edited Collection

Bobbio, Norberto. 1988. “Gramsci and the Concept of Civil Society.” In John Keane (ed.). Civil Society and the State (73-99). London: Verso.

Edited Collections

Sohal, Sukhdev Singh and Anjali Mehra (eds.) 2016. Life on the Indo-Pak Border. New Delhi: Serials Publications Pvt. Ltd..


Chand, Pooran. 2012. "Democracy and Discontent in Jammu & Kashmir.” PhD dissertation, Department of Political Science, H. P. University, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Web Sites

“Landslide: Michael Wolff on Trump’s Final Days in Office & Why He Still Rules the Republican Party.”  Democracy Now. July 16, 2019. Retrieved on August 11, 2019.


 The opinions/information expressed in HPUJ reflect the views of authors only and not the journal or its editorial members.


Harish K. Thakur

Editor HPUJ
Department of Political Science,
Himachal Pradesh University,
Shimla, H.P. India – 171005.

Mob: 9418008900.

Last Updated:28-08-2021