Journal of Social Work methods and Practices (JSWMP)

(Quarterly Journal of PANCO TRUST)
Instructions to Authors



        PANCO welcomes articles of interest representing original work, analytical papers and papers based on review of extensive literature on Social work, economic, sociological, psychological, political, Anthropological, Rural Development and administrative aspects of rural development for publication in its quarterly Journal of Social Work Methods and Practices (JSWMP). All communication should be addressed to the Editor, Journal of Social Work methods and Practices. PANCO Trust, 206/385 MTP Road Jothipuram (po) Coimbatore – 641047, India ( The Editor will correspond with the main author.


        Each article should be accompanied with a declaration by all the authors that (1) they are authors of the article in the order in which listed; and (2) the article is original, has not been published and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. If you have quoted more than 500 words/a table/a figure from a published work, in the article, enclose a copy of permission obtained from the respective copyright holder. It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission in writing for the use of all previously published material, not that of the editor or publisher.

        Authors are responsible for payment of any permission fees.


        Each manuscript should be submitted in triplicate with a letter of transmittal. Article should be double spaced typewritten on one side of quarto size (A4) paper. The length of the article may not exceed 10,000 words (40 typed pages approximately). The margin kept should be 1 1/2" on the left side and 1" on the other three sides.

Softcopy Submission:

        If you send your article in a CD it should be entered in MS Word 2007. The CD should be sent in a CD container to protect it from likely damage. Soft copies can also be sent by e-mail:

Review System:

        Every article will be reviewed by a masked peer view by two referees. The criteria used for acceptance of articles are contemporary relevance, contribution to knowledge, clear and logical analysis, fairly good English and sound methodology of research articles. The Editor reserves the right to reject any manuscript as unsuitable in topic, style or form without requesting external review.


        Every accepted article will be edited. If the author wishes to see the edited copy he/she should make this request at the time of sending the article. Since this involves a minimum of an additional four weeks time, in the production process, we will assume your concurrence to our editing unless specified by you.


        The author owns the copyright of the article until the article is accepted by the JSWMP for publication. After the acceptance communication, the copyright of the article is owned by PANCO Trust and should not be reproduced elsewhere without the written permission of the editor and the authors of the article.
Preparation of the Article

Title Page:

        The title page includes the title of the article, name/s of the author/s and their institutional affiliation/s. Repeat only the title on the first page of the article.


        The first page of the article should contain an abstract of the article not exceeding 250 words.

Reduce Bias in Language:

        Constructions that might imply bias against or stereotypes on the basis of gender, ethnicity, disability or age should be avoided.


        Use British spellings in all cases instead of American (Concise Oxford Dictionary).

Underline Words:

        Words underlined in a manuscript appear in italics when typeset don't underline words for emphasising them.


        A term to be abbreviated must, on its first appearance, be written out completely and followed immediately by its abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter, the abbreviation may be used without further explanation.


        Use figures to express all numbers 10 and above. Use words to express numbers lower than 10, and common fractions numbers that begin a sentence/title.


        Type each table on a separate page. Insert a location note at the appropriate place in the text. Minimise the use of tables.


        Footnotes should be listed as notes in an appendix and not typed at the bottom of the manuscript-pages on which they appear.


        Verbatim citation of fewer than 40 words may be incorporated in the text, enclosed with double quotation marks. A quotation of more than 40 words may be displayed as a free standing block, indenting five spaces from the margin. Do not use quotation marks for the block quotation. Give the source of the quotation in the form of author's last name, year and page number/s in parentheses.

Citation of Sources:

        When paraphrasing or referring to an idea contained in another work, the author must cite the source in the text. The surname of the author and the year of publication may be inserted at the appropriate point as part of the narrative or in parentheses. As far as possible, all articles and notes should be organised into the following sections: (i) Introduction about the issues (ii) Review of literature , (iii) Methodological Issues Involved, (iv) s of Analysis, (v) discussions and findings and (vi) Conclusions,

Reference List

  • References: 12 point font, space between each reference. We would like to receive the papers in APA style. American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

General Guidelines

  • Title: 16 pt font bold, sentence case
  • Author name: 14 point font, in capitals
  • Abstract title: 14 pt font bold
  • Abstract text: 12 point font,
  • Key words: 12 point font, italics, bold
  • Headings: 12 pt font bold
  • Sub headings: 12 point font, italics
  • Text: 12 point font
  • Font type: Times New Roman
  • Left align all text
  • Do not underline anything, use italics
  • Do not indent the first line of paragraphs.
  • Leave one blank line between paragraphs and before and after sections headings
  • Double spacing

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