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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Make it clear that the submission is for a specific issue of the Journal in your remarks to the Editor.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a Book Antiqua 12-point, and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text in the Word format at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines 

1. Journal of Dharma (ISSN: 0253-7222), Dharmaram Journal of Philosophies and Religions, promotes dialogue between the sacred and secular with the conviction that the ‘sacred’ and ‘secular’ are fundamental dimensions of reality and is committed to investigating and fostering the Interface of Religion and Philosophy with other branches of academia.

2. Journal of Dharma welcomes research articles that systematically present a reasoned defence of a claim with critical evaluation of the available literature and/or empirical data and creative suggestions. Use minimally the modes of narrative and description (as this involves mere reporting of facts or ideas); instead, use more the modes of explanation, argumentation (critique), and application.

3. The aim of the Journal of Dharma is not to provide information (especially that which is easily available) but critical reflection and creative academic contribution. Articles are not expected to provide texts, which are already readily available by means of a simple Google search or Wikipedia entry, dictionary meaning, etc.

4. Read the Call for Papers from the Announcement section and write for a specific issue of the Journal of Dharma.

5. The “Introduction” explains the objectives of the paper, the development of the essay, and the importance of the objective in 400-500 words. The “Conclusion” explains the significance of the paper and the positions or perspectives affirmed in 500 words. It is not a summary of the article.

6. Article Specifications:

a. The research article should be 5000-6000 words using Book Antiqua Font size: 12

b. Provide 150 words abstract, 30 words CV, and 8 Keywords.

c. Use Subheadings (maximum three levels) to make the organization clearer.

d. Use in-text citations for references in the MLA Citation Style, i.e., Last Name of the Author followed by page number in parenthesis, for example, (Kachappilly 45); when multiple sources are cited from the same author, part of the title also is given, for example, (Tyler, Picturing, 18).

e. Footnotes are used for giving additional information.

f. References are given in full at the end of the article as per the MLA Citation Style.

Reference Samples

i. For a book: Tyler, M. Peter. Picturing the Soul: Revisioning Psychotherapy and Spiritual Direction. Bangalore: Dharmaram, 2014.

ii. For a chapter from an edited collection: Thottakara, Augustine. “Sanyasa: Dynamics of a Life of Renunciation.” New Horizons of Indian Christian Living: A Festschrift in Honour of Prof. Dr Vadakethala Francis Vineeth CMI. Ed. Saju Chackalackal. Bangalore: Vidyavanam, 2009. 557-582.

iii. For an article in a journal: Sweet, William. “Freedom of Religion.” Journal of Dharma 31.1(2006): 3-28.

iv. For an article in a newspaper: Norman, Michael. “The Once-Simple Folk Tale Analyzed by Academe.” New York Times 5 March 1984.

v. For a paper read at a conference: Malayil, Gregory. “Human Consciousness: A Reality or Construct: A Critique on Roger Penrose’s ORCH-OR Theory Focusing on Artificial Intelligence.” Annual Research Seminar of the Association of Christian Philosophers of India on Philosophizing Science: Promises, Perils and Possibilities. Goa: 23-25 October 2019. Conference Presentation.

vi. For an internet source: Burka, P. Lauren. “A Hypertext History of Multi-User Dimensions.” MUD History 1993. < mud-history.html> 5 May 2020. (Note: The date on which the website was accessed is given at the end of the reference).

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