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The Asian Man

About the Journal

The Asian Man is an international, peer-reviewed journal published two times a year in simultaneous print and electronic editions. It is an important vehicle for the dissemination of papers concerning research into anthropology, Social and behaviourral sciences, health and environmental sciences, investigations on the nature, development and causes of human variation, embracing the disciplines of human genetics, auxology, environmental physiology, ecology, epidemiology ageing and global health.

It has a wide readership of human scientists, biologists, epidemiologists, auxologists, paediatricians, population geneticists, gerontologists, physiologists and public health workers. The Asian Man is the official journal of the Asian Institute of Human Science and Development. Further information about the Journal, including links to the online sample copy and contents pages, can be found on the Journal homepage: www.aihsd.org and www.indianjournals.com

Editorial Board Advisory Board

Prof. Gean-luc Nahel [Rouen, France], Prof. Susan C. Seymour [CA, U.S.A.], Prof. Soheila Shahshahani [Tehran, Iran], Prof. William Sax [Heidelberg, Germany], Prof. Kulthida Tuamsuk [Khon kaen ,Thailand], Prof. Hua Kai [Peking, China], Prof. Patrick Guinness [Canberra, Australia], Prof. R.P. Srivastava [Pune, India], Prof. R.K. Jain [Delhi, India], Prof. Surinder Nath [New Delhi, India], Prof. R.N. Vashisht [Chandigarh, India], Prof. S.P. Singh [Patiala, India], Prof. Falguni Chakravarty [Kolkata, India], Prof. D. Pulla Rao [Vishakapattanam, India].

Editors

B.R.K.Shukla
Former Head, Deptt. of Anthropology, University of Lucknow, India.
Udai Pratap Singh
Hony. Director, Asian Institute of Human Science and Development, Lucknow, India.

Co-Editors

Junji Koizumi
Prof. of Anthropology, School of Human Sciences and Global Collabration Center,Osaka University, Japan.
M.P.Sachdeva
Professor, Deptt. of Anthropology University of Delhi, Delhi, India.
Rajan Gaur
Professor, Deptt. of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.

Associate Editors

H.B.S. Chauhan
Professor and Head, Deptt. of Anthropology, H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar (U.K.), India.
Nirja Singh
Associate Professor and Head, Deptt. of Anthropology, National P.G.College, Lucknow, India.
A.K. Singh
Assistant Director, Regional Centre for Urban & Environmental Studies, Lucknow, India.

Regional Editors

Central and Eastern Zone- Prof. Mitashee Mitra [Pt. Ravi Shankar University, Raipur]
Western Zone- Dr. Shaunak Kulkarni [Pune University]
Southern Zone- Dr Ajit Jaiswal (Pondicherry University)
North-East Zone- Dr. Arifur Zaman [Dibrugarh University]

Assistant Editors

Anjali Chauhan
Assistant Professor and Head, Deptt. Of Anthropology, J.N.P.G. College, Lucknow, India.
Akanksha Shukla
Assistant Professor, School of Communication, Amity University, Lucknow, India.
Santosh Upadhyay
Assistant Director, Asian Institute of Human Science & Development, Lucknow, India.

Editorial Assistant

Gaurav Mishra
Coordinator, Centre of Forensic Science & Criminology, AIHSD, Lucknow, India.

Guidelines for Authors/ Contributors

Manuscript Submission
All submissions should either be uploaded at Asian man(the)on www.indianjournals.com made online or sent directly through email i.e. theasianman2007@gmail.com or aihsd@rediffmail.com. If any problem occurs in submission the office staff may also be contacted on aihsd@rediffmail.com or gaurav.anthro@gmail.com Please see our full Declaration of Interest Policy for further information. Authors are required to provide the names of at least three potential reviewers who are not collaborators.
Article Types Considered by The Asian Man is as:
Research Papers / Articles
Research Reports
Short communication
Book Reviews
Hindi Veethika (An Annexure)

Manuscript Preparation

File preparation and types
Authors should prepare manuscripts according to Council of Science Editors (CSE) Scientific Style and Format (7th edition) and are also referred to recent copies of the Journal and encouraged to copy the published format of papers therein. Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx files) is preferred. Documents must be typed in 12pt font, double-spaced, with margins of at least 2.5 cm on all sides. Tables and figures should not appear in the main text, but should be submitted as separate digital files and designated with the appropriate file type. Manuscripts must be submitted in grammatically correct English. Manuscripts which do not meet this standard cannot be reviewed and will be returned to the author. References should be given in Alphabetical order (see References section for example). Authors should prepare and upload / mail two versions of their manuscript. One should be a complete text, while in the second all document information identifying the author should be removed from files to allow them to be sent anonymously to referees. When uploading/sending files authors will then be able to define the non-anonymous version as "File not for review". Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract, main text; acknowledgments; Declaration of Interest statement; appendices (as appropriate); references; tables with captions; figures; figure captions.

Title Page

A title page should be provided comprising the manuscript title plus the full names, affiliations and email addresses of all authors involved in the preparation of the manuscript. One author should be clearly designated as the corresponding author and full contact information, including phone number, provided for this person. Three to five key terms that are not in the title should also be included on the title page. These keywords will assist indexers in cross indexing your article.

Abstract

Authors submitting papers should note that structured abstracts (up to 200 words) are required. These should outline the questions investigated, the design, essential findings and main conclusions of the study. They should be written in an informative style permitting their use, without revision, by abstracting services, give essential details of research findings without further reference to the text, and avoid generalizations and nonessential information. Structured abstracts are not required for Short Reports/ Communications.

Main Text

The main text should, in general, but not necessarily, be divided into sections with the headings: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion.

Research Papers / Articles

Research papers, which must report original research, will typically be between 5000 and 8000 words, debating and exploring theoretical and methodological issues, methodological approaches, and original studies relevant to human biology. However, there is not necessarily an upper limit on length. Authors of longer papers are encouraged to contact the Editors with a synopsis. The body of a review/thematic article should be a comprehensive, scholarly evidence-based review of the literature, accompanied by critical analysis and leading to reasonable conclusions. Wherever possible details of the literature search methodology should be provided, i.e. the databases searched (normally Medline and at least one or two other databases), the search terms and inclusive dates, and any selectivity criteria imposed. Review articles or essays are generally commissioned by invitation of the Editors but authors are invited to contact the Editors with proposals.

Research Report

Research reports will normally be on topics of more restricted breadth than research papers, including papers which would be regarded as including essentially preliminary findings. Typically, they should have a maximum of approximately 2500 words; have no more than two tables or figures, and a maximum of around fifteen references. Short reports generally follow the same format as full papers, except that a structured abstract is not required.

Short Communication

Short Communication will usually be on topics of more restricted length than research reports. Typically, they should have a maximum of around 1500 words; have no more than two tables or figures, and a maximum of around fifteen references. Short Communication generally follows the same format as full papers, except that an abstract is not required.

Book Reviews

Book reviews are by invitation.

Hindi Veethika

Hindi Veethika is not a regular column of the journal. It is an annexure column in view of addressing the regional language of the continent specifically and world generally. The article contributed in this column should be sent in Kruti Dev font typed in 14pt font, double-spaced, with margins of at least 2.5 cm on all sides. The Abstract of the article should be written and sent in English version as per the guidelines mentioned above.

Acknowledgments and Declaration of Interest Statement

The Acknowledgments section facts special thanks, personal assistance, and dedications. Contributions from individuals who do not qualify for authorship should also be acknowledged here. Declarations of interest, however, refer to statements of financial support and/or statements of potential conflict of interest. Within this section also belongs disclosure of scientific writing assistance (use of an agency or agency/ freelance writer), grant support and numbers, and statements of employment, if applicable. For a more detailed list of points to include, please see “Declaration of Interest section” below.

Acknowledgments Section

Any acknowledgments authors wish to make should be included in a separate headed section at the end of the manuscript preceding any appendices, and before the references section. Please do not incorporate acknowledgments into notes or biographical notes.

Declaration of Interest Section

All declarations of interest must be outlined under the subheading „Declaration of interest‟. If authors have no declarations of interest to report, this must be explicitly stated. The suggested, but not mandatory, wording in such an instance is: The authors report no declarations of interest. Please see our full Declaration of Interest Policy for further information.

References

References should be given in the asian man style. Citation in the text is by author and date (Singh 2007). The list of references appears alphabetically by primary author‟s last name. Examples: Journal- Dalberg A.A., and Menezak Bock R.M., 1958, “Emergence of the permanent teeth in Pima Indian children”, Journal of Dental Research. 37(6):1123-1140 Book- Seymour, 1980. Indian Education: A View from the Bottom Up, in Seymour (ed.), op cit.Seymour, Susan (ed.). 1980. The Transformation of a Sacred Town: Bhubaneswar, India. Westview Press: Boulder, Colorado. Book edited- Cameron, N., Hiernaux, J., Shirley Jarman, Marshall, W.A.,Tanner, J.M. and Whitehouse, R.H. 1981. Cited from: Tanner, James. 1998. Brief Bibliography in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Growth and Development; edited by; Staley Ulijasjik, F.E., Johnston and M.A. Preece. Cambridge Univ. Press.

Tables and figures

Tables and figures should be referred to in text as follows: Figure 1, Figure 2; Table I, Table II. The place at which a table or figure is to be inserted in the printed text should be indicated clearly on a manuscript. Each table or figure must have a legend that explains its purpose without reference to the text. Tables should be used only when they can present information more efficiently than running text. Care should be taken to avoid any arrangement that unduly increases the depth of a table, and the column heads should be made as brief as possible, using abbreviations liberally. Lines of data should not be numbered nor run numbers given unless those numbers are needed for reference in the text. Columns should not contain only one or two entries, nor should the same entry be repeated numerous times consecutively. Tables should be grouped at the end of the manuscript on separate pages. Figures/Illustrations (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be submitted as digital files for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines: 300 dpi or higher, Sized to fit on journal page, JPG or TIFF format only.

Notes on Style

General Style

Authors are asked to take into account the diverse audience of the journal. Please avoid the use of terms that might be meaningful only to a local or national audience, or provide a clear explanation where this is unavoidable. Some specific points on style follow:

  1. Authors should write in clear, concise English. If this is not your native language please ensure the manuscript has been reviewed by a native speaker. Please note: extensive rewriting of the text will not be undertaken by the editorial staff.
  2. Acronyms for protein and gene names should in all cases be explained the first time they appear. In articles where acronyms are numerous, authors should include a table that lists all acronyms, each acronym meaning or origin, and a short description of the function of each gene or protein.
  3. Latin terminology, including microbiological and species nomenclature, should be italicized.
  4. Use standard convention for human and animal genes and proteins: italics for genes and regular font for proteins, and upper case for human products and lower case for animal products.
  5. Double quotation marks rather than single are to be used unless the “quotation is within‟ another”.
  6. Punctuation of common abbreviations should adhere to the following conventions: “e.g.”; “i.e.” Note that such abbreviations should not generally be followed by a comma or a (double) point/period.
  7. Upper case characters in headings and references should be used sparingly, e.g. only the first word of paper titles, subheadings and any proper nouns begin upper case; similarly for the titles of papers from journals in the references and elsewhere.
  8. All acronyms for national agencies, examinations, etc., should be spelled out the first time they are introduced in text or references. Thereafter the acronym can be used if appropriate, e.g. “The work of the Assessment of Performance Unit (APU) in the early 1980s …” and subsequently, “The APU studies of achievement …” in a reference “(Department of Education and Science [DES] 1989a)”.
  9. Brief biographical details of significant national figures should be outlined in the text unless it is quite clear that the person concerned would be known internationally. Some suggested editorial comments in a typical text are indicated in the following with square brackets: “From the time of H. E. Armstrong [in the 19th century] to the curriculum development work associated with the Nuffield Foundation [in the 1960s], there has been a shift from constructivism to heurism in the design of [British] science courses”.
  10. Non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms should not be used.
  11. Material to be emphasized by italicization in the printed version should be italicized in the typescript rather than underlined. Please use such emphasis sparingly.
  12. Authors must adhere to SI Units
  13. Appendices should appear before the references section and after any acknowledgments section. The style of the title is shown by the following example: Figures and tables within appendices should continue the sequence of numbering from the main body of the text. Sections within appendices should be numbered, for example, C.1, C.2. Equations in appendices should be numbered, for example, (C 1), (C 2). If there is only one appendix, it is referred to as “the appendix” and not called “Appendix A”.

Footnotes

Footnotes are not to be used except for designation of the corresponding author of the paper or current address information for an author (if different from that shown in the affiliation). Information concerning grant support of reviews should appear in a separate declaration of interest section at the end of the paper. Acknowledgments of the assistance of colleagues or similar notes of appreciation belong in a separate Acknowledgments section. Footnotes to tables should be typed directly below the table and are indicated by the following symbols: * (asterisk or star), † (dagger), ‡ (double dagger), ¶ (paragraph mark), § (section mark), || (parallels), # (number sign).

Editorial Policies

Authorship

According to the International Board of Editors of The Asian Man, an author is defined as one who has made substantial contributions to the conception and development of a manuscript. It states that “authorship credit should be based on all of the following: 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or advising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published”. All submissions are expected to comply with the above definition. Changes to the authorship list after submission will result in a query from the publisher requesting written explanation. Redundant publications and plagiarism

The Asian Man considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. The Asian Man will not consider, in general, redundant publications, i.e. “publication of a paper that overlaps substantially with one already published in print or electronic media”. In addition, AIHSD has a strict policy against plagiarism. We define plagiarism as the use of extracts from another person's work that are not placed in quotation marks, without the permission of that person, and without acknowledgement to that person (using the appropriate reference style), with the result that your article presents these extracts as original to you. By submitting your work to an The Asian Man Journal, you warrant that it is your original work, and that you have secured the necessary written permission from the appropriate copyright owner or authority for the reproduction of any illustration or other material.

Inclusion of Unpublished Data

Unpublished data in the form of figures, tables, or quantitative statements in the text, should not be included in an article under any circumstances. A brief mention of the tentative conclusions of unpublished work is sometimes acceptable, as long as it is clearly identified as unpublished and tentative (not yet peer-reviewed).

Peer Review

All manuscripts will be subjected to confidential peer review by experts in the field and, on the basis of reviewers‟ feedback; papers will be accepted unconditionally, accepted subject to revision, rejected with an option to resubmit or rejected.

Ethics and Consent

Papers including human subject research, animal experiments or clinical trials must be conducted with approval by the local animal care or human subject committees, respectively. All manuscripts, except reviews, must include a statement in the Introduction or Methods section that the study was approved by an Investigational Review Board (Human Studies Committee or Ethics Committee or Animal Care and Use Committee), if applicable, and whether written informed consent was obtained. Authors who do not have formal ethics review committees should include a statement that their study followed principles in the Declaration of Helsinki (http://www.wma.net/e/policy/b3.htm).. Do not use patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that the patient be shown the manuscript to be published. To comply with FDAAA legislation, AIHSD Lucknow, India requires trial registration as a condition of publication for all studies involving clinical trials. Trial registration numbers should be included in the abstract, with full details provided in the methods section. When a product has not yet been approved by an appropriate regulatory body for the use described in the manuscript, the author must specify that the product is not approved for the use under discussion or that the product is still under investigation.

Copyright and Permissions

It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright or license the publication rights in their articles, including abstracts, to AIHSD, Lucknow. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and the Journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher. A copyright agreement form can be downloaded by corresponding authors of accepted manuscripts with proofs. This should be signed and returned to Asian Institute of Human Science and Development. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.

The article will be freely accessible to all. Authors will be asked to grant a publishing license or assign copyright in the normal way. Selection of the Open Access option and payment of the appropriate fee will then allow the article to be made available to all. Under the publishing license AIHSD will allow tagging and cross-referencing of articles within repositories so that they relate back to the original research grants and programs.

The peer review integrity of the article will not be compromised. AIHSD’s commitment to stringent, independent, expert peer review remains only for accepted articles which are eligible for the scheme, and authors will only be offered the open access option when they are sent their proofs for review. This complete separation of payment from the peer review and acceptance process will ensure that editorial independence and quality are not compromised.

Under our Author Rights policy, authors also have the right to post their version of the submitted author manuscript (pre-print), or their version of the final published article (post-print) on their personal or institutional web site. Post-print web postings are subject to an embargo of 12 months. This embargo period begins the day the work is published by Asian Institute of Human Science and Development and circulated online at www.indianjournals.com.

Additional Information

Proofs

Usual practice will involve corresponding authors receiving email notification. Hard copies of proofs will not be mailed. To avoid delays in publication, corrections to proofs must be returned within 48 hours, by electronic transmittal, fax or mail. Authors will be charged for excessive correction at this stage of production. If authors do not return page proofs promptly, the Publisher reserves the choice to either delay publication to a subsequent issue or to proceed to press without author corrections. The Publisher reserves the right to proceed to press without submitting page proofs to the author.

Reprints

Each corresponding author will receive a PDF file of the final version of their article. Reprints of individual articles are available for order at the time authors review page proofs. A discount on reprints is available to authors who order before print publication. Copies of the journal can be purchased at the author’s preferential rate of INR 1500/$25 per copy.

Colour figure charges

Any figure submitted as a colour original will appear in colour in the Journal‟s online edition free of charge. Print copy colour reproduction will only be considered on condition that authors bear the associated costs. The charge for an article with colour is INR 5000/US $100. There are no charges for non-colour pages.