Contact

To get in touch about the blog, or if you have any queries about the South Asia Centre, please email the Editor, Rebecca Bowers  at southasia@lse.ac.uk. Please note that due to a transition in the editorial team, email responses are taking longer than usual.

Contribute

We encourage submissions of posts by academics and experts analysing recent developments in South Asia or setting out new research. Our remit covers Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, and articles accepted for publication should fit into one or more of the following themes:

Blog posts are an opportunity to introduce academic insights and expertise to a wider audience beyond academia while offering more sophisticated analyses than are normally handled by the press. Some specific guidance for authors is:

  • The length of posts should be between 800 to 1,200 words.
  • Photo essays are also welcome – we ask that these are no more than 800 words. They can feature 4-9 images.
  • Please keep in mind the importance of writing accessibly and in a manner that can be readily understood by an ‘educated general public’ audience.
  • We are keen to include tables, charts, maps or relevant photographs where possible.
  • Avoid bibliographic references – authors should include embedded hyperlinks for any substantive sources of information referred to in the post.
  • We also encourage links to direct readers to more detailed reports, other research, news items or blog posts where relevant.
  • Try to avoid jargon and minimise acronyms; our audience is very international so will not necessarily be familiar with less common terminology.
  • Use British spelling and grammar (e.g. ‘colour’ rather than ‘color’/’democratisation’ rather than ‘democratization’)
  • Posts include a short biography and headshot for the author (as .jpeg or .png attachments). Please provide these when you submit your article.

Editorial process

Please submit your articles to the Editor Rebecca Bowers at southasia@lse.ac.uk. Kindly do not request immediate publishing, feedback or reply. The blog team aims to reply to/acknowledge emails within a fortnight. However, it may take at least up to four to six weeks (sometimes more) for an article to be edited, reviewed and published.

Our blog team are happy to advise and help authors, so you are also welcome to propose ideas informally before submitting completed articles.

All contributions will be reviewed and the Editors may suggest some cuts, revisions or possible links to add in. In order to ensure a consistent ‘house style’, titles may be adapted and the editor will add a short introductory paragraph outlining the article’s author, their main arguments and findings, and any relevant background information for readers.

Eligibility

We welcome article submissions from post graduate level (and above) students, and professionals working within the field they are writing on including  academics, journalists, researchers, activists, consultants and policy experts.