Submission Guidelines


Submission Guidelines

We accept original theoretical or research articles, book reviews, interviews, poems and short fictions as electronic submissions via e-mail [] as attached documents (Microsoft word only). The documents  must include name and affiliation details in the body of your submission.  Submission must be in single attachment. Subject line must be Submission of Poem/ Fiction/ Article etc. Submission e-mail must include the statement claiming that you have read the submission guidelines, you agree to the policy of the journal and that the submission is original and does not contain plagiarized material.

The Criterion: An International Journal in English is UGC Approved Journal under Arts and Humanities (Sr. No. 35829) We accept submissions from following subjects from January 2017

English Literature, Linguistics, History, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Political Science, Geography, Marathi, Hindi, Education, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Economics, Law, Library Science, etc. (All Arts and Humanities Subjects) 

Format of the articles:

Authors are requested to follow the MLA style ( we accept both 7th and 8th Edition) strictly while preparing the articles. Authors are also requested to include the following in the format of their articles:

1. Full title with subtitle, if any. Times New Roman font, size 14, bold (not all capital letters)

2. Name and affiliation of the author/s

3. An abstract of the article of about 100-150 words and Keywords

4. Authors should note that the main body of the text should be prepared in such a way that no formatting is needed afterwards. Heading, sub headings and illustrations should be well incorporated within the main body of the article. Times New Roman font, size 12 and justified

5. There is no word-limit for articles. But ideally those should be around 5000 words inclusive of  Works Cited.

6. All portions of the articles should be single-line spaced.

7. Author should be careful regarding grammatical and typographical errors.

8. All essays submitted must be in English for review. Quotations in languages other than English must be accompanied by translations and font file.

Do not decorate your submission with lines, borders, special characters etc., which may lead to rejection .

Fiction and Poetry

Our mission is to publish the finest fiction (up to 10,000 words), with special attention to character-driven stories that examine the depths and heights of emotion and motivation from a broad variety of cultural and social perspectives. We are also interested in more experimental narratives as well as well-written flash fiction (1,500 words or less). Surprise us with your writing. There are no restrictions on subjects and themes. For poetry, we aim to publish challenging and engaging works by both established and emerging poets.

Please note:

            Fiction: Submit one piece at one time.
            Poetry: Submit up to three poems at one time.
            Include a short third-person biographical note in your submission.
            Only previously unpublished works are considered.

Response time: 15 days from the deadline, We communicate to accepted submissions only.


The Criterion is entitled to publish submitted work in any form (online or in print). The editor-in-chief can also reproduce the submission in any form (book/ anthology) and authors will be reported about the publication in other form. We allow our authors flexible rights to republish and reproduce and distribute their published contents with third parties anywhere in any format on the following conditions:

1. The authors will inform the editor-in-chief about the intended republication or reproduction by third parties by sending a signed letter.

2. The authors will acknowledge credits to The Criterion as the first publisher and include the URL (the original link location) in their works.

Plagiarism Policy

By submitting paper for publication to the journal, you as contributor/ author/ co-author state  that

·         You are fully aware that plagiarism is wrong and you know that
plagiarism is the use of another person’s idea or published work and
pretend that it is one’s own.

·         You declare that each contribution to your work from other people's
published or unpublished sources have been acknowledged and the source of
information have been referenced.

·         You certify that you will not allow anyone to copy your work
with the intention of passing it off as his/her own work.

·         You certify that you are solely responsible for any incomplete
reference that may remain in your work.

Action against Plagiarism

When plagiarism has been found to have occurred, the TCIJE will take the actions listed below as determined by the type of plagiarism. Unless determined otherwise during the investigation, all authors are deemed to be individually and collectively responsible for the content of a plagiarizing paper.

·         The TCIJ may inform the department chair, dean, or supervisor of the authors of the finding of plagiarism.

·         The authors will be asked to write a formal letter of apology to the authors of the plagiarized paper, including an admission of plagiarism.

·         If the paper has appeared on the website, the journal will remove access to the full text. The paper itself will be kept in the database for future research or legal purposes.

·         If the paper is under submission, the paper can be automatically rejected by the editor-in-chief without further revisions and without any further plagiarism investigation coordinated by the TCIJE.

Article Processing Fee:

While the traditional model relies on restricting access to published research in order to recoup the costs of the publication process, the open access publishing model treats publication as the last phase of the research process. Open access publishing proposes a relatively new model for scholarly journal publishing that provides immediate, worldwide, barrier-free access to the full-text of all published articles. Open access allows all interested readers to view, download, print, and redistribute any article without a subscription, enabling far greater distribution of an author’s work than the traditional subscription-based publishing model. Many authors in a variety of fields have begun to realize the benefits that open access publishing can provide in terms of increasing the impact of their work.

In an open access model, the publication costs of an article are paid from an author’s research budget, or by their supporting institution, in the form of Article Processing Charges. These Article Processing Charges replace subscription charges and allow publishers to make the full-text of every published article freely available to all interested readers. In addition, authors who publish in our open access journals retain the copyright of their work, which is released under a “Creative Commons Attribution License,” enabling the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction of an article in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.

Content for Publication

Article Processing Fee (APC)

Indian Authors

Foreign Authors

Research Article

1500 INR

50 USD







Book Review



Author Interview



                   APC Revised on 28th February 2017 and will be applicable to submissions for Vol. 8, Issue-II & onwards 
No need to pay APC along with submission.


Deadlines for submission:  



Acceptance Communication

Date of Publication

February Issue

5th February

15th February

1 to 5th March

April Issue

5th April

15th April

1 to 5th May

June Issue

5th June

15th June

1 to 5th July

August Issue

5th August

15th August

1 to 5th September

October Issue

5th October

15th October

1 to 5th November

December Issue

5th December

15th December

1 to 5th January

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