Friday, April 6, 2018

Call for Papers : Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR)

Call for Papers : Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR)

Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR) is published by RIS (Research and Information System for Developing Countries), New Delhi with three issues per year.  RIS is a policy research think tank based in New Delhi, India ( ABDR is an international, peer reviewed journal, published with support from UNESCO. Since its launch in 1997, 18 volumes have been published  and  19th Volume is the current volume.  ABDR is published with support from UNESCO and is indexed or covered by CAB International, Scopus Elsevier Database and EBSCO host™ database.  ABDR has an international editorial advisory board. The journal's webpage is

ABDR publishes articles, book reviews and review articles, on socio-economic impacts/implications of biotechnology, broadly speaking ,and including (but not restricted to) economic impacts, regulation, ethical and legal issues, conservation, and, access and benefit sharing of genetic resources , policy, governance, socio-economic aspects and innovation related issues. We are open to consider contributions on emerging technologies such as nanobiotechnology, new plant breeding technologies, synthetic biology, genome editing and gene drives and also on technological convergence..

ABDR does not generally consider articles that are purely scientific and technical nature for publication unless they are invited/commissioned articles. Prospective contributors can have a look at the contents of the issues to get an idea about the scope and coverage of articles and book reviews published in ABDR.

ABDR invites articles, book reviews and review articles for consideration for publication. The articles are subjected to double bind peer review besides being assessed by the editorial group in RIS. Articles are accepted and considered on a rolling basis and all contributions are acknowledged as and when they are received.  Articles can be in the range of 5000-11000 words while articles with more 11,000 words can be considered in exceptional cases.  Shorter articles ranging from 2000 to 5000 words are also considered for publication. Book reviews in the range of 1000-2000 words and review articles of two or more books in a related theme/topic are also considered for publication.  The Guidelines for Contributors is given below.

We strive to get the articles reviewed and revised after the review and get published as early as possible. Publishers/author(s) who want to get the books reviewed by ABDR are requested to send the details regarding the book(s) by email. ABDR does not charge fees or does not accept any other monetary consideration for publication. It does not accept commercial advertisements nor publishes promotional material. Authors of published articles and book reviews are encouraged to share, disseminate and archive their work(s).

Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi is the editor of ABDR. Dr.Krishna Ravi Srinivas is the Managing Editor and Dr.Amit Kumar is the Assistant Editor.  For queries relating to ABDR, including, article/book review proposals and articles/reviews for consideration please write to the Managing Editor < >. Contributions can be sent by email as an attachment in MS-WORD format to the Managing Editor.

Guidelines for Contributors:


1. ABDR is a refereed multi-disciplinary international journal. Manuscripts can be sent, as email attachment, in MS-Word to the Managing Editor, Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), Core 4B 4th Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003, India (Email: +91-11-24682177-80; Fax: +91-11-24682173/74).

2. Manuscripts should be prepared using double spacing. The text of manuscripts should not ordinarily exceed 11,000 words.. Manuscripts should contain a 200 word abstract, and key words up to six.

3. Use 's' in '-ise' '-isation' words; e.g., 'civilise', 'organisation'. Use British spellings rather than American spellings. Thus, 'labour' not 'labor'.

(2 per cent, 3 km, 36 years old, etc.). In general descriptions, numbers below 10 should be spelt out in words. Use thousands, millions, billions, not lakhs and crores. Use fuller forms for numbers and dates— for example 1980-88, pp. 200-202 and pp. 178-84. for example 'the eighties', 'the twentieth century', etc.



References should be appended at the end of the paper. References must in double space, and should be same author(s) is cited, then arrange them chronologically by year of publication.

All references should be embedded in the text in the anthropological style–for example '(Hirschman 1961)' or '(Lakshman 1989:125)' (Note: Page numbers in the text are necessary only if the cited More than one reference of the same date for one author should be cited as 'Shand 1999a, 1999b'.

The following examples illustrate the detailed style of referencing:

(a) Books:

Hirschman, A. O. 1961. Strategy of Economic Development. New Haven: Yale University Press.

(b) Edited volumes:

Shand, Ric (ed.). 1999. Economic Liberalisation in South Asia. Delhi: Macmillan.

(c) Articles from edited volumes:

Lakshman, W. D. 1989. "Lineages of Dependent Development: From State Control to the Open Economy in Sri Lanka" in Ponna Wignaraja and Akmal Hussain (eds) The Challenge in South Asia: Development, Democracy and Regional Cooperation, pp. 105-63. New Delhi: Sage.

(d) Articles from Journals:

Rao, M.G., K. P. Kalirajan and R. T. Shand. 1999. "Convergence of Income across Indian States: A Divergent View". Economic and Political Weekly, 34(13): pp. 769-78.

(e) Unpublished Work:

Sandee, H. 1995. "Innovations in Production". Unpublished Ph.D thesis. Amsterdam: Free University.

(f) Online Reference:

World Health Organisation. 2000. "Development of National Policy on Traditional Medicine ". (Last accessed on 12/11/2015)

Please go through the published articles in the journal to get an idea on these.

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