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This purpose of this page is to provide information for those who would like to contribute writing. The guidelines are divided into five sections--coverage, editorial style, accuracy, format, and terms.

Coverage

The goal of Princely States Report is to cover all aspects of "princely" Indian history, with a strong focus on philately (stamps) and numismatics (coins). Many Indian princely states can trace their ancestry to ancient times. However, our primary interest is the period coinciding with British occupation--roughly 1600 to 1947.

We intend to stay very flexible in our coverage, opening up to writing from a variety of disciplinary angles--historical, political, geographical, artistic, anthropological, and so on. Essentially, we will center on pre-Independence, native philately and numismatics, while offering a range of auxilliary topics.

There are several key areas in which we hope to serve students of the Indian princely states:


  • New discoveries are abundant in Indian States philately and numismatics. There were roughly 600 states under princely rule before Independence, and there is much to be discovered. We see our primary role as a repository of new information that has not been available through other media.
  • Forgeries have always been a problem for Indian States collectors, a fact that can turn people away from this area of specialization. PSR hopes to empower collectors with the information they need to validate their stamps and coins, and avoid questionable transactions.
  • Reference materials on the Indian States are difficult to identify and locate. Much of it is self-published in India in extremely limited editions. Many important philatelic and numismatic resources are out of print and scarce. Further, Indian publications are often of poor quality and do not withstand the forces of time. We hope to provide all the information our readers need in their quest for previously-published material--full-text reprints, bibliographies, book reviews, publisher contact information, and more.

In summary, we're seeking writers who can supply new research, forgery identification, and information related to out-of-print literature.

Editorial Style

We are not currently imposing stylistic restrictions or guidelines. In time we may develop a "voice" and require that our contributors conform to our style. We're still in the process of developing an audience and a "staff" of contributors, and it's simply too early to restrict our possibilities. We encourage the entire range of articles from novice "introductory overviews" to highly specialized matter. The only thing we will not tolerate is antagonistic, angry writing. We're trying to develop an open, friendly online community.

Accuracy

Please check and double check all your facts--names, catalogue numbers, native inscriptions, etc. We rely on you for the accuracy of your writing. It's okay to present material that contains some uncertainties, as long as they are noted as such. If you would like to consult with an expert before submitting your work, please let us know and we'll do our best to find one for you.

Format

All materials must be submitted via email to editor@princelystates.com.

Copy should be prepared in a standard electronic format such as Microsoft Word. Unformatted text files, with the extension ".txt" are also acceptable. Please do not spend too much time on complex formatting, because your writing will be reformatted to conform to our journal's coding and design. Simple, single-spaced text will do just fine.

Footnotes, bibliographies, figures and tables are all acceptable. We can offer the added value of hypertext links, "pop-up" windows, and so on. Any special formatting needs should be mentioned in the email when you attach your files.

Include visuals wherever possible--stamps, postal covers, postmarks, coins, photographs or whatever other visual material supports your text. We can accept just about any standard graphic file format. We recommend scanning your materials at larger than 100% of their original size and saving them at the highest level of quality. This creates files that are somewhat large for transferring via email, but this gives us more options in the design and layout of your article (it's easy to reduce graphics, but difficult to enlarge them). Please take care to clearly name your graphic files so that they can be easily identified. If your visuals require captions, please send them in a separate text file or in the email when you attach your graphics.

Terms

As a PSR contributor you have the opportunity to share your specialized knowledge with a global community of readers who share your passion for India's history. PSR does not have a budget for purchasing written material. You must be willing to contribute without monetary compensation. It is our hope that a "culture of sharing knowledge" will develop and sustain this publication.

We do not ask for periodical rights or any other exclusive rights to your work. You are free to pursue other forms of publication simultaneously or at any time in the future. Please note that our copyright notice reads, "©...Vahana Project and individual authors." This protects our visual design and editorial content from unauthorized use, but it does not restrict authors from publishing their writing elsewhere. Some authors may in fact publish early drafts of their work in PSR, then seek another publisher for their final version.

We will also consider reprinting previously published material, as long as the author can provide assurance that we are not in violation with the terms of their previous agreement. Several previously published articles have been reprinted in PSR.

Finally, we reserve the right to edit, cut or reject anything submitted. Articles accepted may not appear in the next issue of PSR.

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