Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge (IJTK)


Instructions to Contributors

 Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge (IJTK), the journal devoted exclusively to Traditional Knowledge, provides an excellent platform for publication of research papers related to Traditional Knowledge Systems. IJTK carries original research papers, review articles, short communications based on traditional wisdom. The journal covers papers on Traditional Knowledge in the following main areas: (i) Traditional Agriculture; (ii) Traditional Animal husbandry; (iii) Traditional Architecture; (iv) Traditional Foods & Beverages; (v) Traditional Handicrafts and Handlooms; (vi) Traditional Medicine; (vii) Indian Systems of Medicine, and other related aspects. IJTK committed and dedicated to the preservation, documentation, and dissemination of Traditional Knowledge, attempts to bring the wisdom of the past to the present. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge is included in the Non Patent Literature part of the PCT Minimum Documentation.


Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge invites original research and review manuscripts not submitted for publication elsewhere. The review article will only be entertained if author(s) has included his own research work in it or has been an authority in that field. Authors, who wish to submit a manuscript, should consult and peruse carefully recent issues of IJTK for format and style or may visit NISCAIR website (


It is mandatory on the part of the corresponding author to furnish the following certificate at the time of submission of the manuscript:

This is to certify that the reported work in the paper entitled "                " submitted for publication is an original one and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. I/we further certify that proper citations to the previously reported work have been given and no data/tables/figures have been quoted verbatim from other publications without giving due acknowledgement and without the permission of the author(s). The consent of all the authors of this paper has been obtained for submitting the paper to the "Indian J Traditional Knowledge ".


Signatures and names of all the authors


The copyright of the paper will be transferred from the author to publisher. One original and two copies of the manuscript should be submitted to the editor. The manuscript can also be submitted as an e-mail attachment. The manuscript, after referees’ acceptance, will be sent back to the author(s) along with referees’ comments. For re-submission, two copies of the revised version of the manuscript, and a copy on compact disc (CD) using word processing software such as MS Word (version 6 and onwards), or PDF files (version 4 and onwards), or as an attachment to e-mail should be submitted to the editor.


Preparation of the Manuscript

Manuscripts should be typed in double space (11 pt, Times New Roman font preferred) on one side of the bond paper of 22×28 cm. All pages should be numbered consecutively. Use SI units, and give equivalent SI units in parenthesis when the use of other units is unavoidable. Symbols should conform to standard guidelines.



It should be short & informative (15 pt), to be typed in only first letter of the first word capital; also, after colon or hyphen, first letter of the first word capital. Latin names are to be given in italics.


Short Running Title

Not in excess of 50 characters, to be all in capitals.


Five or six keywords (in normal; 9 pt) indicating the contents of the manuscript.



Names of authors to be typed in first letters capital (10 pt).


Addresses of Authors

Addresses of the institution (s) where the work was carried out including telephone (office only), fax number and e-mail address (9 pt). Author for correspondence should be indicated with an asterisk (*)


Main Headings

Each manuscript should be divided into the following main headings (typed in bold, first letters capital, on the left hand side of the page; 11 pt): Abstract, Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgement, References.



Typed in flush left, bold, first letters capital (9 pt).


Sub-Sub Headings

Bold-Italics, first letters capital (9 pt).



Should be brief not exceeding 200 words, typed in normal (9 pt).



A brief and precise literature review with objectives of the research undertaken and essential background be given.



Methodology should include location of survey area, the source and nature of material, experimental design and the techniques employed.



Results should contain data, which are essential for drawing main conclusion from the study. Wherever needed, the data should be statistically analyzed. Same data should not be presented in both table and figure form.



The discussion should deal the interpretation of the results. Wherever possible, results and discussion can be combined.



Tables should be typed in double space on separate sheets, numbered consecutively, and only contain horizontal cells. The table headings should be typed with the first letter capital.



The illustrations, photographs, etc. will be accepted in TIFF files or in JPEG format with hard copy. For illustrations, photographs a glossy print may be submitted. Text figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals. Lettering, numbering, symbols and lines in the graphs/illustrations should be sufficiently clear and large to withstand reduction up to 50%. Captions and legends to illustrations should be typed on a separate sheet of paper. Line drawings and photographs should contain figure number, author’s name and the orientation (top) on the reverse with a soft lead pencil. Photostat copies and dot matrix prints will not be accepted.



For ethnobotanical/ethnomedicinal reports, authors are advised to acknowledge the Knowledge Providers for providing valuable information and share their compilation and findings with the Knowledge Providers in local language. Authors are also requested to ensure that Prior Informed Consent (PIC) was taken from the Knowledge Providers as per the CBD guidelines. If any unique practices are observed which have not been reported hitherto, this fact should be brought to the notice of knowledge providing community and/or individuals and only after sharing with them the implications of putting the same in public domain, these should be published.



References should be cited in the text by the consecutive numbers of their occurrence; the numbers are to be shown as superscript at the end of the statement related to that particular reference, e.g. Folk medicines were found to play an important role in rural healthcare system in Bahirdar Zuria district Northwestern Ethiopia5.


Following the same sequence of the text, the list of references be appended under the References heading. Each reference should provide names and initials of all the authors, giving coma in between the authors and ‘&’ before the last author. In case, the authors are more than five, then use et al after the 5th author. It should be followed by title of the paper, abbreviated title of journal (in italics), volume number, year of publication (within circular bracket), and the starting and closing page numbers. Abbreviated titles should conform to the international guidelines, e.g. The Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI) or BIOSIS


The style of references should be:


Research Papers

1         Narayanasamy P, Traditional knowledge of tribals in crop protection, Indian J Traditional Knowledge, 5 (1) (2006) 64-70.

Books & Proceedings of Conferences

1      Bhattacharjya BK, Ecology and fisheries of coldwater resources of Assam, In: Coldwater fisheries research and development in North East region of India, edited by BC Tyagi, Shyam Sunder & Madan Mohan, (NRC on Coldwater Fisheries, Bhimtal, UA), 2005, 24.


2      Pushpangadan P, Rajendraprasad M & Krishnan PN, Conserving the sacred for biodiversity management, (Oxford & IBH Publication, New Delhi), 1998, 93.


3      Anonymous, The Wealth of India: A Dictionary of Raw Materials and Industrial Products, Raw Materials, Vol 1, (Publications and Information Directorate, New Delhi), 1985, 95-97.


4      Anonymous, Ashtanga Sangraham, Sustra Stanam, 23rd Chapter, 34th Sloka, 1996.


5      Adkoli NS, Indian Bamboos in early 21st century, In: Bamboos for Sustainable Development, Proc Vth Int Bamboo Cong & VIth Int Bamboo Workshop, (A Kumar, IV Ramanuja Rao & CB Sastry), (INBAR & VSP), 2002, 17-25.


6      Singh RK & Sureja AK, Dynamics of Traditional Knowledge and Prior Informed Consent of Conservators of Indigenous Biological Diversity of Northeast India, In: UGC sponsored National Seminar on Natural Resources and Tribal Communities in North Eastern India, 7-8th February, 2006, (Jawaharlal Nehru College, Rajiv Gandhi University, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh, India), 2066b.


Thesis & Dissertation

1         Kathirvelu C, Studies on tribal pest control practices of Tamil Nadu, (MSc Agric Thesis, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu), 2001.


2         Kumar D, Floristic Studies of District Muzaffarnagar, PhD Thesis, (CCS University Meerut, UP, India), 1998.


Authors, who wish to submit a manuscript, should consult and peruse carefully recent issues of IJTK for format and style or may visit NISCAIR website (


Manuscript along with referees’ comments will be sent to the author identified for correspondence on the title page of the manuscript. It should be checked carefully and the modified manuscript should be returned within ten days of receipt. No page proofs will be sent to author(s).


PDF of the published papers will be provided to the author via e-mail. It is mandatory for the corresponding author to mention his/her e-mail ID.


The language of the Journal is English. Books for review and manuscripts neatly typed, double spaced, with margins on all sides along with photographs (if any) may be submitted through E-mail or at the following address:


The Editor

Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge (IJTK)

National Institute of Science Communication And Information Resources (NISCAIR)

Dr. K. S. Krishnan Marg, Pusa Campus

New Delhi 110 012, India

Phones: (091)-11- 2584 3833, 2584 6301, 2584 6304-07, 2584 0602, Ext. 266, 260


Fax: (091)-11-2584 7062




Dr T K Mukherjee


Associate Editor

Dr K P Singh