Nihil Ultra: A Xaverian Interdisciplinary Journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal associated with and edited by faculty at St. Xavier's University, Kolkata. Committed to the highest standard of excellence in interdisciplinary research, and inspired by the values of our cherished institution, Nihil Ultra shall comprise of research articles, reviews, case studies, and critical commentaries. Contributions to our journal are solicited from St. Xavier's faculty and students, as well as from the broader academic community in India and abroad. We look forward to publishing cutting-edge research exploring the following fields as well as their interstices: English, Social Work, Mass Communication, Economics, Commerce and Management, Business Administration, and Law.
The format of the journal shall be print as well as online (open access). We follow stringent quality-control processes via a blind peer-review system. ISSN number shall be applied for as soon as permissible-i.e., after the publication of our first issue. We expect the ISSN to be applied retrospectively to cover our first issue as well.
Dr. Prayag Ray, Editor, Department of English
Dr. Manodip Ray Chaudhuri, Associate Editor, Xavier Business School
Mr. Aritra Das, Associate Editor, Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor
Dr. Tuhin Utsab Paul, Member, Assistant Registrar
Dr. Antara Ghatak, Member, Department of English
Dr. Debalina Chakravarty, Member, Department of Economics
Dr. Somak Sen, Member, Department of Mass Communication
Dr. Rupa Biswas, Member, Department of Social Work
Dr. Soma Sur, Member, Xavier Business School
Dr. Devleena Majumdar, Member, Xavier Business School
Dr. Monalika Dey, Member, Department of Commerce and Management
Dr. Anuradha Roy Chowdhury, Member, Xavier Law School
Fields of Research/Research Areas
We are looking for research articles within the following disciplines, as well as inter-disciplinary work exploring their interstices, or cutting across disciplinary boundaries:
Our first issue will not have a fixed theme or topic. Any research work of sufficient quality that falls within or explores the limits of the above disciplines is acceptable. Preference, however, will be given to innovative research with contemporary relevance.
Instructions for Authors and Submission Guidelines
We accept research articles, reviews, case studies,
and critical commentaries of no more than 6,000 words'
length (excluding bibliography). Articles are to be
formatted following the Author-Date (Harvard)
referencing style. Articles that have not followed the
Author-Date referencing style will not be accepted. A
detailed overview of the Author-Date style can be found
on our website.
Submissions are to be sent as Word files (docx), and not
as PDFs, or in any other file format. We shall accept one
submission per author only.
Plagiarism is defined in the MLA Handbook for Writers of
Research Papers, 7th edition, as "the failure to give
appropriate acknowledgment when repeating or paraphrasing
another's wording" (2009, p.52). Please do not send us
plagiarised work. All submissions to our journal are put
through a plagiarism-detection software, which detects any
unoriginal work and identifies its source as well. We
consider the copying of four or more consecutive words
directly from a source, without citing it, as the most
direct form of plagiarism. This does not include proper
nouns, or common phrases such as "it might be argued that.."
Passing off another scholar's original ideas as one's own by
merely changing a few words-i.e., paraphrasing without
citation-also constitutes plagiarism. Plagiarism, if
detected, immediately disqualifies an article for
We are working on a short deadline for our first
issue. Authors selected for publication shall be
informed by the last week of November, and sent feedback
from peer reviewers shortly thereafter. They will be
expected to return their work after incorporating
suggested changes within a month.
We do not pay authors for publication, nor do we accept
paid publications; however, authors shall receive a
complementary print copy of the issue their work is
Submitted articles will only be considered valid if they
have a title. Articles should also be accompanied by an
abstract (max. 500 words), a list of keywords (no more than
8), and a brief bio-note (no more than 300 words). The order
should be as follows: Page 1: abstract and keywords. Page 2:
bio-note. Page 3 onwards: full article. The Bibliography
should begin on a fresh page.
Please note the following formatting guidelines: articles
are to be submitted in the Times New Roman font, size 12,
and using 1.5 spacing. Indentation: first line of each new
paragraph. The text should not be in two or more columns.
All images, graphs, diagrams, etc., that have been sourced
from somewhere else, must be cited. Authors must acquire
rights to reproduce copyrighted images, or use only
copyright-free images, if required at all.