Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Sanglāp is a Sanskrit word. It means conversations between inquiring minds, or readers of thoughts. The rise of classical Indian philosophy owes its richness of aesthetic sensibility and rational faculty to the tradition of sanglāp. Such a tradition can also be located in ancient Greece, Persia or Rome. A Sanglāp attempts to inquire both the logic and "aesthesis" of the subject of discussion. It allows thought to perform its inherent plurality of being, while keeping the sophistry and pleasure of conversation alive. As Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry, it is conceived of and intended to further that end: the multiplicity of thoughts, the carefully constructed arguments and the conversation between minds. We look forward to bring the research scholars, the readers, from different fields of the humanities and the social sciences, to place their thoughts and arguments and entertain a critical conversation. To do away with confusion and inconvenience, we will not use any special character in spelling the word Sanglāp. It will be known as Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry.

Sanglap is meant to be a dialogue between literary and cultural studies. Over the last few decades, there has been a strong cultural turn in literary studies which has gradually introduced an element of "play" in its disciplinary enclosure and opened up the folds of the literary to an inter-disciplinary dialogue with the diversity of the cultural. The resultant dialogues have repeatedly questioned the grounds for canonization and politics of reading in literature. There is no doubt that such positions, "theories" and postulates have influenced many of us as we have set off to investigate the discourse of literature. In the "culturalization" of the literary, it is not simply a matter of reading the literary as a mirror of the cultural but also approaching it as a constitutive extension of the cultural. While we welcome the emancipatory element in this broadening out of the literary as a field, on occasions, the cultural turn has been a touch indifferent to the specificity of the literary as a medium with its own technicality and historicity. Real dialogue cannot be a one-way traffic. And to be faithful to the inherent reciprocity of a true Sanglap, we feel the need not only to read the literary in terms of the cultural but also the other way round i.e. reading the cultural in terms of the literary. We feel this is the right time to tap the infinitely extensible potential of the literary as a field, and try and establish it as an affective, perceptual and analytic category which can investigate the diverse edifice of the cultural.

What we propose through this Journal is an extension of this thought. Along with various semiotic, symptomatic, social, political, and/or movemental readings, can we also think of the literary as a form of perception that does not restrict itself to the field and discourse of literature as literary text? Can a gendered or racial reading of an ‘event’ (the act or the thought) be termed literary, where the word literary acts as an analytic mode, a ground of perception and a way of knowing? We aim to place literary as an analytic category which is not reducible to discourse or ideology and can traverse both the grounds of the primacy of feelings and sensations and the conditions which produce that feeling. We encourage the writers not only to question the ground of a text with a particular challenging "theory," but also to think why those theories are considered subversive or given privilege over others.

Sanglap is open-access and published twice a year (January and July). Each issue carries a specific theme, and depending upon the response, we may extend the theme for a further issue. We look forward to articles that cater to the themes in an interdisciplinary manner.

Sanglap is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the MLA International Bibliography and MLA Directory of Periodicals. It is archived by the LOCKSS digital archiving system. In addition, the journal has recently been selected for archiving and preservation at the United States Library of Congress. The journal is also indexed in the ROAD Directory of Open Access Journals, and catalogued in several university libraries and scholarly organization databases.

The Journal will not charge any submission, processing, publishing, subscription, or such fees. Neither will it pay any remuneration to the contributors. It is a non-profit and voluntary initiative aimed solely for presentation and circulation of academic research.

The articles will go through a peer-reviewing process by experts in the field. We do our best to notify the decisions within two-three months. Should a writer intend to withdraw his/her article within the stipulated time, he/she must take permission from the editors signing a letter of declaration. We are strictly against plagiarism, and upon acceptance of articles, the authors have to sign a statement against plagiarism and such acts, and abide by the copyright policy of the Journal.

Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry seeks original articles strictly within 7000 words (including notes) written in MLA format and sent as MS Word document to the email address: editors@sanglap-journal.in

For submission and formatting, please consult the guidelines.


Section Policies


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Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


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Peer Review Process

The submissions will be sent for anonymous peer review to experts in the field, and the decisions will be notified to the authors along with the reviewers’ comments. We ask authors not to submit their articles elsewhere during this time, and to notify us if they want to withdraw their work owing to inevitable delays on our part. The editors reserve the right not to publish any content submitted, and their decision is final. The responsibility for the content rests solely with the author. We will not solicit with articles that infringe on professional standards of writing. The authors should make sure that the articles contain nothing defamatory, discriminatory or of such nature that may incur liability of any kind whatsoever. The editors also reserve the right to make editorial or stylistic changes where deemed necessary.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

The journal follows the declaration at the Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002) which defines "open access" as:

"By "open access" to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."




The journal is being currently archived at the US Library of Congress. It also utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...



Deposit Policy

The authors may deposit copies of their work in institutional repositories as well as the paper being published in the journal. We only allow post-prints to be archived on condition that the archived version acknowledges the prior online publication of the article in Sanglap as well as linking to the journal website.