Discourse Xaverian Research Journal

Discourse is a peer refereed biannual interdisciplinary journal published by St. Xavier’s College for Women, Aluva. It was started in the year 2013, with the aim of disseminating information in the field of science and humanities to the members of academic community. This is a national journal dedicated to the publication of original research articles with ISSN No. 2321-0214. Contributions in the form of research articles, review articles and short communications are also welcome. The board of editors reserve the right to accept/reject manuscript and to edit an article whenever or wherever necessary. All accepted manuscripts
become the property of the publisher.

Journal Policies and ethics

Open Access Policy

 – All the articles published in Discourse- Xaverian Research Journal are made freely accessible online immediately after publication, without any subscription.

– Articles can be shared and adapted, provided the attribution for the work is given

Peer Review Policy

– All the manuscripts submitted to the journal Discourse is subjected to peer review process by experts in the respective subject area.

– Chief editor will make final decision based on reviewer’s comments and suggestions from editorial advisory board and editorial board members.

– Journal do not make the list of reviewer’s public and the editors make sure that there is no conflict of interest between the authors and reviewer.

Author responsibility

All authors should certify that the manuscript they submitted to the journal is original and has not been and will not be submitted to or published in any other journal before its appearance in Discourse- Xaverian Research Journal.

Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed.

PLAGIARISM: The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and
if they have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. In case, plagiarism is detected during review/editorial process, such manuscript(s) will be rejected immediately.


Manuscripts are invited in the form of

• Research Articles: (not exceeding 4000 words) should be the results of original, unpublished research work in various academic disciplines.
• Review articles: (not exceeding 4000 words) are expected to survey and discuss current developments in a field.
• Short Communication: (not exceeding 2000 words) are brief accounts on projects undertaken. They should include a brief abstract and an introductory paragraph 

Manuscript Preparation
The manuscript should be ordered as follows: Title page, abstract, key words, text, acknowledgements, references, tables, figure legends, figures. All manuscripts should be typeset in MS Word (Font: Times New Roman; Size: 12 points) double-spaced with at least 1” margin from all sides. Manuscript pages should be serially numbered.

• Title Page: The first page of the article should contain the title of the paper, the names of authors, affiliations and addresses. The address of the corresponding author should be provided in full.
• Abstract: The second page must contain an abstract of not more than 200 words and 3-5 keywords.
• Text: The text of an article should be divided into Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion.
• Tables and Figures: All figures and tables should be included as separate sheets or files, are to be numbered using Arabic numerals and be cited in text in consecutive numerical order. Figures should be uploaded separately, not embedded in the article file. Soft copies of figures in Tagged Image Format or Joint Photographic Experts Group (TIFF or JPEG) with at least 300 dpi resolution in Grayscale mode is preferred. Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables. Legends to tables and figures may be provided on a separate page.
• Abbreviations, Characters and Units: Define abbreviations that are not standard in a footnote to be placed on the first page of the article. Superscripts, subscripts and ambiguous characters should be clearly indicated. Units of measure should be metric or, preferably, SI.
• Acknowledgements: The acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be given at the end of the paper, before the reference list and should be as brief as possible. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.
• References: The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work.

Journal Article

Amann RI, Ludwig W, Schleifer K-H (1995) Phylogenetic identification and in situ detection of individual microbial cells without cultivation. Microbiological Reviews 59: 143 – 165


Bull AT (2004) Microbial diversity and bioprospecting. ASM press, New York

Online document

Cartwright J (2007) Big stars have weather too. IOP Publishing PhysicsWeb. http://physicsweb.org/articles/news/11/6/16/1. Accessed 26 June 2007

The Chief Editor,
St. Xavier’s College for Women, Aluva
Ernakulam, Dist. Kerala, Pin 683101

E mail: discourse2013@gmail.com