ST. ANTHONY'S COLLEGE 
A Don Bosco Institution 

Research and Consultancy Cell (RCC)

The research and consultancy activities of the college are looked after by the Research and Consultancy Cell (RCC). The RCC is mandated to draft and approve appropriate, unambiguous and transparent rules and regulations to guide the research and consultancy activities taken up in the college, supervise them and, if needed, help them in the matters arising therein.

The prime task of the RCC is to formulate, implement and execute policies with reference to research, and consultancy activities of the institution, supervise its related practices with the emphasis to strengthen and encourage the best practises and evaluate the outcome and, if required, suggest measures to improve the outcome.

The RCC encourages the organisation of various programmes in the college every year such as research workshops, workshops on data analysis, faculty development programmes, special talks, etc. that can enhance the research capability of the faculty and students of the college.

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Dr. Br. Albert Longley Dkhar
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Fr. Gervasius Nongkseh
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Dr. Kishor Singh Rajput
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Fr. Ritonbor Kharkongor
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Dr. Fr. Joby Joseph
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Dr. Rakhal K Purkayastha
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Dr. Shantu Saikia
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Dr. Sanku Dey
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Dr. Damanbha Lyngdoh
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Dr. Herbert G Lyngdoh
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Dr. Van Jennifer Joan Wallang
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Dr. Baskhemlang Kshiar
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Dr. Amanda C. Tongper
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Dr. Rabnindra N. Bhuyan
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Prof. Bhagirathi Panda
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Prof. S. M. Sungoh
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ABOUT THE JOURNAL
St. Anthony's College, Shillong publishes an annual double blind peer reviewed journal (both print and online) named as Spectrum: Humanities, Social Sciences and Management. We presume that those who submit article to the Spectrum are willing to adhere to the blind peer -review process, that the manuscript is not being reviewed by another journal and that the authors have followed Spectrum's Manuscript Style Guide. Final decision to accept or reject a manuscript for publication rests with the Editors which will, in turn, be based on the feedbacks and recommendations received from the anonymous reviewers. We invite research articles from our prospective contributors. A research article is an original, research-based paper that can advance the knowledge base of the academic community on different facets of subjects such as Humanities, Social Sciences and Management. The paper should have a well-developed theoretical perspective, literature review, methodology/research design, and analyses/results.
GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS
Spectrum Manuscript Style Guide The contributors to the Spectrum should follow the following the following guidelines for preparing a manuscript and should submit the manuscript in editable form:
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION
The Spectrum accepts submissions only in electronic format (Microsoft Word) from a single, designated, corresponding author who will be responsible for all subsequent communication with the Chief Editor. For tracking purposes, the corresponding author should use the same e-mail address that appears in the submission proper while communicating with the Chief Editor. If the corresponding author is submitting more than one article, he or she should submit each article in a separate email. The corresponding author should send the article to spectrum.ss@anthonys.ac.in as an email attachment with "Spectrum Article" in the subject line.
GUIDELINES FOR REVIEWERS
A reviewer is expected to follow the following guidelines for the review of an article to be published in the Spectrum: Humanities, Social Sciences and Management. Reviewers are expected to review the manuscript with promptness, preferably within a month of the receipt of the article. In the event of the inability to do so, it should be intimated to the Chief Editor immediately. Unnecessary delays in reviews should be avoided. In the event of a potential reviewer deems unqualified to review the manuscript, he/she should bring it to the notice of the Chief Editor immediately and also decline to review the manuscript. Reviewers are also not supposed to divulge the details of the manuscript to any third party without the permission of the Chief Editor. Reviewers are expected :
PUBLICATION POLICY
Our Journal Spectrum: Humanities, Social Sciences and Management uses a double-blind peer review system in which both the reviewer(s) and author(s) remain anonymous to each other throughout the review process.
Every article submitted for publication is scrutinised by the Chief Editor or one of the Associate Editors for the first line of review. If the paper fulfils the editorial policies, it is forwarded to two reviewers for their comments. The reviewers are not allowed to know the identities of the authors as the identifying information are removed before the article is sent to the reviewers.
The comments of the reviewers are kept confidential and, based on the comments and feedback of the reviewers, the Editorial Board takes a final call on the paper. If addition, changes and modifications are suggested by the reviewers, then their reports are sent to the authors in anonymous form. However, if substantial changes and revisions are suggested by the reviewers, then the Editorial Board takes a decision on the publication of the article based on the fact that whether the author can bring those changes satisfactorily to the desires level.
The journal is published only once in a year. The process of publication of the journal begins from the second week of February every year and the same is published in the month of December, thereby it gives ample time to the authors, reviewers, editorial board and publisher to bring about the desired qualitative changes in the journal.
In brief, the policy for review and publication of the journal can be summed us as under: Policy on Plagiarism, Copyright Violation and Fraudulent Publication: The journal does check for plagiarism of the submitted manuscript by using open source software. Furthermore, the journal encourages submission of complaint regarding plagiarism and copyright violation to the Chief Editor of the journal. In the event of proven plagiarism or copyright violation or fraudulent publication, the Editorial Board will initiate appropriate action to clarify the same from the author(s). If need arises, the journal will publish an erratum in future issue and, if deemed fit, the Editorial Board may ban the author(s) from future publication in the journal.
ETHICS POLICY
The Journal Spectrum: Humanities, Social Sciences and Management follows ethical practices at each stage of the publication of the journal and, therefore, specifies the roles for each participant in the publication process which satisfies the standard publication ethics and norms.
Role of Editors: The role of the Chief Editor and Associate Editors is to evaluate the submitted manuscripts to the journal w. r. t.: The Editors are expected to evaluate the merit of the manuscripts on research and intellectual contents and competence without looking at the caste, creed, language, religion, gender, and country of origin of the author(s).
Under no circumstances, the Chief Editor or the Associate Editors will divulge the details of the submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author and the reviewers / potential reviewers. Once the feedback and comments of the reviewers are received, the same may be put at the disposal of the editorial board for the final decision on the article. The editors will ensure that communication to the author(s) and reviewers are done promptly without any unnecessary delay.
Role of Reviewers: A proper and standard peer review process determines the quality of a journal and it also helps the author(s) to raise the quality of the article. Reviewers are expected to review the manuscript with promptness, preferably within a month and with due diligence. Unnecessary delays in reviews should be avoided. Reviewers are also not supposed to divulge the details of the manuscript to any third party without the permission of the Chief Editor. In the event of a potential reviewer deems unqualified to review the manuscript, he/she should bring it to the notice of the Chief Editor immediately and also decline to review the manuscript. Reviewers are expected - Role of Authors: Authors are expected to submit only original research work / article for publication in the journal. The article submitted should not have been previously published or presently should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. The article should be an accurate and un-tampered presentation of the original work or an analysis and discussion of previous works done in a scientific manner. The article should also furnish sufficient information with regard to the methodology so as to allow others to replicate the work. Appropriate and relevant citation of the works done in the concerned field should be done and also the sources of the information should be properly furnished as per the journal guidelines. Authors are also supposed to disclose any financial or other conflicts of interest that may arise in the publication of the article. All sources of financial support received for the present work should be disclosed. Furthermore, only those persons who make significant contribution in the article in terms of conception, research design, experimental implementation, and data analysis and interpretation should only be included as co-authors. Lastly if an author detects a significant error in the article during the publication period or in the published work, the author is expected to intimate the Chief Editor of the same in order to either correct or retract the paper.
Role of the Editorial Board and the Publisher: The journal should check for plagiarism of the submitted manuscript by using open source software. Furthermore, the journal should encourage submission of complaint regarding plagiarism and copyright violation to the Chief Editor of the journal. In the event of proven plagiarism or copyright violation or fraudulent publication, the Editorial Board should initiate appropriate action to clarify the same from the author(s). If need arises, the journal should publish an erratum in the future issue and, if deemed fit, the Editorial Board should ban the author(s) from future publication in the journal.