1.    What kind of research articles does “Perennials” publish?  What are the basic requirements of an article to be considered for publication for the e-magazine?

“Perennials” publishes articles on legal, business and environment themes. The aim is not to have research papers on the e-magazine, but to have research content in an engaging yet educative format.

Since we are an e-magazine, there are some key pointers that we look for in research articles, which are as follows:

  • Addressing important research gaps or current topics of debate in the field of law, business or environment. (Trending Issues)
  • The article should be written in a manner that would appeal to readers and at the same time be informative.
  • The style of writing should be a cusp between academic/professional writing and blog writing. (Writing style – research based but not research boring)

The purpose of research-based writing is to provide a well thought out article to the readers. Thorough research aids a coherent flow of thought that is balanced, objective and unbiased. It also supplements the matter with facts and figures, which serve to educate or inform the readers and broaden their thoughts.

Be formal with your research and semi-formal with your writing!

2.    Do Perennials follow a citation system?

Perennials do not follow a strict citation system as is seen in research papers and writing. This is because it is an e-magazine that promotes research-based writing amongst those who are not initiated into the formal system of research writing. The articles, however, require an exhaustive reference list or popularly known as the Bibliography. 

The research based writing that Perennials publishes does not demand academic/scientific citations but to ensure credible work is being published, each article is required to have a list of references. Therefore, for all links, books and reports that have been used to write out an article, a list should be provided for in the end. Endnotes are encouraged for referencing. 

For example,

Ceres Website <link>

Environmental Law, XYZ Author

Report on Data Mining, ABC Company <link to online report>

3.    How do Perennials know if the work submitted is authentic and not copied?

Perennials use an anti-plagiarism software to assess each article’s authenticity. It allows only 30% of the work to not have been referenced.

4.    What is the procedure for publishing?

The procedure of publishing with Perennials involves:

Step 1: Submit the article for review and editing

Step 2: On receipt of confirmation of acceptance of an article, download the copyright form; sign, scan and send it to the editorial team. The aim of the copyright form has been described below.

Step 3: For a first-time writer, provide a brief background of yourself and a passport size photo.

The author’s background and photo are used for creating a profile. This will aid readers in identifying with the writer and help create a base for future articles.

Authors are also encouraged to share their facebook and twitter profile URL, in case they want readers to follow them on facebook or twitter.

Step 4: Payment of editorial and publication fees.

5.    What is the editorial procedure?

The editorial procedure is a five step process –

Step 1: Editorial Board edits the articles and checks for grammatical errors, plagiarism, content or fact checking.

Step 2: This is a step subjective per article: If the editorial board is of the opinion that the article sent or the work submitted can be improved for further viewership, an email will be sent to the author with suggested improvement points.

Step 3: The article is sent to the Advisory Editorial Board for finalisation of the article. This Board comprises of academic and industry experts. 

Step 4: On obtaining approval of the article for publication by the Advisory Board along with the incorporation of final edits suggested by the Advisory Editorial Board, an e-mail is sent to the author or the creator of the work stating acceptance of the article for publication and requesting for signed copyright agreement. 

Step 5: Obtaining signed copyright form from the author along with the payment for editing and publication fee.

6.    What kind of articles or creative work can be published?

“Perennials” accepts articles and creative work that has been organised into five categories; within which there is a plethora of articles or type of work that may be submitted.

Legal: A topic may be based on the gaps in a law, the need for reform of a particular law or policy, a current legal matter of public interest, a legal matter or area requiring additional research, case notes, analysis of Supreme Court and High Court judgments and its impact, etc.

Environment: An article may be written based on the extent of environmental damage inflicted by a particular industry or plant, the impact of a new technology in reducing emissions, new policies introduced to mitigate pollution and its impacts, gaps in such policies, research on new techniques or technologies to improve environmental and social conditions, etc.

Business: Articles may cover organisational and consumer behaviour, mergers and acquisitions, prevailing market trends in different industries, successful marketing stories, human resource trends and forecasts, the impact of an industry on an economy, society and the environment,  current business news and trends,  entrepreneurial stories etc.

Lifestyle: This section can cater to a wide array of topics ranging from spirituality, health and fitness, travel, dietary choices, sustainable lifestyles, etc.

Creative Works: This category is open to short stories, poems, photography, digital copies of artwork, comics, book reviews, etc. Each of these can be submitted with an accompanying brief note on the inspirations, connotations or objectives to give the viewer/reader a better understanding of the work presented.

7.    How can academic institutions collaborate?

Academic institutions and Perennials can collaborate by involving students in the writing programme. Research-based writing is an art and a science that is much desired when pursuing higher studies as well as professional careers. Not only can Perennials help students publish their articles and thereby build CVs and knowledge base but also acquire skills by way of research workshops that Perennials organises.

8.    What is the purpose of the copyright?

The purpose of a copyright is to provide Perennials with the right to lawfully publish an author or artist’s work. It further grants the right to Perennials to use it to supplement future research with due reference and credit to the creator of the work. 

The secondary purpose of the copyright is to prohibit self-plagiarism. As an industry and academic standard, one is permitted to utilise 30 percent of a published work in a subsequent article. As mentioned in the second part of the copyright agreement we have provided the author or the writer to use her/his work for his future works by providing an acknowledgment to Perennial Publications by citation.

9.    What does the term ‘affiliation’ refer to in the copyright agreement?

Affiliation refers to the organisation the author or artist is working for, who might have an interest in or be affected by the author or artist’s publication. It may refer to the firm, college or school the person is working for.

10.  What does ‘affiliation’ mean for a person for whom writing is a source of livelihood and/or income?

In the case of a writer, it can refer to a publication house. In such a case, a writer can mention that their work is under publication by the said publisher.

11.    The copyright form states that – Para 1 – “In connection with this assignment the Author acknowledges that PPL will have the right to print, publish, create derivative works and sell the Work throughout the world, all rights in and to all revisions or versions or subsequent editions of the Work in all languages and media throughout the world.”

a.    When Perennials publishes and sells the work, will the author or artist be acknowledged?

Yes, due credit will be given to the author or artist, as the case may be, for her/his work on all occasions that it is used.

b.    Does this clause bind the author or artist with regard to future editions of the work?

The purpose of this clause is not to prohibit the author/artist from making any editions or revisions in the future. The article to which a copyright is provided is the one that Perennials will have the copyright to. This clause gives Perennials the rights to print and acknowledge the author/artists work in revisions, versions or subsequent editions of work, which means showcasing article or parts of the article at conferences, events, books, video books or featuring it in a Perennial Publications print publications, etc. Please note that in all these revisions, versions or subsequent launches, derivative works we will be acknowledging the author of the article.

12.    The copyright form in Para 2 states that – “I further warrant and represent that I have no financial interest in the subject matter of the Work or any affiliation with an organisation or entity with a financial interest in the subject matter of the Work.”

What does this clause refer to?

This clause is a declaration that post publication the author or her/his affiliation/organisation does not have any financial claim on the subject matter of the article i.e. the publication will not be liable to compensate the author or her/his affiliation or organisation in any manner if the article in question contains facts/figures/content that could have/had monetary value for the author/organisation. The clause absolves Perennials from all financial liabilities with regard to any claim, which the author or her/his affiliate organisation might have regarding the work in question.

13.    What will be the procedure to make payments for the editorial and publishing services?

Currently, the payments need to be made by NEFT or RTGS transactions into Perennials account, the details of which shall be shared individually with the authors.

14.    Is there a subscription facility?

There is a free subscription to the e-magazine available at the moment.

15.    How to register/log in on the website?

Currently we don’t have a registration/login system on the website.

16.   Why Publish with Perennials?

Perennials focus on fostering research and creativity. It intends to promote authors and artists and to achieve this goal, it provides the following benefits:

  • Editorial services from subject-matter and industry experts.
  • Minimal charges for publication and editorial service.
  • A platform that builds and displays work or literary portfolio for authors / artists (Perennials provides Author’s work to be showcased, by clicking on his/her profile. Also, search results on the basis of Author name display all work published by the Author on Perennials). 
  • Promoting and Marketing author’s work to receive maximum viewership.