Journal : Indian Church History Review

The Indian Church History Review (ICHR) is a platform to publish studies on Christianity in India. The first volume of ICHR was published in 1967. This was preceded by the “Bulletin of Church History Association of India.”

ICHR is published by the Church History Association of India twice in a year.

Dr. Jose Kalapura, SJ, Executive Editor

Dr. Joan Dias, Dr. Leonard Fernando, SJ, Review Editors

Dr. Jetti A. Oliver (Ex-officio)

Dr. George Oommen (Ex-officio)

Dr. Francis Thonippara (Ex-officio)

All members of CHAI get a copy of the Indian Church History Review

Outside India subscribers of ICHR may remit US $ 20.00 or Euro 16.00 or its equivalent in Indian Rupees to:

Fr. Dr. Francis Thonippara, Business Manager, CHAI, Dharmaram College, Bangalore 560 029, India Email:

For membership apply online or write to General Secretary, CHAI:

Rev. Dr. George Oommen, New Theological College, Sahastradhara Road, Kulhan P.O., Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248 001, India Email:

Editorial correspondence should be addressed to Executive Editor, ICHR:

Fr. Dr. Jose Kalapura, SJ, St. Xavier’s College, Digha Ghat P.O., Patna 800 011, India Email:

Articles, comments, book reviews ( and advertisements are solicited.

ICHR Article Writing Style: Guidelines

ICHR being a history journal, follows the classical history style (as different from Sociological or Anthropological styles). At the same time, with the increasing use of computer processing available now in modern times, we would have some modifications as followed by some standard journals or publishers. Kindly follow the following format for style.

Notes and References
  • Unlike the traditional history style, we would follow endnotes (instead of the footnotes). Footnotes should be numbered continuously for the whole paper (not per page).
  • In all styles consistency is the rule.


  • If there is a separate bibliography, the book list should have author’s surname or initials first (separated by a comma) and first name later. Here the classical system should be used, under which the name of the author, title of the book, publisher’s name, place of publication, year of publication will come in that order.
  • Since most of the articles in ICHR may not have a separate bibliography, all the details of the books, documents, manuscripts and articles should be entered within the Notes and References. In this case, for references to printed books, the name of the author should be in this order: first name and surname or initials later. Try to avoid other titles (Mr. , Mrs., Miss, Fr. Br. Prof. etc). But ‘Swami’ can be used as a prefix wherever applicable.
  • (For example: P. V. Kane, History of Dharmashastra, 2nd ed. II. 2, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Poona, 1974, p. 210. )
  • Name of the book or journal should be italicized (not underlined, as in the days of typewriting); edition or volume should be added. Page number should be p. for page and pp. for pages.

Articles from edited books:

  • Name of the author: name first and surname or initials second.
  • The title of the article in double quotes (not in italics) followed by (in-the name of the author/s (ed/s), name of the book in italics, (edition no. if any, publisher, place of publication, year of publication, p/pp., etc.
  • (For example: B. D. Chattopadhyaya, “Early Memorial Stones of Rajasthan, A Preliminary Analysis of their Inscriptions,” in S. Settar & Gunthar D. Sonrtheimer (eds), Memorial Stones: A Study of their Origin, Significance and Variety, IIAH, Karnataka University, Dharwad and South Asian Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 1982, pp. 139 – 49.

Articles from Journals:

  • Name of the author: name first and surname or initials second.
  • The title of the article in double quotes (not in italics) followed by (in– name of the journal (in italics), volume, year of publication, no., and p/pp, etc.
  • (For example: Ravinder Kumar, “Jawarhal Nehru, the Indian National Congress and the anti-Fascist Struggle 1939−45” in The Indian Historical Review (IHR), XI, 1 – 2, July 1984-January 1985, pp. 97 – 110.
  • Well-known abbreviations for journals (ex. ICHR-Indian Church History Review, JASB-Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, IHR-Indian Historical Review, Proceedings IHC-Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, etc. could be used. There is no need of full stops in between for the abbreviated words: ex. ICHR (not I. C. H. R.), However, if abbreviations are used for a document there should be full stop, followed by capital letters: ex Shatapatha Brahmana (Sat. Brh).


  • Citations from English manuscript/archival records should include a) library and shell reference (followed by a comma); 2) title of the manuscript (followed by a comma); c) number of the manuscript (followed by a comma); d) volume (if needed, followed by a comma); and e) page number or folio number.
  • (For example: India Office Library (may be abbreviated after the first use), Lytton Papers, MSS Eur. E 218, Vol. 518/2, pp. 124f. ) Or, Br. Mus., Gladstone Papers, Add MSS 54228, fos. 120 – 2.
  • In the case of manuscripts and documents, status of the referenced material could be indicated: such as, ‘unpublished’, ‘correspondence’, ‘Mission reports’, ‘memoirs’, ‘interview’, etc., with dates and particulars, if necessary.
  • In the case of repetitions of the title of the book, manuscript, document, or journal, the title can be appropriately abbreviated to save space, after the first use in full form. If done so, it should be indicated in the first use. For example, The Indus Civilization: A Contemporary Perspective (hereinafter, Indus Civilization) may be indicated within brackets when it appears for the first time. Thereafter, the abbreviated form can be used/repeated.

Some other Details:

  • Since computer processing offers greater facility for data entry, repeat the full reference wherever necessary and try to avoid the short forms such as opus citus (op. cit.) or locus citus (loc. cit.). But ibidem (ibid.) may be used.
  • Dates should be written in the form: 1947 AD or 15 August, 1947 AD or 334 BC. If the date is not specific, use 1950s (not the 1950s). For use of centuries: mid-fifteenth century, or mid-15th century.
  • Years of AD should be in ascending order: 1780 – 90 AD; years for BC should follow in descending order: 340 – 310 BC
  • For centennial duration it is 1890 – 1920; for decadal duration, it is 1880 – 94; for annual duration it is 1890 – 4
  • All citations have to be accredited with proper references.
  • Citation from authors or texts of more than two lines in length should be indented without quotation marks.
  • Citation of two or les than two lines should be within double quotations and a phrase or text quotation within the double quotations should be in single quotes.
  • Deleting words or a text within a paragraph should be indicated with three (dots)… and if the whole text ends with the deleted part it should end with four (dots)….

August 2009
Dr. Jose Kalapura, SJ
Executive Editor,
Indian Church History Reveiw