1. Contributors are encouraged to write about concepts/institutions that are unique to India.
Some terms which are commonly used (panchayat, lakh, crore, Planning Commission etc.) may be very clear to Indian policy makers but because they are either indigenous concepts or institutions, they may not be understood by the international community or by non-government economists / general public. Some terms (eg PPP, inclusive growth etc.) may be used all over the world but what is understood in the Indian context may be different from what is understood from text books/websites of international bodieslike IMF etc. In order to reduce ambiguity and bring about transparency in the use of terms, writers may like to contribute to Arthapedia.
2. How to determine uniqueness of the word /concept to India?
Has the term been defined in any reputed economics dictionary or in the glossary of any publication of UN/IMF / World Bank organizations? Does the term have the same connotation as the one used in policy making divisions ofIndian Government? If not, it could be included.
3. How do I begin?
To begin with, the contributor can either choose from the request list that is appearing on this website or can look at various chapters of the Economy Survey /11th Plan document /Ministry’s Annual report and accordingly select terms.Before writing on the concept, kindly use the search option to check whether an entry already exists for that concept in Arthapedia.
4. Contributing additional information to a word that is already on the portal
This is a collaborative exercise of all IES officers. When a person’s contribution is accepted by the editorial board, it is uploaded. Subsequently if any other person contributes additional information, the board will consider it and suitably incorporate it by requesting an Assistant Editor to draft out the additional information in such a way that it reads well with the original contribution.
5. Should words/concepts be illustrated with examples, pictures/graphs or calculations?
Yes, this will bring greater clarity in understanding the concept. However it is not advisable to merely copy a graph or a table from another web site. Instead the source may be given as a link for further reference.
6. Citing of sources
Sources / references may be given at the end of the write-up.
7. Contacting the Editorial Board
The Editorial Board will send you the feedback on your write up / request by email for further clarification within 7 working days of submission of concept. Contents will appear on the website only after Editorial Board approves the same. To contact Editorial Board, please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. How the credit will be given to contributors?
A link will appear against the contribution which takes the reader to the profile page of the contributor(s) in the IES Database. All IES officers are requested to fill up this page for ready reference. The names of all contributors and editors are stored in “view history”.
9. What standards are to be adopted while writing on the concept?
The users of Arthapedia are spread across the world and engaged in varied professions. They could be policymakers, journalists, economists, researchers, critics, officials, diplomats or any interested citizens. This underscores the point that one user/reader, while reading the contents is influenced by his/her professional objective, perspective and language as used in his / her respective country and profession. Hence the content, style of language and vocabulary used has to be precise.
Writers should respect each other while editing / adding to the content of the concepts and professional courtesy is expected.
10. General instructions on writing the concept
- Arranging in Sections (meaning of the concept, its origin / historical context, the legal framework under which it operates, the uniqueness of the term with respect to international usage etc.) facilitates standardized approach and enables authors not to miss any point as much as help readers to navigate better.
- If any information is not available, that is not a constraint; rather it is an opportunity to invite knowledgeable people from that domain to fill up information gaps.
- It must be possible for readers to verify all content against credible external sources. Hence citations and references are encouraged.
- If possible, graphs / pictures can be inserted to explain the concept. However they may not be copied in its entirety from another website.
- See the Help in the navigation bar for getting any technical help in writing or editing the concept, uploading pictures, inserting a web-link etc.
- The name of the contributor and year of entry into service must be given
The contributor should ensure that no copyright has been infringed upon.