Author Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted as e-mail attachments to the editors.

  1. The JIABS publishes articles concerning all areas of Buddhism, and lays emphasis on original research based on primary sources.
  2. Articles being submitted may not have been previously published, and if they are under consideration for publication in another journal, this must be specifically declared to the JIABS editors.
  3. Articles may be submitted in English, French or German. Submissions in German and French must include an English abstract. Authors are responsible for the linguistic quality of their submissions, and contributions by experts not writing in their native tongue must have undergone copy editing by a native speaker.
  4. Files being submitted must be in Microsoft Word, RTF or OpenDocument Text (ODT) format and include a reference bibliography. A PDF file of the article and bibliography (as a single file) should also be provided.
  5. Files being submitted must be encoded in a Unicode (UTF-8) font, preferably Gandhari Unicode. The ALA-LC Romanization Tables are to be followed for romanized passages in Sanskrit, Pāli and Tibetan. Japanese is to be romanized according to the modified Hepburn system as found in Kenkyusha's New Japanese-English Dictionary (3rd and later editions). For further details, please refer to the ALA-LC specifications. Chinese may be romanized according to either Wade-Giles or Pinyin.
  6. For emphasis, italics are to be used rather than underlining (which is to be reserved for URL addresses). All illustrations, figures and tables should be placed at the appropriate point in the text rather than at the end.
  7. Footnotes rather than end notes are to be used.
  8. The bibliography is to be complete and formally consistent according to a bibliographical convention of the author's choice. References to publications in the text and in the footnotes are to be given in author-year format (e.g. "Svapna 1992: 124", "Murkhajana 2001: 125, n.2").