Author Guidelines


Journal of International Buddhist Studies College  (JIBSC) is published in June and December by International Buddhist Studies College, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University. The Journal features articles and research notes/articles in the fields of Buddhist Studies and integration of Buddhism with humans and society. Its aim is to encourage and disseminate scholarly contributions by the University's faculty members and researchers. Well researched, innovative works by other scholars are welcome. A review committee consisting of academic exports in the relevant fields will screen all manuscripts, and the editorial board reserves the right to recommend revision / alteration, if necessary, before their final acceptance for publication Journal of International Buddhist Studies College  (JIBSC) publishes material in the following three categories:

  1.Research Articles (3,000–7,500 words)

  2.Academic Articles (4,000-7,500 words)

  3.Book Reviews (1,200-1,500)

 Research & Academic Articles

 Research and Academic Articles will present original research in any of the areas under the journal's list of Subject Classifications. Contributors are welcome to contact the editors beforehand to discuss proposals or for guidance regarding the sorts of topics which are suitable for publication in the journal. Research articles will be subject to double blind peer review by appropriate members of the editorial board or external evaluators selected at the editors' discretion. Papers should generally be no longer than 7,500 words (inclusive of footnotes, bibliography and notes on contributors), unless permission for a longer submission has been granted in advance by the editors.

 Book Reviews

 As appropriate, the journal will publish reviews of various materials addressing issues which are included under the journal's Subject Classifications. Typical length 1,200–1,500. Longer reviews of over 5,000 may be published as Review Essays at the discretion of the book review editor and the general editors. Publishers or others wishing to have books, audio tapes, videotapes, software or other publications in any media reviewed should send copies for consideration to the book review editor.

 Submission Guidelines

 All submissions should be preceded by a header on a separate page containing the title of the manuscript, the name(s) of the author(s), any affiliations, mail and email addresses, and telephone numbers. The header should be formatted as in the following example:

 a) Title: Title of Submission

 b) Author(s): A.N. Author

 c) Word length: 6,500 words

 d) Date of submission: 1 November 1994

 e) Address:

  Name of Institution

  Name of Department

  Full Postal Address

  Email Address

  Telephone Number


Please include an abstract of no more than 300 words after the header, as well several keywords. Authors should anonymize the body of their manuscript, removing references to themselves in the text as well as document metadata. If it is unclear what is entailed, please consult the journal editors. If you have used a special diacritic font please give the name (e.g., Indic Transliterator, CS Bitstream Charter, etc). For transliteration issues, see the JIBS Style Guide, below.


Note: authors of accepted manuscripts assign to the Journal of International Buddhist Studies the right to publish the text both electronically and in any other format and to make it available permanently in an electronic archive.




Guidelines for "special focus" sections


We welcome proposals for special themed sections (akin to special issues) that address the journal's scope and focus. Special focus sections appear within the general volume of the year in which they are published but are grouped under their own heading and usually include a substantive introduction by the guest editor(s). All submissions with be peer reviewed individually in the normal way, and the Editors reserve the right to reject some articles and accept others. Proposals for special sections should be made to the managing editor ( by email and should include as attachments:


A proposal by the guest editor(s) outlining the significance of the themes and issues covered and demonstrating the intellectual coherence of the various contributions in relation to those themes and issues (700-1,000 words).

A complete set of the proposed articles, including abstracts and keywords. Contributions should conform to the journal's house style, as detailed in the Style Guide below. When the proposal is provisionally accepted, the next step is for all essays, including the introductory essay, to be submitted for blind review. These should be made directly to the editors using the online submission system. The introductory essay should not only de-identify the author of the essay itself, but identities of all the contributors should be hidden by using designations such as ‘Author 1’, ‘Author 2’, etc. At this stage, the guest editor should also provide the managing editor by email with a list of two recommended referees for each submission. As guest-editor(s), it is understood that you will:

Solicit and vet articles for relevance for consideration in the special focus section.

Recommend two referees per article to meet the standards of the journal's double-blind peer review process. The Editors reserve the right to choose alternative reviewers.

 Undertake the majority of contributor liaison, including advising authors of review outcomes and necessary revisions.

Check revised articles to ensure quality and that authors have addressed referee concerns.

Edit articles to ensure that they generally comply with the house style. Final copy-editing and proofing of the issue will be undertaken by members of the editorial team, but it is the responsibility of the guest editor to ensure the overall quality and consistent formatting of articles.

Provide a substantial introduction for the special issue (at least 2,000–3,000 words, ranging up to a maximum of 7.500 words).

After publication of the special focus section, the names of guest editors will appear on the home page of the current issue as well as in the journal archive.