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  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 16-point TH-SarabunPSK font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and references requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • For citations and references follow APA7th edition.

The Journal of International Buddhist Studies College (JIBSC) is published in June and December by the Buddhist Research Institute of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University. The journal features articles and research in the fields of Buddhist studies and the integration of Buddhism with humans and society. It aims 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 experts in the relevant fields will screen all manuscripts, and the editorial board reserves the right to recommend revision or alteration, if necessary, before their final acceptance for publication The 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

Research and 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 that 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 that are included under the journal's subject classifications. Typical length is 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: November 1, 2021.

e) Address:

 Name of Institution

 Name of Department

 Full Postal Address

 Email Address

 Telephone Number

Please include an abstract of no more than 400 words after the header, as well as 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 are assigned to the Journal of International

Buddhist Studies College has 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 heading and usually include a substantive introduction by the guest editor(s). All submissions will 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 ([email protected]) by email and should be included 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 rather than using the online submission system. The introductory essay should not only de-identify the author of the essay itself but the 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 proofreading 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.

Book Review Policy

Reviewers are generally chosen by the editor. Scholars who are interested in reviewing books that are listed on the book review page without a specified reviewer or who wish to review a book not currently listed should contact the book review editor. While the JIBS does accept unsolicited book reviews and is open to receiving curriculum vitae from potential reviewers, the decision to print reviews or to use particular reviewers' reviews rests Solely with the JIBS Reviews will communicate to specialists and non-specialists the scope of the book's content, assess its major points and contributions, and provide a reasoned judgment of its worth. In keeping with the proper scholarly method, any critique should be directed at an author's work. Reviews that contain materials considered to be directed towards an author's character or that are considered to be potentially libelous will be rejected. The JIBSC will be the final arbiter in all cases. When you have agreed to review a volume for us, please discuss a realistic submission date with the book review editor. The JIBSC aims to publish book reviews within three months of receiving the volume under review. We realize that this is not always possible, but it has proven to be a good rule of thumb. Occasionally, reviews may have to be reassigned or dropped. Reviews that do not meet the JIBS's professional standards or that fail to conform to conditions agreed upon by the reviewer and editor will be rejected. All such decisions are at the sole discretion of the JIBSC. Reviews may be of any length; however, they will typically not be less than 1,000 words or more than 5,000. Many reviewers find a length of 1,500 to 2,500 words about right. Reviews of more than 5,000 words will be considered review articles and screened by both the book review editor and the general editors of the JIBSC. After your review has been copyedited, it will be returned to you for final proofreading. Please be especially careful when proofreading any transliterations in your review. We ask that, before you submit a review to our editors, you ensure that Sanskrit and Japanese words are in the JIBSC's transliteration format (see Journal Style Guide below). Please do not submit drafts, incomplete articles, or reviews. While minor changes are permitted during final proofreading, JIBSC policy does not allow changes to an article after it has been published on the site.

Avoid footnotes if at all possible. Please use italics for emphasis. Double-space between paragraphs. Your review may be submitted in plain text, rich text format, HTML, or as an attachment. We prefer to receive attachments in Microsoft Word format, but other popular formats are acceptable. The review should be submitted to the book review editor. Publishers: You may wish to contact one of the JIBSC's editors before sending us books for review. Books received unsolicited may not be reviewed and will not be returned to the sender.

All technical terms in Buddhist languages, except proper names, will be italicized. Decisions regarding the technical terms in Buddhist languages will be made by the book review editor in the case of book reviews and the general editors in the case of articles. Authors should direct queries about technical terms to the above individuals and not the JIBSC copy editors.


Sanskrit and Pali: concerning Sanskrit and Pali terms, transliterations will follow the forms in the Sanskrit-English Dictionary by Monier-Williams, the Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary by Edgerton, and the Pali-English Dictionary by Rhys Davids and Stede.

1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

2. The submission file is in Open Office, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

4. The text uses a 12-point font; employs italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points rather than at the end.

5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which are found in About the Journal.

6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

2. Authors can enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.

3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) before and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work

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