Instructions for authors



Author Guidelines
Length of contributions

  • Research articles (6,000–12,000 words, including notes, and bibliography);  200–word abstract, list of keywords, and a note about the author
  • Research reports (up to 4,000 words)
  • Book Reviews (600–1,500 words)
  • Review Articles (up to 6,000 words)

The contributions should be submitted in MS Word. We use the following fonts and formatting:

  • Text: Times New Roman 11-point format (Chinese and Japanese characters 10,5 point)
  • Footnotes: Times New Roman 9-point format (Chinese and Japanese characters size 8,5 point)
  • Spacing: Single
  • Chinese Characters and Japanese Characters:  PMingLiU (10,5 and 8,5 respectively)
  • Korean: Batang
  • Middle Eastern, South Asian and Central Asian languages: Times Ind Uni
  • Linguistic papers: Doulos Sil and Phonetics



For articles submitted in English, the journal generally follows The Chicago Manual of Style (Humanities) for citations. Deviations from this style should be discussed with the editorial office prior to the submission of a paper. The journal provides proofreading (by a native English speaker) for free.

Points to pay attention to (Click for details):

  • Use a serial comma before “and” in a series, as in:
    China, Japan, and Korea.
  • Abbreviate inclusive numbers (except for years), using an en-dash (–) for the range:
    •   If the first number in the sequence is 1–99, 100, or multiples of 100, then use all digits for the second number in the sequence, such as:
      3–10, 96–117, 1100–1113  (not 1100-1113)
    • For year sequences, use all digits:
      1275–1286, 220 BCE–200 CE, 220–210 BCE.
  • We advise spelling out whole numbers from zero through one hundred and certain round multiples of those numbers.
    Thirty-two children
    a ninety-nine-year lease

    103 years old
    The population of our village now stands at 5,893. (CMS, 9.2)
  • Use an en-dash, not a hyphen, to mean “to,” as in “Ming–Qing transition.”
  • Periods and commas precede closing quotation marks, whether double or single, as in:
    Growing up, we always preferred to “bear those ills we have.”
    “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,” she replied.
    (CMS, 6.9)
  •  Colons and semicolons–unlike periods and commas–follow closing quotation marks, as in:
    Take, for example, the first line of “To a Skylark”: “Hail to thee, blithe spirit!” (CMS, 6.10)
  • Double quotation marks are preferable; single quotation marks are used only within the double quotation marks


Following Chicago Manual of Style we use two system of documentation: footnotes and a bibliography.

Footnotes (Click for details):

When the reference appears for the first time, we are using long citation in a note:

1. Newton N. Minow and Craig L. LaMay, Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future, 24–25.

When referring for the second time, only a shortened citation is used:

8. Minow and LaMay, Presidential Debates, 138.

List of References (Click for details):

Minow, Newton N., and Craig L. LaMay. Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.


Notes and Bibliography: Sample Citations (Click for details)

  1. Book (one author):

    1. James Smith, Pictorial India, 256.

    List of References:

    Smith, James. Pictorial India. London: Obscure Books Publishers, 1911.

  2. Book (more than one author):

    1. James Smith and Thomas Hobson, The Glory of India, 25.

    List of references:
    Smith, James, and Thomas Hobson. The Glory of India. London: Normans, 1926.

  3. Editor, translator, or compiler instead of author:


    1. Richmond Lattimore, trans., The Iliad of Homer, 91–92.
    2. Lattimore, Iliad, 24.

    List of References
    Lattimore, Richmond, trans. The Iliad of Homer. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1951.
  4. Article in a journal:

    1. Simon Rose, “Traveling with Smith and Hobson,” 15–17.

    List of References:
    1. Rose, Simon. “Traveling with Smith and Hobson.” Journal of Spiritual Studies 2, no.1 (1928): 12–38.
    (note: it is the first issue of the second volume)

  5. Article in an anthology or chapter in a book:

    1. Simon Rose, “Traveling with Smith and Hobson,” 15–17.

    List of References:

    Rose, Simon. “Traveling in India.” In India: An Anthology, edited by James Smith and Thomas Hobson, 111–65. London: Obscure Books Publishers, 1935.

  6.  Paper presented at a conference:

    1. Rachel Adelman, “‘Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On’: God’s Footstool in the Aramaic Targumim and Midrasnhic Tradition.”
    List of References:
    Adelman, Rachel. “‘Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On’: God’s Footstool in the Aramaic Targumim and Midrashic Tradition.” Paper presented at the annual meeting for the Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 21–24, 2009.
  7. Website:

    1.“Google Privacy Policy,” last modified March 11, 2009,

    List of References
    Google. “Google Privacy Policy.” Last modified March 11, 2009.


For more examples please see Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide.

Abbreviations in footnotes:

  • Ibid. – for reappearing reference (as in previous note) with different page number.  It must never be used if the preceding note contains more than one citation
  • Idem – is used when several works by the same person are cited successively
  • We discourage authors to use abbreviations, like: op. cit.loc. cit., and ff. (instead of concrete page numbers).

Authors using following languages should also follow more detailed style-sheets in pdf:

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Arabic


Peer-review Process

All research articles which fulfil the basic scholarly requirements (length of the article, footnotes, and substantial bibliography) are anonymously sent to two reviewers who are respected experts in a given field and are not part of the editorial office. The peer-review process usually takes 2-3 months (in some cases, however, it may take longer).

After receiving both reviews which either recommend the article without further revisions or with minor revisions, the editors will notify the author and anonymously make the comments available to the author.

In the case of two contradictory reviews, the editors will find the third reviewer.

In the case the reviewers suggest major revisions, the author will be asked to rewrite the article and resubmit for the peer-review process again.

Books reviews and review articles are not peer-reviewed.


Submission Preparation Checklist

Before submitting your manuscript please check submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Submission file is in MS Word. If the manuscript contains special glyphs or formatting, contributors are requested to attach a pdf file thereof.
  2. Text is single-spaced; uses 11-point font for text and 9-point font for footnotes; employs italics, rather than underlining or bold text; and all the illustrations, figures and tables are labeled and placed in the text.
  3. The style of the submission has followed the style of the journal.
  4. The contributor by submitting states that the content is original research and has not been previously published.
  5. The contributor has read and agrees with conditions for publications, especially with the Copyright Notice.


Copyright Notice

The published content is property of the journal and its publisher, the Oriental Institute. The content cannot be freely distributed, unless the publisher gives a permission to publish limited content or part of the content to promote the journal.


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