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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • 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 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Authors must carefully consider and diligently adhere to these ethical guidelines as they play a crucial role in upholding their research and scholarly publications' integrity, credibility, and trustworthiness. By following these guidelines, authors contribute to the scientific community's overall quality and reliability, ensuring their work's transparency and ethical conduct.

Submission Guidelines

Please follow the online submission guidelines to submit your manuscript to the Journal of International Buddhist Studies (JIBS). Begin by visiting the JIBS registration page at Register and carefully follow the step-by-step instructions for creating an account and uploading your files. It is important to note that the manuscript source files used for the review process will also be required for further processing upon acceptance.

All communication regarding your submission, including the editor's decision and requests for revisions, will be conducted via email and your author's homepage. This streamlined online submission process eliminates the need for traditional paper-based correspondence, resulting in a more efficient and convenient manuscript submission and review system.

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:

  1.  Title: Title of Submission
  2.  Author(s): A.N. Author
  3.  Word length: XXXX words
  4.  Date of submission: 1 November 1994
  5.  Address:

  Name of Institution

  Name of Department

  Full Postal Address

  Email Address

  Telephone Number

Please include an abstract of no more than 250 words after the header and several keywords. Authors should anonymize the body of their manuscript, removing references to themselves in the text and 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.).

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have thoroughly checked the submission preparation checklist provided by the Journal of International Buddhist Studies. This checklist serves as a guide to ensure your manuscript adheres to the journal's guidelines. Please take the following steps:

Checklist for Submission Requirements

Authors submitting to the Journal of International Buddhist Studies(JIBS) are required to adhere to a submission preparation checklist to ensure their manuscript meets the journal's guidelines. Authors must:

       1. Familiarize yourself with the journal's focus and scope to ensure the suitability of your manuscript.
       2. Use the Microsoft Word template provided to format your manuscript.
       3. Consider important factors such as publication ethics, research ethics, copyright, authorship, figure formats, data, and reference formatting.
       4. Confirm that all authors have approved the content of the manuscript.
       5. Ensure that your manuscript has not been previously published or is currently under consideration by another journal.
       6. Write your manuscript in clear and concise English, paying attention to proper grammar and spelling.
       7. Include an abstract of no more than 250 words and up to 3-5 keywords that accurately reflect the content of your manuscript.
       8. Ensure your manuscript is structured with clear sections: introduction, methodology, results and discussion, conclusion, acknowledgments, and references. To keep your readers engaged, emphasize the importance of the research problem in the concluding remarks of the introduction. This strategy will maintain the reader's interest from start to finish.
       9. Include any necessary high-quality figures and tables relevant to your manuscript's content.
       10. Provide accurate and complete references following the Chicago Style (17th edition).
       11. Include any necessary acknowledgments and funding information.
       12. Double-check that all submitted files are complete, error-free, and in the correct format.
       13. Review the submission preparation checklist to ensure compliance with all requirements before submitting your manuscript for consideration in the Journal of International Buddhist Studies.

Formatting Guidelines for Manuscripts

JIBS journal only accepts articles written in English. English manuscripts should use the "Times New Roman" font with a font size of 12-point. Research article manuscripts, including references, should not exceed a total length of 8,000 words. Review papers have more flexibility in format and length, typically being less than 7,500 words, including references. It is important to note that English articles from corresponding authors who are non-native English speakers should include a supplemental document verifying that a qualified native English speaker or an allowed organization has proofread the article. All manuscripts must be submitted as five separate files.
       1. Cover letter file
       2. Main manuscript file (Microsoft Word document)
       3. Ethical approval letter (optional)
       4. English approval letter (optional)
       5. Supplement data (optional)

Cover letter

Submission of a cover letter from the corresponding author is mandatory, wherein it is required to assure that the article has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. The cover letter should include the following information:
       1. A concise summary of the study.
       2. A statement confirming that all authors have read and approved the final version of the manuscript before submission to the journal.
       3. A clear specification of the article type, such as research article, or academic article.
       4. A request to suggest suitable reviewers for the research, providing their names, affiliations, and email addresses.

Journal Style Guide

 General guidelines

Foreign languages

All technical terms in Buddhist languages, except proper names, will be italicized. The general editors will make decisions regarding the technical terms in Buddhist languages in the case of articles. Authors should direct queries about technical terms to the above individuals and not the JIBS 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. The form of transliteration used is as follows:

  • Long vowels appear with a macron (e.g., ā, ī, ō, ū)
  • Consonantal diacritics are underlined; thus, retroflex consonants are written as r t th d dh n m s
  • visarga is written as h
  • The palatal n that takes a diacritic is: ñ
  • The two sibilant consonants are written as s and ś
  • The guttural nasal is written .n
  •  The danda is written |
  • The Wylie system of Tibetan transliteration requires no diacritical marks. Chinese can be Romanized by either the pinyin or Wade-Giles system. Japanese need only macrons for Romanization, which can be treated as indicated above for Sanskrit. Diacritical marks are used where applicable for all technical terms, group names (e.g., Sōka Gakkai), and other names. Foreign technical terms also appear in italics. Neither diacritical marks nor italics are used for terms accepted into English and other Western languages (e.g., samsara, Pali). For consistency, diacritical marks should appear in direct quotations even if they are not original. Submission Preparation Checklist As part of the submission process, authors must check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors who do not adhere to these guidelines.

Types of Published Articles

Journal of International Buddhist Studies (JIBS) is published by the Buddhist Research Institute of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in June and December. The Journal features research articles and academic articles in the field of Buddhist Studies. It aims to foster dialogue and exchange of ideas among Buddhist scholars and practitioners worldwide. It serves as a platform for disseminating innovative and impactful research, promoting academic rigor and intellectual growth within Buddhist studies. 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/alteration, if necessary, before their final acceptance for publication. The Journal of International Buddhist Studies (JIBS) publishes articles in the following two categories:

  1. Research Article (6,000–8,000 words)
  2. Academic Article (4,000-7,500 words)


report original research findings in Buddhist studies such as Buddhist philosophy, history, scriptures, practices, rituals, meditation, ethics, and the application of Buddhist teachings in contemporary contexts. The research article needs to have a clear research questionmethodologyresults, and conclusion. It should also have a simple and brief discussion about the research findings, their importance, and how they contribute to the relevant field of study. The entire length of the manuscript, including references, should not be more than 8000 words.

Academic Articles

provide a thorough examination of existing literature on a particular topic within Buddhist studies and social sciences, humanities, and other related fields. These articles critically analyze and combine the information from various sources, identify areas where knowledge is lacking, and propose future directions for research. Review articles have more flexibility in terms of format and length compared to research articles. Typically, they are shorter than 7,500 words, including references.

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