JIBS, Buddhist Journal, Buddhist Studies


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.

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

Checklist for Preparing Submissions

Authors submitting to the Journal of International Buddhist Studies(JIBS) must 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.  Organize your manuscript into clear sections, including an introduction, methodology, results and discussion, conclusion, acknowledgments, and references.
       9.  Include any necessary high-quality figures and tables relevant to your manuscript's content.
       10. Provide accurate and complete references following the footnote reference style guide.
       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 exclusively accepts articles written in English. English manuscripts should utilize the "Times New Roman" font with a font size of 12-point, following the JIBS template. Research article manuscripts, including references, should not exceed a total length of 7,500 words. Review papers have more flexibility in format and length, typically less than 7,500 words, including references. It is important to note that English articles from corresponding non-native English speakers authors should include a supplemental document verifying that a qualified native English speaker or an authorized organization has proofread the article. All four types of manuscripts should 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, review article, short communication, or case report.
       4. A request to suggest suitable reviewers for the research, providing their names, affiliations, and email addresses.

Author's Ethical Responsibilities

       1. Originality and Plagiarism: Authors are responsible for ensuring the originality of their work and must confirm that it has not been published previously. Any plagiarism, including the unauthorized use of content from other sources without appropriate citation, is strictly prohibited.
        2. Authorship: It is crucial to accurately attribute authorship and acknowledge the contributions of all individuals who have made significant contributions to the research. All individuals meeting the criteria for authorship should be listed as authors, while contributions that do not meet the criteria should be appropriately acknowledged.
        3. Data Integrity: Authors must present precise and dependable data in their manuscripts. Data manipulation, fabrication, or selective reporting is unacceptable and goes against ethical research practices.
        4. Conflict of Interest: Authors must disclose any financial or personal relationships that could potentially impact the interpretation of their research findings or create conflicts of interest. This includes acknowledging funding sources and affiliations that might introduce biases to the work. Full transparency regarding potential conflicts of interest is essential for maintaining the integrity and credibility of the research.
        5. Human and Animal Subjects: Authors must adhere to ethical guidelines and secure the requisite approvals from the appropriate ethical review boards for studies involving human or animal subjects. Participants must obtain informed consent, and measures should be taken to safeguard their privacy and confidentiality.
        6. Acknowledgment of Sources: Authors are responsible for giving proper recognition to the work of others, which includes appropriately citing previous studies and relevant sources. It is essential to obtain permission to use copyrighted material and ensure proper attribution is provided.
        7. Peer Review Process: Authors must respect the review process by providing reviewers with accurate and comprehensive information. Responding to reviewers' comments and suggestions professionally and transparently is essential, and addressing them with diligence and transparency.
        8. Errors and Corrections: In identifying significant errors or inaccuracies in a published work, authors are ethically obligated to promptly notify the journal editor and collaborate in issuing necessary corrections or retractions.
        9. Publication Misconduct: Authors are expected to uphold the highest standards of publication ethics and avoid engaging in publication misconduct, such as citation manipulation, duplicate publications, or simultaneous submissions to multiple journals.
       10. Compliance with Ethical Guidelines: Authors must follow and abide by the ethical guidelines pertinent to their research field or study design, including those set forth by professional associations or regulatory bodies. By adhering to these guidelines, authors uphold the principles of integrity, transparency, and responsible conduct in their research and scholarly endeavors.

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.


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