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Instructions to Authors

Please note that the journal now requires authors to complete their copyright licence to publish form online

The Journal will be published three times annually. Each issue will contain approximately six articles, plus book reviews and occasional review articles and reports on work in progress.

General correspondence should be sent to Jessica Frazier or the relevant editor at:
The Journal of Hindu Studies
The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
Oxford 0X1 3AE
Tel: +44 (0)1865 304300
Fax: +44 (0)1865 304301
Email: jhs@oxfordjournals.com
Web: www.jhs.oxfordjournals.org


Manuscripts must be submitted online. Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions below please visit the online submission web site . Instructions on submitting your manuscript online can be viewed here .

Submissions are considered for publication on the understanding that the author offers the Journal of Hindu Studies an exclusive option for publication. Submission of a paper will be taken to imply that it is unpublished, and articles (including notes and studies) submitted for publication should embody original research or critical study and should not be under simultaneous consideration for publication elsewhere, either in the same or in another form.
The editors reserve the right to make editorial changes but will not make major changes without the author’s approval.
The author’s full contact details must appear on the text. Articles should ideally be between 2500 and 10,000 words. An abstract of 100-150 words should additionally be provided at the beginning of the article, and authors should also provide a brief autobiography of approximately 100 words.

Scripts must be carefully checked for typographical and factual accuracy before submission, with special care taken for in checking references and quotations, transcription, accents and spelling. Texts must use English as their primary language. If diacritical fonts are used, Times New Roman or a ‘Sanskrit’ font is preferred, and the author should include information specifying which fonts/packages have been used. If the text is accepted for publication, the author may be required to submit a version in a specified font.
Endnotes are preferred over footnotes, and should be kept to a minimum with parentheses in the text preferred. Relevant illustrations are welcomed, and it is the author’s responsibility to obtain full permission to reproduce the material, and to provide suitable numbered captions with details and acknowledgements. Images on disk can be accepted in Adobe PhotoShop compatible formats. We can accept CD-ROMs. Figures must be saved as high resolution TIFF files (at least 300 pixels per inch for photographs, and 1200 pixels per inch for black and white line drawings).

Please note that all sanskrit words should be italicised unless they are names either of people or of schools of thought such as Yoga, Samkhya, Nyaya, Mimamsa, Vaisesika, Vedanta, Carvaka. This does not apply to titles and abstracts.


References cited should follow the model below:

  • Books (Author. Year. Title . Place: Publisher) eg: Smith, R. J. 1961. Thought and Psychology . New York: Norton.
  • Articles (Author. Year. Title of article. Title of journal , Volume no. , page numbers) eg: Wolf, R. 1986. Attacks on peripheral values. Western Affairs Journal , 3 , 3–24.
  • Chapters in books (Author. Year. Title of chapter. In Author of book. Title of book . Place: Publisher, page numbers) eg: Smith, M. 1990. Merging tasks, simplified. In V. Chew (ed.) Simplified stable merging tasks . New York: Wiley, pp. 108-37.
  • Textual references should follow the format: (Smith 1994), Smith (1994), or Smith (1994, p.124).


In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here .


Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Offprints can be ordered via the Author Services site when you confirm your copyright licence.

Open Access

Journal of Hindu Studies authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Journal of Hindu Studies can use the following Creative Commons licence for their articles:
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

• Regular charge - £1600/$2550/€2100

• Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £800/$1275/€1050

• Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries).

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.

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