Royal Asiatic Society

The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (JRAS)

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Daud Ali
The Department of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
820 Williams Hall
255 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305


JRAS Admin
Matty Bradley
Royal Asiatic Society
14 Stephenson Way


Please send all book review enquiries to Matty Bradley at the above address.

The Society has published a printed serial publication since the 1820s. Publication continued uninterrupted throughout the two World Wars of the 20th Century. The present form of the journal is known as the JRAS Third Series; it is published in conjunction with Cambridge University Press and was begun in 1990. In 2001 the Journal went online although we continued, and continue, to produce a paper edition. In 2007 it expanded from three issues per year to four issues per year.

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More detail about the Journal, its content and how to submit work is available, see below.

About the Journal

The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society is a double-peer-refereed quarterly Journal of international acclaim with universities and other scholarly institutions throughout America, Europe, India, Australia and the Far East subscribing to us.  We publish four times a year and our remit is extensive, covering the entire length and breadth of Asia from earliest historical times up until the 1980s and, as we publish material from a variety of disciplines – history, art history, linguistics and religious studies – we can provide a well-tailored platform for the publication of research that itself takes a multi-disciplinary approach.

In recent years we have published special issues annually and the majority of these have been on pan-Asian topics. In January 2010 we published ‘Romanisation in Comparative Perspective’; we followed this with ‘Isna ʻAshari and Ismaʻili Shiʻism from South Asia to the Indian Ocean’ and two issues on international trade in the pre-modern and early-modern periods, ‘Textiles as Money on the Silk Road’ and ‘Perfumery and Ritual in Asia’. Along with these new editorial initiatives we have expanded the number of pages within the Journal and, through our publishing partner CUP, also embarked on online publication in advance of print publication (First View).

The Journal awards three prizes on a bi-annual basis for exceptional articles. The Barwis Holliday Award for an article on an East Asian Topic, The Staunton Prize for an article by a new scholar and and the Boyce Award for articles on an Asian religion.



The Society has published a printed serial publication since the 1820s. Publication continued uninterrupted throughout the two World Wars of the last century and during the twentieth century we published the seminal article by Chadwick on Linear B and also Charles Beckingham’s article on Prester John. Professor Beckingham was editor of the Journal during the 1980s. During the 1990s up until the turn of the millennium the Journal developed a particular sensitivity for Mongol affairs while Professor David Morgan was editor. Professor Sarah Ansari succeeded him in 2001 and edited the Journal until 2021. During her editorship our circulation has expanded, we have appointed an international editorial board, we have become available on JSTOR, and we have launched two of Journal’s prizes the Staunton and the Boyce, joining the Barwis Holliday Award which was initiated in the early 1970s. Academic publishing has changed unrecognisably in the last 15 years and the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society prides itself on keeping pace with change.


International Editorial Board

Professor Muzaffar Alam
University of Chicago, USA

Professor Seema Alavi
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

Professor Jere Bacharach
University of Washington , USA

Professor Timothy Barrett
SOAS, University of London, UK

Professor Edhem Eldem
Boğaziçi University, Turkey

Professor Carl Ernst
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Professor Richard Gombrich
University of Oxford, UK

Professor Andrew Gordon
Harvard University, USA

Professor Edmund Herzig
University of Oxford, UK

Professor Sepp Linhart
University of Vienna, Austria

Professor Rana Mitter
University of Oxford, UK

Professor Tariq Rahman
Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan

Professor Anthony Reid

Professor Richard G. Salomon
University of Washington, USA

Professor Oktor Skjaervo
Harvard University, USA

Professor Nancy Steinhardt
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Professor Roel Stercx
University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Wang Gungwu
National University , Singapore

Professor Muhammad Q. Zaman
Princeton University, USA

Journal Editorial Board

(appointed until end December in the year shown)


Dr Andrea Acri (2026)

Dr Ismail Alatas (2024)

Professor Blain Auer (2025)

Dr Evrim Binbas (2027)

Dr Jaimee Comstock-Skipp (2028)

Professor R Michael Feener (2027)

Professor Finbar Barry Flood (2026)

Dr Arthur Dudney (2027)

Professor Peter Frankopan (2024)

Dr Aparna Kapadia (2024)

Professor Timothy May (2025)

Professor F C R Robinson (2025)

Dr Taylor Sherman (2026)

Dr Wang Shih-pe (2024)

Dr Weipin Tsai (2026)

Professor Nancy Um (2026)


The President and Director (ex officio)


Editor Emerita

Professor Sarah Ansari

How to submit to the Journal

The editorial team has an ‘open door’ policy and is happy to engage with potential authors. If, as an author, you have queries prior to submission please address these, in the first instance, to Matty Bradley

Authors who wish to submit articles for consideration by the JRAS editorial team should do so through ScholarOne at Cambridge University’s Cambridge Core (you may need to create an account first). Please click on the link below.

Articles submitted through the former procedure of emailing an attached file will still have their work considered. If you do choose this method please format your submission as both a Word doc and pdf to Matty Bradley at All non-European characters should be rendered in Unicode. The editorial team is committed to appraising all submissions as quickly as possible. The Harvard system should not be used. References should be formatted as footnotes, and not endnotes, thus:-

  1. G. H. Luce, Phases of pre-Pagan Burma: Languages and History (Oxford, 1985), i, pp. 171-178.
  2. C. E. Bosworth, “Ghaznevid Military Organisation”, Der Islam, XXXVI (1960), pp. 40-50.
  3. M. Sharon, “The Ayyubid walls of Jerusalem”, in Studies in Memory of Gaston Wiet, (ed.) M. Rosen-Ayalon (Jerusalem, 1977), pp. 179-195.

Transliterations should be consistent within any given article. Illustrations are welcomed if they contribute to the academic thrust of a paper but authors should be aware that colour publication is possible online only, not in print publication which will be in black and white.


Word Count

The Journal has a soft limit of 15,000 words for articles. Any submission longer than this must be agreed ahead of time with the editor.


Special Issues

The JRAS typically publishes one or two Special Issues per year. If you are interested in making a proposal please fill and return this form to Matty Bradley at .

The annual volume, including any Special Issues, must stay within the Journal’s page budget.  If a Special Issue is larger than the average issue allowance then the other issues in the same volume year will need to accommodate for this fact (by being smaller).  Special issues are generally in the range of 160–220 printed journal pages, and must not exceed 220 pages. This is about 75,000 words, with a maximum of 95,000 words, taking into account the use of tables and figures.

JRAS Guidelines

1. Manuscript preparation for authors whose articles have been accepted for publication

Construction of manuscript files. It is important that authors do not copy and paste references or bibliographic material from online sources as this often results in the importation of metadata. Please retype your entries.

General layout

  • All articles (text and footnotes) must appear in double spaced text throughout.
  • Main text should be size 12 point, Times Roman font (except for foreign characters and diacritics). Left and right justified.
  • Abstract and footnotes should be size 10 point, Times Roman font. Left and right justified.
  • The title of the article and the author’s name, should appear at the beginning of the article (all centred 12 point Times Roman font). Author’s affiliation and email address (preferably linked to your institution) should be present at the end of the article (ranged right).
  • A ‘short’ title (no more than 30 characters, including spaces, to be used as the running head in the published article), should be provided.
  • An abstract of between 100 and 250 words summarising the content of the article should be appear before the main text.
  • Sub-headings must be used to break up articles.
  • Do not use Roman numerals as section headings.

Please follow the JRAS ‘house style’ outlined in the notes below. For matters that are not covered in these notes, please refer to the New Oxford Style Manual, third edition, 2016.

  • Spell out centuries: i.e. ‘nineteenth century’ rather than ‘19th century’, ‘tenth century’ rather than ‘10th century’, etc.
  • Spell out numbers 1–10: i.e. ‘one’, ‘two’, ‘three’, etc. All other numbers should be represented as numerals.
  • Spell out %: i.e. ‘15 per cent’.
  • Em-dashes should be used when punctuating text.
  • ‘c.’ should always be spelled out and italics: ‘circa’.
  • In references, there should be a space between ‘p.’ and its number, i.e. ‘p. 15’. ‘ed.’ and ‘eds.’/ and trans. should be in () brackets.
  • A person’s initials should have a space: i.e. R. D. Hume.
  • With footnote layout, please follow rules below, and maintain consistency.
  • Please use ‘and’ rather than ‘&’, especially when referring to authors.
  • Please spell out, at first mention, all acronyms and initialisms.
  • Long quotations should be size 11 point, Times Roman font. Left and right justified, with one line spacing above and below main text. Paragraphs should be ranged left with one line space between each, and not enclosed in quotation marks. All quotations must be acknowledged and fully referenced within a footnote.
  • Use double inverted commas for short quotations and phrases within the main text, then single quotations for quotes-within-quotes.
  • Tables should be clearly laid out and numbered consecutively. Vertical lines between columns should be omitted, if possible.
  • All British spellings, ‘s’ rather than ‘z’ for …ise/ization (materialise, constitutionalise, etc.), and, for example, ‘analyse’ not ‘analyze’, ‘colour’ not ‘color’, ‘programme’ not ‘program’. Double ‘ll’ in verbs for example ‘travelling’.
  • Please use the phrase ‘this article’ rather than ‘this essay’ or ‘this paper’.
  • Dates: English format please, i.e. day, month, year, i.e. 14 July 2009.
  • Figures, and totals in tables, references and footnote numbers should be checked for accuracy.
  • Paragraphs (except directly under a heading, where they should be flush left) should be indented by 4mm, with no line space.
  • Section (A) headings should be 12 point, bold, centred, with one line space above and below, with initial upper case only except for proper nouns, i.e. ‘The political economy of Uttar Pradesh and the mobility saga’.
  • Second level (B) headings should be 12 point italic, centred, with one line space above and below.
  • Footnote numbers and text (10 point) should be indented paragraphs (4mm), one space between footnote number and its text.
  • No line separator between main text and footnotes.

2. Citations and references

Citations should appear in footnote form and a bibliography at the end of the manuscript is not mandatory.

Placement of footnotes must be at the foot of each page, with automatic footnote numbering, running consecutively to the end of the document. All sources or references should be cited in full in the first instance, within the body of the footnote text. References repeated in subsequent footnotes should be written: author, ‘short’ title, page numbers. Add initials, if more than one author with the same surname is mentioned in the article. Use ‘ibid’ when two references in a row are from the same source.

3. JRAS ‘house style’ for footnotes


H. Luce, Phases of pre-Pagán Burma: Languages and History (Oxford, 1985), i, pp. 171-88.

Z. Kedar (ed.), Jerusalem in the Middle Ages (Jerusalem, 1979), p. 122.

Chapter in edited volume

Sharon, ‘The Ayyubid walls of Jerusalem’, in Studies in Memory of Gaston Wiet, (ed.) M. Rosen-Ayalon (Jerusalem, 1977), pp. 179-195.

Journal article

E. Bosworth, ‘Ghaznevid military organisation’, Der Islam XXXVI (1960), pp. 40-50.

Unpublished dissertation

Elizabeth Kier, ‘Changes in Conventional Military Doctrines: The Cultural Roots of Doctrinal Change’,

(unpublished PhD dissertation, Cornell University, 1992), p. 200.


Jansz, ‘LTTE’s police and UFPA’s silence’, The Sunday Leader, 20 June 2004, (accessed 31 January 2018).

Footnotes in other languages

JRAS footnote style for Chinese and Japanese

4. Figures/Illustrations
  1. Figures should be supplied final size, and be no larger than 110mm x 180mm, as separate electronic files, as (Jpegs, TIFF or EPS)format, scanned at a minimum of 320dpi for black and white halftone, or colour artwork, at 1200 dpi for black and white line art, and at 800 dpi for combination artwork (line/halftone).


For further details of file formats please see Cambridge Journals Artwork Guide.

  1. The separate jpegs, tiff/eps files containing Figures and Illustrations should be saved individually with their Figure/Picture number being the file name: (‘[author surname] Fig_1.tif’, ‘[author surname] Pic_2.eps’, etc.).
  2. (Please DO NOT include legends, sources and general text in the figure files; these should be included in your Word document underneath the position marked in the text for the Figure to be placed, i.e. ‘[INSERT FIGURE 1 NEAR HERE. LEGEND: Figure 1. The handbill calling the Nishads to support Ramraj and the BJP. Source: OND Government texts 1954…]’.
  3. Each figure must be cited at least once in the text. The spelling of place names should be consistent with those used in the text. This is particularly important for maps. If there are more than five table/figures/ illustrations, please provide a separate word document listing them, in the order they are to appear in the main text, with full titles, legends and sources.

5. Submission

Submissions must be provided in TWO formats:

  1. A Word document, with .docx extension.
  2. A PDF document of the Word file, which accurately displays all diacritical marks and unusual fonts (where applicable).

Where there are five or more figures/illustrations/tables in a paper, please provide a separate Word document containing a list of the figures, illustrations, and tables in the order in which they appear in the main document, giving Figure/Picture 1, full title, legend, and sources—where appropriate, i.e. not already cited in a footnote.

When an article has been accepted for publication, the author is entirely responsible for submitting electronic copies in the correct format. Authors should be aware that substantive alterations or additions are not permitted at first proofs stage.

The initial Word document (with accompanying pdf document displaying all diacritical marks) sent in by the author will be viewed by the copy-editor. If figures or illustrations have not been sent separately as high–resolution jpegs, tiff or eps files, the submission will have to be returned to the author with a request to provide everything in the correct format. If all the submission documents are correct, the copy-editor will make amendments and suggestions. This marked-up Word document may be sent back to the author who is then requested to ‘accept’ or ‘reject’ the amendments/suggestions made by the copy-editor, and to resubmit the final amended Word document, together with an updated pdf file.

6 Proofs

First proofs in PDF format only will be sent to the author who will be expected to return them to the email address that appears on the cover sheet within ten days.  Electronic editing tools should be used.  Authors should note that no substantive alterations or additions can be made to first proofs, and they should therefore ensure that their final submission is thoroughly checked for accuracy.

Authors are reminded that if they wish to withdraw their article from the journal after it has reached proof stage, they are liable for the cost of typesetting their paper.

7. Offprints

Each author will receive a PDF file of their published article. We do not provide offprints complimentary offprints.

8. Open access policies

Please visit Open Access Policies at for information on JRAS open access policies, compliance with major funding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository. Enquiries about Open Access should be directed to:

JRAS Editorial Office

November 2021