The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (JRAS)

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Sarah Ansari
Department of History, Royal Holloway
University of London
Surrey TW20 0EX

Book Review Editor
Charlotte de Blois
Royal Asiatic Society
14 Stephenson Way

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.

Members of the Royal Asiatic Society have free access to past and current issues of the Journal, and can access the JRAS portal here. You will need to login to the RAS website with your unique username and password to view the Journal. You can also read a sample article from the Journal (accessible to all), here: Jurisdictional Politics in Canton and the First English Translation of the Qing Penal Code (1810).

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

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 Journal Image Jansenand, 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.


Journal Page Image 1The 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 has been editor since 2001. 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 Dehli, India

Professor Azyumardi Azra
Universitas Islam Negeri, Indonesia

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 David O. Morgan
University of Wisconsin, USA

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  

Professor Sarah Ansari

Charlotte de Blois

Professor François de Blois

Dr Gordon Johnson

Professor David Morgan

Dr Alison Ohta

Professor Peter Robb

Professor F. C. R. Robinson

Professor Anthony Stockwell

Dr Weipin Tsai


How to submit to the Journal

Authors who wish to submit articles for consideration by the JRAS editorial team should now 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 Charlotte de Blois 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.