Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Global Buddhism has been established to promote the study of the globalization of Buddhism, both historical and contemporary, and its transnational and transcontinental interrelatedness. We publish research articles, special issues (special focus sections), discussions, critical notes, review essays and book reviews, as detailed in our Author Guidelines.

The JGB is published entirely online. In all other respects, it functions as a traditional scholarly journal.

The Journal of Global Buddhism interprets "global" in a broad geographic and sociological sense, but with a particular focus on developments in industrialized, non-Asian countries. The primary subjects considered by the journal include:

  1. Historical Studies
  2. Transnational Studies
  3. Issues in the Development of Buddhist Traditions
  4. Case Studies and Biographical Studies
  5. Survey Results and Their Interpretation
  6. Research Bibliographies
  7. Theoretical and Methodological Studies

Historical Studies

Major historical investigations of Buddhist development with a focus on Western countries; developments within individual Buddhist traditions concentrating on historical trends in Western Buddhism.

Transnational Studies

Comparative studies in the development of Western Buddhism; area studies and their interconnectedness; concerns for de-territorialization of locality.

Issues in the Development of Buddhist Traditions

Investigation of membership determination; ethnicity; Buddhist practice(s); democratization; adaptation and acculturation; ecumenical movements; future trends.

Case Studies and Biographical Studies

Investigations of individual Buddhist groups(s); multiple studies of Buddhist communities within Buddhist traditions and sectarian divisions; studies of leading figures in modern Buddhism, reflecting both Asian immigrant and Western convert communities; studies of leading figures in modern Buddhism, reflecting both Asian immigrant and Western convert communities.

Survey Results and Their Interpretation

Empirical findings resulting from individual investigations; results from journal-sponsored surveys.

Research Bibliographies

Inclusive, broadly based, comprehensive bibliographies; case-specific tradition-based bibliographies; country-specific bibliographies; issue-oriented bibliographies.

Theoretical and Methodological Studies

Transcultural transplantation of Buddhist traditions: models and systematizations; images, projections, and idealizations of Buddhism; politics of representation; the impact of globalization; examination of approaches to the study of global Buddhism, such as diaspora studies.


Section Policies

Research Articles

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Discussions and Critical Notes

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Book Reviews

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Peer Review Process

The Journal of Global Buddhism is a scholarly academic journal employing a blind peer review evaluation process. Submissions are first evaluated by the editors. If felt to be suitable for publication, manuscripts will move into the double-blind review process. Following the advice of reviewers, the editors will decide whether the piece is appropriate to be a) published with minor or no changes; b) needs to be revised and resubmitted; or c) is to be rejected. The editors shall liaise with reviewers and authors to guarantee a swift review and publication.

Research articles are typically sent to two peer reviewers, while critical notes normally have a single reviewer. The peer review process usually takes 6-8 weeks.

Until 2020, the JGB did not publish a fixed number of issues per year but rather a single volume to which contributions are added as soon as they have been approved for publication. Beginning in 2021, the Journal will publish two issues per year, in the (northern) Spring and Autumn respectively.


Publication Frequency

Up until and including 2020, the JGB followed a "publish as you go" system with a single volume per year. All submissions were published as soon as they were ready and were added to the current volume's Table of Contents.

From 2021, the journal has shifted to a set publication schedule of two issues per year, in the (northern) Spring and Autumn respectively.

Occasionally, special thematic foci will be published. These are published within the current issue and are not separately numbered. They are, however, grouped under their own heading in the table of contents and thus visually distinguished from the general contributions.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Users of this site are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles.



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Additional Journal Features

News and Bulletins

The JGB no longer runs an up to date News and Bulletins section. Readers should instead visit the Global Buddhism blog, which is associated with the JGB though not a part of it.

Teaching resources

This section of the journal will focus on resources for web-based courses on Buddhism and Distance Education courses on Buddhism. It will provide links to all appropriate online sources.


Author Self Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post items submitted to this journal on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The Journal of Global Buddhism publication ethics and malpractice statement has been written in accordance with COPE general guidelines http://publicationethics.org/.

Publication decisions

The editors of the Journal of Global Buddhism are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editors are guided in reaching their decision by referees’ reports and may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision. They are also guided by the journal’s policies and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

Fair play

All manuscripts will be reviewed based on intellectual content without regard for age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, country of origin, or political philosophy of the authors.


All manuscripts submitted for peer-review are kept strictly confidential. The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, as appropriate. At no time will editors or reviewers utilize submitted materials without the consent of the authors.

Fundamental errors in published works

When a significant error or inaccuracy has been discovered in a published work (with or without the author notifying it), the journal editors will cooperate with the author to retract or correct the paper accordingly. If a correction is deemed appropriate, the editors reserve the right to correct the published material and include a dated erratum.

Duties of Authors

Multiple, or Concurrent Publication

Authors must guarantee that submitted manuscripts have not been published elsewhere, are not currently under review elsewhere, and have been submitted with the full knowledge of their institutional home. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Any manuscripts that do not meet originality requirements will be rejected without peer-review. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.


During the submission process the authors are asked to agree to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Copyright Notice, which will apply to the submission if and when it is published by this journal.

Duties of Reviewers


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editors.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.