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

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Discussions and Critical Notes

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

  • Franz Metcalf
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

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.

As an online journal the JGB does 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.


Publication Frequency

The JGB uses a "publish as you go" system with a single volume per year. All submissions are published as soon as they are ready and are added to the current volume's Table of Contents.

Occasionally, special thematic "issues" will be published. These are published within the current volume and are not separately numbered. They are, however, grouped under their own heading and 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.


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).