Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The e-Journal of East and Central Asian Religions is concerned with the way in which the religious cultures of East and Central Asia have interacted historically and continue to interact in the present. In particular we seek to disseminate original research on primary sources that span both geographical and disciplinary boundaries. The work to appear in e-JECAR is of three types: (i) extensive research articles; (ii) essays from emerging scholars, to give (typically) younger scholars the opportunity to present recently completed work (e.g. a doctoral thesis) or to describe new work that they may be embarking on (e.g. a post-doctoral project or a new database); (iii) review articles that engage with issues raised by recently published research (please note that we do not publish short, mainly descriptive book reviews); and (iv) research notes, when a full-length article would be neither appropriate nor desirable.

e-JECAR is published in electronic form only and is offered to the academic community and the general public in the spirit of open scholarship and open-source technology. Authors are encouraged to exploit the opportunities offered by new technology, e.g. in including graphic materials and audio-visual sources that inform their work.

This journal continues the focus of Studies in Central and East Asian Religions, originally published by The Seminar for Buddhist Studies (Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark), volumes 1 to 9 of which have been made available by the kind efforts of the Institute of Buddhist Studies at Berkeley, under the direction of Prof Richard Payne, for which we are inordinately grateful. The fully searchable digitized versions are also open access and can be downloaded from their site:




Section Policies

Research Articles

We invite substantial studies of topics covered by the journal's remit. Submissions which range across the borders of the countries of East and Central Asia (both historically and in the present) and those which avail themselves of multi-media technology in an innovative manner, are particularly welcome. Articles will normally be in the range of 10,000 to 15,000 words. If you expect that your study will fall outside these limits, please contact the editors before submitting.

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Emerging Scholars

The purpose of this section is to provide a forum for emerging scholars to present their work (typically but not necessarily work from a recent doctoral thesis) in a manner which is more formal and permanent than short reviews or postings to e-mail distribution lists. Items will normally be in the region of 3,000 to 5,000 words.

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Reports and Reactions

This section is intended to include review articles, reports and responses to current issues in scholarship, as extended essays which address an issue or complex of issues pertinent to the journal's core focus. In the case of review articles, whilst submissions may focus on one work, it is expected that authors will write with extensive and intensive reference to other relevant studies in the field. We do not envisage publishing reviews that are brief synopses that address critical issues incidentally. Similarly, reports of gatherings such as workshops are expected to be useful discourses in their own right, rather than simple reports of papers read at a conference, for example. The normal length for items in this section is 3,000 to 5,000 words.

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Peer Review Process

This journal is fully peer-reviewed: we will normally seek the opinions of two scholars in relevant fields, who will be asked to give an initial response within one month of receipt of the author's draft submission. A detailed response will normally be expected within three months.


Publication Frequency

The e-Journal of East and Central Asian Religions will in future be publishing items as they become available.


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.

This journal’s open access policy is in line with UK research funders’ policies.



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Take Down Policy

Journals using the hosting platform http://journals.ed.ac.uk are encouraged to make every effort to ensure that published content does not infringe any person's rights, or applicable UK laws.

However, if you believe that content, in any of the journals hosted on this platform, may be illegal, please contact the Head of Research & Learning who will review the complaint and take appropriate action.

Research & Learning (Library & University Collections)
Main Library, George Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ
Email: onlinejournals@mlist.is.ed.ac.uk

Please note the Library is staffed 9-5pm Monday-Friday.

Making a complaint

In the body of the email please provide the following information:

  • Describe the infringement in as much detail as possible so that the specific content may be readily identified. The URL in the address bar will allow us to lookup the specific section.
  • Describe your relationship to the content, e.g. I am the author/creator of the material.
  • Describe the grounds for complaint, some examples are:
    • Unauthorised use by reason of reproduction and/or making available the material.
    • Breach of the moral right of [paternity/integrity/right not to have my work subjected to derogatory treatment].
    • Other complaints, e.g. defamation, breach of confidence, data protection.

On receipt of your complaint, Research & Learning Services will:
  1. Make an initial assessment of its validity
  2. For all but spurious complaints, temporarily remove access to the item that is subject to complaint
  3. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by email
  4. Contact the journal responsible for the publication of the content in question to invite a response
  5. Seek to verify your identity and authority as complainant
  6. Refer the complaint to the University's Legal Advisor for comment and advice

Potential outcomes:

When the Head of Research & Learning has verified the authenticity of your complaint and has been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the file will be permanently removed from public access.
If the Legal Advisor confirms that it does not breach any law then the item will be reinstated.

July 2014