Academy of Buddhist Studies, Dongguk University
Aims and Scope

International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture (IJBTC) is indexed in Thomson Reuters’ Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), the American Theological Library Association’s Atla Religion Database, and the Korea Citation Index (KCI).


IJBTC aims to advance the study of Buddhism, its diversity of thought and culture that historically spread over the regions of Asia and has now expanded to all parts of the world. In addition, IJBTC endeavors to expand the diverse voices and perspectives in the academic study of Buddhism by featuring research from all parts of the world. In particular, it seeks to introduce scholarly investigations from regions outside the traditional centers of Buddhist study in Asia and the West. In the spirit of expanding the study of Buddhism, IJBTC highly encourages research articles that explore new perspectives and methods while not disregarding the long and rich tradition of Buddhist studies.

The scope and interests of IJBTC include:

• historical and current cultural manifestations of Buddhism in diverse forms
• new research on Buddhist doctrine, philosophy, and philology in their cultural contexts
• exchange and comparison of ideas and views on Buddhism across cultures and regions
• social issues and applications of Buddhism to new challenges faced by humanity
• encounter of Buddhism with new cultural and religious forces and inter-religious dialogue

We welcome submissions of original research including proposals for special issue publications fitting to the scope and interests of the journal. Moreover, reviews of English and non-English books, films, and other published works on Buddhism are accepted. IJBTC is published bi-annually in June and December and accepts submissions throughout the year.

Submission and Peer Review Policy

All submitted articles considered for publication are subject to anonymous double peer review. The IJBTC editorial board takes the liberty, in consultation with the authors, to edit the style and content of the article to fit the standards and criteria of IJBTC.

Founding of IJBTC

While located in one of the traditional heartlands of Buddhism, the IJBTC has been contributing to the study of world Buddhism for over 30 years. The IJBTC was first published in 2002 by Dongguk University, which was founded in 1906 with affiliations to the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Currently, the IJBTC is published by the Academy of Buddhist Studies at Dongguk University. In addition to the IJBTC, the academy supervises and sponsors numerous research endeavors and projects for the purpose of promoting and developing Buddhist studies internationally, and it has played a crucial role as a cradle of scholarship on Korean and East Asian Buddhism.

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