Aims and Scope

Written Monuments of Orient” is a biannual academic journal covering research on the written heritage of the peoples of Asia. The journal is focusing on languages, history, religious and textual traditions related  to  the Oriental manuscript culture. “Written Monuments of Orient”  has been published first in 2015 by the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (founded as the Asiatic Museum in 1818) of the Russian Academy of Sciences as an English-language version of the periodical “Pis'mennye pamiatniki Vostoka”.

The journal “Pis'mennye pamiatniki Vostoka”  was founded in 1970 through the efforts of the staff of the Leningrad Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies (now the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences) and came out until 1987 as an annual publication. In 2004, the periodical “Pis'mennye pamiatniki Vostoka”.  was revived as a biannual journal accepting material mainly in Russian.

The Editorial Board office of the journal “Written Monuments of Orient” is located in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The journal is published by the Moscow "Vostochnaia Literatura" (“Oriental Literature”) Publishers.

We welcome the following contributions:

  • Theoretical articles on matters of Oriental textology (textual analysis, methods of source criticism, principles for the publication, translation and producing commentaries of Oriental texts).
  • Publications of texts and translations of writings and extracts from them, and also of selections of material from written sources on particular questions of history or the history of literature.
  • Source studies and textological researches (analysis of individual sources, sources relating to particular issues, and so on).
  • Descriptions and surveys of individual manuscripts and collections of manuscripts; reports about newly discovered manuscript materials.
  • Reviews of textological works, of publications of sources and source-study researches, as well as surveys of such publications.
  • Materials and papers on matters of historical terminology and also on ancillary historical and textological disciplines (palaeography, diplomatics, sphragistics, numismatics, epigraphy).



Original Papers

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Peer Review Process

  1. Manuscripts of articles submitted to the Editorial Office of the journal “Written Monuments of the Orient” are read by the Editor-in-Chief, the Vice-Editor-in-Chief, or by the Academic Secretary who check whether the articles are suitable, both in subject matter and format, for the journal.
  2. Manuscripts of articles submitted to the Editorial Office are registered by the journal’s secretary and sent for written reviewing to one reviewer (or two reviewers, if needed).
  3. The reviewers are notified that the manuscripts are the intellectual property of authors and are not to be distributed. The reviewers are not allowed to copy manuscripts for their personal needs. The identity of reviewers is not revealed to authors.
  4. Manuscript reviews are provided to authors by the Editorial Office upon their written request. No personal information of the reviewers (name, place of work, academic affiliation) is disclosed.
  5. If reviewers request revision of a manuscript, it is returned to the author for revision. In this case, the date when the revised manuscript is received by the Editorial Office is considered the date of the manuscript submission.
  6. A manuscript sent to the author for revision must be returned with necessary changes as requested by the Editorial Board. The revised version must be accompanied by a letter from the author containing answers to all critical remarks and explaining all revisions made in the manuscript.
  7. If an article was substantially revised by the author following the recommendations received from the reviewers, it is sent for the second review to the same reviewer who made critical remarks and recommendations.
  8. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject an article if its author refuses to consider the Board’s recommendations.
  9. If there are negative reviews from two different reviewers, or one negative review on the revised version of an article, it is rejected by the Editorial Board.
  10. In case an article is rejected, the Editorial Office sends its author a letter explaining reasons for rejection.


Publication Frequency

The journal issued biannually. 

Circulation: 500 copies.


Open Access Policy

The publications in the Journal are available to all interested from the moment of publication. So, this journal provides immediate Gold Open Access (in accordance with Budapest Open Access Initiative) to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Also the editorial board belives that it provides free public access to the results of research and contributes to the advancement of science and medicine.

Free Full-text access to all articles can be observed via several websites:


All accepted articles publish with the Creative Commons International license (CC BY NC ND) for more freely distribution and usage worlwide.



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Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statements

The journal “Written Monuments of the Orient” is a peer reviewed international periodical committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethics at all stages of the publication process. The journal adopts a neutral position on issues treated in its publications irrespective of their nature (any political, ethical, gender-related, religious or other potentially controversial topics). We follow the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines and take all measures against any ethical misconduct. We require all parties involved in the process (from submission of materials to their publication) to meet expected ethical standards. In order to provide our readers with a high-quality academic journal, we are guided by the following principles.

The editors are responsible for everything published in the journal and have the right to decide which materials are rejected or accepted for publication. They should carry out their duties in a balanced, unbiased and timely manner and should handle all submissions without discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, race, gender, citizenship, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs of the authors. They should treat all submitted materials as confidential and can distribute them for purposes of peer-review only. They should assess submitted materials objectively based on the academic quality of the work in question, its importance to researchers and readers, and opinion of the reviewers. In evaluating all submitted works, the editors should limit themselves only to the intellectual content (importance, originality, study’s validity, clarity) and its suitability for the journal. No commercial considerations should influence editorial decisions. The editors follow the rule of a double-blinded review of all submitted manuscripts by at least two reviewers who are experts in the field. The editors should strive to prevent any potential conflict of interests between the author and editorial and review personnel. The editors also ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept confidential before publishing. The editors must not use unpublished research materials in their own research without the author’s consent.

The reviewers contribute to evaluation of submitted materials and provide advice for improving their quality by reviewing all materials carefully, objectively, in a timely manner. They evaluate manuscripts based on content without regard to ethnic origin, race, gender, citizenship, religious belief or political philosophy of the authors. The reviewers remain anonymous to the authors. The reviewers do not have a right to keep or make copies of submitted materials and they must not use any information obtained through peer review for personal advantage. The reviewers ensure that any information from the editors and authors is kept confidential. They should formulate their opinion of the works in the review form clearly and with convincing arguments. They should suggest relevant published works to be cited by authors. They have to inform the editors of any substantial similarity between the reviewed materials and other published content, and must alert the editors in case of suspected plagiarism. The reviewers should decline to review manuscripts if they notice any potential conflicts of interest with any of the authors or institutions related to submitted materials. A reviewer, who is unable to carry out a prompt review or feels insufficiently qualified to review submitted materials, should notify the Editor-in-Chief and withdraw from the review process.

The authors should warrant that the submitted manuscript is their own, original work, which has been neither published previously, nor is currently considered for publication elsewhere. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. When authors use other materials, all sources (including the Internet) should be appropriately cited and referenced. Any attempt of plagiarism will result in the rejection of the submitted manuscript. Authors are also responsible for language editing before submitting their articles. All authors should disclose financial or other conflicts of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscripts (financial support for the project should be disclosed). The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s responsibility to promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.



Subscription to the journal “Written Monuments of the Orient” is available via the Joint Catalogue “Russian Press” (“Pressa Rossii”), vol. 1, at post offices.

Regarding the purchase of the journal contact the Institute of the Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences: 18 Dvortsovaya emb., Saint Petersburg 191186, Russia

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