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

All manuscripts submitted to the Editorial Board of the journal are subject to mandatory double-blind peer review (reviewer does not receive information about the authors of the manuscript, the authors of the manuscript do not receive information about the reviewers).

Review of manuscripts is carried out by members of the Editorial Board and the Editorial Council, as well as by invited reviewers — leading experts in the relevant field. The decision on the choice of a reviewer for the examination of the article is made by the editor-in-chief, Deputy editor-in-chief, Executive Secretary. The review Period is 4 weeks, but at the request of the reviewer it can be extended.

Each reviewer has the right to refuse the review in case of a clear conflict of interest affecting the perception and interpretation of the manuscript. Following the review of the manuscript, the reviewer gives recommendations on the future of the manuscript (each decision of the reviewer must be justified):

  • to accept the manuscript for publication in the present form;
  • to accept the manuscript for publication after correcting the shortcomings noted by the reviewer;
  • to reject the manuscript;
  • to submit the manuscript to the journal of another profile.

The editorial Board of the journal sends the text of reviews to the author. If there are recommendations for revision of the manuscript, the editorial Board proposes to take them into account when preparing a new version of the manuscript.

In case of disagreement with any recommendations (comments) in the response letter to the reviewers, the authors need to clearly argue the reason for the refusal to make the appropriate corrections (additions).

Revision of the article should not take more than two months from the date of sending an electronic message to the authors about the need to make changes. The manuscript modified by the author will be re-sent for review.

The authors make out the answers to the reviewers in separate files and upload them to the site as additional ones on the "summary" tab at the User page. In the case of absence of such a file, further work with the manuscript is suspended, and the authors are notified accordingly.

In case of refusal of the authors to finalize the materials, they must notify the editorial Board in writing of their refusal to publish the article. If the authors do not return the revised version after three months from the date of sending the review, the editorial Board removes it from the account even in the absence of information from the authors with the refusal to finalize the article. In such situations, the authors will be notified of the withdrawal of the manuscript from registration in connection with the expiration of the period allotted for revision.

The editorial Board conducts no more than three rounds of review for each manuscript. If after double revision of the manuscript the reviewers or the editorial Board still have significant comments, the editorial Board rejects the manuscript and removes it from registration. In this case, the authors are notified accordingly.

If the author and reviewers have any unsolvable contradictions regarding the manuscript, the editorial Board has the right to send the manuscript for additional review.

The decision to refuse to publish the manuscript is made at a meeting of the editorial Board in accordance with the recommendations of the reviewers. The message about refusal in the publication goes to the author by e-mail, in the letter reviews and the bases for refusal in the publication are given. The manuscript, not recommended by the decision of the editorial Board for publication, is not accepted for re-consideration.

The presence of a positive review is not a sufficient basis for the publication of the article. The final decision on the publication is made by the editorial Board. In conflict situations, the decision is made by the editor-in-chief.

After the editorial Board of the journal decides on the admission of the manuscript for publication, the editorial Board informs the author and indicates the date of publication.

Originals of reviews are kept in editorial office not less than 5 years.

Reviews of manuscripts are not published in the public domain and are used only in the internal document circulation of the editorial Board, as well as in communication with the authors.


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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Publishing Ethics

The journal “Written Monuments of the Orient” is a peer reviewed international periodical committed to maintain the highest standards of publication ethics. In order to ensure the outcome of providing our readers with a high quality academic journal, we are guided by the following principles.

The editors based on the validation of the work in question, its importance to researchers and readers and opinion of the reviewers, are responsible for deciding if a submitted  manuscript should be published.  In evaluating the submitted works, the editors should limit themselves only to the intellectual content (importance, originality, study’s validity, clarity) and its relevance to the journal’s scope. 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. They will strive to prevent any potential conflict of interests between the author and editorial and review personnel. Editors also ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscript is kept as confidential before publishing, and do not use the results obtained in the manuscript.

The reviewers are responsible for making decisions concerning a submitted manuscript.  They evaluate manuscripts based on content without regard to ethnic origin, gender, citizenship, religious belief or political philosophy of the authors. The reviewers must ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is confidential and must not use the information obtained through peer review for personal advantage. They must evaluate the submitted works objectively, as well as present their opinion on the works in a clear way in the review form. The reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest with any of the authors or institutions connected to the papers. A reviewer who is unable to deliver a prompt review or feels unqualified to review a submitted manuscript should notify the Editor-in-Chief and excuse himself 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 the authors use other materials, the sources (including the Internet) should be appropriately cited and referenced. Any attempt of plagiarism should be followed by the rejection of the submitted manuscript.  Authors are also responsible for language editing before submitting the article. All authors should disclose financial or other conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript (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 obligation to notify promptly the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

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