The Journal of Lao Studies (JLS), published by the Center for Lao Studies, is now accepting submissions of articles, book review suggestions, and review articles (extended reviews of major publications, trends in the field, or of political, social, or economic events) for the 2009 publication. Submissions DUE: May 30, 2009.
JOURNAL OF LAO STUDIES: A Publication of the Center for Lao Studies
Call for Article Submissions
The study of Laos and the Lao has grown significantly over the
past decade. With the opening up of some historical and manuscript
archives, the improvement of communication and transportation, and the
launching of joint Lao-foreign research projects, Laos has attracted
a number of new scholars in diverse fields of expertise. The Journal
of Lao Studies (JLS), published by the Center for Lao Studies, is an
exciting new scholarly project which is expected to become the first
and most prestigious venue in the many disciplines under the umbrella
of "Lao Studies."
For our first issue, expected to be published in 2009, we are
now accepting submissions of articles, book review suggestions, review
articles (extended reviews of major publications, trends in the field,
or of political, social, or economic events). These submissions can
cover studies on Laos (all ethnic groups), Lao residing in bordering
countries (Northeast Thailand, Northeast Cambodia, Vietnam, China, and
Burma), ethnic groups bordering Laos with a representation in Laos
(e.g. Akha, Mien, Khmu, Hmong, Tai Lue, etc.), or studies in regards
to Lao disapora outside of Asia (the Americas, Australia, France,
Language: Lao and English are the main languages, other
languages are welcomed. Please check with the editors first before
submitting articles in other languages not listed here.
Submission Policies for Authors
Articles for the Journal of Lao Studies should generally not
exceed 12,000 words, not including all endnotes and references. Each
submission should be accompanied by a cover letter with the author's
name, address, phone number and e-mail address, as well as a brief
biographical statement, a 200-word maximum abstract, and a word count.
Submissions should be in MS Word, TimesNewRoman font, 12-point, with
one-inch margins. Material for publication should be submitted in
three hard copies or as an e-mail attachment, preferably in MS word.
Since submissions are refereed anonymously, the author's name should
appear only on the cover sheet. Notes should be endnotes not
footnotes. Maps should be prepared where the topography is important
for an understanding of the text. Photographs should specifically
enhance the text and carry full captions and attributions. Submissions
will be returned only if authors pay for postage costs.
Address all editorial correspondence and submissions to one of
the editors at the following addresses:
Dr. Justin McDaniel
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
3046 INTN, University of California
Riverside, CA 92521, USA
Management of the journal will be a collaborative
responsibility undertaken by a team of Lao Studies faculty from the
various countries and universities. Vatthana Pholsena and Justin
McDaniel will serve as the journal's co-editors-in-chief. An
international advisory board will oversee the process. The editorial
board is in charge of guaranteeing academic quality, finding suitable
reviewers and ensuring a quick and smooth reviewing process.
The focus of JLS is on presenting scholarly articles on topics
relevant to Lao Studies. The journal will also include book reviews,
communications with the editor, review articles, research reports,
scholarly news, and occasionally also translations of important Lao
language documents and texts. Each journal issue will include a
Lao-language précis of article abstracts, but otherwise the journal
will be produced as an English-language publication, with Lao and
possibly other language articles included on rare occasions.
The co-editors-in-chief will be responsible for the management
and delegation of responsibilities relating to the reviewing of
submissions. This reviewing process will be organized into the
1. Co-editors-in-chief will assess article submissions to
determine relevance to the journal. [Articles can be submitted either
electronically or by mail.]
2. If the article is approved, it will be sent to two
outside reviewers (double-blind) who will make editorial
recommendations and evaluations.
3. The article's author(s) will be asked to respond to the
4. The editorial board will be informed of the submission,
including the reviewers' comments and the author(s) response, and will
make the final determination about whether to proceed with
An extensive list of experts in the field who may be called
upon to serve as reviewers has already been compiled and organized by
subject area. The co-editors will also assign book reviews and
commission translations or articles by senior scholars on critical
issues in the field, with input from the editorial board.
Deadline for first submission for inaugural issue: May, 30, 2009