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Author Guidelines

Articles must not be concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere and are normally 7,500-10,000 words in length.

Please contact Journal Manager Ngoc LE at cjbs(at) for an article template before submitting the paper.

All text should be in Gentium Plus true type font and follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. The “Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide” is available for standard documention examples.

A 100-word abstract must be included on the opening page immediately below the title.

A brief biographical note should be included for the "Contributors" section.

Pali and Sanskrit text should use Nirmala UI, Chinese characters should use PMingLiU, and Tibetan text should use Microsoft Himalaya. Transliteration should be in Gentium Plus.

Please submit articles in both MS Word and PDF format, to the Editor at pcrowe(at) for preliminary review to determine conformity to length limitations and for content appropriate for peer review.

Contributors are welcome to contact the editor beforehand to discuss proposals or for guidance regarding topics which are suitable for publication in CJBS. Research articles will be subject to double-blind peer review by appropriate members of the Editorial Board or external evaluators selected at the editor’s discretion.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  2. The submission file is in both PDF and Microsoft Word, file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text uses a 12-point Gentium Plus TrueType font (available free of charge here); employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements (The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.) outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

While authors of accepted manuscripts retain copyright they also agree assign to the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies the right to publish the text both electronically and in any other format and to make it available permanently in an electronic archive.


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