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Information about copyright

Publishing with the EBHR is free of charge and all journal content is licensed under the Creative Commons BY International License. The journal is made open access under this Creative Commons license and authors may arrange for their postprint articles to be deposited in non-commercial institutional repositories.

How to submit

Submission to the EBHR must be original and previously unpublished manuscript that are not under consideration by another journal. Manuscripts should be written in English and should not exceed 10,000 words in length for research articles, including footnotes and references. Submissions are sent by email directly to the editors (

We welcome individual submissions that fall within the following categories:

  • Articles (peer-reviewed): manuscripts should range between 8,000 and 10,000 words, and must include a full list of cited references, as well as a 200-word abstract at the beginning of the document with a list of 5-6 keywords.
  • Research Notes (peer-reviewed): these are more limited in scope than conventional articles. Manuscripts are expected to be up to 4,000 words long and to consist of an in-depth discussion of a particularly timely or topically relevant issue, and can take the form of an opinion piece. Essays are selected by the EBHR editors for their academic cogency and timeliness, and are peer-reviewed.
  • Photo Essays (peer-reviewed): Photo essays include a selection of photographs accompanied by an essay. They can be written by the curator or by a guest scholar. The photographs may be contemporary images taken as part of the curator’s research or archival materials. Obtaining copyright permission for all images is the responsibility of the curator.
  • Conference Reports (reviewed by editors): the journal welcomes reports of approximately 1,500 words about conferences relevant to the field of Himalayan studies from a broad perspective and ideally submitted within one year following the event.
  • Review Essays (reviewed by editors): these are scholarly reviews of recent publications or exhibitions, which provide a more robust discussion than a conventional book review. The journal particularly welcomes comparative reviews of a selection of up to four recent publications that can be constructively cross-examined.
  • Book Forum (reviewed by editors): the editors may occasionally commission a forum around a recent publication: several scholars will therefore be invited to offer comments with the aim of producing a constructive criticism of the work. These comments will be sent to the author who will be invited to respond.
  • Book Reviews (editors reviewed): book reviews of recent publications are included in each issue of the journal.
  • Dissertations Abstracts: once a year a list of recently defended doctoral dissertations will be published with an abstract and list of keywords. The aim is to disseminate recent scholarly work in a timely manner and before it appears in published form.
  • Multimodal Inquiries (peer-reviewed): Multimodal inquiries are photo-, video-, or audio-based research essays of varied length (3– 8,000 words) with a methodological or theoretical focus. A wide variety of audiovisual material can be mobilised, from hand-drawn sketches to edited video footage, beyond their conventional use as illustrations in order to discuss the distinctive power and limits of audiovisual representations as a heuristic, and to explore – among other possible topics – how visual representations can be complementary with or exceed textual forms.
  • Revisitations (editor-reviewed): This new section will host republication of scholarly texts of article-length that are difficult to access and worth wider dissemination. Obtaining copyright permission for republication is the responsibility of the scholar who proposes to revisit the text and to present it in a Foreword (approx. 2,000 words). The Foreword should highlight the continued relevance of the article in the field of study and/or its historical significance in the development of Himalayan studies at large. Additional shorter commentaries (1,000 words) by other scholars can also be part of the proposal.
  • Translations (editors reviewed): Numerous articles highly relevant to Himalayan studies have been published in languages other than English. The work of translating them proves very useful to help disseminate research on a larger scale. Obtaining copyright permission for translation and publication is the responsibility of the scholar who proposes the translation and presents it in a Foreword (approx. 2,000 words) that should explain the relevance of the article in the field of Himalayan research. EBHR will not cover translation costs.
  • Announcements: conferences, workshops, etc.

For all contributions, when preparing your manuscript for submission to the EBHR, please observe the conventions detailed in the Style Guidelines available below and downloadable. Before you submit your work, please ensure you have reviewed the submission checklist, available online.

Review process

Submissions are first checked by the journal editors for quality control, respect of academic standards and of the journal’s style guidelines, as well as to ensure they fall within the scope of the journal’s mission.

If the submission is deemed acceptable, the editors send invitations to appropriate reviewers both external to the journal and chosen among the editorial board. The peer-review process is double-blind.

Reviewers are expected to complete the evaluation of a manuscript within four weeks and complete a review form with a recommendation to reject it or accept it pending revision (major or minor) – or else with a request to revise and resubmit before it is reconsidered.

The editors consider all the received reviews before making an overall decision. If the reviews differ widely, the editors will consult members of the editorial board or may invite an additional reviewer so as to get an extra opinion before making a decision.

The editors send their decision to the author including the review forms completed by reviewers anonymously. If the article is accepted for publication, the editors will handle the revision process directly in close communication with the authors. If the recommendation is to revise and resubmit, another round of peer-review will be conducted (the reviewers should expect to receive the new version, unless they have opted out of further participation). The revision process should lead to a publishable manuscript.

Quality control process

This journal follows the guidance provided by COPE’s Core Practices. In accordance, we will check submissions for scientific integrity, originality and plagiarism. For more detail about the duties of authors, editors, and reviewers, please refer to the Publication ethics and malpractice statement.

For any questions, please feel free to contact the editors at :

Style Guidelines

Articles should be written in English and should not exceed 10,000 words in length, including footnotes and references. For all contributions, when preparing your manuscript for submission to the EBHR, please observe the following conventions.

The EBHR uses the University of Oxford Style Guide (accessible online or upon request) as the arbiter of manuscript style issues. For spelling we use the Oxford English Dictionary.

Spelling and punctuation

Use British spellings, eg ‘colour’, ‘organised’.

Use single quotation marks throughout, except for quotes within quotes, which should take double quotation marks. Do not use scare quotes.

Reported speech and quotes from written sources should be given in plain text within single quotation marks. Quotations exceeding 40 words should be in a separate indented paragraph followed by the author-date citation.

The titles of books and the names of newspapers and journals should be given in italics with initial capitals.

Footnotes should be used sparingly to provide supplementary information.

Diacritical marks may be used for the transliteration of terms from Himalayan languages, but should be used correctly and consistently. Personal and place names should not take diacritical marks.


You can download the .csl file for reference management software Zotero.

References in the body of the text should use the author-date style (eg Hacchethu 1997: 17) with a space after the colon and no comma between author and date; where there is more than one reference listed, put a comma, not a semi-colon, between each of them. In the case of multiple authors, list only the first author (eg Uematsu et al 2016).

When listing references at the end of articles, give the author’s surname followed by their initials (without full stops), eg ‘Malla, K P’ not ‘Malla, Kamal Prakash’. Give the main title of a book with initial capital letters, but use lower case in the subtitle after an initial capital. Use lower case after an initial capital for the title of an article or book chapter (sentence style capitalisation).

References should be formatted as follows:

  • [Monographs]
    Bennett, L. 1983. Dangerous Wives and Sacred Sisters: Social and symbolic roles of high-caste women in Nepal. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • [Edited volumes]
    Hansen, T B and Stepputat F (eds). 2001. States of Imagination: Ethnographic explorations of the postcolonial state. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
  • [Book chapters]
    Ishii, H. 1995. ‘Caste and kinship in a Newar village’. In Contested Hierarchies: A collaborative ethnography of caste among the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, edited by D N Gellner and D Quigley, pp109–57. Oxford: Clarendon.
  • [Journal articles] For online journal articles, please provide DOI or URL.
    Scheppele, K L. 2003. ‘Aspirational and aversive constitutionalism: the case for studying cross-constitutional influence thorough negative models’. International Journal of Constitutional Law 1(2): 296–324.
  • [Unpublished thesis]
    Phillimore, P. 1982. Marriage and Social Organisation among the Pastoralists of the Dhaula Dhar (Western Himalaya). PhD dissertation, University of Durham, Durham.
  • [Report]
    Cosic D, Dahal S and Kitzmuller M. 2017. Climbing Higher: Toward a middle-income Nepal. Washington: World Bank Group.
  • [Newspaper article] For online newspaper articles, please provide DOI or URL.
    Subedi, S. 2009. ‘Chinka byapari na auda yarsagumba bikrima samasya’. Kantipur, 13 July 2009.
    Tewa, T T. 2014. ‘We’re no Tibetans’, Kathmandu Post. (accessed 15 June 2021)
    Note that for newspaper articles without author, the full reference should be provided in a footnote (not in the list of references):
    ‘Climate change behind Leh cloudburst?’ The Hindu, 25 August 2010, (accessed 15 April 2016).

Style for dates and numbers

Write out whole numbers from one to ten; use figures for numbers above ten.

Dates: 23 August 1999

Year spans: 1979–1999 or 1898–1903 (use all numerals in display)

Centuries: early twentieth century (n); early-twentieth-century (adj); early nineteenth and twentieth century; eighth century BCE

Century spans: 772–476 BCE; 206 BCE–9 CE; 1644–1911, 1644–45

Punctuation and spelling

Full stops and commas follow closing quotation marks, whether double or single. Colons and semi-colons, as well as question marks and exclamation marks (unless they belong within the quoted matter) also follow closing quotation marks.

Footnote reference numbers or symbols follow punctuation and parentheses.

Punctuation matches the font of the surrounding text; parentheses and brackets surrounding text in italics are not italicised.

Use a comma between items in a list but no comma between the penultimate item in a list and ‘and’/‘or’: a, b, c and d.

Compounds are generally hyphenated when not found in the Oxford Dictionary.
Examples: co-editor, trans-species, non-reactive, mid-century, non-self-sustaining (prefix before a compound term); but postcolonial

Use italics for emphasis. When emphasis is needed for something already set in italics use small capitals for additional emphasis.

Use three-dot ellipsis to indicate the omission of a word, phrase or paragraph. No full stop is added after an ellipsis to indicate the omission at the end of a sentence.

Acronyms and abbreviations

Use capitals for AD, BC, BCE, CE.

US and UK are to be used as adjectives only; spell them out when they are used as a noun.

Use full capitals without full stops for other acronyms.

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