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This document was updated in June 2020.

EMSCAT publishes original papers only. Papers submitted to the editorial board should not be under simultaneous consideration by another journal. Papers are checked by the editorial board and, if they are compliant with our scope and format, are sent to external reviewers.

The journal also publishes reviews, critical observations and accounts, field notes and thesis abstracts.

Articles may be written either in French or English, but authors whose mother tongue is not English are asked to have their English checked and corrected before submitting their paper.

The journal’s website allows users to access the papers and to download them in PDF and ePub formats.

The editorial board is in charge of a double peer-review, by external and/or internal reviewers, depending on the field of study and on the cultural or geographic area. In case major revisions required by the reviewers are not taken into account by the author, the editorial board reserves the right to eventually reject the paper.

N.B.: The authors are invited to suggest names and email addresses of potential reviewers to the editorial board. They may also give names of anyone who should not be invited as a reviewer, but they should explain why. The editorial board will take these suggestions into account whenever possible.


Manuscript and illustrations should be compliant with EMSCAT format, prior to submission at, otherwise they will be returned to the authors. Authors are responsible for the permission to reprint requests.

File format

  • Manuscript should be submitted in .doc format (not .docx)

  • The text should be typed using Time New Roman font, 12 point, without line spacing and justified.

  • Use a Unicode font for non-European characters (Cyrillic, Chinese, Tibetan, Arabic, etc.), and to specify which font it is.

  • No automatic formatting should be used, tabulations excepted.


At the top of the document, please provide:

  • The article title, both in English and in French.

  • The full name of the author(s).

  • The abstract, both in English and in French (maximum 6 lines).

  • 6 keywords, both in English and in French.

  • A short biographical note of 4 lines (affiliation, research subjects, 3 main publications, email address if possible).

Formatting rules

  • Centuries should be indicated using numbers: 1st century, 2nd century, 3rd century, 4th century, 20th century.

  • Headings should be in bold and the level of heading should be indicated: H1 for a level 1 heading, H2 for a level 2 heading, etc. (this shows the article’s structure, but the headings should not be numbered).

  • Three levels of headings (maximum) are allowed.

  • In the text, spelled out numbers are used. When followed by a unit of measurement, digits are used.

  • A non-breaking space (not a comma) should be used in numbers containing more than three digits (1 000, 23 000), except in page numbers and dates.

Vernacular terms

  • Terms in other languages than English should be italicized and placed between brackets. They usually follow their English translation: the “merits” (buyan)
    However, write: The term buyan comes from Tibetan […].

  • When several languages are used, the vernacular terms should always be preceded by the language abbreviation: the “merits” (Mo. buyan).

  • Proper nouns and toponyms should not be italicised.

  • The transcription or transliteration rules described on our website should be followed:

  • If specific rules are used in a paper or if no rule exists in EMSCAT for a particular language, the transcription/transliteration rules followed by the author should be explained in a paragraph or a footnote.


  • Footnotes should be numbered (1, 2, 3).

  • The footnotes should not contain full bibliographic references.


  • Short citation: in the text, between quotation marks.

  • Long citation: in an independent paragraph, preceded and followed by a paragraph break, typed in Times New Roman font, 10 point, indented and without quotation marks. The bibliographic reference is provided at the end of the cited paragraph, between brackets.

Bibliographic references

In the text

  • Directly inserted in the text (not as a footnote): (Hamayon 1990, p. 273) or (Hamayon 1990, pp. 355-378) or (Hamayon & Beffa 1978).

  • In case of multiple references, use a semicolon between each author: (Hamayon 1990, 2003, p. 303; Beffa 1987; Ruhlmann 2006; Ruhlmann et al. 2008).

In the bibliography

  • The bibliography should be placed at the end of the article.

  • All the bibliographic references cited in the text should appear in the bibliography, and vice versa.

  • References should be arranged alphabetically (by author’s name), and then chronologically.

  • Multiple references for the same author: a line break between each reference, without repeating the author’s name.

  • For the same first author, the multiple-authors references should be sorted by number of authors, and then alphabetically.

  • References in other languages than English, French, German, Spanish and Italian should be followed by their translation into English between brackets and without italics.

  • Regarding the online references, either indicate the URL and the date of latest access, or the DOI (preferably the DOI):

Tan, G. 2013 An ethnography of life and changes among Tibetan nomads of Minyag Dora Karmo, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, Études mongoles & sibériennes, centrasiatiques & tibétaines 43-44 [online, URL:, accessed 9 October 2016].

Tan, G. 2013 An ethnography of life and changes among Tibetan nomads of Minyag Dora Karmo, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, Études mongoles & sibériennes, centrasiatiques & tibétaines 43-44,

References (in English/French) are formatted as follows:

Articles in a journal

Norman, K. R. 1996 Solitary as rhinoceros horn, Buddhist Studies Review 13(2), pp. 133-142.

Meyer, F. 1987 Des dieux, des montagnes et des hommes. La lecture tibétaine du paysage, Études rurales 107-108, pp. 107-127.

Articles in a special issue

Pieruccini, C. 2002 Epic landscapes. Descriptions of forests in the Mahābhārata, in J. Vacek & H. Preinhaelterova (eds), Nature in Indian Literatures and Art, Pandanus 2, pp. 93-103.

Devienne, S. 2013 Régulation de l’accès aux parcours et évolution des systèmes pastoraux en Mongolie, in J. Bonnemaire & C. Jest (eds), Le pastoralisme en Haute-Asie : la raison nomade dans l'étau des modernisations, Études mongoles & sibériennes, centrasiatiques & tibétaines 43-44,


Keown, D. 2000 Contemporary Buddhist Ethics (London, Routledge).

Bonnier, X. (ed.) 2015 Le parcours du comparant. Pour une histoire littéraire des métaphores (Paris, Classiques Garnier).

Articles or chapters in a book

Nelson, L. 2006 Cows, elephants, dogs and other lesser embodiments of Atman. Reflections on Hindu attitudes towards non-human animals, in P. Waldau & K. Patton (eds), A Communion of Subjects. Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics (New York, Columbia), pp. 179-193.

Karmay, S. & K. Buffetrille, 2017 Un parcours tibétain, in K. Buffetrille & I. Henrion-Dourcy (eds), Musique et épopée en Haute-Asie. Mélanges offerts à Mireille Helffer à l’occasion de son 90e anniversaire (Paris, l’Asiathèque), pp. 409-427.

Books belonging to a series

Tsybikov, G. 2017 A Buddhist Pilgrim at the Shrines of Tibet (Leiden, Brill, Brill's Tibetan Studies Library 42).

Bonnier, X. (ed.) 2015 Le parcours du comparant. Pour une histoire littéraire des métaphores (Paris, Classiques Garnier, Rencontres 101).


High, M. M. 2008 Dangerous Fortunes. Wealth and Patriarchy in the Mongolian Informal Gold Mining Economy. PhD thesis in anthropology (Cambridge, University of Cambridge, King’s College).

Jacquemoud, C. 2017 Diversité religieuse en République de l’Altaï : concurrences et convergences. Enquête sur le renouveau religieux des Altaïens de la République de l’Altaï (Fédération de Russie). PhD thesis in anthropology (Paris, École Pratique des Hautes Études).

Arrangement of the illustrations

  • All illustrations (photographs, tables, graphs, diagrams, drawings, maps, etc.) must be sent in a separate folder (one file by illustration), but their exact position in the manuscript should be indicated as follows:
    Figure 1. Figure title (highlighted in color).
    Table 1. Table title (highlighted in color).

  • The copyright notice and the caption (and the date and location, for photographs) should be provided (highlighted in color).


Files format

  • All figures (photographs, graphs, diagrams, drawings, maps, etc.) should be composed or scanned in high resolution, at least 300 dpi for a width of 15 cm, in tiff, psd, jpeg or png.

  • They should be in English.

  • Composite figures (a figure containing several illustrations) should be submitted as a single figure.

  • Each table should be submitted separately, preferable as a text file.

  • Each illustration should be named: figure1, figure2, table1, table2, etc., and be sent in a single folder named “illustrations”.


  • Illustrations should be numbered as they appear in the text.

  • Tables numbering should be independent of the numbering of other figures.

Permissions to reprint

If an illustration is not by the article’s author and/or if it has been published before, the author should obtain the permission to reprint it (permission given either by the author of the illustration or by the publisher for published figures), and forward us this permission by email, on submission.

In case there are copyright fees, the permission to reprint might be sent later, when the article is officially accepted for publication, but we should be informed on submission of your article.


It is possible to add additional content (text, image or audiovisual files) as appendices of the article. These files should be submitted at the same time as the manuscript and illustrations, in a separate folder named “appendices”.

Reviews and critical accounts

The formatting rules for the reviews (books, exhibitions, movies, theses, conferences, excavation reports, etc.) are the same as for articles. They generally are 1 to 2 pages long (maximum 4 pages). Reviews that are 5 pages long or more will be published as “critical accounts”.

After submission, reviews are evaluated and validated by a member of the editorial board.

Required metadata: title, author’s (or editor’s) full name, publisher, place and year of publication, and ISBN of the reviewed work; full name and institution of the author of the review.

Thesis abstracts

Thesis abstracts are generally 2 to 6 pages long. Formatting rules are the same as for articles.

After submission, thesis abstracts are evaluated and validated by a member of the editorial board.

Required metadata: author full name, thesis title, institution, field of study, number of pages, thesis defence date, jury members (full name and role in the jury).

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