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HomeJournal of the American Oriental Society (JAOS)

ISSN 0003-0279

e-ISSN: 2169-2289

The JAOS (ISSN 0003-0279) is published quarterly by the American Oriental Society. The first volume (1843-49) set the tone for all time in the broad scope of subject matter and the solidity of its scholarship. It included studies of Arab music, of Persian cuneiform, and of Buddhism in India, and brought to a wide audience the then novel theories of Pierre E. Du Ponceau, assailing the doctrine of the “ideographic” character of the Chinese script.

From that year to the present day, the Journal has brought to the world of scholarship the results of the advanced researches of the most distinguished specialists in the literatures and civilizations of North Africa, the Near East, South and Southeast Asia, Inner Asia, and the Far East. The pages of the Journal are always open to original and interesting contributions from scholars. The Journal follows standard double-blind peer-review practice. AOS membership dues include an annual subscription to the Journal.

Peri Bearman
Harvard University

Sectional Editors
Gary M. Beckman (Ancient Near East)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Peri Bearman (Islamic Studies)
Harvard University

Stephanie Jamison (Traditional India, South Asia, and Southeast Asia)
University of California Los Angeles

Thomas Mazanec (East Asia)
University of California Santa Barbara

The Society and the Editors assume no responsibility for the views expressed by authors in the Society’s publications.

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JAOS Guidelines for Submission of Manuscripts

Guidelines for Publishers

The current issue of JAOS is 144:1 (Jan-Mar 2024).

Effective with volume 142 (2022), current issues of e-JAOS will be available only through Lockwood Online Journals ( All issues in electronic format prior to 2022 will continue to be available through the JSTOR archive ( In addition to current content, Lockwood Online Journals now hosts all content beginning with volume 133 (2013). Current members may log-in, and access e-JAOS in JSTOR through the “My Account” link in the top of page menu.

Hard copies for nonmembers are available from ISD; email for details.

Back issues of the Journal in print (v. 136 – 2016-) are available for purchase by members and subscribers:

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