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International Journal of Dharma Studies
Peer reviewed
Open access

Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University

The aim of the International Journal of Dharma Studies is to “(i) investigate, present, interpret, and envision the shared and distinct categories of the life-worlds of the Indic Religions, globally, in a (ii) multidisciplinary format with articles from Religious Studies, Philosophy, Ethics, Cultural Studies, Musicology, Film, Contemporary Issues, Sociology, Anthropology, and the Arts, within (iii) a structure that maintains the rigor of conventional academic discourse, but adds methodological contextualization and investigative, epistemic, hermeneutical and evaluative perspectives from these religious and cultural traditions (iv) in conversation with the world’s religions and the concerns of our time.”

This is a SpringerOpen journal, and it’s interesting to read the Open Access statement about it: “All articles published by International Journal of Dharma Studies are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers…. Authors of articles published in International Journal of Dharma Studies are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.  For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Article-processing charges: The publication costs for International Journal of Dharma Studies are covered by the Center for Dharma Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.”

The fastest way to see the most recent content of the journal is to click through the list of Latest Articles which appears on the journal home page. If you’re interested in looking at the Most Viewed articles there’s a tab next to that list that takes you to the most highly accessed journals. The latest articles listed at the time of this review include the Research article, “Return to the womb: feminine creative imagery of arghya in a Tantric ritual,” the book review, “Review of “the goddess pose: the audacious life of indra Devi,” the Research article, “Chinese Bhiksunis in contemporary China: beliefs and practices on Three-Plus-One Project,” the book review, “Review of Gandhi’s Ascetic Activism: Renunciation and Social Action,” and the book review, “Review of The Pariah Problem: Caste, Religion, and the Social in Modern India.” You can click a link beneath this list to see more articles, or you can click the Articles tab at screen top to access All articles, Most viewed, Archive (which lists all the articles published since Volume 1, November 2013) and Article collections (of which there is one, Buddhist Women Masters, from 2015).

I did a search of the journal for the word, “injury,” and immediately found three results: “Conceptualizing a value-based communication system: Towards a synergy between Hindu and Islamic perspectives,” “Mental freedom: Who has control -- the rider or the horse?,” and “The conflicting themes of nonviolence and violence in ancient Indian asceticism as evident in the practice of fasting,” and quickly viewed the full-text of all three research articles from the links provided. The system allows you to do simple searches, advanced searches, and Boolean searches, and to save searches within the system, as well.

A scholarly, well-produced journal, this will be of interests to researchers in all the areas listed in ii., above, and essential to students of Indic religions.

31 Jan 2016
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