The Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies (JCBS) is registered as both a printed and an Open Access Journal with all the contents freely downloadable.

Print: ISSN 2313-2000
E-ISSN: 2313-2019

Aim and Scope of the Journal

The Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies (JCBS) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to the historical study of Chinese Buddhism in the premodern and modern periods. It seeks to promote the academic study, and teaching, of all aspects of Buddhist thought, practice, social, and institutional life in China, including historical interactions with Buddhist developments in South, East, and Central Asia. The JCBS publishes annually, and meets in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion.

The JCBS publishes three to seven articles each year. All accepted articles go through a double blind peer review process. Issues are distributed internationally to university and national libraries.

In 2019, the JCBS was recognized by the Taiwan National Central Library as the top fourth most cited scholarly journal in the fields of philosophy and religious studies for the past 30 years. This award was based on the “Taiwan Citation Index – Humanities and Social Sciences (pp. 26, 91).”

History of the Journal

The JCBS has had a long history rooted in the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies. It was first known as Hwakang Buddhist Journal, which published 8 issues until its name was changed to Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal  (CHBJ) in 1987. From 1987 to 2013, the CHBJ continued as a multilingual academic journal that published articles in Chinese, Japanese, and English. It covered all areas of Buddhist studies from Indian Buddhism to Chinese Buddhism to Japanese Buddhism, including both doctrinal and philological issues.

In 2008, from volume number 21, the CHBJ  became an English journal, but still publishing on all areas of Buddhist studies. In 2014, the Journal changed its name to JCBS, becaming the first scholarly journal in English devoted exclusively to the historical study of Chinese Buddhism in the premodern and modern periods.

JCBS is published by the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies, which also offers scholarly grants, fellowship, academic exchange programs, and symposiums. Find out more here.


Albert Welter (University of Arizona)
Jimmy Y. Yu (Florida State University)

Editorial Board

Marcus Bingenheimer (Temple University)
Daniel Getz (Bradley University)
Natasha Heller (University of Virginia)
Jan Nattier (Hua Hin, Thailand)
Morten Schlütter (University of Iowa)
Daniel B. Stevenson (University of Kansas)

Internal Advisors

Venerable Guo Jing, Ph.D.
Venerable Huimin, Ph.D.

Executive Editorial Assistant

Jhen-Hong Yang