Editorial Team email: pratujournal@soas.ac.uk

Mailing address:
Pratu Editorial Team
℅ SAAAP Project Manager, Room 239
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG

Editorial Team:

Panggah Ardiyansyah
Udomluck Hoontrakul
Duyen Nguyen
Sonetra Seng
Heidi Tan
Ben Wreyford

Advisory Group:

Ashley Thompson, Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art, Department of History of Art and Archaeology

Christian Luczanits, David L. Snellgrove Senior Lecturer in Tibetan and Buddhist Art, Department of History of Art and Archaeology

Crispin Branfoot, Reader in the History of South Asian Art and Archaeology, Department of History of Art and Archaeology


1. Focus and scope

The journal publishes original research advancing the understanding and preservation of Southeast Asian Buddhist and Hindu art and architecture from ancient to premodern times. The journal welcomes contributions from emerging scholars in the areas covered by the SAAAP remit: “study of the built environment, sculpture, painting, illustrated texts, textiles and other tangible or visual representations, along with the written word related to these, and archaeological, museum and cultural heritage.”

Pratu publishes a mix of feature articles and fieldwork reports on a rolling basis, grouped into annual volumes. Although the working language is English, the journal encourages submissions in Southeast Asian languages and endeavours to provide peer review, translation and editing services for these. Texts in Southeast Asian languages will be published in the original language as well as in English.

2. Peer review process

Peer review is a method of evaluation of your paper by established scholars in your field of research, before it is published. It is a way to ensure that we publish high quality papers, which are original, engage with the relevant literature, and make a meaningful contribution to the field. The review provides valuable feedback on your work and is a way to find out what revisions, if any, are needed.

After the editorial team assesses a draft paper’s relevance to the journal’s focus and scope (see above), it will either be rejected (and the author invited to resubmit) or sent for peer review.

Peer review is undertaken in two stages:

1. Editors contact at least two appropriate scholars to conduct double-blind peer reviews (the author and both reviewers remain anonymous and unknown to each other). Reviewers look at the following:

  • originality
  • understanding of relevant literature
  • level of scholarship
  • contribution to the field
  • clarity, style and presentation

Reviewers then recommend one of five courses of action – accept, accept with minor revisions, accept with major revisions, reject, reject and recommend another publication.  It is quite normal for papers to require some revision and resubmission. Editors encourage authors through this process by providing reviewers’ comments in a conveniently formatted document so that revisions can be individually tracked and managed.

2. Editors will facilitate an author’s queries about review comments and make some editorial checks before formally accepting the paper for production (editing, layout, publication). Reviews may take up to 6 weeks to complete. Reviewers undertake this work voluntarily alongside their other work commitments, so we ask authors to consider this if they need to publish their work quickly. Depending on the extent of revisions, the time assigned for these is normally 4 to 6 weeks.

3. Open Access and copyright policy

Pratu provides freely accessible content for research, teaching and greater global exchange of knowledge, in keeping with SOAS’ support for the principle of Open Access.  

Articles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-NC 4.0). This enables all content to be shared, copied and redistributed in any medium or format, with permissible exceptions where required. See individual figure captions for the copyright status of illustrations. Those images accompanied by the copyright symbol © are not covered by the Creative Commons licence and cannot be further reproduced without the permission of the copyright owner. For more information see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

We ask contributors to Pratu to agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright of their work, whilst Pratu has first right of publication of the work under the Creative Commons Attribution License. Others can share the work whilst acknowledging the author and first publication with Pratu.
  • Authors may publish this version of the work elsewhere but will acknowledge initial publication with Pratu. Authors should advise Pratu of their intention to republish the work.
  • Authors may post the approved version of the work elsewhere during the submission process, e.g. an institutional repository, to encourage further exchanges and citations.

These terms accord with those of the Open Library of Humanities: https://www.openlibhums.org/site/about/

4. Author declaration

Our publishing framework requires that authors confirm they know of no conflict of interest in publishing with Pratu. Authors’ research should not knowingly be supported by, or complicit in, activities involving the looting of or damage to sites of archaeological and cultural heritage significance, including the trafficking or sale of illegally-acquired archaeological and art historical objects. A signed copy of the Author Declaration form should be sent to Pratu when submitting the article or report:

Author declaration (English)
Pernyataan penulis (Bahasa Indonesia)
စာရေးသူ ဝန်ခံကတိ (Burmese)
សេចក្តីប្រកាសរបស់អ្នកនិពន្ធ (Khmer)
คำประกาศรับรองของผู้เขียน (Thai)
Tuyên bố của tác giả (Vietnamese)

Journal sponsorship and institutional affiliation

Pratu is sponsored and published by the Southeast Asian Academic Art Programme (SAAAP), with the generous financial support of the Alphawood Foundation.

Pratu is supported by the Department of History of Art and Archaeology, and SOAS Research Online at SOAS University of London.