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:

Udomluck Hoontrakul
Duyen Nguyen
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 is published annually with a mix of feature articles and fieldwork reports. 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 as well as in English.

2. Peer review process:

All articles are subject to peer review, usually by two reviewers.

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. 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:


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)
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. We work in collaboration with the SOAS Research Students Association (RSA) and the SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research.