Academic Journal Publishing in and about Nepal: Some Reflections

Academic journal publishing in and about Nepal was started more than 60 years ago. Dozens of journals with contents related to the broad social sciences have been started in the years since. While many of these have turned out to be ventures with short life spans, a few have earned a reputation for their endurance, regularity and quality. Given this history and the fact that journals play an important role in the lives of academics, there have been very few written or oral discussions related to the journal publishing scene in and about Nepal over the years.


The panelists will reflect on the lives of these publications. The concerns they will try to address will include the current academic dynamics of journal publishing in and about Nepal and challenges that need to be faced to make such journals more robust platforms for Nepal studies. They will reflect on the protocols followed to solicit and process quality contents for their journals while discussing comparative lessons from journal production elsewhere.

Pratyoush Onta, Editor, Studies in Nepali History and Society

Man Bahadur Khattri, Editor, Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology

Heather Hindman, President, Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, publisher of Himalaya

and Michael Hutt, Contributing Editor, European Bulletin of Himalayan Research

Moderated by Janak Rai, Lecturer, Tribhuvan University, Nepal 

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