Academic journal article Journal of Buddhist Ethics

Celebrating Twenty Years of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics

Academic journal article Journal of Buddhist Ethics

Celebrating Twenty Years of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics

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This special edition celebrates twenty years of continuous publication by the JBE and includes a collection of invited papers to mark the occasion. Some of these papers have been published before in the JBE, some are new, and others have been selected from sources outside the journal because of their importance to the field. Taken together they are a representative selection of the quality, scope and subject matter of the material that has appeared in the virtual pages of the journal since it was launched back in 1993.

When we decided to found the JBE we had no idea how it would be received. At that time the concept of an electronic journal was completely novel and colleagues struggled with the notion of a journal with no paper copy. There was nothing like it in Buddhist Studies, and almost nothing in the broader field of Religious Studies. Nor was there any precedent for a journal dealing with Buddhist ethics. In both of these ways the JBE was a "first" and we had no idea whether lacking the resources and credibility provided by an established publisher and an established constituency of readers and contributors it would flourish or simply be a short-lived novelty. Fortunately, the new journal seemed to meet a need, and with the support of the distinguished members of its editorial board soon established itself as a permanent feature in the landscape of Buddhist Studies. Nowadays, with a much more internet-savvy audience of readers and contributors, the idea of electronic publication barely raises an eyebrow. Cyberspace is now crowded with Buddhist blogs and websites, but thanks to the quality that has always been the hallmark of the JBE and the rigorous process of peer review to which all articles are subject, the journal has remained a leading and trusted resource for publications in the field.

It was always our intention that the journal should be a free and open resource serving the interests of the discipline rather than a privately managed concern. For this reason in 2006 the founding editors handed it over to a new editorial team consisting of Daniel Cozort, Barbra Clayton and Christopher Ives. Subsequently, under the inspiring leadership of Daniel Cozort, now General Editor, the administrative structure of the journal was reorganized and expanded. …

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