Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Philology and Grammatical Traditions
     topic: languages and linguistics  
Aims & Scope

Bhasha. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Philology and Grammatical Traditions is an international journal that welcomes submissions that adopt evidence-based approaches to all areas of linguistics related to South Asian literary (classical and modern/contemporary), spoken and/or endangered languages. The aim of the Journal is to collect papers devoted to the general synchronic linguistic analysis (including sociolinguistic analysis pertaining to today’s languages) of particular languages and/or particular texts, even those that incorporate a comparative analysis with other languages or texts. From the point of view of linguistics, one of the other areas of interest is understanding the evolution of the various languages employed in South Asia today and in the previous historical phases. The term ‘evolution’ is here understood from the point of view of linguistic history – according to a pure diachronic linguistic perspective – as well as from the point of view of the history of these languages, concerning thus the dynamics existing between a specific language and the culture and socio-political context of the society where this language is spoken. For this reason, the Journal also includes in its scope the analysis of the history of reading and reception studies in South Asia. Articles focusing on textual details and criticism and on the history of manuscript traditions and circulation will also be considered. Last but not the least, particular emphasis is also placed on the study of grammatical traditions that have thrived in the South Asian regions. An important part of Bhasha will be devoted to reviews of new books or specific important papers related in some way to the aims of the Journal. The Journal predominantly publishes articles in English but will occasionally also publish in Italian, French and German.

General info

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    Scientific direction
    Andrea Drocco, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Advisory Board
    Gregory Anderson, Institute for Endangered Languages, Salem, USA    
    E. Annamalai, University of Chicago, USA; Central Institute of Indian Languages, India    
    Vit Bubenik, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada    
    Paolo Di Giovine, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italia    
    Hans Henrich Hock, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA    
    Leonid Kulikov, Universiteit Gent, België    
    Malhar Kulkarni, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India    
    Carol Genetti, New York University, New York-Abu Dhabi, USA    
    Silvia Luraghi, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italia    
    Tiziana Pontillo, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italia    
    Adriano Valerio Rossi, Università degli Studi di Napoli «L'Orientale», Italia    
    Krzysztof Stroński, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland    
    Boris Zakharyin, Moscow State University, Russia    

    Editorial board
    Valentina Barnabei, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Erica Biagetti, Università di Pavia, Italia    
    Elisabetta Campagni, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Lucrezia Carnesale, Università di Pavia, Italia    
    Maria Casadei, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland    
    Bryan De Notariis, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Managing Editor
    Andrea Drocco, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Proposal / Submission

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Peer review

Every article published by ECF was accepted for publication by no less than two qualified reviewers as a result of a process of anonymous reviewing (double-blind peer review). The reviewers are independent of the authors and not affiliated with the same institution.

The Journal’s Editor-in-Chief guarantees the proper execution of the peer review process for every article published in the Journal.

Peer review policies for the different sections:

  • Complete volume/issue: subject to peer review
  • Monographs/essays/articles: subject to peer review
  • Introductions, prefaces: no peer review
  • Reviews: no peer review
  • Editorials: no peer review
For a complete description of the process, please visit: Scientific certification.

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Editorial Guidelines
  • listEditorial Guidelines

    To be published all manuscripts must comply with the following guidelines. In case of blatant violation of the guidelines, the editor (ECF) can suspend at any time the manuscript’s publication.

    The instructions for the preparation of your manuscript, its abstract and its bibliography, are an integral part of the requirements for the manuscript submission. They are downloadable from the menu ‘Publish with us’ at the item ‘Editorial Guidelines’.

    • Manuscript Preparation
    • Document Basic Structure
    • Document Composition
    • Source Citation System
    • General Bibliography

    To find out more, please contact Edizioni Ca’ Foscari’s editorial staff at

Call for papers
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    Call for papers – Bhāṣā. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Philology and Grammatical Traditions

    Vol. 3 | Num. 2 | October 2024

    Bhāṣā. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Philology and Grammatical Traditions is a new peer-reviewed, internationally open access research journal on the languages of the Indian subcontinent. The Journal, launched by the Department of Asian and North African Studies of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, is not only devoted to the ‘pure’ linguistic study of South Asian languages with a synchronic and/or diachronic approach. Indeed the scope of this journal is also extended to studies on the Indian grammatical tradition (Sanskrit and non-Sanskrit) and on textual criticism as well. Actually, one of the aims of the journal is to try to combine philology and linguistics through some of the papers that will be submitted.

    Deadline: 15 June 2024.

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    Ethical Code of Bhāṣā. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Philology and Grammatical Traditions

    Bhāṣā. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Philology and Grammatical Traditions  is a peer-reviewed scientific journal whose policy is inspired by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Ethical Code. See the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

    Publisher’s responsibilities  

    The Publisher must provide the Journal with adequate resources and the guidance of experts, in order to carry out its role in the most professional way, aiming at the highest quality standard.

    The Publisher must have a written agreement that defines the relationship with the owner of the Journal and/or the Editor-in-Chief. The agreement must comply with the Code of Behavior for Publishers of Scientific Journals, as established by COPE.

    The relationship among the Editor-in-Chief, the Advisory Board and the Publisher is based on the principle of publishing independence. 

    Editors’ responsibilities 

    The Editor-in-Chief and the Advisory Board of Bhāṣā alone are responsible for the decision to publish the articles submitted.

    Submitted articles, after having been checked for plagiarism by means of the anti-plagiarism software Compilatio that is used by the University and is made available to us, will be sent to at least two reviewers. Final acceptance presumes the implementation of possible amendments, as required by the reviewers and under the supervision of the Bhāṣā Editor-in-Chief.

    The Bhāṣā Editor-in-Chief and Advisory Board must evaluate each submitted paper in compliance with the Journalʼs policy, i.e. exclusively on the basis of its scientific content, without discrimination of race, sex, gender, creed, ethnic origin, citizenship, or the scientific, academic and political position of the Authors. 

    Allegations of misconduct

    If the Bhāṣā Editor-in-Chief and Advisory Board notice (or receive notifications of) mistakes or inaccuracies, conflict of interest or plagiarism in a published article, they will immediately warn the Author and the Publisher and will undertake the necessary actions to resolve the issue. They will do their best to correct the published content whenever they are informed that it contains scientific errors or that the authors have committed unethical or illegal acts in connection with their published work. If necessary, they will withdraw the article or publish a recantation.

    All complaints are handled in accordance with the guidelines published by the COPE.

    Concerns and complaints must be addressed to the following e-mail The letter should contain the following information:

    • complainant’s personal information;
    • title, author(s), publication date, DOI;
    • complaint(s);
    • declaration that the complainant has no conflict of interest, or declaration of an actual or potential conflict of interest.

    Authors’ responsibilities


    Authors must follow the Guidelines for Authors to be downloaded from the Bhāṣā website.

    No multiple submissions

    Authors must explicitly state that their work is original in all its parts and that the submitted paper has not been previously published, nor submitted to other journals, until the entire evaluation process is completed. Since no paper gets published without significant revision, earlier dissemination in conference proceedings or working papers does not preclude consideration for publication, but Authors are expected to fully disclose publication/dissemination of the material in other closely related publications, so that the overlap can be evaluated by the Bhāṣā Editor-in-Chief. 


    Authors are strongly encouraged to use their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript. This will ensure the authors’ visibility and correct citation of their work.

    Authorship must be correctly attributed; all those who have given a substantial contribution to the design, organisation and accomplishment of the research the article is based on, must be indicated as Co-Authors. Please ensure that: the order of the author names is correct; the names of all authors are present and correctly spelled, and that affiliations are up-to-date.

    The respective roles of each co-author should be described in a footnote. The statement that all authors have approved the final version should be included in the disclosure.

    Conflicts of interest and financing

    Authors, under their own responsibility, must avoid any conflict of interest affecting the results obtained or the interpretations suggested. The Bhāṣā Editor-in-Chief will give serious and careful consideration to suggestions of cases in which, due to possible conflict of interest, an Author’s work should not be reviewed by a specific scholar. Authors should indicate any financing agency or the project the article stems from. 


    Authors must see to it that all works consulted be properly quoted. If works or words of others are used, they have to be properly paraphrased or duly quoted. Quotations between “double quotes” (or «angled quotation marks» if the text is written in a language other than English) must reproduce the exact wording of the source; under their own responsibility, Authors should carefully refrain from disguising a restyling of the source’s wording, as though it was the original formulation. 

    Any form of excessive, inappropriate or unnecessary self-citation, as well as any other form of citation manipulation, are strongly discouraged.

    Ethical Committee

    Whenever required, the research protocols must be authorised in advance by the Ethical Committee of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. 


    When Authors find a mistake or an inaccuracy in their own article, they must immediately warn the Bhāṣā Editor-in-Chief, providing all the information needed to make the due adjustments. 

    Reviewers’ responsibilities


    By means of the peer-review procedure, reviewers assist the Bhāṣā Editor-in-Chief and Advisory Board in taking decisions on the articles submitted. They are expected to offer the Authors suggestions as to possible adjustments aimed at improving their contribution submission. 

    Timing and conflicts of interest

    If a reviewer does not feel up to the task of doing a given review, or if she/he is unable to read the work within the agreed schedule, she/he should notify the Bhāṣā Editor-in-Chief. Reviewers must not accept articles for which there is a conflict of interest due to previous contributions or to a competition with a disclosed author (or with an author they believe to have identified). 


    The content of the reviewed work must be considered confidential and must not be used without explicit authorisation by the Author, who is to be contacted via the editor-in-chief. Any confidential information obtained during the peer review process should not be used for other purposes.

    Collaborative attitude

    Reviewers should see themselves not as adversaries but as advocates for the field. Any comment must be done in a collaborative way and from an objective point of view. Reviewers should clearly motivate their comments and keep in mind the Golden Rule of Reviewing: “Review for others as you would have others review for you”. 


    Reviewers should report any similarity or overlapping of the work under analysis with other works known to them.