Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens (WZKS) – Information for authors

Authors are asked to forward their articles in both printed (single-sided with generous margins, double-spaced) and digitized form (the latter, if possible, in PC format, preferably using WORD-software) to the address: Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.1, A-1090 Vienna, Austria. As regards the preparation of the contributions, the editors request attention to the following:



1 Font size and style

One font size should be employed for the text as well as for the footnotes. Only the following font styles should be used: normal Roman (also for titles of primary literature) and italics (also for titles of books, journals, etc.; further see [3]). L e t t e r s p a c i n g and underlining should not be used for emphasis; please resort to stylistic means instead. The text should contain a minimum of formatting and no end-of-line hyphenation. Paragraphs should be indicated with two hard returns, no tabulation. Character combinations should be completely avoided. For special characters please use Gandhari Unicode, if possible.

2 Annotations

The annotation is to be organized as consecutively numbered footnotes. The first of these (*) should be reserved for acknowledgements or other preliminary remarks. Please refrain from arranging the footnote content in paragraphs.

3a Prose citations and metrical texts

Words and word forms used as such or cited, as well as citations from non-European language original texts, should be set in italics. In prose citations, either vertical daṇḍas or periods, commas and other conventional sentence markers should be employed, but in no case a combination of the two. Metrical texts should be marked respectively with single and double diagonal daṇḍas at the end of half and full verses.

3b Transcription

The following transcription systems are to be relied upon: for Sanskrit and related languages, the internationally accepted style (cf. the Poona Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Sanskrit on Historical Principles); for Tibetan, Viennese style; for Dravidian, the Burrow-Emeneau system; for Iranian, Hoffmann.

4 Citations and translations

Short citations and translations should appear within the running text and, except in the case of primary texts, be placed within double quotation marks. Longer citations and translations should appear as separate blocks, without quotation marks, set off from the rest of the text by left-indenting. Syntactically necessary additions to one’s own translations should be placed in square brackets, explanations or other additions in round brackets.

5a Primary and Secondary Literature

Frequently mentioned primary and secondary literature should be referred to within the article itself in abbreviated form: in the case of primary texts via common sigla, in the case of secondary literature either by way of initial capital abbreviation (e.g. MW or EIP I/1) or by way of author names, with or without date; page numbers should be indicated according to the models: EIP I/1/55, HIP II/235, MW 555b (s.v. nirdiś), Hacker 123 and Halbfass 1991: 32, n. 21. All sigla and abbreviations should appear at the end of the article in a single alphabetically arranged abbreviations list which corresponds to the following examples:

EIP I/1Karl H. Potter, Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies. Vol. I: Bibliography, Section 1. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 31995.
Granoff 1991Phyllis Granoff, The Sacrifice of Maṇicūḍa: The Context of Narrative Action as a Guide to Interpretation. In: Kalyāṇa-mitta. Professor Hajime Nakamura Felicitation Volume, ed. V.N. Jha. [Bibliotheca Indo-Buddhica 86]. Delhi 1991, p. 225-239.
Granoff 1998Id., Maitreya’s Jewelled World: Some Remarks on Gems and Visions in Buddhist Texts. JIP 26 (1998) 347-371.
HackerPaul Hacker, Philology and Confrontation. P.H. on Traditional and Modern Vedānta, ed. W. Halbfass. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995.
Halbfass 1991Wilhelm Halbfass, The Therapeutic Paradigm and the Search for Identity in Indian Thought. In: Kalyāṇa-mitta (see Granoff 1991), p. 23-34.
Halbfass 1995Id., An Uncommon Orientalist: Paul Hacker’s Passage to India. In: Hacker 1-23.
HIP IIErich Frauwallner, History of Indian Philosophy, tr. V.M. Bedekar. Vol. II: The Nature-Philosophical Schools and the Vaiśeṣika System – The System of the Jaina – The Materialism. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1973.
MBhMahābhārata, ed. V.S. Sukthankar et al. (Poona 1933[1927]-1966). Alternatively:
 Mahābhārata: The Mahābhārata for the first time critically ed. by V.S. Sukthankar, S.K. Belvalkar et al. 20 vols. Poona 1933(1927)-1966.
MWMonier Williams, A Dictionary English and Sanskrit. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 41976 (repr. 1999).
Tieken 2000Herman Tieken, Aśoka and the Buddhist Saṃgha: A study of Aśoka’s Schism Edict and Minor Rock Edict I. BSOAS 63 (2000) 1-30.
van Nooten 1994Barend A. van Nooten – Gary B. Holland, Rig Veda. A Metrically Restored Text with an Introduction and Notes. [HOS 50]. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University, 1994.


Common bibliographical, grammatical, etc. abbreviations need not be incorporated.

5b Primary and Secondary Literature, alternatively

Alternatively, secondary literature may be fully documented (cf. [5a]) in a footnote upon initial mention, with subsequent citations therefrom referred back to the initial mention, according to the model: P. Hacker, Philology and Confrontation, ed. W. Halbfass. Albany 1995, p. 55f., n. 15 and P. Hacker, op. cit. (n. 5), p. 203. The titles of frequently employed primary sources should be written out in full and be followed by an abbreviated form in brackets upon initial mention; only the abbreviation should be used upon subsequent mention.

6 Page Numbers

Page numbers in cases other than those mentioned (cf. [5]) should be indicated with ‘p.’, note numbers with ‘n.’; e.g. p. 75, n. 132.

7 Numbers

Numbers separated by way of a period or comma should be placed immediately adjacent to each other; e.g. MBh II 1,1, MBh 2,1,1 or MBh 2.1.1.

8 Other

Please note that submitted contributions may not be offered at the same time to another journal. Each author will receive without charge 25 offprints of their contribution; additional copies may be ordered at the author’s cost when the final corrections are sent to the publisher.