I have an honor to present Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research. It began in 1995 by "Thesa Publishers" (Saint-Petersburg) on initiative of a group of Peretsburg orientalists as undependant scientific publication, operating on basis of self-finance and is an English-language quarterly containing 72 pages. Now it is published in cooperation with Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the State Hermitage Museum. It is the first and only international journal entirely dedicated to issues of Oriental textology, comparative codicology, and palaeography. It regularly features articles by scholars who work with sources in Oriental languages and manuscripts preserved in the rich collections of the famous St. Petersburg museums, libraries and archives. The journal also acquaints its readers with materials on little-known collections of Oriental manuscripts from various museums and academic centers in Russia and the countries of the former USSR. It serves as a forum for the research of colleagues in the United States, Germany, Norway, Holland, Italy, Czech Republic, France, Iran, Great Britain, Japan and many other countries. Publications in the journal are subjected to a stringent selection process (double-blind peer review) to ensure that they meet the demands of an international community of specialists. Our subscribers include leading centers in the humanities and libraries in nearly 30 countries.
The journal is evaluated by SCOPUS. According to the Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB) official letter “Manuscripta Orientalia” “is a well organized journal with an excellent editorial policy, and which publishes articles that are already highly cited in SCOPUS. The journal is international in focus and is associated with leading institutions and scholars. For all of these reasons it merits inclusion in SCOPUS”.
Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation included “Manuscripta Orientalia” in the list of leading peer-reviewed scientific journals. Since 2007 full text version of our journal could be found in e-library.ru. Our journal is included in the bibliographic database of scientific publications of the Russian scientists — Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI).“Manuscripta Orientalia” also is indexed in/evaluated in (see MIAR)
Dr. Prof. Efim Rezvan
Manuscripta Orientalia, International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences
3 Universiteskaya emb., 199034, St. Petersburg, Russia
The journal is registered by North-Western regional office of the RF State Committee for Press
Date of registration: March 24, 2000
Registration number: П 4312.
Founder and publisher: Thesa Publishers
Address: 26 Moskovsky prospect, St. Petersburg State Technical University, Thesa Publishers, 190013, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Phone (subscription): +7 (812) 316 5574
E-mail (subscription): firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Michael Carter, Arabic studies, University of Oslo, Norway:
"This is probably the only forum in hard copy where topics of art history and the most recent advances in communications technology can come together. To the extent that the visual arts are an exploitation of the traditional media it is of fundamental importance to be able to discuss and interpret them by using contemporary theories and models of communication. Within the general topic of the transmission of information the journal offers a unique platform for the exchange of ideas on the function of manuscripts".
Prof. Tapani Harviainen, University of Helsinki, Finland (Hebrew studies):
"It has been a real pleasure to observe the permanently high level of the Manuscripta Orientalia with respect to both the external beauty of the volumes and the scholar quality of the contents, in particular. the extensive range of topics has also aroused my positive attention. I hope indeed that the good co-operation between St. Petersburg and Helsinki will continue to offer similar delightful fruits to the lovers of Orient all over the world".
Prof. Dr. Georges-Jean Pinault, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, France (Central Asian studies):
"Le periodique Manuscripta Orientalia procure des services exceptionnels de tous les orientalistes, car il contient des informations de premiere main sur des documents rares et inédits, avec l'appui de commentaires prйcis et d'illustrations remarquables".
Prof. Dr. Malachi Beit-Arie, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Head of the Hebrew Palaeography Project, Jerusalem Israel (Hebrew studies):
"My congratulations with "Manuscripta"!
Prof. Dr. Akira Yuyama, Head of the Chair of Buddhist Sanskrit Philology at Soka University, Director of the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology (IRIAB), Tokyo, Japan (Buddhology):
Manuscripta Orientalia is now a must for any serious oriental philologist to see".