Manuscript Studies

Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies brings together scholarship from around the world and across disciplines related to the study of pre-modern manuscript books and documents. This peer-reviewed journal is open to contributions that rely on both traditional methodologies of manuscript study and those that explore the potential of new ones. We publish articles that engage in a larger conversation on manuscript culture and its continued relevance in today’s world and highlight the value of manuscript evidence in understanding our shared cultural and intellectual heritage. Studies that incorporate digital methodologies to further understanding of the physical and conceptual structures of the manuscript book are encouraged. A separate section, entitled Annotations, features research in progress and digital project reports. For more information, go to

The editors of Manuscript Studies are pleased to make the following announcements:

  • Thanks to a generous agreement with the University of Pennsylvania Press, all issues of Manuscript Studies will be available on an open access basis after one year from the date of publication. Articles and Annotations from our inaugural issue (Spring 2017) are now available for downloading and sharing. To access the pdfs, go to:
  • The Spring 2017 special issue “Collectors and Collections in the History of Thai Manuscripts,” guest-edited by Justin McDaniel, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, is now available on Project Muse through a subscription basis at
  • We are seeking submissions for the Fall 2018 issue and beyond. For submission details and to subscribe, go to

For direct inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact the editors at .

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