The first issue of Orientalia Suecana appeared in 1952. Its founder was Erik Gren (1904–1959), Reader in Classical History and Archaeology at Uppsala University and librarian at the University Library. The journal is successor to the journal Le Monde Oriental, published in Uppsala between the years 1906–1946. Most of the contributions in the early volumes were primarily philological, with a wider view towards historical, and especially religious-historical issues. More recently, besides the articles dealing with issues of pre-modern times, Orientalia Suecana has published numerous studies on present-day topics and phenomena. While maintaining its philological focus on texts, the journal is open to linguistic and literary research in the fields of Semitic, Iranian, Turkic, Indic, and Chinese studies.
Orientalia Suecana is a peer-reviewed journal. Manuscripts submitted to Orientalia Suecana are normally sent to two scientific experts independent of the editorial board as well as to a member of the board specializing in the given field. Reviewers evaluate the paper based on such criteria as the importance of the topic, the originality of the research, the methodology of the author(s), and the quality and clarity of the writing. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the editors to decide whether to accept or reject a paper. It is understood that acceptance of a manuscript is conditional until the editors consider the paper ready for publication and explicitly communicate this to the author.
Orientalia Suecana is owned and hosted by the Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, and edited by scholars working at universities in Nordic countries. The current editorial team includes:
- Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Eleanor Coghill, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden
- Joakim Enwall, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden
- Carina Jahani, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden
- Juha Janhunen, Department of Languages, University of Helsinki, Finland
- László Károly, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden
- Heinz Werner Wessler, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden
- Claus Peter Zoller, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, Norway
The journal is available through DiVA – Academic Archive Online – which is Uppsala University’s system for digital publishing, developed and maintained by Uppsala University Library. Volumes 1 (1952) ‒ 57 (2008) are also available in print. For pricing and ordering, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and the requested volumes.