THL Toolbox > Essays > Abstract, Bibliography, and Biographical Statement
Contributor(s): José Cabezón, Michael Cox, David Germano, Nathaniel Grove, Alison Melnick, Steven Weinberger.
Along with your article, please provide
- A short (150-word maximum) abstract for your article.
- A short (100-word maximum) biographical statement (see details below).
- A bibliography (see details below).
- Signed author agreement (see details below).
- Digital photo of yourself! (see details below).
This should be written in the third person and should contain at minimum the following information (maximum 100 words):
- Current position, department, and institution. Example: Jane Smith is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia.
- Highest degree held, field, and institution granting that degree. Example: She received her doctorate in Anthropology from Indiana University.
- Two or three publications. Example: Her recent publications include Tibetan Art (Jaca Books, 1999) and “The Vajravali Mandala of Shalu and Sakya: The Legacy of Buton (1290-1364),” Orientations (May, 2004).
- Current area of research or current research project. Example: Her current research interests include the history of religious lineages and their representations in paintings. or She is currently completing a translation and study of Ippolito Desideri’s Historical Notes on Tibet.
Example of a complete biographical statement:
Jane Smith is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia. She received her doctorate in Anthropology from Indiana University. Her recent publications include Tibetan Art (Jaca Books, 1999) and “The Vajravali Mandala of Shalu and Sakya: The Legacy of Buton (1290-1364),” Orientations (May, 2004). Her research interests include the grazing patterns of sheep in western Tibet, and she is currently completing a translation and study of Ippolito Desideri’s Historical Notes on Tibet.
Just as all print journals do, we require a full bibliography that includes all works cited in the article/essay as well as all other works you wish to include. Use The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, to standardize your use of punctuation and formatting for the bibliography (use the bibliography style; do not use the reference list style). You can consult the print version of The Chicago Manual of Style, the abbreviated online version, or best of all, THL’s condensed version of the essential points for formatting & bibliographic citations (note that this page presents only the basic citation formats for an article and a book; click this link for the Extensive List of Bibliographic References).
Every author is required to sign a standard author agreement form stating that s/he either owns the copyright for all text and media included in the article or has secured copyright permission. If an article has more than one author, each author must complete an author agreement form and return it to us. Download the Author Publication Agreement, print it, fill out the form and sign and date it, and then return it to:
PO Box 400126
University of Virginia, Dept. of Religious Studies
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4126
If you can insert your electronic signature, please make a PDF and send by email to snw8f-at-virginia.edu.
Please send a digital photo of yourself, preferably of you doing fieldwork. The photo can be either a digital photo taken with a digital camera or a photo that you have scanned. For digital photos, set the resolution as high as possible and send us the JPG file. For scanned photos, set the resolution at 600 dpi and scan them as TIFF (.tif) files. For more information on images, see the “Images” section of Photos, Graphs, Charts, Video, and Other Media.