Aims & Scope

The Bulletin of Portuguese / Japanese Studies, launched in December 2000, is an interdisciplinary journal of humanities and social sciences published in English. The BPJS was created as a result of the development of historiographical studies on the Portuguese presence in East and South-East Asia, and particularly in Japan. Throughout these fifteen years of activity and after publishing twenty-one volumes, scholars and students interested in the numerous aspects related to Portuguese-Japanese relations referred to the BPJS as a container of new ideas, approaches, and reliable historical research. At the same time, the BPJS has been considered an important venue for publications in the fields of political, social and religious history, but also the fields of anthropology, sociology, the visual arts and the conservation of objects.

The first series of the BPJS was published in print with a semi-annual periodicity, which was maintained until its 21st volume. However, the adaptation to new academic contexts and (inter)disciplinary frameworks, to new and ever-improving criteria of scientific production, as well as the urge to meet new profiles of academic research eventually determined a new outline for the BPJS. The Bulletin will now start a second series, in digital format and in open access (online), publishing only one number per year. With this new format we hope to explore new approaches and subjects even more deeply and widely, and to meet the needs and the interest of even a larger number of scholars and students all over the world.

Editorial Board

Scientific Board


Latest issue - volume 3-4 (2017-2018

ISSN (online, 2nd series): 2183-7414
ISSN (print, 1st series): 0874-8438


Indexed and catalogued in:
- CARHUS + 2014
Historical Abstracts
Latindex (Catálogo)



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Open Access Policy
Bulletin of Portuguese / Japanese Studies is a not-for-profit e-journal committed to the principles of Open Access. This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


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