Focus and Scope

Rian Thai is a research journal, therefore, every paper either comes from intensive research by scholars or an advance degree thesis or dissertation. In order to promote new Thai Studies scholars and interdisciplinary researchers, at least fifty percent of the journal is reserved for young and new scholars in Thai Studies.

The subject of the articles generally falls in one of the following fields:

-Thai Studies (both as area studies and a specific field of study);

-Tai Studies (both area studies and some specific topics, such as Linguistic, Literature, Ethnography, Anthropology, Sociology, Politics, Health Science);

-Buddhist Studies and Thai Buddhism. For Buddhist Studies the research should be done in the Thai region and help to understand Tai-Thai Buddhism;

-Current issues of Thailand in a global context and knowledge;

-Trends and critical theory on a subject in the Tai-Thai region; and

-Regional and comparative research of which Thailand is a major subject of the research or research that aims for an understanding of Tai-Thai.

Peer Review Process

Every paper will be blind reviewed by at least two peer reviewers, at least one from the editorial team. The article to be published should be original and should not have been published elsewhere under the same title. The copyright of the articles is the property of the Institute of Thai Studies.

Publication Frequency

RianThai Journal published 2 issues per year

- first issue : January - June

- second issue : July - December

Open Access Policy

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.


  • Chulalongkorn University

Sources of Support

  • Chulalongkorn University

Journal History

Rian Thai is a non-profit journal support by Chulalongkorn University under a yearly budget allocated to the Institute of Thai Studies with a strong intention to promote knowledge about Thai and Tai Studies and to support Thai Studies researchers who have focused their field of interest based on or connected with Thailand. Accordingly, the journal is open to research regarding Tai and Thai ethnic groups and also to research relating to Tai or Thai, even though not located in Thailand.

Rian Thai has an experienced editorial team from a variety of fields of study: Humanities, Social Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Engineering, Medical Science, Education, Public Health, Politics, Natural Resources. The editorial team also comprises scholars from all over the world, currently encompassing: China, Korea, Japan, India, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Apart from the editorial team, the journal also keeps contact with other prominent professors in specific fields that relate to the articles to be published in order to help meet international standards of research.