Journal History

History of the Vidyodaya Journal

Vidyodaya Journal, the official journal of the then Vidyodaya University was first published in 1st of January 1968, nine years after the inception of the University.  The Journal was initially named as “Vidyodaya Journal of Art Science and Letters” representing the five faculties; Buddhist Studies, Philosophy, Languages, Arts, and Ayurveda and Science. Two issues of the Journal were published per year from 1968 to 1986 (Volume 1- 14) time period. The first editorial board consisted of Prof. A. V. Suraweera, Prof. Karunarathna Wijethunga and Prof. P. L. D. Waidyasekara.

From 1987 with the rapid development of the existing Faculties, separate journals were published by each Faculty. Hence, the first Journal which represented the Faculty of Arts, the “Vidyodaya Journal of Social Science” was instigated in 1987. The journal published 8 volumes (two issues / year) between 1987 and 1997 time period and the new editorial board consisted of Prof. A. Ekanayake, Prof. M.M. Karunanayake and Prof. Mahinda Palihawadana. The executive editor was Prof. W. B. Dorakumbura.

 Another important juncture of the Journal was marked in the year 2004, where the name of the Journal was changed once again into the “Vidyodaya Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences” to represent the two major fields of studies in the Faculty namely; “Humanities” and “Social Sciences”. In the year 2011, the name of the Faculty too was changed from “Faculty of Arts” to “Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences”. From the year 2004 up to 2019, 4 volumes of the Journal had been published. The new editorial board consisted of Prof. M.M. Karunanayake, Prof. Tissa Kariyawasam, Prof. P. Wilson and Dr. H. M. A. Herath. The Co-ordinating editor was Mr. P Vidanapathirana.

The current editorial board too intends to follow the aged old tradition of the faculty by publishing two issues of the journal per year to provide a platform for the faculty members to disseminate their work in this inimitable journal.