Vidyodaya Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences

Vidyodaya Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (VJHSS) is the official journal of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. VJHSS is open access and peer-reviewed journal published by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Aim and Scope

The the main aim of VJHSS is to promote scholarly work in humanities and social science.

The the journal is a multidisciplinary forum devoted to introducing and disseminate knowledge on important and timely topics by publishing high – quality research and scholarly articles in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences written in Sinhala, Tamil or English. 

Further, the journal encourages collaboration by teams of researchers to create special issues on the latest developments in related topics of local and international importance.

This peer-reviewed journal publishes two issues annually and invite original research articles from diverse disciplines such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Buddhist Civilization, Buddhist Philosophy, Criminology, Cultural Studies, Economics, English, Geography, History, Languages, Mass Communication, Performing Arts, Political Science, Psychology and Philosophy, Religious Studies, Social Statistics, Sociology and related fields.

In addition to original research articles the journal invites review articles, book reviews and short communications.

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 “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 the 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.

Journal Contact Information

Email: vjhss@sjp.ac.lk