PMJS Guidelines

PMJS’s main function is to serve as a platform for serious scholarly discussion and the hosting of publications on topics related to premodern Japan. We also welcome the dissemination of information relevant to the field such as new publications, conferences, workshops, and job announcements. Commercial functions and advertising are discouraged. 

Most PMJS members are scholars and graduate students working in the fields of early Japanese art, art history, literature, history, culture, language, and religion. The group, however, is open to anyone with serious interest in premodern Japan and we welcome people from all fields working on all periods. To become a member or update membership registration details, please see the “Membership” page.

The current system does not enable members to edit their details or profiles. To do this, please use the online forms on the Membership page or contact the administrator (Matthew Stavros) at

To unsubscribe from the group, send email to
To contact the PMJS editor (Matthew Stavros), send email to

Listserve Posting and Content
Only members of PMJS can initiate and reply to listserve posts and all posts are sent to all members. In line with the group’s professional objectives, we ask that members post conservatively, limiting participation to carefully considered, scholarsly, and relevant comments. Please take personal correspondences off list.

This is our basic tenet on posting: All posts to PMJS should be scholarly, civil, and related (in some way) to premodern Japan.

Undergraduates and non-specialist members are asked to be particularly careful about ensuring their contributions to discussions are scholarly. Moderation is carried out on a limited basis to ensure the list functions according to its objectives.

PMJS’s primary language of operation is English but members are welcome to use other languages when doing so facilitates the objective of the list. Be aware, however, that some members' computers are not able to display Asian-language texts. The language encoding of the site is UTF-8 (Unicode), so that messages can display both Japanese text and a full range of diacritics, including macrons and European accents.

The group administrator will not sell or distribute members' email addresses in any way or for any reason. Be aware, however, that non-members will be able to view the text of posts on the listserve site. "Sender" email addresses will be hidden but any information put in an email footer, such a telephone number or office address, will be visible to anyone on the Internet.