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(5a) Frequently mentioned primary and secondary literature should be referred to within the article itself in abbreviated form: in the case of primary texts via common sigla, in the case of secondary literature either by way of initial capital abbreviation (e.g. MW or EIP I/1) or by way of author names with date; page numbers should be indicated according to the following models: EIP I/1/55, HIP II/235, MW p. 555b (s.v. nirdiś) and Halbfass 1991: 32, n. 21. All sigla and abbreviations should appear at the end of the article in an alphabetically arranged abbreviations list which corresponds to the examples below. The indication of the names of publishers is optional; if included, they should be indicated throughout.

EIP I/1  Karl H. Potter, Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies. Vol. I: Bibliography, Section 1. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 31995.

Granoff 1991 Phyllis Granoff, The Sacrifice of Maṇicūḍa: The Context of Narrative Action as a Guide to Interpretation. In: V.N. Jha (ed.),Kalyāṇamitta. Professor Hajime Nakamura Felicitation Volume. [Bibliotheca Indo-Buddhica 86]. Delhi 1991, p. 225- 239.  

Granoff 1998  Id., Maitreya’s Jewelled World: Some Remarks on Gems and Visions in Buddhist Texts. JIP 26 (1998) 347-371. 

Hacker 1995  Paul Hacker, Philology and Confrontation. Paul Hacker on Traditional and Modern Vedānta, ed. by W. Halbfass. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995. 

Halbfass 1991  Wilhelm Halbfass, The Therapeutic Paradigm and the Search for Identity in Indian Thought. In: Kalyāṇa-mitta (see Granoff 1991), p. 23-34. 

Halbfass 1995  Id., An Uncommon Orientalist: Paul Hacker’s Passage to India. In: Hacker 1-23. 

HIP II Erich Frauwallner, History of Indian Philosophy, tr. by V.M. Bedekar. Vol. II: The Nature-Philosophical Schools and the Vaiśeṣika System – The System of the Jaina – The Materialism. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1973. 


Mahābhārata, ed. by V.S. Sukthankar et al. (Poona 1933[1927]- 1966). Alternatively:
Mahābhārata: The Mahābhārata for the first time critically ed. by V.S. Sukthankar, S.K. Belvalkar et al. 20 vols. Poona 1933(1927)-1966. 

MW  Monier Williams, A Dictionary English and Sanskrit. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 41976 (repr. 1999). 

Tieken 2000  Herman Tieken, Aśoka and the Buddhist Saṃgha: A study of Aśoka’s Schism Edict and Minor Rock Edict I. BSOAS 63 (2000) 1-30. 

van Nooten 1994 Barend A. van Nooten – Gary B. Holland, Rig Veda. A Metrically Restored Text with an Introduction and Notes. [HOS 50]. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University, 1994.

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(5b) Alternatively, primary and secondary literature should be fully documented (cf. [5a]) in a footnote upon initial mention, according to the following two models: Madhyamakahṛdayam of Bhavya, ed. by Ch. Lindtner. [The Adyar Library Series 123]. Adyar: The Adyar Library and Research Centre, 2001, p. 30, and P. Hacker, Philology and Confrontation. Paul Hacker on Traditional and Modern Vedānta, ed. by W. Halbfass. Albany 1995, p. 55f., n. 15. The titles of frequently employed primary sources should be written out in full and be followed by an abbreviated form in brackets upon initial mention; e.g., Madhyamakahṛdaya (MHṛ) 2.2. Only this abbreviation should be used upon subsequent mention of the source, with a reference back to its initial mention; e.g., MHṛ (cf. n. 7) 2.5. In the case of secondary literature, the following model should be used for subsequent citations from the same source, again with a reference back to its initial mention: Hacker, op. cit. (cf. n. 11), p. 203. Alternatively, frequently employed secondary literature may also be referred to in a previously introduced abbreviated form, according to the models EIP I/1/55, HIP II/235 and MW (cf. n. 14) p. 555b (s.v. nirdiś).

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