Belt and Road Initiative Quarterly (BRIQ) is currently seeking submissions for a special issue on “The Development of the Silk Road from Past to Present: Archaeological Perspectives”.

Ancient Silk Road played a key role in the emergence of great civilizations in Asia, North Africa and Europe. It can be said that the main factors in the formation and development of the Silk Road are not only commercial factors but also cultural dynamics. Indeed, the Silk Road connected the three great civilizations of antiquity (Chinese, Indian, Greek). The Silk Road has also maintained its importance in the history of the Turks, who founded great empires. The Turks were become civilized and contributed to the spread of civilization along the Silk Road. The same is true for the ancient peoples of Western Asia, especially the Arabs and Persians. As in the transportation of commercial goods, it has been the absolute transition zone of knowledge and thought that has been put forward in many fields such as geography, astronomy, religion and art.

Today, the Belt and Road Initiative, which is considered as the 21st century interpretation of the Silk Road, derives its courage, strength and energy from cultural dynamics. Just as in the historical Silk Road, the power that will fuel and energize the Silk Road in the 21st century is culture. It is not possible to open any door without the integration of cultural geographies. Therefore, practitioners of the Belt and Road Initiative have a lot to learn from the cultural history of the Silk Road. At this point, the importance of archaeological approaches to the Silk Road emerges.

Based on the above framework, for Summer Issue, BRIQ calls for academic articles, essays and book reviews in Turkish and English that address issues related to archaeological excavations and research projects on the Silk Road, prehistory, ancient history, numismatic, art history, architectural history, ethnography and epigraphy:

• The role of archeology in scientific cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative,

• Interactions of civilizations on the Silk Road in the light of material evidence,

• Alternative perspectives to Western-centered approaches in history and archeology research,

• Overview of Europe-Asia (West-East) relations in the light of archaeological data,

• Partnership and opportunities for cooperation among Russia, China, Turkey and Central Asian countries through their government agencies, research institutions and universities which are served for revealing and preserving the history of civilization on the Silk Road...


Deadline for paper submissions: April 1, 2022

Journal Information and Submission Guidelines


BRIQ (Belt & Road Initiative Quarterly) is a scholarly journal of international politics, economy, and culture.

Belt and Road Initiative Quarterly (BRIQ) features a broad range of content, from academic articles to book reviews, review essays, interviews, news reports, and feature articles.

The Editorial Board can issue calls for papers for special issues and invite authors to contribute manuscripts; however, it also welcomes unsolicited submissions.

Submissions are invited in English or Turkish. All submissions are to include a short biography (150-word limit) and should be sent as Microsoft Word attachments to . Articles or other content that have been previously published or are under review by other journals will not be considered for publication.

BRIQ follows American Psychology Association style (6th edition, and uses American English spelling.

BRIQ uses a double-blind review process for all academic articles.

Academic articles should be between 5,000 and 9,000 words in length, including abstracts, notes, references, and all other content. Please supply a cover page that includes complete author information, and a fully anonymized manuscript that also contains an abstract (200- word limit) and 5 keywords.

Book reviews should not exceed 1,000 words; review essays covering two or more works can be up to 3,000 words.

News reports consisting of brief analyses of news developments should not exceed 1,500 words; feature articles combining reporting and analysis can be up to 3,500 words.

Please contact the Editorial Board for interview proposals.