Long time lurker, first time poster. Currently applied for a mphil in Oriental Studies. Just a quick question: I'm an Australian graduate student, and when I attended the Oxford information session at my university, the speaker mentioned previous scholarly publications. I know it has been mentioned previously in this thread but only briefly, but I am wondering - does Oxford actually expect us to have previous publications (obviously, academically refereed journal articles etc.,) to get in? If so, how many here have actually done published anything in a proper, peer-reviewed format? I'd be appreciative of any light that anyone could shed.