Call for Papers

Asian Studies welcomes original contributions in the form of:
  • Full-length research articles on the social sciences, humanities, and culture
  • Reviews
  • Commentaries and documents
  • Literature (poetry and short fiction)
  • Travel narratives.

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Submission Checklist

1. Two soft copies of manuscripts

            a. One must include the author's name.

            b. The second copy must have been purged of any information that can point to authors' identity (author's name, references to own work in the first person, etc.).

2. By submitting your manuscript, you attest that all required permissions have been secured, or that the manuscript uses material that does not need permissions to be used; that references have been cited accurately and in good faith; and that the manuscript is an original work and has never been published in any form. 

3. A separate document containing all of the following:

            a. Abstract and keywords

            b. Author Profile

            c. Contact information

4. Send all contributions to the Editor in Chief:

Please refer to the general guidelines and contribution-specific requirements below.

General Guidelines

1. The journal only accepts original contributions that have not been published in print or electronic form; are in press; or are not under consideration in another publication.

2. Asian Studies is guided by The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition for grammar, punctuation, typesetting (italicization, etc.), etc.

3. Manuscripts must follow these format requirements.

  • Size 12, Times New Roman
  • MS Word (.Doc file)
  • 1.5 spacing (except for poems)
  • British or American Spelling

4. For tables and illustrations, please:

  • Place all illustrations, tables, etc., at the designated sections within the text. Please label them accordingly (Table 1, Figure 1, etc.)
  • Use high-resolution JPEG format for pictures, illustrations, etc. Grayscale: 600 dpi; Colour: 300 dpi; Line art: 1200 dpi
  • "Zip" the image files and send as one attachment.
  • Please submit a list of tables and illustrations used.
  • Indicate sources and permission as captions.
  • Please purge the document of personal information (computer user name, institution name, etc.).
  • The editorial board reserves the right to remove illustrations or limit their number. In the latter case, the author can choose which image(s) to keep or remove. 

5.  Authors must submit two soft copies of their manuscript, one of which must not include their names and contact information, and must be purged of personal information (document properties such as user name, computer name, etc.).  

To help ensure a double-blind peer review, authors are advised to remove any information that can point to their identity in any way. This includes first-person references to their own work (e.g. Please see my book.....).

6. Asian Studies uses the author-date reference system (in-text citation) as described in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Please consult for basic examples. Explanatory footnotes are allowed and a list of references is required at the end.

7.   Authors are solely responsible for securing permission to cite or reproduce any copyrighted content BEFORE submission. Indicate such permissions in an "Acknowledgement" section at the end of the manuscript before the end notes and list of references.

Please submit a letter, addressed to the Managing Editor,  listing all copyrighted works used and attesting that (1) all required permissions have been secured, or that the manuscript uses material that does not need permissions to be used, (2) that references have been cited accurately and in good faith (3) and that the manuscript is an original work and has never been published in any form. Lastly, indicate sources/permissions in image captions.  

8.  Authors must submit a separate document that contains a brief profile stating their occupation, institutional affiliation, academic background, research interests, and any published work. Please provide contact information:

  • Postal address
  • Contact number
  • Email address

9.  Authors must submit a 150-300 word abstract, as well as up to 7 keywords.

10.  While every care is taken with manuscripts, the editors can take no final responsibility for their return. Contributors are consequently urged to retain copies of all work submitted.

11.  The editorial team may ask for requirements other than the aforementioned.

12.  By submitting a manuscript, authors agree to transfer exclusive rights of reproduction and publication to Asian Studies.

13.  All contributions must be sent to the Editor in Chief, Asian Studies,

Section-Specific Guidelines

  • Full-Length Research Articles
    • Demonstrate scholarly rigor and must be based on theory, empirical study and field research (if applicable), and/or documentary research.
    • Help develop the stock of knowledge within their discipline(s), and/or provide novel interventions on key issues and debates in and about Asia. 
    • Consist of not more than 10,000 words, including notes and references.
  • Commentaries and Documents
    • Examine current issues or events that pertain to Asia from the perspective of the social sciences, humanities, and/or culture
    • Consist of not more than 1,000 words, including notes and references
  • Reviews
    • Discuss new books, films, websites, exhibits, literary works, and other relevant media that pertain to Asia
    • Give a short summary or description of the media
    • Point out main argument, storyline and/or overall trends
    • Cite several notable ideas in the book, event, etc. 
    • Assess the quality and integrity of the data, the research, and the argumentation (Does the book achieve its aims, etc.?)
    • Point out the limitations of the book
    • Explain how the book relates to and/or contributes to theoretical debates and to existing scholarship on the subject
    • Consist of 800 to 1000 words
    • Include a complete citation of a book. For other media, please cite dates, venues, organizers, production studios, etc.
  • Travel Narratives
    • Describe obscure, remote, and/or road-less-travelled type of destinations or events in Asia
    • Show familiar, common venues in a new light, OR
    • Discuss obscure features of familiar venues
    • Comment on how the venue or event relates to theoretical and practical issues in and about Asia)
    • Include pictures (optional)
    • Consist of no more than 1,000 words
  • Literary Section
    • Poetry must have an Asian topic or theme; maximum of 60 lines (poem can only occupy two 6"x9" pages); written in English or in any Asian language, along with English translation (Authors are solely responsible for the accuracy and integrity of the translation.)
    • Short Fiction must have an Asian topic or theme; should be no more than 3,000 words; written in English

Special Requirements for Literary Section:

No more than three poems or one piece of short fiction should be submitted at any one time. Authors should wait for a response before submitting future work, and must provide a glossary of non-English words whose meaning cannot be discerned by context.

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