International Journal of Asian Studies

Submissions of Articles

Instructions for contributors

IJAS publishes research on Asia – East, West, South, and everywhere in between – primarily in the social sciences and humanities. The Journal is interested in locating contemporary changes within a historical framework, especially using interdisciplinary approaches, and promotes comparative studies involving the various regions of Asia. While the journal will publish scholars from around the world, we encourage scholars undertaking research in Asian languages to submit their achievements in English. IJAS seeks original papers, translations into English of previously-published papers in Asian languages, and state-of-the-field articles that fall within its scope. Since the Journal is attempting to cross methodological boundaries, it will welcome papers that develop new methodologies within their general approach.


Articles submitted for publication should be e-mailed as Microsoft Word file attachments to:

The Editors

At the time of submission, the author will be required to declare that the paper is unpublished and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. It is not acceptable practice to submit a paper to more than one academic journal at the same time. Prior to publication of a paper, the author will be asked to assign copyright to Cambridge University Press.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any materials, including photographs and illustrations, for which they do not hold copyright, and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in the manuscript. Contributors may consult the editors on how to go about doing this.

All articles in the journal are double-blind peer-reviewed by two anonymous assessors.

IJAS is what is known as a "hybrid" journal, meaning that although the journal itself is available via subscription, individual articles can be published under an Open Access model. Authors who would like to publish their article via Open Access should fill out the Open Access Copyright Transfer Form posted on the IJAS website. Should your article be accepted, the article processing charge will be collected during the production phase. For further information about Open Access at Cambridge University Press, please visit our Open Access page.


Normally, typographical or factual errors only may be changed at proof stage. The publisher reserves the right to charge authors for other editing changes.


No paper offprints are provided, but the corresponding author will be sent the PDF of the published article. Paper offprints may be ordered at extra cost at proof stage.

Manuscript preparation

Articles must be in English and in principle between 9,000 and 12,000 words in length, including footnotes, to be submitted by e-mail attachment as a Word file. The title of the manuscript, author's name, institutional affiliation, address, email address, an abstract of up to 200 words, and a list of approximately five to eight key words should appear at the top of the file. Submissions, or enquiries about prospective submissions, may be sent to the Editors via ej[at]

All submissions should be made in English, although exceptions may be made in certain circumstances after consultation with the editors. Any non-English manuscript must be translated or rewritten into English before final acceptance.

Submitted articles are sent out to at least two anonymous reviewers for evaluation. The IJAS editors will delete the author's name from the head of the file, but authors should ensure that they cannot be identified in other ways – for example, in the Microsoft word "File Properties", or citations of the author's own work.

The article title should be given in capitals at the top of the file, with the author's name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address in lower case beneath.

The abstract (maximum 200 words) should be included before the main text, in italics, single spaced; please do not put this in a separate file. Bear in mind that the abstract will be freely available for viewing online, and that readers will often decide whether or not to download the article on the basis of what they see in the abstract. The abstract should reflect the article contents as clearly and concisely as possible.

The key words (normally five to eight) should be included below the abstract. These should be subject terms that you think people interested in the topic might search for on the Internet.

The main text should be double spaced, aligned left. Please do not use the automatic hyphenation feature in Word. Times New Roman should normally be used as the default font for Western-language text. If available, use the SimSun font for Chinese characters and the Mincho font for Japanese; if you have used other fonts please inform the editors at the time of submission. If you are a Mac user, please use fonts and symbols categorized as "Windows Office Compatible" where possible, and inform the editors if you have inserted any fonts or characters which you think may not be available in Windows. If you use characters with diacritics (e.g. Vietnamese, or transcriptions from Arabic or Sanskrit) please provide a PDF version of the file so that we can check that all fonts are displaying correctly.

Headings within the article should be unnumbered, with the first level of headings in capitals, second level in bold lower case (with the first letter of the first word and important words capitalized), and the third level in lower case italics (first letter of the first word capitalized). Format headings individually, rather than applying Word styles.

For quotations, double quotation marks should normally be used, with single quotation marks for quotations within quotations, though single quotes may also be used for glosses and definitions if desired (e.g. dao 道, 'Way'). Quotations of more than 50 words should be broken off from the text without quotation marks, one blank line inserted above and below, left-indented 1 cm.

Footnotes should be inserted using the Word footnote (not endnote) function, consecutively numbered from beginning to end. Any acknowledgements should be placed in a separate paragraph after the end of the main text, before the list of references, marked "Acknowledgements"; this will be typeset as an unnumbered footnote at the bottom of the first page.

All tables, graphs, figures and illustrations should be submitted as separate, clearly identified files. A descriptive heading, with a citation of the source and text placement advice, should be inserted inside the main text of the article after the paragraph in which the item is first referred to; the item will normally be typeset at the top of the next page. If at all possible, create tables and graphs in Excel, so that they can be edited and reformatted before typesetting. Illustrations submitted as graphics files must be at a resolution of 300 dpi or more.

Charges apply for all colour figures that appear in the print version of the journal. At the time of submission, contributors should clearly state whether their figures should appear in colour in the online version only, or whether they should appear in colour online and in the print version. There is no charge for including colour figures in the online version of the Journal but it must be clear that colour is needed to enhance the meaning of the figure, rather than simply being for aesthetic purposes. If you request colour figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

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