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Submission Guidelines

Manuscript Submission:
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously, and that it is not currently being considered by another journal. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne online submission system.

The editorial office can be reached via email: Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot evaluate proposed abstracts or titles, only full submissions.

The Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) invites proposals for Special Issues as well as Forum Sections.  For elaboration and instructions, please follow this link

JAS represents neither the views of the Association for Asian Studies nor those of the JAS editors. The editor is responsible for the final selection of content of JAS and reserves the right to reject any material deemed inappropriate for publication. Responsibility for opinions expressed and the accuracy of facts published in articles and reviews rests solely with the individual authors.

When preparing a manuscript, please note that JAS is committed to publishing articles based on in-depth, original research. Authors should also take care to address the interests of our broad, multidisciplinary readership by raising larger questions of interest that reach beyond their precise research specialties. Authors are encouraged to consult recent issues of JAS for guidance on style and formatting.

Article Types:
Research Articles: Most of the articles in JAS are unsolicited manuscripts submitted by a variety of authors. We get more than 250 submissions per year; the acceptance rate is about 6%. We conduct extensive review of promising works, including both in-house and anonymous evaluations. We expect these pieces to be based on in-depth primary research, but with a reach to scholars outside the disciplinary and geographic specialty of the author.
Book Reviews: There are occasional book review essays and 45 or more book reviews in each issue. These are exclusively solicited by our Book Review Editors. For more information about book reviews, please see below.

Article Specifications:
Article manuscripts, including notes and references, should range between 8,000 and 10,000 words, or approximately thirty-five pages in length, and must include a 150 word abstract at the beginning of the document and a list of three to five keywords, expressing the precise content of the manuscript. Manuscripts must be double-spaced with 12-point type and 1-inch margins including extracts, notes, and references, and formatted for letter-size (8.5 × 11 in.) paper if possible.

Competing Interests: All authors must include a competing interest declaration in a separate title page. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article. Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations. If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors. Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author A is employed at organization B. Author C is on the Board of company E and is a member of organization F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none.”

Style:  When preparing an article for submission, please refer to the journal’s style guide.

Notes should be as few as possible and appear at the end of the text. Use parenthetical in-text citation and author-date formatting for references per chapter 15 of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017).

Please use the following Romanization: Chinese: Pinyin; Japanese: Hepburn; Korean: McCune-Reischauer.

Blinding: Authors' names must be left off the manuscript, as JAS engages in double-blind reviews.

Authorship: Authorship should be assumed only by those who have contributed materially to the work and its report, and who accept the responsibility for the accuracy of the concepts expressed. Colleagues who have otherwise assisted or collaborated should be recognized in the section for Acknowledgements.

Artwork: All figures and tables should be supplied in separate files. Art should be provided in a graphics file format. Please do not resize or change the file resolution of submitted figures. Halftone/color figure size: Standard size figure pixel width is 1250 px. Please refer to page 11 of Duke University Press’s art preparation guidelines for how to determine if pixel width is sufficient for printing. Line drawings should be saved at a minimum of 600 dpi. Always submit the source file as well. Duke University Press (DUP) recommends that only TIFF, EPS, or PDF formats are used for author-created artwork. For more detailed guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please see DUP’s art preparation guidelines.

Please indicate whether figures should be printed in color. Authors are responsible for all print color costs. If usable color figures are supplied, these figures will appear in color online at no cost regardless of whether or not they are reproduced in color in the printed version.

Supplementary Online Material: If the author has material that may be useful to the reader but not essential to understanding the article, this can be supplied as supplementary material. This material will be accessible as part of the online version of the article only. Supplementary materials are peer reviewed, but they will not be copyedited or typeset, so they should be supplied exactly as they are to appear online. The supplementary material should be supplied as a separate file and should be referenced in the article. Types of supplementary material include, but are not limited to, images, videos, podcasts, and slideshows.

Additional information:
Permissions: Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders to reproduce any illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. A copy of the paperwork granting permission should be provided to the DUP production coordinator. You may be asked to pay a permissions fee by the copyright holder; any permissions fees must be paid for by the author. For guidance and an example of a permissions request letter, please see this page on DUP’s website.

Language Editing Services: Contributions written in English are welcomed from all countries. Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers.

Ethical Standards: The Journal of Asian Studies adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on research and publications ethics. DUP’s ethics statement for journals can be found here.
Book Review Information:
If you would like to be considered to review books selected by a JAS Book Review Editor, please register for an author account at

PLEASE NOTE: The Journal of Asian Studies does not accept unsolicited book reviews. Please direct any correspondence regarding books and book reviews to

Contact Information: Books for Review
Please send books for review by the Journal of Asian Studies to the following Book Review Editors based on regional categorization:

China to 1900 (also includes Hong Kong and Taiwan)
Charles Sanft
Department of History
University of Tennessee
6th Floor, Dunford Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-4065
China since 1900 (also includes Hong Kong and Taiwan)
Gina Tam
Trinity University
Department of History
322 Ewing Halsell Center
East Rosewood Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Inner Asia (includes Mongolia, Tibet, Xinjiang)
Benno Weiner
Department of History
240 Baker Hall
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Shawn Bender
Dickinson College
28 North College Street
PO Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
Hanmee Kim
Wheaton College
208 Camden Court
Naperville, IL 60540
South Asia (includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka)
Nusrat Chowdhury
202 Morgan Hall
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
Southeast Asia (includes Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam)
Erick White
410 Kellogg Street, #33
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Transnational and Comparative (includes comparison between Asia/Asian countries and other regions of the globe, and also includes books that cover multiple Asian countries, e.g. Korea and Japan, China and Vietnam, etc.)
Gabriela Alejandra Dans Lee
Transnational and Comparative Book Review Editor
Journal of Asian Studies
Department of Anthropology
3304 Wesley Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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