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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission conforms to the basic requirements of a research article in the Anglophone system, i.e. it includes a clearly articulated research question; it situates the research in the wider field by engaging in depth with existing literature; it explains which gap in the existing literature the submission fills; it explains the methodology of the research; and it argues a point which is built throughout the article and is captured in a conclusion.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided and links have been checked for validity and are included as a hyperlink (not as plain text) in the word document.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; uses italics for subheadings rather than underlining; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • An appropriate illustration is required for the article page. Where images are included as part of the article, the editors will choose an appropriate one for the article landing page. If no image is included as part of the article, authors are required to provide one as a separate file as part of their submission.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Guidelines

All submissions need to be made via the online submission system; you first need to register with the site to be able to start the process. Once you have received your login and password, please upload an anonymised version of your manuscript in word format. There are separate sections where you are asked to provide your name and institutional affiliation. For the purposes of peer review, any images and graphs should be embedded in the word file. (We may ask for these in a different format at a later stage, if your article is accepted for publication.)

Length and Format: 

Research articles: there is no minimum length but typically articles will be 6,000 – 10,000 words, with the latter as an upper limit including notes, bibliography, etc. Please also include an abstract of up to 200 words and up to 10 keywords.

Essays: between 1500-3000 words; no abstract is required, but up to 6 keywords. 


Should follow British English spelling conventions, not US English, including: “-ise“ and “-isation” rather than “-ize” or “-ization”. This does not of course apply to citations from other works, which should be in their original form. Please consult the Oxford English Dictionary for standard spellings.


Should be in the form of in-text citations rather than footnotes, and should always include page numbers for direct quotations. If there is more than one publication in a year, differentiate with letters: 2007a, 2007b. Footnotes or endnotes may be used for elucidation of points.

Reference format:

(Brown, 2010: 110)

(Brown & Smith, 2008: 25)

(The Guardian, 3rd September 2010: 5)


This should be provided in alphabetical order by surname of author at the end of the article, with full details and in the following formats:


Bramall, Chris (2000), Sources of Chinese Economic Growth, 1978-1996, New York: Oxford UP.

Edited Volume:

Wright, Tim (ed.) (1992), The Chinese Economy in the Early Twentieth Century: Recent Chinese Studies, Houndmills: Macmillan Press.

Paper in Edited Volume:

Taylor, Robert (1999), “China’s Emerging Markets: Investment Strategies of Taiwan’s Companies”, 107-36, in Sam Dzever and Jacques Jaussaud (eds.), China and India: Economic Performance and Business Strategies of Firms in the Mid-1990s, Houndmills: Macmillan Press.

Journal Article:

Hooper, Beverley (2000), “Globalisation and Resistance in post-Mao China: the case of Foreign Consumer Products”, Asian Studies Review 24(2): 439-470.

Government Publication:

Supreme Command for the Allied Powers, Government Section (1948), Political Reorientation of Japan: September 1945 to September 1948, Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Newspaper Article:

a) named author:

Soh, Ji-young (2002), “Female Workers Earn W970,000 per Month on Average: Survey”, The Korea Times, May 28.

b) unattributed newspaper article:

South China Morning Post (1982), “Squatter Area Cleared”, August 19, 9.

Dissertation or Thesis:

Chen, Lily (2000), “The Effect of Functional Role on Language Choice in Newspapers”, unpublished PhD thesis, Durham University.


All citations of Internet websites should include the full URL and the date that it was accessed.

Gentz, Joachim (2010), “Hermeneutics of Multiple Senses: Wang Jie’s ‘Explanations and Commentary with Diagrams to the

Qingjing Jing’”, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, available at: (accessed 06.09.2010).

Foreign Language Publications:

For non-Latin scripts provide romanised version with translation of title: Zhou, Yang (1940), “Jiu xingshi zai wenxueshang de liyong de yige kanfa” (An opinion on the use of old forms in literature), Zhongguo wenhua 1:1 (15 February 1940): 34-40.

Chinese Romanisation:

Use pinyin romanisation except for the small number of names most commonly found in other versions. Remember that pinyin does not use hyphens, e.g. Wen Jiabao, while Wade-Giles does, e.g. Sun Yat-sen. Use Chinese word order, family name first, for Chinese names.

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