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Procedure for Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts of 8,000 to 10,000 words and any accompanying figures should be submitted electronically through the Editorial Manager online submission system. If needed, the Editorial office can be reached via email:

All authors who wish to include figures should read and follow the Cambridge Artwork Guide. Low-resolution images and illustrations are acceptable for the review process; all images, tables and figures should include titles or captions. Please note that in the event of publication, the author is responsible for acquiring high-resolution images along with permission to publish them.

Color figures: Please indicate whether figures should be printed in color. There will be a charge of $320 for each color figure printed in the journal. If you select this option, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. If usable color figures are supplied, these figures will appear in color online regardless of whether or not they are reproduced in color in the printed version.

Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot evaluate proposed abstracts or titles, only full submissions. JAS does not do special issues.

See the AAS website for more information on the journal, types of work we publish, and sample articles.

Requirements for Manuscript Submission

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.

Manuscripts submitted to JAS should not have been published elsewhere and should not be under review for publication elsewhere.

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 up to ten key words, expressing the precise content of the manuscript.

Authors' names must be left off of the manuscript, as JAS engages in double-blind reviews. Please visit the Cambridge University Press Peer Review Hub for general information on how to peer review journal articles, a peer review FAQ, ethics in peer review, and more information.

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 x 11 in.) paper if possible.

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 section 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.

Articles in JAS represent 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.

Article Types Accepted

Research Articles: Most of the articles in JAS are unsolicited manuscripts submitted by a variety of authors. We get over 250 submissions per year; the acceptance rate is about 8%. We conduct extensive review of promising works, including both in-house and anonymous evaluations, so initial review can take six months, with another year or more until final publication. 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. Submissions are limited to 10,000 words including notes and bibliography. Each includes an abstract, author email, and affiliation, limited footnotes, author/date citations, reference list, and acknowledgments. Black and white or color images and tables are allowed upon review by the editorial office. Languages and fonts from across Asia are embedded in the text.

Sample Article: "Convict Carpets: Jails and the Revival of Historic Carpet Design in Colonial India" by Abigail McGowan (72.02)
Sample Article: "Ethnicity, Violence, and Khmer-Vietnamese Relations: The Significance of the Lower Mekong Delta, 1757–1954" by Shawn McHale (72.02)

Book Review Essays and Book Reviews: There are occasional book review essays and 45 or more book reviews each issue. These are exclusively solicited by our Book Review Editors. Author name, affiliation and email address appear at the end of the review, with citations included in footnotes.

Book Reviews

Please note that JAS does not accept unsolicited book reviews.

For more information about book reviews, please visit the Book Review Information page.

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. Cambridge offers a service which authors can learn about here. Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.

Publication Ethics

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