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About JAS

Published in February, May, August, and November by Cambridge University Press for the AAS, The Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) has long been recognized as the most authoritative and prestigious publication in the field of Asian studies. This quarterly has been published regularly since 1941, offering Asianists a wealth of information unavailable elsewhere.

JAS publishes the very best empirical and multidisciplinary work on Asia, spanning the arts, history, literature, the social sciences, and cultural studies. Experts around the world turn to this quarterly journal for the latest in-depth scholarship on Asia’s past and present, for its extensive book reviews, and for its state-of-the-field essays on established and emerging topics.

With coverage reaching from South and Southeast Asia to China, Inner Asia, and Northeast Asia, JAS welcomes broad comparative and transnational studies as well as essays emanating from fine-grained historical, cultural, political, or literary research and interpretation. The JAS also publishes clusters of papers representing new and vibrant discussions on specific themes and issues.

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 Editorial Manager online submission system.

The Editorial office can be reached via email: journalofasianstudies@pitt.edu. Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot evaluate proposed abstracts or titles, only full submissions. JAS does not publish special issues.

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.

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 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 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.

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 Reviews: There are occasional book review essays and 45 or more book reviews each issue. These are exclusively solicited by our Book Review Editors.

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

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 up to ten key words, 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 x 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 organisation B. Author C is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation 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: 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.

Blinding: 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 FAQethics in peer review, and more information.

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 recognised in the section for Acknowledgements.

Artwork: All figures and tables should be supplied in separate files. Resolution: halftone images must be saved at 300 dpi at approximately the final size. Line drawings should be saved at 1000 dpi, or 1200 dpi if very fine line weights have been used. Combination figures must be saved at a minimum of 600 dpi. Cambridge Journals recommends that only TIFF, EPS or PDF formats are used for electronic artwork. For more detailed guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format please see the Cambridge Journals Artwork Guide.

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.

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. 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.

A statement should be added at the end of the manuscript to read:

“Supplementary Material

For supplementary material accompanying this paper, visit www.cambridge.org/[Journal]”.

The link will be replaced by your article’s DOI during the production process.

Proofs: Authors will be sent proofs via email and are requested to return their proof corrections by email within 48 hours of receipt.

Authors will receive a PDF of their contribution upon publication.

Additional information

Permissions: Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. A copy of the paperwork granting permission should be provided to the Cambridge production editor. You may be asked to pay a permissions fee by the copyright holder; any permissions fees must be paid for by the author. For an example of a permissions request form please see the Cambridge Journals Artwork Guide.

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.

Ethical Standards: The Journal of Asian Studies adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on research and publications ethics. Cambridge’s Ethical Standards for journals can be found here.