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Journal aims and scope

The Journal of East Asian Studies is devoted to publishing cutting edge social science on East and Southeast Asia. The journal is interested in work that combines theory, novel empirical contributions and engagement with the major substantive issues facing the region. The JEAS publishes primarily in the fields of international relations, including both international political economy and security studies, and comparative politics. However, we welcome interdisciplinary work and contributions from sociology, applied economics and business studies as well. The journal is also open to roundtables on important new books on the region, review essays and shorter research notes. SSCI indexed, the journal prides itself on a strong peer-review process.

Peer review policy

The Journal of East Asian Studies uses a double blind review process, with each paper being peer reviewed by at least two reviewers. After an editorial decision is made, an email containing the comments from the reviewers and the editor will be sent to the author.

Papers outside the journal’s scope will be rejected immediately.

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.

Article types

Manuscript types published by the Journal of East Asian Studies include articles and review essays (approximately 10,000 words), shorter research notes (below 5,000 words), and book reviews (1,000 words).

Submitting your manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure that you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines will not be reviewed. 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. Authors must also confirm that each author has seen and approved the contents of the submitted manuscript. Cambridge’s Ethical Standards for journals can be found here.

Manuscripts for articles, review essays, and research notes should be submitted electronically, via the JEAS ScholarOne site. To submit an article, please visit

Correspondence concerning book reviews should be sent to Yves Tiberghien, Journal of East Asian Studies Book Review Editor, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia, Buchanan C 416, 1866 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1, Canada. Phone: 604-822-4358; fax: 604-822-5540;

Acceptable File types: Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork below.

Artwork, figures and other graphics: 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.

Colour figures: Please indicate whether figures should be printed in colour. There will be a charge for colour figures printed in the Journal of East Asian Studies. If you select this option, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. If usable colour figures are supplied, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not they are reproduced in colour in the printed version.

Manuscript preparation

Language: Papers submitted for publication must be written in English and should be as concise as possible. 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.

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.

Names and institutional affiliations, including country, of all contributing authors are required. Colleagues who have otherwise assisted or collaborated should be recognised in the section for Acknowledgements.

Title page: The title page must include:

  • The title of the article, which should be concise but informative
  • Full name as to be printed in article
  • Name of department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed
  • Name, mailing address and email address of author responsible for correspondence about the manuscript
  • A shortened version of the title consisting of no less than 45 characters (including spaces)
  • Sources of support e.g. in the form of grants
  • A Conflicts of Interest declaration (see below for guidance on what this should look like)

Conflicts of Interest declarations in title pages: All authors must include a competing interest declaration in their 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”. 

Cover letter: Papers should be accompanied by a cover letter including a brief summary of the work and a short explanation of how it advances the field.

Abstract and Keywords: Each paper must contain an abstract of no more than 150 words. A list of up to ten keywords, expressing the precise content of the manuscript, should appear directly below the abstract.

Subheadings: Subheadings should be organized clearly according to their level.

Acknowledgements: Authors can use this section to acknowledge and thank colleagues, institutions, workshop organizers, family members, etc that have helped with the research and/or writing process. It is important that that any type of funding information or financial support listed under ‘Financial Support’ rather than Acknowledgements so that it can easily be tagged and captured separately.

Biographical Sketch: Include a biographical sketch for each author, including institutional affiliation and relevant experience. Contact information should be included for corresponding author, including email address. Length should be 75 words or less.

Financial Support: Within this section please provide details of the sources of financial support for all authors, including grant numbers, for example:
“This work was supported by the Medical Research Council (grant number XXXXXXX)”.

Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma and space, and where research was funded by more than one agency the different agencies should be separated by a semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Grants held by different authors should be identified as belonging to individual authors by the authors’ initials, for example:
“This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust (AB, grant numbers XXXX, YYYY), (CD, grant number ZZZZ); the Natural Environment Research Council (EF, grant number FFFF); and the National Institutes of Health (AB, grant number GGGG), (EF, grant number HHHH).”

Where no specific funding has been provided for research, please provide the following statement:
“This research received no specific grant from any funding agency, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.”

Supplementary 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 after the Conflicts of Interest statement to read:

Supplementary Material

For supplementary material accompanying this paper, visit

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

References and notes: The Journal of East Asian Studies uses the Chicago Manual of Style author-date system. All sources are cited in the text in parentheses by author’s last name and date of publication, with page numbers as appropriate (Kim 2007, 65).

The short citations are amplified in a list of references where full bibliographic information is provided. Endnotes should not be used only to cite references and should be kept to a minimum. Acknowledgments should appear before the notes.

Books and monographs: Kim, Marie Seong-Hak. 2014. Law and Custom in Korea. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Articles in journals. Wong, Joseph. 2004. “The Adaptive Developmental State in East Asia.” Journal of East Asian Studies 4 (3): 345-362.

Chapters in books: Tarling, Nicholas, ed. 1999. “The Early Kingdoms.” In The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia: Volume 1, Part 1, 137-182. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Online sources. Please include the URL and access date.

For further information on references, please consult the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, chapters 14 and 15.

These should be amalgamated and listed alphabetically. References should give full biographical details, including place of publication and publisher, at first mention. Thereafter the author’s surname and a short title should be used (not op. cit.). A cross-reference to the original citation, e.g. ‘(see n.4 above)’ may also appear in single inverted commas; the title of a book or journal should be underlined. Main words should be capitalized in article and book titles.


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.

After acceptance

First proofs: First proofs will be emailed to the corresponding author 2 to 6 weeks after acceptance. Contributors should ensure that they are available to check their first proofs and answer any queries that have arisen during copyediting and typesetting. If a first proof has not been received in the expected timeframe please check your email’s spam filter and contact your production editor.

Supplying corrections: Authors should mark up the corrections to their article by electronically annotating the pdf. Full details on where to send corrections will be given in the first proof email. Please note that it is the author’s responsibility to check the proof carefully, as errors not found may appear in the published article.

Authors of articles and review articles will receive a PDF of their final article.

For more details on the Cambridge production process see the comprehensive set of FAQs.

Journal contributor’s publishing agreement

Contributors of accepted articles will will retain their copyright and will be asked to sign a licence to publish, on certain conditions, with the East Asia Institute and Cambridge University Press so that their interest may be safeguarded.

The Journal of East Asian Studies and Cambridge University Press take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all Cambridge University Press journals, or appropriate legal action.


The Journal of East Asian Studies benefits from FirstView, a feature offered through the Cambridge Journals Online platform. It allows completed articles to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue. This significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication and allows for greater visibility of the article. Note that once an article is published in FirstView no further changes can be made, save for the addition of final page numbers.

Ethical Standards

The Journal of East Asian Studies adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on research and publications ethics

The Journal of East Asian Studies and Cambridge University Press take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism, or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to uphold high standards of research integrity, and expect the same of our authors. Accordingly, we will always investigate claims of plagiarism or other research integrity or publication ethics allegations. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action. Any action would be in accordance with Cambridge University Press’s Research Publishing Ethics Guidelines and may include, without limitation, retracting the article, referring the matter to the author’s institution and/or other relevant academic bodies or societies, or appropriate legal action”.

Publishing your article as Gold Open Access 

You will have the option to publish your article as Gold Open Access, enabling the final published version to be made freely available under a Creative Commons license. You might be required to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) for Gold Open Access. You may be eligible for a waiver or discount, for example if your institution is part of a Read and Publish sales agreement with Cambridge University Press. For more information about your Open Access options, please see here. For more information about the benefits of choosing to publish Open Access, see here.