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Manuscripts

HJAS publishes original scholarship in the humanities and humanistic social sciences about East Asia as well as about the Tibetan- and the Altaic-speaking peoples of Inner Asia.

Articles must make an argument for an original point about new research that is engaging both to specialists and to non-specialists in East and Inner Asian studies. When selecting articles for publication, the editors consider the strength of the scholarship, the quality of the argument, and the clarity of the methodology. Even the most narrowly focused contribution must speak in some way to an academic audience beyond a small community of specialists. The presentation of new factual information alone is not sufficient grounds for publication.

Length

Ordinarily, manuscripts (including notes) should not exceed 15,000 words—and shorter manuscripts are welcome. Longer manuscripts will be considered, but length becomes an explicit review criterion. Authors submitting a manuscript that exceeds 15,000 words are required to explain why this length is necessary in their cover letter, and reviewers are asked to comment on whether this length is necessary for an effective argument on the topic. The value of a longer manuscript must be clear in the text itself.

Double-Blind Review

Your manuscript will be reviewed anonymously. Authors’ names should be removed from manuscripts. Our goal is that reviewers not know who wrote the manuscript. In small fields, reviewers may surmise the likely author, but we do not reveal the name of the author(s).

Illustrations

HJAS welcomes illustrations, but authors should be aware that our page size and paper quality cannot match art-book reproduction. We publish color illustrations only in the online version of HJAS; we publish only black-and-white or grayscale illustrations in the print version of HJAS

Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permissions for illustrations. Authors must provide proof of permission during the copyediting stage of production.

For the purposes of review, illustrations do not have to meet our publication specifications. During the copyediting stage of production, authors of accepted manuscripts are responsible for submitting illustration files that do meet our technical specifications. See the HJAS Art Submission Guidelines

Style & Formatting

Please review our style guide closely before submitting your manuscript to ensure it is formatted properly. The style sheet explains our standards for grammar and style; formatting of texts, notes, figures, and tables; romanization of Asian languages; use of Asian characters; and citation of sources. We will not consider manuscripts that do not adhere to our style guide

Authors are responsible for providing complete citations for all works referenced and quoted. Citation information should allow an interested nonspecialist reader, such as a beginning graduate student, to locate the work online and to order the work through interlibrary loan or to visit the location to view the work. Our style guide provides sixty sample citations, including sources in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and several other languages. 

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Manuscript Submission

Please submit your manuscript using our online form. If you have any questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions below. If you still have questions, please contact the Managing Editor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does HJAS accept previously published article manuscripts? 

No. If you are considering substantially reworking an article previously published in a language other than English, please consult with the managing editor.

Can I submit my manuscript to HJAS and to another journal simultaneously?

No. HJAS does not consider manuscripts that are under consideration for publication somewhere else. 

Can article manuscripts be submitted for consideration at any time?

Yes. HJAS welcomes submissions of article manuscripts at any time. Within a week or so, you will receive an acknowledgment of your submission and notification that the double-blind peer-review process has begun. 

Does HJAS publish articles about South Asia or the Middle East? 

We publish original scholarship about East  and Inner Asia. Although we publish works about Tibetan-speaking peoples, we do not publish works about other peoples or cultures of South Asia. We publish works about Turkic-speaking peoples only if they lived within the borders of China during the time period under discussion in the manuscript; we do not publish on Turkic-speaking peoples outside China’s borders or on other peoples or cultures of the Middle East. 

Does HJAS publish articles on contemporary social science?

We publish a wide range of disciplinary topics—premodern and modern literature, art history, and religious studies; digital humanities; premodern history and social science; and modern history and humanistic social science through the mid-twentieth century. We do not publish works about contemporary security issues or most contemporary social sciences (such as linguistics). If you are uncertain whether we will consider your manuscript topic for review, please consult the managing editor. 

How long should article manuscripts be?

Most of our published articles are between 6,000 and 15,000 words (including text and notes). 

Will HJAS consider article manuscripts longer than 15,000 words?

Yes, but length becomes an explicit review criterion when manuscripts exceed 15,000 words. Authors submitting a manuscript of this length are required to explain why this length is necessary in their cover letter, and reviewers are asked to comment on whether this length is necessary for an effective argument on the topic.  

Does HJAS publish illustrations?

Yes. We publish illustrations that are crucial to understanding an author’s argument if they are of suitable quality. Authors should be aware that only black-and-white or grayscale illustrations are possible in the print version of HJAS. We publish color illustrations only in our online version. 

Obtaining copyright permissions for illustrations is the author’s responsibility; authors must provide proof of permission during the copyediting stage of production.

For the purposes of review, illustrations do not have to meet our publication specifications. During the copyediting stage of production, authors of accepted manuscripts are responsible for submitting illustration files that meet our Technical Specifications Required for Publication of Figures

Does HJAS publish translations or book reviews about translated works?

We do not publish translations of literature or scholarly works. We very occasionally publish book reviews of translated works, but only when the original work is seminal to one or more scholarly fields.  

What is a double-blind review process?

We do not reveal the name of the author(s) to reviewers, and we do not reveal the names of reviewers to authors. 

How long does it take for a manuscript to go through the peer-review process?

All manuscripts go through an internal review by our editorial team, which can take as long as 4–6 weeks. Some manuscripts are then approved for review by external readers. We solicit external reviewers who are scholars with publications related to the topic of the manuscript. Securing external readers and receiving their reports can take an additional 2–3 months. We do our best to get manuscripts through the entire two-tier review process in three months but it can occasionally require as long as six months. 

What are the review criteria?

When selecting articles for publication, we consider the strength of the scholarship, the quality of the argument, and the clarity of the methodology. Even the most narrowly focused contribution must speak in some way to an academic audience beyond a small community of specialists. The presentation of new factual information alone is not sufficient grounds for publication. When a manuscript exceeds 15,000 words, length becomes an additional factor under consideration.

Whom should I contact to request permission to reprint (or translate) an HJAS article?

If you want to reprint (or translate) an article or book review that dates prior to March 1, 1989, or if you want to reprint any other HJAS excerpt or an entire HJAS issue of any date, then contact the managing editor to receive permission. If you want to reprint (or translate) an article, book review, or other HJAS excerpt that dates on or after March 1, 1989, then contact the author of the article or book review directly to receive permission. (From March 1, 1989, our authors hold copyright of their individual contribution, though HJAS retains copyright to each issue as a whole.)

Do authors of HJAS articles and book reviews need to acknowledge HJAS in any reprints or excerpts?

Yes. Even if you hold the copyright (if the article or book review was published on or after March 1, 1989), our contract agreement requires you to cite the original publication in HJAS whenever you republish material from HJAS.

What if I have another question?

Please contact hjas@fas.harvard.edu.