Instructions for Authors

General Instructions

The China Journal welcomes contributions from all points of view and from all fields. Articles should be comprehensible to a broad readership within the field of modern China studies.

Submission of an article is taken to mean that it has not been previously published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.

Contributors should refer to the style sheet on this page.

Please send contributions to 'The Editors', at our editorial office, see our contact us page for details.

Further information is available from the editors:
Dr Andrew Kipnis ( or Dr Luigi Tomba (



Style Sheet

Papers should not be longer than 11,000 words.

Contributors are asked to submit their paper by email as an attachment, preferably as a Word document. Ensure that all reference to the author's name is deleted, to ensure anonymity during the refereeing process. Tables or charts should not be in color (as the journal is printed in black and white), should be able to be displayed and read in Word, and should be provided at a size that fits within the document margins.

If it is not possible to send a copy of the article electronically in the first instance, then contributors may send three printed copies, single-sided and double-spaced, and with reference to the author's name deleted. However, if the article is accepted for publication, an electronic copy meeting the above requirements (except for anonymity!) will then be requested.

Papers contributed are sent to at least two readers for evaluation. The identity of both author and readers is kept strictly confidential.

Those papers which are accepted for publication are edited in line with the journal's editorial conventions. The following guidelines are included to assist both author and editors:


Footnotes are at the foot of the page. Generally, bibliographies should not be listed separately from the text but should be incorporated instead as footnotes.

Footnote references are in the form:

    1 Gu Hua, A Small Town Called Hibiscus (Beijing: Panda Press, 1983), pp. 230-4.

    2 Victor Nee, "Peasant Household Individualism", in William Parish (ed.), Chinese Rural Development: The Great Transformation (Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 1985), p. 170.

Journal references are in the form:

    3 Gerald Chan, "The Two-Chinas Problem and the Olympic Formula", Pacific Affairs, Vol.18, No.3 (Fall 1985), p. 475.  

Please include translations for foreign-language words, phrases, book titles and journal names. Foreign words are italicized except for article titles and publishing companies. For Chinese titles, words are lower case except for the first word of the title and proper names and places.

    4 Wu Ming, "Lun Zhongguo geming shi" [On the History of the Chinese Revolution], Renmin ribao [People's Daily, hereafter RMRB], 3 January 1953, p. 1.

    5 Wu Wei, Zhongguo xin xieshizhuyi wenxue [New Realism Literature from China] (Beijing: Renmin Chubanshe, 1988), p. 11.

Pinyin is used for transliteration of Chinese except for well-known names and titles such as Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek and Kuomintang.

Articles and books should be given shortened titles where the work is cited more than once:

    6 Gu Hua, A Small Town, pp. 230-4.

    7 Wu Ming, "Lun Zhongguo", p. 1.


Spelling generally follows Webster's New World Dictionary, e.g. center, humor, traveling, enrollment. Other examples of journal usage are: 18 per cent; realize, analyze; the West; judgement; program; CCP (Chinese Communist Party); Third Plenum; Five-Year Plan

The editors will reword, if possible, any use of a purely masculine word where it more correctly refers to both male and female.


Print should be no less than 11 pt and the table should fit into a 21cm x 14cm print area.


If required, a copy of the review will be provided electronically in .pdf format after the journal has been printed.