Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Authors (PDF)


The China Journal welcomes contributions from all points of view and from all fields of the social sciences and humanities. 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 in another journal.

Submitting a Paper

Authors should submit papers via the Editorial Manager system at .


The system relies on automated processing to create an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file from your submission. Step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process, and you should receive an e-mail confirmation from the system when your submission is complete. If you have problems, please contact for assistance.


There is no fee for submission. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, you will receive more detailed instructions for preparing your manuscript for publication.


The preferred format for submitting manuscripts online is Microsoft Word (.doc files). If you are unable to submit a Microsoft Word file, Editorial Manager will also accept Word Perfect (.wpd), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), and Rich Text (.rtf) files. The Editorial Manager system is designed to convert source files into PDF and the review process is conducted entirely via PDF. Authors can also provide their own PDF files.


Papers should contain no more than 11,000 words. The China Journal does not request any specific style of documentation, spelling, or formatting until after a paper has been accepted for publication.


Papers will first be vetted by the editors, and if a paper is deemed to be on a topic and at a standard suitable for publication in The China Journal , it will be sent to at least two external readers for evaluation. The identities of both the author and the readers are kept anonymous and strictly confidential.

After a Paper’s Acceptance

Papers accepted for publication will be edited to conform to the journal's editorial conventions. The following guidelines are included to assist authors whose papers have been accepted:


Beginning with the January 2016 issue, The China Journal will follow The Chicago Manual of Style for matters of style and documentation.


Spelling follows Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary , 11th edition: for example, analyze , center , enrollment, humor , judgment , program, realize , traveling .


Pinyin is used for transliteration of Chinese words except for well-known names and titles such as Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek. If possible, include the Chinese characters directly after the pinyin in the main text of the paper.


Other examples of journal usage are: 18 percent; the West; 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.

Figures and Tables

For detailed guidelines concerning figures, including copyright and permission information, please consult the University of Chicago Press guidelines for Manuscript Preparation: Artwork .


Tables must be created using a table editor, such as one available in Microsoft Word. Please do not submit tables as figures. See the University of Chicago Press guidelines for Manuscript Preparation: Tables for additional information.


Footnotes are set at the bottom of the page on which they are cited. All bibliographic information must be included in the notes, and a separate bibliography (Works cited) should not be included.


1. Gu Hua, A Small Town Called Hibiscus (Beijing: Panda Press, 1983), 230-34.


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


3. Gerald Chan, “The Two-Chinas Problem and the Olympic Formula,” Pacific Affairs 18, no. 3 (1985): 475.


4. Include translations for foreign-language titles in parentheses. The translations of titles should be lowercase except for the first word and proper names. In footnotes, there is generally no need to include Chinese characters.


Wu Ming, “Lun Zhongguo geming shi” (On the history of the Chinese Revolution), Renmin ribao [People's Daily, hereafter RMRB], January 3, 1953, 1.


5. Wu Wei, Zhongguo xin xieshizhuyi wenxue (New realism literature from China) (Beijing: Renmin Chubanshe, 1988), 11.


Short titles should be used for subsequent mentions of a work:


6. Gu Hua, A Small Town , 230-34.


7. Wu Ming, “Lun Zhongguo,” 1.

Open Access Policy

“Green” Open Access

UCP supports green OA for all articles, as defined by the RCUK Open Access Policy. See UCP’s Guidelines for Journal Authors’ Rights . In general, you may post a copy of your article on your personal or institutional web site or personal social media pages, provided that the site is non-commercial or no fees are charged for access to your article.


Paid Open Access

Authors also have the option to make their paper available online immediately upon publication (“open access,” or OA) at a charge for commercial purposes. The fee to do so is $2,500, payable to University of Chicago Press. Contact the editorial office for more information at UK authors should note that this option cannot be used to comply with RCUK regulations for “gold” OA, because the University of Chicago Press requires permission for commercial reuse. UCP does comply with the RCUK regulations for “green” OA.