"ASIA SHORTS" is a new book series—intermediate in length between a journal article and a scholarly monograph—published by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).

"Asia Shorts" offers concise, engagingly-written titles written by highly-qualified authors on topics of significance in Asian studies. Topics are intended to be substantive, generate discussion and debate within the field, and attract interest beyond it.

The AAS is exploring new ways of making rigorous, timely, and accessible work by scholars in the field available to a wide audience of informed readers. This new series complements and leverages the success of the pedagogically-oriented AAS series, "Key Issues in Asian Studies" and is designed to engage broad audiences with up-to-date scholarship on important topics in Asian studies.

"Asia Shorts" books:

  • Have a target word count between 35,000 and 75,000 words.
  • Have a clear point of view, a well-defined, and even provocative argument rooted in a strong base of evidence and current scholarship.
  • Are written in an accessible, jargon-free style suitable for non-specialist audiences.
  • Are written by a single author or a small group of authors (as opposed to edited collections) by scholars and occasionally journalists or policymakers.
  • Will be rigorously peer reviewed.
  • Will be clearly differentiated from the AAS "Key Issues in Asian Studies" series in that "Asia Shorts" titles will: (1) not be specifically targeted for classroom use; (2) not be general introductions aimed at providing objective survey coverage like a typical textbook; and (3) not be pedagogical in focus.
  • Will be available in multiple formats (ebook and print) and priced at a level that is competitive in the marketplace.
To ensure timeliness of content in the series, the target timeline from acceptance of a manuscript (after initial evaluation and peer review) to publication will be 6–9 months.

Authors will receive an honorarium of $2,000 upon acceptance of a complete manuscript in lieu of royalties.

For further information, please consult the AUTHOR GUIDELINES and AUTHOR QUESTIONNAIRE.

To discuss a proposal, contact the series editor, Bill Tsutsui, at