Article Types Accepted


Most of the articles in the JAS are unsolicited manuscripts submitted by a variety of authors. We get over 250 submissions per year; the acceptance rate is about 8%. We conduct extensive review of promising works, including both in-house and anonymous evaluations, so initial review can take six months, with another year or more until final publication. We expect these pieces to be based on in-depth primary research, but with a reach to scholars outside the disciplinary and geographic specialty of the author. Submissions are limited to 10,000 words including notes and bibliography. Each includes an abstract, author email, and affiliation, limited footnotes, author/date citations, reference list, and acknowledgments. Black and white or color images and tables are allowed upon review by the editorial office. Languages and fonts from across Asia are embedded in the text.


These are topical pieces, generally solicited rather than submitted. There are generally 1 or 2 per issue, and because they are more of a commentary on current events than a full research project, they are generally about 4,000 words in length. They do not include abstracts or bibliographies, so use footnotes for references. Images may be included upon review of the editorial office.


These two types of pieces are longer than Asia Beyond the Headlines pieces but generally a bit shorter than articles. Most of the time the editorial office solicits these pieces, but occasionally an author of an unsolicited submission will be asked to rework their piece to fit into one of these genres. Trends pieces sometimes arise from exceptionally well-written Book Review Essays that we ask the author to expand, and sometimes are in response to a current topic in academia that is generating much debate. Reflections pieces usually focus on a particular figure or scholar who has made important contributions to Asian Studies. Reflections pieces usually focus on a particular figure or scholar who has made important contributions to Asian Studies. Trends use author/date, while Reflections use footnotes.


There are occasional book review essays and forty-five or more book reviews each issue. These are exclusively solicited by our Book Review Editors. Author name, affiliation and email address appear at the end of the review, with citations included in footnotes.

Click on the cover image to view the Table of Contents for the August 2018 issue (Vol 77:3).