The Journal of Asian Studies (JAS)

Published in February, May, August, and November, The Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) has long been recognized as the most authoritative and prestigious publication in the field of Asian studies.

This quarterly has been published regularly since 1941, offering Asianists a wealth of information unavailable elsewhere.

JAS publishes the very best empirical and multidisciplinary work on Asia, spanning the arts, history, literature, the social sciences, and cultural studies. Experts around the world turn to this quarterly journal for the latest in-depth scholarship on Asia’s past and present, for its extensive book reviews, and for its state-of-the-field essays on established and emerging topics. With coverage reaching from South and Southeast Asia to China, Inner Asia, and Northeast Asia, JAS welcomes broad comparative and transnational studies as well as essays emanating from fine-grained historical, cultural, political, or literary research and interpretation. The JAS also publishes clusters of papers representing new and vibrant discussions on specific themes and issues.

All current AAS members receive the print and online Journal of Asian Studies as a benefit of membership.


Click on the cover to see the Table of Contents for Volume 73:3 (August 2014)

AAS/Cambridge University Press Partnership

The Journal of Asian Studies is published for the AAS by Cambridge University Press.

AAS members have the benefit of accessing JAS online. To access online content, you must be a current AAS member and login.

In addition to the many advantages inherent to the online JAS—fully searchable tables of contents and abstracts, ease of downloading and printing of articles and citations, etc.—the online JAS allows access to JAS multimedia supplements—video, music, and digital images can easily be uploaded and linked to relevant articles.

Procedure for Manuscript Submissions

Manuscripts of 8,000 to 10,000 words and any accompanying figures should be submitted electronically through the Editorial Manager online submission system (http://www.editorialmanager.com/jas/). Low-resolution images and illustrations are acceptable for the review process; all images, tables and figures should include titles or captions. Please note that in the event of publication, the author is responsible for acquiring high-resolution images along with permission to publish them.

All authors are required to read and follow the Cambridge Artwork Guide.

Inquiries may be directed to the Editor at jas@journalofasianstudies.org or by phone: (949) 824-6521. Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot evaluate proposed abstracts or titles, only full submissions.

Please send all books for review to the AAS Secretariat in Ann Arbor, Michigan. See Contact Information: Books for Review below.

Requirements for Manuscript Submission

Read First: the editor's "JAS Rules of Thumb" for guidance on manuscript preparation.

When preparing a manuscript, please note that JAS is committed to publishing articles based on in-depth, original research. Authors should also take care to address the interests of our broad, multidisciplinary readership by raising larger questions of interest that reach beyond their precise research specialties. Authors are encouraged to consult recent issues of JAS for guidance on style and formatting.

Manuscripts submitted to JAS should not have been published elsewhere and should not be under review for publication elsewhere.

  • Article manuscripts, including notes and references, should range between 8,000 and 10,000 words, or approximately thirty-five pages in length, and must include a 150-word abstract at the beginning of the document.
  • Authors’ names must be left off of the manuscript, as JAS engages in double-blind reviews.
  • Manuscripts must be double-spaced with 12-point type and 1 inch margins including extracts, notes, and references, and formatted for letter-size (8.5 x 11 in.) paper if possible.
  • Notes should be as few as possible and appear at the end of the text.
  • Use parenthetical in-text citation, and author-date formatting for references per section 15 of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010).
  • Please use the following Romanization: Chinese: Pinyin; Japanese: Hepburn; Korean: McCune-Reischauer.

Articles in JAS represent neither the views of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) nor those of the JAS editors. The Editor is responsible for the final selection of content of JAS and reserves the right to reject any material deemed inappropriate for publication. Responsibility for opinions expressed and the accuracy of facts published in articles and reviews rests solely with the individual authors.

Article Types Accepted

Research Articles: 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.

Sample Article: "Convict Carpets: Jails and the Revival of Historic Carpet Design in Colonial India" by Abigail McGowan (72.02)

Sample Article: "Ethnicity, Violence, and Khmer-Vietnamese Relations: The Significance of the Lower Mekong Delta, 1757–1954" by Shawn McHale (72.02)

Asia Beyond the Headlines: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.

Sample Article: "Thai Politics as Reality TV" by Duncan McCargo (68.01)

Trends and Reflections: 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.

Trends Sample Article: "Nationalism, Modernity, and the 'Woman Question' in India and China" by Sanjay Seth (72.02)

Reflections Sample Article: "Peter Hessler: Teacher, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Travel Writer, Master Storyteller" by Paul A. Cohen (72.02)

Book Review Essays and Book Reviews: There are occasional book review essays and 45 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.

English Language Editing Services

Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. We list a number of third-party services specializing in language editor and/or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate. Click here for more information.

Contact Information: Books for Review

All books for review must be sent to the AAS Office at the address below. DO NOT send books to the JAS Editorial Office.

Association for Asian Studies
ATTN: JAS Book Reviews
825 Victors Way, Suite 310
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 USA

We shall forward your book on to the appropriate book review editor.

Please direct correspondence regarding books and book reviews to jasoffice@journalofasianstudies.org or by phone: (949) 824-6521.

PLEASE NOTE: The Journal of Asian Studies does not accept unsolicited book reviews.

If you are interested in reviewing books selected by a Book Review Editor, please contact jasoffice@journalofasianstudies.org.

Editorial Board


Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine; jas@journalofasianstudies.org

Editorial Staff

Managing Editor: Jennifer H. Munger, jas@journalofasianstudies.org

Digital Editor: Matthew T. Combs, jasoffice@journalofasianstudies.org

Associate Editors

Deborah Davis, Yale University
Haiyan Lee, Stanford University

Inner Asia
Johan Elverskog, Southern Methodist University

Jordan Sand, Georgetown University

Seungsook Moon, Vassar College

South Asia
Barnard Bate, Yale-NUS College, National University of Singapore
Samira Sheikh, Vanderbilt University

Southeast Asia
Justin McDaniel, University of Pennsylvania

Book Review Editors

John K. Whitmore, University of Michigan, johnkw@umich.edu

Asia Comparative and Transnational
David Porter, University of Michigan, dporter@umich.edu

Par Cassel, University of Michigan, cassel@umich.edu
Liang Luo, University of Kentucky, liang.luo@uky.edu
Joshua Goldstein, University of Southern California, jlgoldst@usc.edu
Brett Sheehan, University of Southern California, bsheehan@usc.edu

Inner Asia
Rian Thum, Loyola University New Orleans, thum@loyno.edu

Mark J. Ravina, Emory University, histmr@emory.edu

Sun Joo Kim, Harvard University, jaskoreabre@gmail.com

South Asia
William Glover, University of Michigan, wglover@umich.edu
Matthew Hull, University of Michigan, hullm@umich.edu

Southeast Asia
Michael Cullinane, University of Wisconsin, mmcullin@wisc.edu
Anne R. Hansen, University of Wisconsin, jas.sea.bookreviews@gmail.com

Advising Editors

Ian Johnson, Independent Scholar
Angilee Shah, Independent Schola

Cambrige University Press Contact

Ann Avouris, aavouris@cambridge.org

Please contact jas@journalofasianstudies.org if you are interested in reviewing books in your field.


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