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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • (1) Title page with author details. Provide author names, titles, affiliations, and bibliographical notes of each author (2-3 sentences). Include the corresponding author contact details (e-mail address). If available, provide author ORCiDs and social media handles (e.g. Twitter). Acknowledgments, if any, can be included here as a separate paragraph.
  • (2) Blinded manuscript. Make sure that the blinded manuscript is without author identifiers. Please include a word count, abstract, and 5-8 keywords. Include the list of illustrations (with titles and captions) at the end of the manuscript. Please also consider:
    • has the manuscript been checked for British English spelling and grammar?
    • are all references cited in the article also appearing correctly in the Bibliography, and vice versa?
    • has all identifications with author been removed from the document, including the file name?
  • (3) Figures and tables. Please make sure that references to figures and tables match the uploaded files. Have you obtained permission for the use of copyrighted material?

Author Guidelines

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The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies uses online submission only. The CJAS publishes articles (6-8.000 words), reports from the field and research notes (4000 words) and book reviews. The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies welcome proposals for special themed sections and special issues.

Guidelines for special themed sections and special issues

The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies welcomes proposals for special themed sections and special issues.

A Special theme section or special issue consists of 3-5 articles that are accompanied by an introduction. All articles in the special section/issue are double-blind peer-reviewed publications (see House Style Guidelines for research articles).

If a special issue or special theme section has guest editors, it will be their responsibility to follow up on the reviews and liaise with the authors, ensuring that final submissions adhere to the CJAS House Style. Final copy editing and proofing will be undertaken by the CJAS team.

Proposals for special theme sections should be made directly to the editors (CJAS @ by email and should include:

  1. A proposal outlining the overall theme and individual contributions (maximum 1000 words). Please also indicate a realistic submission date.
  2. Keywords (5-8 words that do not appear in the title) and abstracts for each article (200-250 words).
  3. A list of author details, including name, e-mail, and affiliation.
  4. A list of 3-4 recommended referees for each submission. Please note that the Editors reserve the right to choose alternative reviewers.

submission Guidelines

The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies uses online submission only. A complete submission of a research article includes (1) a title page, (2) the blinded manuscript, and (3) figures/tables, if any.


Double-blind peer-reviewed articles: We accept manuscripts of no more than 8,000 words, including notes and references.

Reports from the field and research notes should not exceed 4,000 words.

Book reviews should be between 1500 and 2000 words.

Please include a word count in your submission.

The title of the manuscript is a tool to help readers discover the article. It should therefore be informative, accurate and comprehensible.

The abstract should be 150-200 words. Summarise your article (without repeating the exact wording of the text in the manuscript) to provide peer-reviewers and readers with enough information to interest them in the full article. Use key phrases and words that facilitate finding your article in online searches after publication.  

Include 5-8 keywords or search terms after the abstract. Keywords should not repeat words used in the title of the manuscript.

The manuscript itself must not contain any identifying information, as we use a double-blind review process. Please ensure that anything which could identify you is removed from the text, including references to your publications, previous research, and acknowledgements. Please also make sure that author(s) names are not included in filenames and in the submitted file’s registered properties.

Submit the manuscript in Microsoft Word. Manuscripts should be double spaced, in 12-point font, but formatted as little as possible. All pages should be numbered. Make headings and sub-headings identifiable. Sub-sub-headings are normally unnecessary. Please consult the latest issue of the CJAS as an example when you format and organise your submission.

Endnotes, used sparingly, should be double spaced at the end of the manuscript.

Citations in text using ‘Harvard style’. Cited references must be listed alphabetically by first author’s last name and double-spaced at the end of the paper. Please consult the style guide for the appropriate format.

Ensure that each illustration (figures and tables) has a title and a caption. Make the captions brief. The titles with captions must be supplied at the end of the manuscript. The illustrations must be clear and of a minimum quality of 300 dpi. They are uploaded separately. Please make sure that references to figures and tables (in the manuscript text and in the list of illustrations at the end of the manuscript text) match the uploaded files. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission from copyright holders for using any illustrations that are not the author’s original.

Acknowledgements, if any, should be written as a separate paragraph on the title page, which will not be sent to reviewers.

Funding Statement

Please provide a statement about the sources of funding for the research to the article in the acknowledgement or in a separate endnote. The funding statement should include the name of the funding body and the grant number. If the funding body has played any role in the research, this should also be stated.

A brief biographical statement (2-3 sentences) for each author must also be included. It should give title, institutional affiliation and email address. You may also add recent publications or areas of research interest.

This brief biographical statement should be written as a separate paragraph on the title page, which will not be sent to reviewers.


It is the author’s responsibility to follow the CJAS style guide faithfully and thoroughly.

CJAS publishes articles in British English. We ask authors to use the British English “-ise” spelling variant (not “-ize”). For example, use the following spellings that are acceptable: finalise; organise; realise.

We ask that authors avoid excessive usage of other languages. In general, where a non-English word or phrase is cited or otherwise used, it should be written in Roman script and italicised. Please use pinyin, NOT Chinese characters. Please provide an English translation in parenthesis.

Please ensure that you create your own original graphs and tables in Microsoft Office and indicate clearly where they should be inserted. It is essential that these can be edited in Word 2010. Please ensure that the fit with the page margins and that they are of high quality and are clearly readable in scale.

Photographs and images
Please ensure that any photographs you include in your article are clear and of a minimum quality of 300 dpi. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure written permission to use any photographs that are not the author’s own original.

Spell out one to ten. For 11 and more, use numerals.

For numbers with four or more digits, use commas: 3,456.

For numbers above 1,000,000: 5.3 million, seven billion

For decimals, use a full stop. A zero always precedes decimals less than one: 0.75.

Do not elide numbers.

Use hyphen (not en dash) for year ranges and page ranges.

Write out ‘per cent’ in the text; the per cent sign (%) may be used in tables only. Use numerals when using percentages: e.g. 10 per cent.

To remove ambiguity, write dates as day month year without punctuation: e.g. 16 February 1998.

Decades are written with numerals and without apostrophes: e.g. 1980s (not eighties, '80s, 80's, or 1980's).

Centuries are spelled out: nineteenth century (not 19th century).

Use lower case initial letters where talking generally of a president, prime minister, king, minister of finance, etc. Where the word forms a proper title (Queen Elizabeth, President Clinton) it should be initially capitalised.

Use single quotation marks, e.g. 'quote'. Double quotation marks should only be used for a quote within a quote.

Following British convention, full stops and commas fall outside quotation marks.

Quotations longer than four lines or about 40 words should be indented, without quotation marks. Ellipses (points of omission) should not be used at the beginning or end of a quote.

Serial Commas
Do not use a comma before the words ‘and’ or ‘or’ to separate items in a list of three or more items:

‘He took his suitcase, umbrella and hat.’

‘She didn't speak Chinese, Japanese or Korean.’


For sources in the main body of the text, put author's last name, date of publication, and page numbers, if applicable, in parentheses as follows:

(Smith 2007: 174-177) or 'According to Smith (2007: 174-177). . .'

(Smith and Thompson 1999)

(Smith et al. 2001a: 99-102)

Multiple references should be organised alphabetically. References by different authors are separated by a semicolon.

(Gleiser 1992; Richmond 1998; Schwinn 2001)

Reference list
All sources cited in the text must appear in the reference list. All items in the reference list must be cited in the text and newspaper articles without author. However, references to non-scholarly material (blogs, websites, newspaper articles) should be put in endnotes rather than the reference list.

Review all works cited and make sure the spellings and dates match in the reference list.

Reference lists should be ordered alphabetically by the first author's (or editor's) surname. If the author has more than one work, they should be listed from the earliest to the most recent. If the author has more than one work in a single year, use a, b, c, etc. (1998a, 1998b, 1998c).

For multi-author or multi-editor publications, use up to five names. If there are more, use 'et al.' after the first author’s name

Foreign language titles should include a translation.

Books with one author

Sun, Wanning 2006. Media and the Chinese Diaspora: Community, Communication and Commerce. London: Routledge.

World Health Organization 2005. Demographic Tables for the Western Pacific 2005-2010. Manila: World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Western Pacific.

Books with two or more authors

Brødsgaard, Kjeld Erik and Susan Young 2000. State Capacity in East Asia: Japan, Taiwan, China, and Vietnam. New York: Oxford University Press.

Journal article

Kumar, Rajesh and Verner Worm 2003. 'Social Capital and the Dynamics of Business Negotiations between the Northern Europeans and the Chinese'. International Marketing Review 20 (3): 262-285.

Chapter in a book

Heilesen, Simon 1976. 'Chinese Pottery Collections in Scandinavia'. In C. G. Glenn et al. (eds.) Chinese Pottery through the Ages. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 168-193.

Dissertation, thesis or paper

Chew, Kean Hong 1996. Beyond Individualism-Collectivism: Additional Constructs to Consider. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Oregon.

Ong, Aiwa 1989. Gender and Power in Southeast Asia. Paper presented at 'Workshop on Research Methodologies', Penang, 2 October 1989.

Online sources

Online resources should follow the same format as print resources as much as possible but with the addition of the URL. All online sources should be cited in the text (author, date) and also listed in an endnote rather than the bibliography. Date of access (month and year) should be indicated.


Columbia University 1998. SARAI South Asia resource access on the Internet. New York: Columbia University Libraries. Date of access (month and year) should be indicated.

DOI reference

If a publication has a DOI number/link, please include this at the end of the reference.

Shaw, Edward S. 1973. Financial Deepening in Economic Development. New York: Oxford University Press.

Chinese references

Chinese titles should be in pinyin and in lower case with the English translation in parenthesis and capitalised:

Wang, Jinnian 1998. Zhongguo da jingjian (China’s Big Downsizing). Jinan: Jinan chubanshe.

Xu, Xiaonian 2010. ‘Guojin mintui beili gaige fangxiang’ (The Advance of the State and the Retreat of Private Capital Derails Reform). Shang zhoukan (Business Weekly) 8(22): 22-23.

Please take extra care to list Asian author names in the correct format in the bibliography and provide DOI for all references in the bibliography.

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