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Author Guidelines

Please note that you cannot upload your manuscript directly to CJAS. To submit your manuscript, kindly send it by e-mail to cjas@hum.ku.dk.

Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the social and political economy of contemporary Asia. The journal aims to provide a view of research on Asia from a Scandinavian point of view, but we welcome submission of any papers that centre on business in society and society in business in Asia. The journal’s editor-in-chief is Vera Skvirskaja.


A complete submission includes a title page, abstract, keywords, short bibliography as well as the manuscript. The manuscript itself must not contain any identifying information, as we use a double-blind review process.

Manuscripts are normally around 6,000 to 8,000 words, including notes and references. Manuscripts must not exceed 10,000 words.

The title of the manuscript should be relatively brief and to the point

The abstract should be 150-200 words and should be carefully written to provide the potential reviewer and eventual reader with enough information to interest them in the full article.

Include up to five essential keywords or search terms after the abstract.

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.

Submit the manuscript in Microsoft Word.Manuscripts should be double spaced, in 12 point font, but formatted as little as possible. Make headings and sub-headings identifiable. Sub-sub-headings are normally unnecessary.

Notes (endnotes) should be used sparingly.

Citations are to be embedded in the text (‘Harvard style’) and a complete alphabetical reference list must be attached at the end of the article. See below for more information on references.


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

CJAS publishes articles in British English and 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 italicized. 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.

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 capitalized.

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 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 organized 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 1976: 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.


Columbia University 1998. SARAI South Asia resource access on the Internet. New York: Columbia University Libraries. http://bibpurl.oclc.org/web/813.

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecaf.12086.

Chinese references

Chines titles should be in pinyin and in lower case with the English translation in parenthesis and capitalized:

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.

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