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Submission Guidelines

Open Access Policy

Our journal aims to encourage the exchange of ideas and foster communication between institutions, disciplines, and regions. Our open access policy ensures submissions will be available for free to the general public in perpetuity.

Peer Review Process

Our journal uses a double-blind peer review process. All submissions will be initially assessed by the editorial board for suitability and then sent to two reviewers with expertise in the relevant field. The identities of both authors and reviewers are concealed from one another. Reviewers are given one month to complete their review and make a suggestion as to whether the submission should be accepted, declined, or accepted with revisions. The editorial board is responsible for the final decision regarding publication.

General Guidelines

Article submissions should run between 5,000 and 10,000 words including notes and bibliography. Review articles should be no longer than 1,000 words. All pages of the submission should be numbered. Illustrations, tables, graphics and photographs are encouraged. Authors must obtain necessary copyright permission for reproduction of all submission figures. Figures should be included with the initial submission with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Articles are accepted in English only.

Format of Manuscript  

Name, Title, Affiliation

Author or Author(s) names should appear along with their current title and academic or research affiliation along with a current email address.


Abstracts for article submissions should not exceed 300 words and succinctly summarize the major arguments of the submission.


Submission should include up to ten keywords that capture the essential aspects of the article.

Main Text

The format for submissions is preferably size 12 Calibri font, double-spaced with 1 inch/2.5cm margins. Separate section headings should be indicated in boldface, with secondary section headings indicated with italics. Typographic marking up shall be reduced to a minimum. Romanization should be marked in italics. The same applies for the accentuation of a single word. When using diacritics please use a Unicode font.

Figures, Figure Captions

Following the reference list please include a list of figure captions for any image used in the submission. All figures must include a caption. Please indicate where the figure should appear in the article with an [insert fig. x here] throughout the text.

Citation Style

Consulted works should be cited following the Chicago/Turabian style (guidelines can be found here: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html) using full notes when citing a work for the first time and using shortened notes thereafter.

1 Katie Kitamura, A Separation (New York: Riverhead Books, 2017), 25.

2 Kitamura, Separation, 91–92.

1 Sharon Sassler and Amanda Jayne Miller, Cohabitation Nation: Gender, Class, and the Remaking of Relationships (Oakland: University of California Press, 2017), 114.

2 Sassler and Miller, Cohabitation Nation, 205.

Endnotes are not accepted. When citing primary sources, abbreviated forms should consist of the author’s surname along with a shortened form of the title. For example: al-Maqrīzī, Khiṭat.

List of References

A list of cited works should be included at the end of the submission, following the Chicago/Turabian style. Authors should be listed alphabetically. When the same author is cited multiple times, give the name once and list all publications in chronological order from earliest to latest. List multiple authors or editors in full. The use of et al. should be only in-text and not in the reference list. A guideline for the reference list is provided below for various types of sources.


Sassler, Sharon, and Amanda Jayne Miller. Cohabitation Nation: Gender, Class, and the Remaking of Relationships. Oakland: University of California Press, 2017.

Chapter or other part in edited volumes

Rowlandson, Mary. “The Narrative of My Captivity.” In The Making of the American Essay, edited by John D’Agata, 19–56. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2016.

Journal Article

Keng, Shao-Hsun, Chun-Hung Lin, and Peter F. Orazem. “Expanding College Access in Taiwan, 1978–2014: Effects on Graduate Quality and Income Inequality.” Journal of Human Capital 11, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 1–34. https://doi.org/10.1086/690235.

If there are four or more authors, list up to ten in the bibliography; in a footnote, list only the first, followed by et al. (“and others”). For more than ten authors (not shown here), list the first seven in the bibliography, followed by et al.


Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. Translated by Constance Garnett, edited by William Allan Neilson. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1917. https://archive.org/details/crimepunishment00dostuoft.

For other categories please refer to the Chicago/Turabian style notes.

Transliteration Style

When using foreign language words or quotations, authors should refer to the following list of applicable systems: BGN/PCGN, DMG, EI (2012), IJMES, Pinyin, UN (2012), Wade-Giles.

Please stick to the chosen style consistently throughout the article. If your article includes transliteration of languages and/or styles not present in the list above, please contact the editors. Foreign words should always be translated into English.

Typographical Guide


When more than four lines of a work are quoted, indent from the left and right margin and reduce the font size to 11pt. However, stick to using double-spacing. For shorter quotes, enclose the quote in double quotation marks. Quotations inside a quotation are to be put in single inverted commas (‘ ’).



Numbers should be expressed with Arabic numerals, not written out. For times and dates, use these formats: 30 days; 20th century. If citing dates according to both the Muslim (ḥijrī) and Christian (mīlādī) calendars, use this format: 358 H/969 CE. In case your topic demands to use other calendars, please contact the editors for further agreements.

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