China Studies Review

China Studies Review is a publication of the China Studies department at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. The Review publishes interdisciplinary work by graduate students conducting research on China, including history, political science, economics, policy, and area studies projects.

Submission Guidelines

The China Studies Working Paper Series is dedicated to publishing quality research by students enrolled in China Studies courses. Download a PDF version of the submission guidelines here.
·      A length of 5,000-10,000 words (not including footnotes) is preferable.
·      Submit your manuscript in a Word document. Do not send a PDF document.
·      Include an abstract of 150-200 words.
·      Footnotes should be formatted in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style.
Submission Criteria:
·      Paper was written for a China Studies course
·      Student received an “A” grade in the course
·      Student received an “A” grade for the paper
·      Research should be substantive, drawing on academic secondary sources and primary material. Papers that consist more of commentary or act as a case study should be submitted to the issue report series.
Publication Timeline
The China Studies Working Paper Series is published on a rolling basis. Normally, the process of review, editing, and publication takes at least six months. Decisions on manuscripts ordinarily take no more than two weeks.
Send all manuscripts to for review.

Style Guidelines

The China Studies Working Paper Series closely follows the Chicago Manual of Style. Guidelines outlined below specify how the series stylizes instances where Chicago style allows for personal preference. For instances not mentioned below, refer to the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Download a PDF version of the style guidelines here.
·      Use American spelling at all time (i.e., color not colour, honor not honour, center not centre).
·      The only exception is dialogue. Use dialogue, not dialog.
·      Chinese characters should not be used in-text. To reference the original Chinese for a phrase, use pinyin.
·      When citing Chinese language sources in footnotes, include an English translation and place the original Chinese in brackets.
·      Write out numbers zero to ninety-nine.
·      Use numerals for 101 to 999,999.
·      Use a mix of numerals and words for millions and higher (e.g, 0.2 million, 1.5 billion, 35 trillion).
·      Percentages should use numerals and the word “percent” (e.g., 5 percent, 134 percent)
·      Place acronyms in parentheses after the first instance of the phrase, assuming the phrases are reused later. If a phrase is not used again, an acronym is unnecessary.
·      Place “the” before acronyms that are not read out loud as one word. For example, “the U.S.” as opposed to “SAIS,” which is read phonetically as one word.
·      Title is in 20-point, Times New Romans font.
·      Main headings are bolded; subheadings are italicized.
·      All headings should have a one-line space before and after.
·      Body text is in 12-point, Times New Romans font.
·      Footnotes are in 10-point, Times New Romans font.
·      Abstract and paragraphs have 0.5” leftward indentation.
·      Header (“China Studies Working Paper Series”) and page numbers are in 12-point, Calibri font.
·      Subsequent citations of the same source should include last name of the author, the full title of the source, and the page number if application. This rule holds even if the source is the author’s only work cited in the paper. The only exception is when using Ibid, in which case the last name and page number is sufficient.
·      Do not include “p.” or “pp.” before page numbers.