JBACS Manuscript Guidelines


All submissions should be made online to the editors via the link on the Journal Information page.

Please send two versions of your manuscript: one with your name and details (“author file”) and one anonymised to be sent to referees (“referee file”).

Length and Format: There is no minimum length but typically articles will be 5,000 – 10,000 words, with the latter as an upper limit including notes, bibliography, etc. Please also include an abstract of up to 200 words and up to 10 keywords.


Should follow British English spelling conventions, not US English, including: “-ise“ and “-isation” rather than “-ize” or “-ization”. This does not of course apply to citations from other works, which should be in their original form. Please consult the Oxford English Dictionary for standard spellings.


Should be in the form of in-text citations rather than footnotes, and should always include page numbers for direct quotations. If there is more than one publication in a year, differentiate with letters: 2007a, 2007b. Footnotes or endnotes may be used for elucidation of points.

Reference format:

(Brown, 2010: 110)

(Brown & Smith, 2008: 25)

(The Guardian, 3rd September 2010: 5)


This should be provided in alphabetical order by surname of author at the end of the article, with full details and in the following formats:


Bramall, Chris (2000), Sources of Chinese Economic Growth, 1978-1996, New York: Oxford UP.

Edited Volume:

Wright, Tim (ed.) (1992), The Chinese Economy in the Early Twentieth Century: Recent Chinese Studies, Houndmills: Macmillan Press.

Paper in Edited Volume:

Taylor, Robert (1999), “China’s Emerging Markets: Investment Strategies of Taiwan’s Companies”, 107-36, in Sam Dzever and Jacques Jaussaud (eds.), China and India: Economic Performance and Business Strategies of Firms in the Mid-1990s, Houndmills: Macmillan Press.

Journal Article:

Hooper, Beverley (2000), “Globalisation and Resistance in post-Mao China: the case of Foreign Consumer Products”, Asian Studies Review 24(2): 439-470.

Government Publication:

Supreme Command for the Allied Powers, Government Section (1948), Political Reorientation of Japan: September 1945 to September 1948, Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Newspaper Article:

a) named author:

Soh, Ji-young (2002) “Female Workers Earn W970,000 per Month on Average: Survey”, The Korea Times, May 28.

b) unattributed newspaper article:

South China Morning Post (1982), “Squatter Area Cleared”, August 19, 9.

Dissertation or Thesis:

Chen, Lily (2000) “The Effect of Functional Role on Language Choice in Newspapers”, unpublished PhD thesis, Durham University.


All citations of Internet websites should include the full URL and the date that it was accessed.

Gentz, Joachim (2010) “Hermeneutics of Multiple Senses: Wang Jie’s ‘Explanations and Commentary with Diagrams to the

Qingjing Jing’”, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1540-6253.2010.01590.x/full (accessed 06.09.2010).

Foreign Language Publications:

For non-Latin scripts provide romanised version with translation of title: Zhou Yang, “Jiu xingshi zai wenxueshang de liyong de yige kanfa” (An opinion on the use of old forms in literature), Zhongguo wenhua 1:1 (15 February 1940): 34-40.

Chinese Romanisation:

Use pinyin romanisation except for the small number of names most commonly found in other versions. Remember that pinyin does not use hyphens, e.g. Wen Jiabao, while Wade-Giles does, e.g. Sun Yat-sen. Use Chinese word order, family name first, for Chinese names.