Notes for Contributors

The editors request contributors to kindly observe the following guidelines:

  • Manuscripts should be sent to the Editorial Manager, International Quarterly for Asian Studies, Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute, email: asianstudies [at] They should not exceed 8,000 words and must be written in English.
  • In addition, an abstract of the text should be submitted in English; it should be between 150 and 180 words in length. Authors should also provide five keywords, a short running title, email address, institutional affiliation and postal address.
  • Footnotes should be numbered consecutively. References to literature cited should be placed within the text in brackets and chronologically, e.g. (Willson 1964: 57; Adams / Meyer 1983: 60–67). For more than two authors use “et al.” after the first author’s name. References, to be placed after the text under the heading “References”, should be listed alphabetically by author and chronologically for each author (see detailed style sheet below).
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in plain text with as little formatting as possible.
  • Tables and figures should be kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively. They must be cited in the text and followed by a clear indication where the table or figure should be placed in the text. Each table and figure should have a self-contained title. They should be placed at the end of the text with each table and figure in a separate document and provided in Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word format only (no pdfs or elements copied from pdfs).They must not be created using colour – instead simple but easily distinguished patterns should be used.
  • English manuscripts should be written in British English, but follow copy in quotations, book titles, etc.
  • The editors may slightly alter the wording of the manuscript to suit the style of the periodical and to shorten it if necessary. Alterations to the basic content of the article may not, however, be undertaken without the author's permission.

Style sheet

  • Abbreviations and acronyms: With the exception of very familiar abbreviations like “UK”, “US”, “BC”, write out all recurring abbreviations and acronyms on first mention, followed by the abbreviation or acronym parentheses, e.g. “Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)”.
  • Quotation marks: Use double quotation marks “-” for ordinary quotes and single quotation marks ‘-’ for quotes within quotes. Do not italicize quotes. Punctuation that is part of a quote should go inside the quotation marks; punctuation that is not part of a quote, outside.
  • Abbreviations: Do not place a full stop at the end of abbreviations that end in the last letter of the word abbreviated or in acronyms: “Dr”, “Mt”, “ASEAN”, “eds”; but “ed.”.
  • Capitalisation: Avoid excessive capitalization, especially of titles, except to avoid confusion (eg prime minister, president, queen, department of health). Capitalize position titles when they immediately precede a personal name (Chancellor Angela Merkel); otherwise use lower case (Angela Merkel, German chancellor).
  • Numbers: Write out numbers from one to ten, except when used with a per cent sign (98%) or unit of measurement (5 km). Numbers larger than 10 should be written as numerals. Numbers at the start of a sentence should always be written out. If a number at the start of a sentence expresses a measurement, the unit of measurement should be written out. In numbers of four or more digits use commas as separators. Write out centuries (nineteenth century, not 19th century). Use per cent (not percent) in text, but % in tables and figures.
  • Dates: Use the form: 2 March 1993. Write “the 1990s”, not “the 1990’s” or “the 90s”.
  • Page references: Use the form: p. 12; pp. 324–326.
  • Italics: Italics should be kept to a minimum and reserved for foreign words or phrases not considered part of the English language.
  • Commas: Do not use a comma before "and" or “or” preceding the last item in a list unless necessary to avoid ambiguity.
  • Hyphens: As a general rule, use hyphens sparingly. Use hyphens in adjectival phrases preceding a noun (“up-to-date information”), in numbers that are written out (“twenty-five”) and with prefixes that precede a proper name, number or date (“anti-Maoist”, “pre-1990s”, “post-9/11”). Do not use hyphens to form compound nouns (“email”, not “e-mail”) or in adjectival phrases following a noun (“the information is up to date”).
  • Spelling: Follow UK spelling conventions. If there is a choice, use “ize” rather than “ise” spellings (eg “organize” rather than “organise”.

List of References

  • Books: Single author: Acharya, Amitav (2009): Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia. ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.
  • Books: Two or more authors: Keßler, Christl / Rüland, Jürgen (2008): Give Jesus a Hand! Charismatic Christians: Populist Religion in the Philippines. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press.
  • Books: Editor, translator, or compiler in addition to author: Coedès, George (1968): The Indianized States of Southeast Asia. Translated by Susan Brown Cowing. 3rd ed. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
  • Books: edited volumes: Mason, Philip (ed.) (1967): India and Ceylon: Unity and Diversity. London / New York / Bombay: Oxford University Press.
  • Chapter or other part of a book: Tinker, Hugh (1967): Is There an Indian Nation? In: Philip Mason (ed.): India and Ceylon: Unity and Diversity. London / New York / Bombay: Oxford University Press, pp. 279–296.
  • Journal article in a print journal: Srinivas, Mysore Narasimhachar (1959): The Dominant Caste in Rampura. American Anthropologist 61(1), pp. 1–6.
  • Journal article in an online journal: Include a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) if the journal lists one. A DOI is a permanent ID that, when appended to in the address bar of an Internet browser, will lead to the source. If no DOI is available, list a URL. Include an access date only if one is required by your publisher or discipline. Stanbridge, Karen (2005): Review of Sidney Tarrow The New Transnational Activism. In: Canadian Journal of Sociology Online (November-December). (Accessed 09 January 09 2011).
  • Article in a newspaper or popular magazine: Mahbubani Kishore (2008a): Ringing in the Asian century, Los Angeles Times, 19 February. If you consulted the article online, include a URL; include an access date only if your publisher or discipline requires one. If no author is identified, begin the citation with the article title. Stolberg, Sheryl Gay / Pear, Robert (2010): Wary Centrists Posing Challenge in Health Care Vote, New York Times, 27 February. (Accessed 28 February 2010).
  • Grey literature: Acharya, Amitav (2005): Why Is There no NATO in Asia? The Normative Origins of Asian Multilateralism. Working Paper 05-05, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.
  • Book review: von der Dick, Carola (2009): Review of Genia Findeisen: Frauen in Indonesien: Geschlechtergleichheit durch Demokratisierung? Eine Analyse des Demokratisierungsprozesses aus Frauenperspektive, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs 28 (1), pp. 87-89.
  • Thesis or dissertation: Choi, Mihwa (2008): Contesting Imaginaires in Death Rituals during the Northern Song Dynasty. PhD thesis, University of Chicago.
  • Paper presented at a meeting or conference: Middleton, Carl (2012): ASEAN, Economic Integration and Regional Environmental Governance: Emerging Norms and Transboundary Environmental Justice. Paper presented at ICIRD 2012 International Conference Towards an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): Prospects, Challenges and Paradoxes in Development, Governance and Human Security, 26–27 July 2012, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Website, blog entry or comment: Google (2009): Google Privacy Policy. Last modified 11 March 2009. McDonald’s Corporation (2008): McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Safety Facts. (Accessed 19 July 2008).