Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, a peer-reviewed journal published since 1963 by the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, welcomes original contributions in the form of full-length research articles, reviews, commentaries and documents, and literary writings (poetry and short fiction), and travel narratives. There is no deadline for submission. Manuscripts are welcome all-year round. Themed issues can be considered.  

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Submission Checklist

  • Two soft copies of manuscripts
    • One must include the author's name.
    • The second copy must be purged of any information that can point to authors' identity (author's name, references to own work in the first person, etc.)
  • A separate document containing:
    • 150–200 word abstract and up to five keywords (for articles only)
    • Author profile that states occupation, institutional affiliation, academic background, research interests, and any published work.
    • Contact information (telephone number and email address)
  • Please note that editors, authors and reviewers are expected to understand their duties and responsibilities as they perform their tasks; these are guidelines based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)'s "Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors."  

NOTE: By submitting your manuscript, you attest that it is an original work, and has never been published in print and/or electronic form; that required permissions have been secured; that the manuscript is not under consideration in another publication; and that references and citations have been done with due diligence and in good faith.

Send all contributions to the editor in chief: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Content Guidelines

  • Full-Length Research Articles
    • Demonstrate scholarly rigor and must be based on:
      • Theory
      • Primary data (field research, interviews, oral narratives, etc., and/or
      • Secondary data (archives, documents, journals, books
    • Help develop the stock of knowledge within their discipline(s), and/or provide novel interventions on key issues and debates in and about Asia.
    • Contain between 6,000 and 10,000 words, including notes and references
    • Discuss/explain discipline-specific terms, theories, and frameworks in ways that can be accessible even to those new or outside the discipline. The journal caters to readers from various disciplines. 
  • Commentaries and Documents
    • Examine current issues or events that pertain to Asia from the perspective of the social sciences, humanities, and/or culture
    • May include statements and transcripts of interviews
    • Contain between 1,000 and 4,000 words, including notes and references
  • Reviews
      • Books to be reviewed should be no more than three years old and ideally must:
        • Point out the main argument and objectives of the book
        • Cite several notable ideas in the book, event, etc.
        • Assess the quality and integrity of the data, the research, and the argumentation (Does the book achieve its aims, etc.?)
        • Point out, if any, limitations and weaknesses of the book
        • Explain how the medium relates to and/or contributes to theoretical debates and to existing scholarship on the subject
        • Consist of 800 to 1000 words
        • Include bibliographic information
        • Older books can be reviewed, especially if its topic is highly relevant to current issues.
      • Literary reviews can feature novels, plays, or anthologies of poems, and ideally should: 
        • Pertain to Asian society and culture
        • Provide a brief background of the author 
        • Provide a short summary of the book/theme (This story is about....)
        • Discuss the work as literature (citing narrative techniques, plot manipulation, structure of the novel, the form, as it were) 
        • Relate the novel's theme to real-life, contemporary issues and problems in the relevant country or region
        • Cite specific episodes to illustrate one's argument(s). 
        • Comprise 800 to 1,000 words, including any references.
      • Movie reviews ideally should:
        • Describe what the movie is about: plot overview and themes
        • Discuss the film as film (citing cinematic techniques, the use of cinematography, etc.)  
        • Relate it to real-life contemporary issues affecting Asia(ns)
        • Cite specific scenes to illustrate one's argument(s). 
        • Comprise between 800 and 1,000 words, including any references
  • Travel Narratives
    • Travel narratives ideally must:
      • Describe road-less-travelled-type of destinations or events in Asia, OR
      • Show familiar, common venues in a new light or discuss obscure features of familiar venues
      • Comment on how the venue or event relates to theoretical and practical issues in and about Asia 
      • Include one photograph
      • Run between 800 and 1,000 words
  • Literary Section
    • Poetry
      • Must have an Asian topic, theme, or relevance
      • Maximum of 60 lines (poem can only occupy two 6” x 9” pages)
      • Written in English or in any Asian language, along with English translation (Authors are solely responsible for the accuracy and integrity of the translation.)
    • Short Fiction
      • Must have an Asian topic, theme, or relevance
      • Should be no more than 3,000 words
      • Written in English

Special Requirements for Literary Section

All pages of literary submissions should include the name, address and email address of the author. No more than three poems or one piece of short fiction should be submitted at any one time. Authors should wait for a response before submitting future work, and must provide a glossary of non-English words whose meaning cannot be discerned by context.


 Citation and Formatting Requirements

Asian Studies uses the author-date system of latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Please consult this link for basic examples. Authors should provide a list of references and can use end notes.  Also, kindly:

  • Secure permission to reproduce any copyrighted content before submission. Indicate such permissions by writing an “Acknowledgement” at the end of the article prior to the notes and references section.

  • Indicate source and copyright of photos/figures in the captions.
  • Text
    • Size 12, Times New Roman
    • MS Word (.Doc file)
    • 1.5 spacing
  • Tables and illustrations:
    • Place all illustrations, tables, etc., at the designated sections within the text.
    • Use high-resolution JPEG format for pictures.
    • Submit hi-resolution soft copies of illustrations as separate attachments.
    • The editorial board reserves the right to remove illustrations or limit their number. The author can choose which image(s) to keep or remove.

Review Policy

  • The sections for commentaries, reviews, poems, and travel narratives are not subject to a double-blind peer-review.
  • Full-length research articles are subject to a preliminary assessment to determine if it proceeds to peer review.
  • Once a full-length research article passes the preliminary assessment, it is subject to a double-blind peer review system. The paper is sent to at least two qualified scholars who are given review guidelines. They have a month to complete their evaluation, dated from the day the manuscript is sent to them.
  • If both reviews conflict, the editors can decide whether to accept or reject the manuscript, and/or seek the evaluation of a third reviewer.
  • The journal allows authors to respond to, argue against reviewers' comments, and provide counterarguments and justifications, whose merits (or otherwise) will be assessed by the editors. The editors will then decide accordingly how the author is to proceed with revisions. 
  • Authors are advised to remove any information that can point to their identity in any way. This includes references to their own work, as well as document properties (user name, etc.).
  • To help detect and combat plagiarism, manuscripts are uploaded to the University of the Philippines' University Virtual Learning Environment (UVLE), which features the CROT tool to detect plagiarism. 

Copyright Policy

  • The Asian Center, University of the Philippines obtains all copyright to published manuscripts. Reproduction and republication are prohibited without the written permission from and agreement with the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Asian Studies reserves the right to accept or reject manuscripts depending on the extent of compliance (or otherwise) with the journal’s standards. In exceptional circumstances, they may also be accepted or rejected using criteria outside these written guidelines. The journal only accepts contributions that have not been published in print or electronic form, and are not under consideration in  another publication.  While every care is taken with manuscripts, the editors can take no final responsibility for their  return.  Contributors are consequently urged to retain copies of all work submitted. For questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Last updated: 8 October 2016