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Submitting a Proposal

The Asia Center Publications Program welcomes submissions of original scholarly studies on both traditional and modern East Asia in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. Most of the publications involve China, Japan, or Korea. Works that touch on Southeast Asia and other regions in transnational perspective while maintaining a focus on East Asia will also be considered.

The Publications Program series feature books by individual authors, with occasional edited volumes published. Edited and conference volumes will, however, be reviewed and considered for publication only if the editors of the volume provide a subsidy sufficient to cover the costs of editing and production. The Publications Program will consider translations of literary works only if the translation is embedded within a work of scholarly analysis. Proposals for Asian-language textbooks and collections of readings intended for classroom use are also encouraged.

The initial submission should consist of four items—please send these files as email attachments:

  • Author's CV
  • The table of contents
  • A description of the book, such as a prospectus
  • The introduction and, if available, a representative chapter


Cover letters should include the following information:

  • The approximate length of the manuscript in total number of words (please note a limit of 130,000 words inclusive of bibliography and notes)
  • The anticipated number and type of tables, figures, illustrations, and maps
  • The current status of the manuscript and the expected date of completion
  • Any elements that will require special handling or typesetting


Submitted materials will be circulated among the members of the Asia Center Publications Advisory Committee with knowledge of the subject. This stage generally takes a few weeks. If the decision is favorable, the author will be invited to submit the complete manuscript for review. Do not send a copy of the complete manuscript until invited.

Submission inquiries should be emailed to the Publications Program director at ceaspubs@fas.harvard.edu.

They may be mailed to: Director, Asia Center Publications Program, 1730 Cambridge Street, CGIS South Building, Room S118, Cambridge, MA  02138-4317
 
 

Preparing the Manuscript for Review

The Publications Program needs two hard copies and one electronic version of the manuscript, which should include all elements in the book except the dedication, acknowledgments, and index. The former would best be submitted as single-sided sheets secured with rubber bands; the latter should come as a single Word or PDF file. Please adhere to the following guidelines when preparing a manuscript:

  • Use a large size of type (11 or 12 points)
  • Leave one-inch margins on all sides
  • Double space the text proper. Set-off block quotations and footnotes can be single spaced
  • Include page numbers. Consecutive numbering of the pages throughout the manuscript is best; if each chapter is paginated separately, the running heads should indicate the chapter as well as the page number
  • At the review stage, footnotes are preferable to endnotes and are more likely to be read

 

The Review Process

The Publications Program generally commissions two reports on each manuscript considered for publication. If the reports are favorable, the author is shown copies (sans information that might identify the reviewer) and asked to respond to the readers’ comments. The reports and the author’s response are then sent to the members of the Publications Executive Committee, who will discuss and vote on the project.

Prospective authors should expect the review to take a minimum of three to four months; it may well take longer. Be advised that the Publications Program cannot guarantee that the review process will be quick or that the reports will recommend publication, nor do favorable reports necessarily mean that the Publications Executive Committee will vote to accept the manuscript for publication in its series.

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