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Instructions for Contributors

Modern China Studies welcomes the submission of original manuscripts on current issues in contemporary China. Fields of interests include politics, economics business, law, sociology, culture, international relations, environment protections, modern history and humanities.

Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word file to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

All the submitted manuscript should conform with the following guidelines:

  1. Language: Manuscripts can be in either English or Chinese.
  2. Length limit: 10,000 words in English or Chinese, including all notes and appendices.
  3. Manuscripts should be double-spaced. All pages should be numbered consecutively.
  4. The first page (the title page) of manuscript should contain the following information: the title; name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of the author(s); an abstract of no more than 250 words; a footnote of acknowledgments and expressions of gratitude, if any; and of the corresponding author. This footnote should NOT be included in the consecutive numbering of footnotes in the text.
  5. The main text: Center first-level headings and capitalize the first letter of the first word and of major words. Begin the second-level headings at the left margin and capitalize the first letter of the first word and of major words. Use Roman numerals for first-level headings and Arabic numerals for the others.
  6. Footnotes should not be used frequently and should include only the most relevant and necessary explanations for the text with superscript Arabic numerals. Footnotes should be double-spaced.
  7. Figures should be numbered consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. They should be in high quality for the publication. Please keep the number of graphs as few as possible.
  8. Tables should be numbered consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals and all unessential tables should be eliminated from the manuscript.
  9. The References should only include papers cited in the text. In the text, references to publications should appear as follows: “Smith (1969) reported that...,” or “This problem has been a subject in the literature before [e.g. Smith (1969. p.102)].” The author(s) should make sure that there is a strict "one-to-one correspondence" between the names (years) in the text and those in the references. At the end of the manuscript (after any appendices), the complete references should be listed as the follows:

    For monographs
    Ungson, G.R., Steers, R.M., & Park, S.H., 1997, Korean Enterprise: The Quest for Globalization. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

    For articles or chapters in edited books
    Amsden, A.H., 1998, “South Korea: Enterprising groups and entrepreneurial government,” in Chandler, A.D., F. Amatori, & T. Hikino (Eds.), Big Business and the Wealth of Nations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 336-367.

    For periodicals
    Sharma, P., Chrisman, J.J., & Chua, J.H., 2003, “Succession planning as planned behavior: Some empirical results,” Family Business Review 16(1): 1- 15.

    For dissertations
    Chan, F.Y.L., 1999, Unraveling the Riddle of the Decision to Divorce through the Narrative Accounts of Divorced Women-An Attempt on an Integrated Model of Divorce Decision Process to Inform Practice. Hong Kong: Department of Social Work & Social Administration, University of Hong Kong.

  10. Author Self-Identification Issues: Modern China Studies uses a double-blind review process. Therefore, authors should remove all self-identification information from the main text of the version of the manuscript that will be sent out to referees. Authors should keep the following information only on the title page: their names, institutional affiliations, addresses, acknowledgments, expressions of gratitude, and statements about grants or other financial support for the research reported in the manuscript. Generally, any references to personal interactions with other scholars (e.g., a note stating “I received the data from__”) should be taken out. Authors may leave citations to their own work in the manuscript, as long as those citations refer to published work and do not selfidentify themselves in any way (i.e., no personal pronouns). Authors should avoid citations to their doctoral dissertations or to forthcoming publications. Any such material can easily be added back into the manuscript, if it is accepted for publication.