How to Contribute

Please get in touch with us with your idea – we would be more than happy to discuss the topic, scope and style of your article with you. In the meantime, please refer to the following recommendations.

  • Articles should be approximately 1200 words long, without footnotes or references.
  • Include a short bio of the author (50 words).
  • Hyperlinks are encouraged.
  • A list of about five articles or books can be included at the end of an article as recommended further reading.
  • Suggestions of illustrations (royalty-free) are welcome.

 

We encourage authors to avoid scientific jargon and write in a lively manner, with concrete examples that will speak to any educated reader.

Pick a narrow topic and dig deeper to show its different facets, with as many concrete examples as possible. You may want to hook the reader’s attention with one intriguing case, and highlight how the topic is a matter of globalization or a transnational issue.

As a general rule, authors should only write about topics on which they have demonstrated expertise. Please avoid the temptation to predict the future.

All articles will be carefully reviewed and fact-checked by the editors, and edited for style.

Please refer to our “Globalization” page to make sure your proposal falls into the scope of the journal.

In terms of article format, we welcome submissions in any of the four following categories.

These are pieces based on original, recent academic or policy research, with extra efforts made to relate to current affairs and debates. This can be an opportunity to draw the public’s attention to a recently published book or article.

Analyses can feature opinions so long as they are based on facts and reflect rigorous study in terms of methods and data collection.

Tips for Writing

There is no need for a literature review; feel free to get straight to the point. You can include a short list of references at the end of the article if you want to provide more sources to the readers (this can encompass your own, more detailed work).

Do not include more than a couple of sentences about methodology. We may get in touch with you if we want to know more about your method or data sets, but for the most part we will spare the reader these details.

These articles are usually written by researchers, practitioners, policymakers and members of civil society, to provide first-hand accounts and explanations of particular projects, policies or events. They are specific insights and do not necessarily need to be representative of more general situations. Their value lies precisely in the insider’s testimony and vision, which help readers understand the configurations that actors are experiencing on the ground. Obviously this is not exclusive of solid expertise and analysis.

Tips for Writing

We encourage you to clearly explain what position you are writing from, and emphasize the data, experiences and viewpoints that this particular standing enables you to write about.

Backgrounder articles offer a synthesis of existing academic knowledge on an issue, and do not necessarily need to be based on original research. They can be conceived as useful teaching materials that present context, history, figures and introduce characters, helping to further the understanding of controversial events in the news. A backgrounder piece can also serve as an introduction to a series of articles on the same topic.

Tips for Writing

Backgrounders must be written from a neutral standpoint, as far as that is possible. We advise you to refrain from incorporating strong statements of opinion, and to present a balanced view of events.

Please include a short list (5-8) of reference books and articles for readers who may want to read further.

We would also like to learn about and share news of new books on Asia or books that reflect Asian perspectives on global issues and globalization. Publishers, don’t hesitate to send us your new books. Readers, send us your reviews.

Tips for Writing

We expect reviews to be articles in and of themselves, rather than mere summaries of books. While a review should help readers understand the main argument of the author(s), it should also contain constructive commentary to highlight the importance of the book in context – don’t hesitate to draw parallels, underline what’s new and engage in a debate with the author.

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