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AsiaPacific Issues Submissions Guidelines AsiaPacific Issues Submissions Guidelines

Papers in the Asia Pacific Issues series feature topics of broad interest and significant impact relevant to current and emerging policy debates. The series is written and edited to be accessible to readers outside the author’s discipline. Papers should have a “shelf life” of a year or more, and not hinge on a single imminent development (such as an election or an international conference less than 9months in the future).

Because of the brevity of the AsiaPacific Issues (API), the best papers explore a single main idea. When a topic is particular to one locality, its appeal will be increased if it also illuminates broader issues. They are written for policymakers, educators, journalists, scholars, and others interested in significant contemporary issues. 

We suggest authors interested in publishing in the AsiaPacific Issues series explore earlier issues in the series, on this website. Submissions should be sent electronically to the Publications Office at [email protected].

The Editorial Committee will review proposals, but their acceptance is not a guarantee that the paper (which will be peer-reviewed) will be successful. The EWC Editorial Committee reviews proposals and submissions. 

  • A proposal will concisely describe the paper, identifying its main argument, why the issue is important, how you support your argument, what your conclusions are, and what the implications for public policy are. Please state whether any part of this has been published elsewhere. Note topic and date of any future relevant events. Please also include a curriculum vitae of each author.
  • Complete manuscript. Papers are published in PDF format. Length can be 1,800 words (4 pages) OR 4,200 words (a 8 page). Tables and figures deduct from those counts, with each ¼ page table or figure equivalent to approximately 150 words. The word count includes endnotes, which should be employed with restraint. Submissions should clearly lay out the main point, why the issue is important, the supporting argument, the conclusions, and the implications for public policy. Do not include a literature; rather, identify the most salient facts and arguments, endnoting those. Live links can be accommodated but should be confined to endnotes or to explanatory boxes (whose word count also comes out of the total). Please note: as the series is meant to be accessible to many audiences, it does not use the common academic constructions "This paper will,"  or "Here I will review," or "In the next section."

The elements of a complete manuscript:

  • working title
  • draft summary of 150 words (ONLY FOR A 4,200-word submission; summary is not included in the maximum word count)
  • main body of the report (with endnotes embedded, using MS Word notes feature)
  • text for boxes/sidebars (this comes out of the 4,200-word total; see specifics above)
  • charts/graphs in separate files from main body of report. Include source information and caption material.
  • brief author note regaring affiliation and main/most recent work

For matters of style, the AsiaPacific Issues series largely follows The Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition). In brief, authors and editors should use the serial comma, spell out numbers less than 10, use SI (metric) units of measure, and use American spelling. Asia Pacific Issues allow for endnotes only (no footnotes or bibliography). Endnote citations should contain full reference and should follow Chicago style guidelines for works without a full bibliography.

Papers in the Asia Pacific Issues series feature topics of broad interest and significant impact relevant to current and emerging policy debates. The series is written and edited to be accessible to readers outside the author’s discipline. Papers should have a “shelf life” of a year or more, and not hinge on a single imminent development (such as an election or an international conference less than 9months in the future).

Because of the brevity of the AsiaPacific Issues (API), the best papers explore a single main idea. When a topic is particular to one locality, its appeal will be increased if it also illuminates broader issues. They are written for policymakers, educators, journalists, scholars, and others interested in significant contemporary issues. 

We suggest authors interested in publishing in the AsiaPacific Issues series explore earlier issues in the series, on this website. Submissions should be sent electronically to the Publications Office at [email protected].

The Editorial Committee will review proposals, but their acceptance is not a guarantee that the paper (which will be peer-reviewed) will be successful. The EWC Editorial Committee reviews proposals and submissions. 

  • A proposal will concisely describe the paper, identifying its main argument, why the issue is important, how you support your argument, what your conclusions are, and what the implications for public policy are. Please state whether any part of this has been published elsewhere. Note topic and date of any future relevant events. Please also include a curriculum vitae of each author.
  • Complete manuscript. Papers are published in PDF format. Length can be 1,800 words (4 pages) OR 4,200 words (a 8 page). Tables and figures deduct from those counts, with each ¼ page table or figure equivalent to approximately 150 words. The word count includes endnotes, which should be employed with restraint. Submissions should clearly lay out the main point, why the issue is important, the supporting argument, the conclusions, and the implications for public policy. Do not include a literature; rather, identify the most salient facts and arguments, endnoting those. Live links can be accommodated but should be confined to endnotes or to explanatory boxes (whose word count also comes out of the total). Please note: as the series is meant to be accessible to many audiences, it does not use the common academic constructions "This paper will,"  or "Here I will review," or "In the next section."

The elements of a complete manuscript:

  • working title
  • draft summary of 150 words (ONLY FOR A 4,200-word submission; summary is not included in the maximum word count)
  • main body of the report (with endnotes embedded, using MS Word notes feature)
  • text for boxes/sidebars (this comes out of the 4,200-word total; see specifics above)
  • charts/graphs in separate files from main body of report. Include source information and caption material.
  • brief author note regaring affiliation and main/most recent work

For matters of style, the AsiaPacific Issues series largely follows The Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition). In brief, authors and editors should use the serial comma, spell out numbers less than 10, use SI (metric) units of measure, and use American spelling. Asia Pacific Issues allow for endnotes only (no footnotes or bibliography). Endnote citations should contain full reference and should follow Chicago style guidelines for works without a full bibliography.