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AsiaPacific Issues

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Authors interested in publishing in the AsiaPacific Issues series are referred to the website to look at earlier issues of the series. Submissions should be sent electronically to the Publications Office. Please see technical requirements for all files.

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. An API runs 3,600 to 4,200 words (six to eight printed pages). They are written for policymakers, educators, journalists, scholars, and others interested in significant contemporary issues. A topic should retain relevance for at least one year after publication and ideally even longer.

The East-West Center mails publications to key individuals and institutions in the United States, Asia, and the Pacific. In addition, downloadable publications are available for free on the organization’s website and are announced widely via email, press releases, and a news wire service. Center publications are also available through several major databases.

Authors may submit a complete manuscript or submit a proposal for preliminary feedback. Proposals may be submitted for preliminary feedback, however. Guidelines for submitting either a complete manuscript or sending a proposal follow.

A complete manuscript submission includes the following:

  • cover letter. Identify your interest in the API series and why you think your topic fits that series. 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.
  • curriculum vitae of each author and editor.
  • a complete manuscript. Submissions should not exceed 4,200 words (table, charts, and endnotes will reduce space available for main text); should clearly lay out the main point, why the issue is important, the supporting argument, the conclusions, and the implications for public policy; and should demonstrate sound academic inquiry, methodology, and presentation of information. The author is responsible for the accuracy of facts, quotes, and citations.

The elements of a complete manuscript:

  • working title
  • draft summary of 170 words (not included in the 4,200 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)
  • charts/graphs in separate files from main body of report. Include source information and caption material. (Contact editorial office for image file requirements.)
  • brief author biography

Proposal submission

Authors wishing to send a proposal to AsiaPacific Issues should contact the Publications Office with a proposal and a curriculum vitae of each author with full contact information. The proposal (approximately two pages) should identify why you think your topic fits the API series. 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 the proposed paper has been or will be published elsewhere. Note topic and date of any future relevant events.

The EWC Editorial Committee will review the proposal and the author will be informed whether the proposed topic and treatment appear to be a good fit for the AsiaPacific Issues series. Please note that an expression of interest in a proposal does not constitute a commitment to proceed to the peer-review process.

Upon receipt of a complete manuscript, the Editorial Committee will decide whether to (1) request revision and resubmission, (2) send to review, or (3) decline the submission.

Following peer review, the Editorial Committee may invite an author to revise taking into account the reviews, editorial direction, and series requirements (rigid publication length and nonspecialist audience). Based on the author’s response to the proposed revisions, the Editorial Committee may request the author proceed with the revision.

If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the author will be asked to assign copyright to the East-West Center.

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. AsiaPacific 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.

Go to the AsiaPacific Issues series page.