All contributions in the journal are peer-reviewed.
Essays should be written in good, fluent English and not require further corrections. Manuscripts should be double spaced throughout. A length of approximately 10,000 words is preferred for an article, including footnotes, and approximately 1,500 words for a book-review. The author’s name, affiliation, mailing address, email address, as well as the title of the manuscript should appear on a separate cover sheet. An abstract of no more than 150 words, a list of about 5 keywords, a bibliography, and a glossary for the Romanized East Asian terms should accompany the paper. Please use footnotes rather than endnotes. An up-to-date curriculum vitae should also be sent with the manuscript.

SJEAS Ethics Statement

The Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies strives to maintain the highest ethical standards in its operations, for the authors as well as for the editors and reviewers. What this involves for each of these groups is specified below.


Authors are only those, and all of those, who have actually conducted the research on which a submission is based and participated in the composition of the manuscript. Submissions should be of original and unpublished work, free of plagiarism and infringement of copyright in any form, which presents an accurate and verifiable reflection of the data used for research. The sources utilized for the writing of the submission should be duly acknowledged. Translations of articles that have already appeared in another language are generally not acceptable. A possible exception may be made if the contents of the article are judged to be of significance for a scholarly community different from that of its original audience (e.g. an article on an aspect of Korean Studies, published in Korean, that is arguably of importance for scholars of China or Japan who may not have access to the original version) and if the article has been thoroughly adapted to the readership of a journal published in English, for instance by taking into account relevant scholarship in English. Both conditions must be met. However, as said, the publication of such adaptations of translated articles will be exceptional.

Authors should offer their submissions in such a form that the author cannot be identified (e.g. by sentences such as “as the author has shown in “title of article””).

Following submission to SJEAS, Authors should not offer their submission to any other journal or medium of publication (including the internet) as long as the review process has not been concluded. This process can also be terminated by the author’s notification of withdrawal of submission to the Editors.

Submissions will be treated as confidential documents and accordingly the Editors will maintain strict confidentiality and not make use of the contents of a submission except for the purpose of review. Submissions will be subjected to a double-blind peer review after the Editors have established that within relatively wide margins the nature and quality (including that of the English) of the submission warrant further review. The Editors will strive to find the best reviewers for each submission, and do their utmost to ensure that submissions are judged exclusively for their content, without bias of any kind. In the final instance it is the duty of the Editors to judge whether the assessments of the reviewers have indeed been fair, and in certain cases, whether another review is required.

The editors will expedite the review process as much as possible, but not at the expense of the thoroughness of the process.

Once the reviews have been received by the Editors, they will be made available to the Author(s), whatever the outcome.


The Reviewers are required to maintain absolute confidentiality and not to make use of the contents of a submission, also after handing in their review, for anything else than their assessment of the submission.

If a Reviewer thinks there may be a conflict of interest, this should immediately be made known to the Editors.

Reviews should be as fair and objective as possible and supported by clear arguments. Reviewers should avoid personal attacks and phrase their criticisms in such a way that they are potentially helpful to the author. In this way Reviewers will ensure that their assessment may be of some use even when a submission is ultimately rejected.


1) The preferred style of reference is parenthetical citation by author and date, followed by the page number. For example, (Smith 2000, 80).

2) In parenthetical citations, the surname of the author (or authors’ surnames connected by “and” if there are two, or the first author’s surname followed by “et al.” if there are more than two), year of publication and page numbers should be given, e.g.,(Barfield 1989), (Franke and Twichett 1994, 35-39), Tonguk et al. 1994, 118). If the name of the author is mentioned in the main text it may be omitted in the reference: “according to Kim Tonguk (2001, 112).” For Korean authors include both personal name and surname in the references.

3) Where more than one work is cited, they should be placed with the earliest date first, for example, (Fletcher 1968, 210; Barfield 1989; Mote 1999, 125). If more than one work by the same author is cited, the name need not be repeated. For example, (Hong Kiltong 1983, 1987a, 1987b, 1991; Yi 1995). If more than one author listed in the bibliography has the same surname, the full name should be cited to avoid confusion. For example, (Don Baker 2004)

4) Footnotes should be kept to an absolute minimum and are reserved only for those explications that cannot be readily fit into the narrative text. Footnotes may contain parenthetical citations to other published works, with the full bibliographic entries appearing in the bibliography.

5) For the bibliography, please consult the online information for author-date references of the Chicago Manual of Style:


The SJEAS uses the following systems of Romanization:

Korean — McCune-Reischauer

Japanese - Hepburn

Chinese — Pinyin


Submission of a paper will be taken to imply that it is unpublished and is not being considered for publication elsewhere, and that the author agrees that upon acceptance of the article for publication its copyright will be owned by the Academy of East Asian Studies at Sungkyunkwan University.


Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any materials, including photographs and illustrations. This is to ensure that appropriate acknowledgements are included in the manuscript.

How to Submit

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via SJEAS online at The “Submission” button on the homepage links to the journal’s online manuscript submission system.
There are separate submission buttons for “Articles” and “Book reviews.”
Please select the appropriate button and then fill in the blanks in the form and attach your manuscript and curriculum vitae files.
You may also send files to the manuscript editor through email at

If a manuscript is rejected, authors cannot resubmit the same manuscript in revised form.

For further queries, please contact

Managing Editor
Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies
Academy of East Asian Studies
Sungkyunkwan University
25-2 Sungkyunkwan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 03063, Korea
Tel : 82(0) 2 760 0740
Fax : 82(0) 2 760 0780