Call for Papers 

Call for Papers

Asia in Focus has found a new home at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University! After several years of expert management at the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, Copenhagen University, the journal has moved across the Ă–resund to Sweden.

The new editors aim to maintain the emphasis helping early-career researchers publish high quality articles. We will ensure authors receive in-depth feedback on their work, in order to enable them to reach a high standard. We thus demand a high standard from our authors, both in original submission, but especially where authors are invited to resubmit.

The journal publishes Asian Studies research broadly conceived, including both humanities and social sciences, but not linguistics.

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Submission Requirements

We welcome papers written by PhD researchers and Masters students who:

  • Are studying or have recently finished (within 1-2 years) their Masters or PhD in the Social Sciences and the Humanities
  • Are/Were registered at any European institute of higher education

However, we do not accept manuscripts from individuals who are currently employed as an Associate or Assistant Professor.


About Your Submission

While we warmly welcome paper submissions all year round, this call is specifically for authors who wish to be published in Asia in Focus Issue 9, Winter 2022. We accept academic articles, academic essays and book reviews. All papers submitted must be written in English of a good standard in order to be put forward for review.

Academic articles (3150 words minimum, 3850 words maximum)

Academic essays (3150 words minimum, 3850 words maximum)

Book reviews (1000 words)

Extended deadline for submissions is 30 September 2022.

Send all submissions with a brief email of introduction to:


Basic Information

Your Name

Your institutional affiliation (university/college and department)

Your level of study (i.e. PhD or Master), field of study, academic discipline

The month/year that you completed or expect to complete your studies

Your primary research interests

The title of the paper

Five keywords

A statement confirming that you have received permission to quote interviewees, publish pictures, maps and such in a public open source journal.

A statement  indicating whether you are submitting an academic article, an academic essay, or a book review

A statement confirming whether we may publish your email address, and your email address

The Manuscript (articles and essays)

Title of the paper

Five keywords

200 word abstract

Paper length is 3500 words (+/- 350 words), excluding abstract, title, photos, graphs and references

For references use parenthetical in-text APA style. Access The Basics of APA Style tutorial here.

Do not include page of contents, footnotes, endnotes or appendices.

The Manuscript (book reviews)

At the top of the first page of your review, give a complete bibliographic citation for the book. This includes full names of authors, complete book title, place of publication, publisher, date of publication, number of pages, special features (such as illustrated/heavily illustrated, an enclosed DVD, foreword by a noteworthy individual etc.), ISBN number, and hardcover or paperback edition.

Maximum length for a book review is 1,000 words

No abstract is needed

Do not use footnotes

When quoting from the book or citing examples, include the page number for reference

At the end of the review, include your name, title and institutional affiliation

Graphs, Figures and Tables etc.

Place all graphs, figures and tables in their original format and size in a separate document AS WELL AS including them in the main paper

Indicate clearly the number and title of each

Include the title of the essay or article