Author Guidelines

Instructions for authors

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to us. Please take the time to read and follow these instructions, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal's requirements.

About the journal 

The Journal of Chinese Religions is an international, peer-reviewed journal, published under the auspices of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions (SSCR). Since its founding, the Journal has provided a forum for studies in Chinese religions from a great variety of disciplinary perspectives, including religious studies, philology, history, art history, anthropology, sociology, political science, archaeology, and literary studies. The Journal welcomes original research articles, shorter research notes, essays, and field reports on all aspects of Chinese religions in all historical periods. All submissions need to undergo double-blind peer review before they can be accepted for publication.

Preparing your paper

Please note that this journal only publishes manuscripts in English

Word count

Please include a word count for your paper. A typical paper for this journal should not exceed 15,000 words, inclusive of figure captions, references, and tables.

Style guidelines

The style of your paper is not important at the time of submission. However, after acceptance we will ask you to revise your manuscript to Chicago style with full footnotes and a full bibliography, employing American spelling throughout. All Chinese text must be rendered in traditional (rather than simplified) characters. Please refer to a recently published JCR article for further information.


Papers need to be submitted in two formats, as a Word document and a pdf. Chinese or other non-Latin based languages should use Unicode fonts.

Checklist: What to include

  1. Author details. All authors of a manuscript should include their full name, affiliation, and contact information on the cover page of the manuscript. The main body of the manuscript, i.e., everything after the cover page, needs to be anonymized so as to facilitate double-blind peer review.
  2. An abstract of 100-150 words.
  3. A list of five to seven keywords descriptive of the paper’s subject matter. 
  4. Supplemental online material. Supplemental material can be a video, table, fileset, sound file or anything that supports (and is pertinent to) your paper. We publish supplemental material online via Project MUSE. Ideas for online materials can be proposed when you submit your paper.


We require high-quality figures should your paper be accepted. The author is responsible for supplying acceptable permission from third parties.

Using third-party material in your paper

If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to publication.

Submitting your paper

Please submit your paper directly to the editor, Philip Clart, at

Publication charges

There are no submission fees, publication fees, or page charges for this journal.

Color figures can be reproduced in color in your online article free of charge if supplied. If it is necessary for the figures to be reproduced in color in the print version, a charge will apply.



Copyright allows you to protect your original material, and stop others from using your work without your permission. The Journal of Chinese Religions normally requires assignment of copyright to JHUP as a condition of publication.  

Open Access

JHUP provides open access options. Please see for further information.

Article reprints

For enquiries about reprints, please see


Updated 10-09-2018