Author Guidelines

Manuscripts to be considered for publication should be submitted by email to:

Kristin Stapleton
Department of History
University at Buffalo

Twentieth-Century China welcomes original submissions within the scope of the journal that have not yet been published—and are not concurrently under consideration for publication—in the same or similar form.


Twentieth-Century China, a refereed scholarly journal, considers manuscripts written from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. The journal seeks original scholarly contributions that challenge old paradigms, propose new ideas and theses, set forth innovative research and methodologies, or engage significant historiographical or interpretive issues regarding China’s long twentieth century, as seen in mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or diasporic activities. Comparative empirical and/or theoretical studies that are rooted in Chinese experience but touch on non-China-related subjects are also welcome. In addition, the journal welcomes proposals for reviews of significant works published in languages other than English and related to twentieth-century China, for English translations of influential articles, or for symposium-style special issues.

Peer Review Policy

Twentieth-Century China employs double-blind peer review and evaluation by one or more of the journal’s academic editors in order to select articles for publication.

Submission Procedure

Submit manuscripts as Microsoft Word files (.doc), Apple Pages files (.pages), or another editable format. Use double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman type throughout, notes included. Provide an abstract of about 150 words and 6 keywords. Articles should not exceed 10,000 words, including abstracts, notes, and captions.

Keep formatting to a minimum; do not use Word’s “styles” feature or templates; do employ italics where appropriate and ensure headings and subheadings are identifiable.

We employ double-blind review: authors' names should not appear in manuscript files. Provide contact information in an “author information file.” If your article is accepted, submit any acknowledgments and a bio of up to 100 words with the final version.

Footnotes must follow the humanities format of The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., chap. 14. Cite sources in full the first time and by short title thereafter; do not employ ibid. Twentieth-Century China’s own style manual provides examples of citations of English and Chinese works of various types, our rules for handling Chinese, and full style information. Our style summary for authors covers all the basics.

Include Chinese characters (Unicode fonts) for Chinese names and terms in text, but not in footnotes. Romanization should follow the pinyin system for Chinese, Möllendorf for Manchu, modified Hepburn for Japanese, and any standard system for other languages.

Nontext Components

Submit tables, photos, figures, and maps as separate files; include captions at the end of the main text file. Tables must be in editable format. Low-resolution images should be employed for peer review; contact the editor before sending large files. Later, for publication, provide photos, figures, and maps as good-quality TIFF, JPG, or EPS files. Obtain permission to republish any material not your own and not covered by fair use before publication: employ JHUP’s permission request template.

If you have questions, please contact the editor before submitting your article.