Guidelines for Submissions

1. Introduction

Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context is an international journal covering cultural studies in the Asian context. We welcome articles that cover topics related to the distinct regions and cultures of the continent. While we are based in Northeast Asia and many of the articles we have published have come from scholars working in this region, we seek to examine issues of significance in a wider Asian context that includes Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam), South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) and West Asia (the Middle East).

The subject of cultural studies is understood to include both the traditional forms of the novel, poetry and drama and the newer cultural forms of television and film, advertising and fashion, social structures and habitus. We are interested in the issues of ideology, class, nation, race and ethnicity, sexuality and gender, technology; and we follow developments in stylistics and semiotics, history, philosophy and science, feminist and queer theory, social and political theory, literary, film and media studies, museum and art history studies.

2. Peer Review Policy

Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context adheres to a rigorous double‒blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and the author are concealed from both parties. Decisions on manuscripts will be taken as rapidly as possible. Authors should expect to have the reviewer’s comments within approximately 6‒8 weeks.

The Editor will make an initial review of all received manuscripts, and only those manuscripts that meet the journal’s editorial standards and mandate will be sent for outside review. Each manuscript will be reviewed by at least two referees. A final editorial decision will be reached after the editor is in receipt of the reader reports.

3. Statement of Ethics

Situations is committed to meeting and upholding a high standard of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. As editors, we consider it an essential part of our ethical responsibility to be aware of the potential for ethical misconduct and to develop strategies for coping with it. The editors of Situations will do their best to ensure that both the peer review process and our editorial decisions are fair, unbiased, and transparent. Likewise, we expect the same awareness from our journal’s peer reviewers. We require that our authors confirm that all work in the submitted manuscript is original and that they acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources. What is more, our authors understand that the submitted manuscript should not be under consideration for publication or have been accepted for publication elsewhere. Any detected case of misconduct, whether on the part of authors, reviewers or editors, will be vigorously pursued.

4. Article Types

Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context publishes original essays, book reviews, and the occasional translation of essays or book chapters that the editorial committee determines to be of significance.

5. Submitting Your Manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure that you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Authors submitting manuscripts do so on the understanding that the work has not been published previously or is under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Books for review and manuscripts of reviews should be sent to the editor at the address below.

6. Declaration of Conflicts of Interest

Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context does not require the author to submit a Declaration of Conflicting Interests. However, you may wish to review the good practice guidelines of a reputable publishing house. For example, Sage has useful information on this subject.

7. Acknowledgements

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article before your Declaration of Conflicts of Interest (if applicable), any other written material and your Notes.

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

8. Acknowledgement of Funding

To comply with the guidance for research funders, authors and publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.

9. Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.

10. Manuscript File Type

Only electronic files conforming to the journal’s guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are MS Word [*.DOC].

11. Artwork, Figures and Other Graphics

You should use only black‒and‒white artwork, figures and other graphics to accompany your essay. Please consider the issue of reproduction quality when choosing your graphics.

12. Reference Style

With certain exceptions, Cultural Studies in the Asian Context follows the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.). Specifically, while the general citation format is based on the Chicago Notes-Bibliography style, we do NOT use footnotes or a separate Bibliography. Instead, we recommend the use of endnotes only for all your references and any additional comments you might have. These should come under the heading, “Notes.” The “Notes” should be listed flush left immediately after the last paragraph of your essay. No parenthetical documentation should be used to cite your sources.

  • Notes:The notes should be kept brief and will typically include the complete cited reference. Further argumentation in the Notes is discouraged; all genuine argument should be placed in the body of the text or otherwise simply omitted. Please note that numbers in the text should be superscripted and placed at the end of the clause or sentence they support. With the exception of the dash, the numbered reference should be placed after the final punctuation mark. The first line of an endnote is indented 0.5 cm from the left margin.
  • Page Number Ranges:For page numbers below 100, use all digits (e.g. 1‒8, 3‒10, 71-79). For page numbers over 100, use two digits to indicate ending pages, unless more are needed to avoid confusion (e.g. 92‒125, 100‒04, 217‒45, 285‒321, 995‒1003, 1098-175).
  • Some Citation Examples:

    Books : Given Name Family Name, Title of Book (Place of publication: Publisher, Year), page number.


    • Single author: William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom! (New York: Vintage Books, 1990), 271.
    • Two authors: Scott Lash and John Urry, Economies of Signs & Space (London: Sage Publications, 1994), 241‒51.
    • Translation: Julio Cortázar, Hopscotch, trans. Gregory Rabassa (New York: Pantheon Books, 1966), 165.
    • Edited book. Edward B. Tylor, Researches into the Early Development of Mankind and the Development of Civilization, ed. Paul Bohannan (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1964), 194.

    Journal Articles: Given name Family name, “Title of Article,” Journal Title volume number, issue no. (Year of publication): page number.
    Ex) Susan Peck MacDonald, “The Erasure of Language,” College Composition and Communication 58, no. 4 (2007): 619.

    Online Sources: Given name Family name, “Title of Web Page,” Publishing Organization or Name of Website in Italics, Publication Date, if available, URL.
    Ex) Mister Jalopy, “Effulgence of the North: Storefront Arctic Panorama in Los Angeles,” Dinosaurs and Robots, January 30, 2009, accessed March 5, 2011, http://www. of-north-storefront-arctic.html.

    Date of Access: These are required for internet sources, except for credited sites, such as newspapers, institutional archives and other permanent sites; when in doubt, we recommend that you do provide the date you accessed the website. For more information, please visit the Chicago Manual of Style homepage.

13. Referencing Full-Length Korean, Chinese and Japanese Works

If you need to transcribe specific lexical items from the original language, items that you feel resist translation, we recommend the McCune‒Reischauer system for Korean, the Pinyin system for Chinese, and the Romaji system for Japanese. For example, you might write:

The founding fathers of the puppet-kingdom Manchukuo had dreamed of building an ideal country (risōkoku).

In this example, the author believes that the word risōkoku carries a sufficiently distinct charge to warrant specifying it, presumably to separate it from other possible lexical choices that might also connote “an ideal country” in the original Japanese.

This major exception aside, we recommend the use of the published English title, followed by the original Korean, Japanese or Chinese title in parentheses. In the case of non-published works, it is acceptable to provide your own translation. So, for example, for in-text citations, the author might write:

A good example of a documentary film taking this perspective is The West Front [서부전선] (Yon Bong-cheon, 1951).

Figure 1 is a shot taken on the number 973 bus, which runs from Shanghai South Railway Station on the west side of the Huangpu River through the city to Lancun Road (蓝村路) on the east side.

while in the Notes, we would find such items as:

Cho Hyejung, Children Searching for School, Society Searching for Children. [학교를 찾는 아이, 아이를 찾는 사회]. Seoul: Alternative Culture Press, 2000.

Open Road after Harvest [收割,開路], directed by Fredie Ho-lun Chan (Hong Kong: 2015), 100 mins.

In other words, we strongly discourage the use of Romanized titles, such as:

In the 1970s the system of censorship was expanded; and in 1975 a Public Performances Screening Committee (Han’guk kongyŏn yulli wiwŏnhoe) was put in charge of the screening of entertainment, including animation.

In an age of readily-available multi-lingual fonts, we believe the practice of Romanized titles places an unnecessary layer of text between the researcher and the original material.

The guidelines set out above for dealing with Korean, Japanese and Chinese language sources may also be applied when dealing with the majority of the other major Asian language research sources.

14. Manuscript Preparation

The length of the manuscript should normally be about 6,000 words. The font should be Times New Roman 12 point. The text should be composed on A4 paper, with 1.5 line spacing. The margins may be set as follows: 2.3 cm left/right and 2.4 cm top/bottom margin, 1.25 cm at head, and 0 cm at foot. The right margin should be justified. Except for the first paragraphs right after the main title and each subheading, the first line of all paragraphs should be indented 0.5 cm (3 spaces). Each non-indented first paragraph should simply be flush left. The pages of the manuscript should be numbered consecutively throughout.

An accompanying cover sheet should include the name(s) of the author(s), his or her university or institutional affiliation, the full postal and email address, as well as the relevant telephone and fax numbers, where possible. In addition, along with the original submission, each individual author should also submit a 100-word bio-statement. A brief (max. 150 words) abstract should be included, plus up to 7 keywords on the first page. Spelling should follow Merriam Webster.

Prose quotations of five or more lines should be blocked off with 1.5 line spacing, without quotation marks. Leave an extra line space immediately before and after the quotation. Indent the entire quotation 1 cm (2.5 characters). Please avoid the generic “he” when both genders are intended and the authorial “we” when the first person singular is meant.

15. Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts

Use 12 point for your Title, Abstract and Keywords. Each of these should be bolded. One layer of titled subheadings may be used, but without numbering. Since your title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers can find your article online by means of the relevant online search engines, please take some time to make them meaningful.

16. Corresponding Author Contact Details

Please ensure that you provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

17. English Language Editing

We respect that some authors who may publish with Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context will speak and write English as their second language. In most cases, we will be able to accommodate these language issues. Sometimes, however, we may request the prior use of a professional editing service.

18. Proofs

After the acceptance of your manuscript, we will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author. This will form the basis for the last set of revisions prior to publication.

19. E‒Print

We will provide authors with access to a PDF of the published article.

20. Feedback

We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels.

21. Further Information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to both the Managing Editor and the Editor in the form of an e-mail:

Dr Rhee Suk Koo, Managing Editor

Dr Terence Patrick Murphy, Editor

The address of the journal is:

Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context
Dept. of English, Yonsei University,
50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu
Seoul, KOREA 03722

Dept. of Eng. Tel: 82-2-2123-2300
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