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International Center for Cultural Studies (ICCS)Working Paper Series Submission Guidelines

Aims and Scope

ICCS Working Paper Series provides scholars with opportunities to widely and swiftly circulate their works in progress and receive constructive feedback, and to encourage fruitful discussion. We invite submission of original research papers and position papers related to the broad theme of Cultural Studies / Inter-Asia Cultural Studies / Cultural Studies in Asia. We especially welcome those in dialogue with ICCS’ main theme, Conflict, Justice, and Decolonization: Critical Studies in Inter-Asian Societies, which is to investigate urgent questions related to different forms of conflict, injustice and the possibilities of knowledge decolonization mutually affecting Asian societies. We are particular interested in, but not limited to, the following sub-themes:

(1) The Politics of Memory and the Art of Governance: Inter-Asian Studies on State, Society, Ethnicity, and History
(2) Inter-Asian Decolonization of Knowledge under the Shadow of Post/Cold War Culture
(3) The Emerging Political Economy of the 21st Century: The New Rise of China, Neoliberalism, and Neocolonialism
(4) Aging Modernity, Reconfiguration of Urban Space, Migration and Subalternity
(5) Toward a Society of Equality and Coexistence in the Inter-Asian Context: Civic Participation, Legal Reform, Social and Artistic Intervention, Trans-local Free Association

Peer Review

All the submitted papers will be assessed for suitability and reviewed by the editorial team. When deemed appropriate, original research papers will then be double blind peer reviewed by independent, anonymous referees. The editors will commit to expediting the review process for online dissemination.

Types of Papers

We accept the following two types of papers:
(A) Original Research Paper: An original research paper is an academic paper, or that in progress, with original research findings or original academic contributions to the field. The editorial team will review and assess the suitability of the submitted original research papers. When deemed appropriate, the submitted papers will undergo a double blind review process to provide useful feedback for the author.
(B) Position Paper: A position paper is a paper or a review responding to emerging thoughts and topics, or specific cultural issues and phenomenon, which is not in the format of an original research paper. We also welcome the submission of several position papers as a forum. Suitability of position papers will be reviewed by the editorial team.

Preparing Your Paper

(A) Original Research Paper:

a. Structure
A typical paper is compiled in the following order: title page; an unstructured abstract ; 4 – 6 keywords; main text; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) and figures with caption(s) (as appropriate). Authors may decide to use alternative structure when necessary.

b. Word limits
There are no specific word limits for original research paper. As a reference, a typical paper should be around 6000 – 8000 words in English, or around 10000 – 15000 words in Chinese, inclusive of abstract and footnotes.

c. Reference guide and citation
We do not require submission to follow any particular style of referencing or citation. You may use any major citation styles, such as Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and APA, as long as they are complete, consistent, and are in line with the general standard of academic publication. However, as an Asia-based working paper series, the working paper series will reference in Asian languages. For papers in English, references in all Asian languages should begin with the Romanization of the author’s name and then its original form, and then the titles should be provided in original Asian language first, followed by ENGLISH TRANSLATION (not Romanization) in square brackets (as information provided by the author).

(B) Position Paper

a. Structure
A typical paper is compiled in the following order: title page, author details, abstract (as appropriate), main text; references (as appropriate); appendices (as appropriate). Authors may decide to use alternative structure when necessary.

b. Word limits
There are no specific word limits for position papers. As a reference, we recommend that a position paper will be around 1500 – 5000 words in English, or 2500 – 10000 words in Chinese.

c. Reference guide and citation
We do not require submission to follow any particular style of referencing or citation. You may use any major citation styles, such as Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and APA, as long as they are complete, consistent, and are in line with the general standard of academic publication. However, as an Asia-based working paper series, the working paper series will reference in Asian languages. For papers in English, references in all Asian languages should begin with the Romanization of the author’s name and then its original form, and then the titles should be provided in original Asian language first, followed by ENGLISH TRANSLATION (not Romanization) in square brackets (as information provided by the author).

Submitting Your Paper

We are looking for papers in good order. Please spell-check, proofread, and ensure consistency before you submit the paper. The paper must not include submissions published, or being considered for publication, elsewhere. Please send one copy of your paper with author’s details (name, affiliation, contact methods) in Word formats. All papers should be sent to iccs.wps@gmail.com. Please indicate whether you are submitting an original research paper or a position paper.