Author Guidelines

When preparing a manuscript, please note that ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts is committed to publishing current research, as well as high-quality pedagogical essays written by specialists and non-specialists alike. We are particularly interested in publishing articles that are suitable for incorporation in the undergraduate classroom. Authors are encouraged to consult the most recent issues for guidance on style and formatting.

In addition to attention to the Focus and Scope statements of the Exchange, the Editors offer the following additional guidelines, including specific guidance for submissions of pedagogical articles, and book and media reviews.

Referencing Style

For pedagogical and research articles, please use parenthetical in-text citation, and author-date formatting for references per Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.), Chapters 14 and 15. Alternatively, you may consult The Chicago Manual of Style Online

Article Types

Research Articles

The Exchange publishes current research articles and prioritises those that address the needs of the undergraduate classroom. Please see below for manuscript structure requirements. 

Pedagogical Articles

As a scholarly journal dedicated to peer review, the Exchange provides a format and forum for the publication of current research that interrogates Ernest Boyer’s four categories of professorial scholarship: discovery (disciplinary research), application (applying scholarship to address societal issues of concern), integration (interdisciplinary collaboration), and teaching (pedagogical innovation), as outlined in Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate (1990).

Scholarly work that is expressly about teaching has come to be known as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). SoTL submissions to the journal should have:

1. Clear goals
2. Adequate preparation
3. Appropriate methods
4. Significant results
5. Effective presentation
6. Reflective critique

These goals were chosen to be familiar to faculty members in the context of evaluating the scholarship of discovery (traditionally called “research”), yet applicable to evaluating other types of scholarly work as expressed in Boyer’s above definition. Thus, by one definition, the SoT is teaching that is done in ways that meet these six goals. See, Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching.

Authors may also wish to consult the following websites for more information about

Georgia Southern University's portal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
University of Central Florida's Faculty Center on SoTL and DBER
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (IU Press)

Book and Media Reviews

Book reviews should be between 800-1000 words, and should contain a clear and precise explication of the text’s central arguments and goals. Reviews for the Exchange should reflect the journal’s focus and scope, thus focusing on books, films, websites or even blogs that present materials in a context ready to be implemented by area and non-area specialists alike in the undergraduate classroom. In your review, we therefore ask, in addition to the explication of the text’s arguments and goals, that you make clear the various contexts in which a book or media source can be framed for undergraduates or for faculty.

For book reviews, please format the book citation at the beginning of your review as follows:

Author last name, first name, Book Title, Publisher, date of publication, number of pages (# pp), price, (hardback or soft cover), ISBN number.

Haraway, Donna, When Species Meet, University of Minnesota Press, 2008, 423 pp, $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 978-0-8166-5046-0.

For film/media reviews, please format the film citation at the beginning of your review using the following example:

Shugendō Now. Directed by Jean-Marc Abela. Produced by Mark P. McGuire. Montréal: Empower Productions, 2009, 88 minutes. Japanese with narration. English, French, and Spanish subtitles and narration. Individual use C$20; Public/Educational use C$150. Free copies for review, upon request.  

Manuscript Structure and Submission Process

  • Manuscripts submitted to ASIANetwork Exchange should not have been published elsewhere and should not be under review for publication elsewhere.
  • Manuscripts and images should be submitted electronically through the ASIANetwork Exchange online management system. You must register as an author on our website in order to submit articles and reviews. Inquiries may be directed to the Editors at
  • Electronic text should use MS Word-compatible software; include a PDF file if using non-standard characters. Low-resolution images and illustrations are acceptable for the review process; all images, tables and figures should include titles or captions. Please note that in the event of publication, the author is responsible for acquiring high-resolution images (300 dpi; .jpg), along with permission to publish them.
  • Article manuscripts, including notes and references, should range between 3,000 and 6,000 words, and must include a 150 word abstract and 5-6 key words at the beginning of the document.
  • Authors’ names must be left off of the manuscript, as ASIANetwork Exchange engages in double-blind reviews.
  • Manuscripts must be double-spaced with 12-point type and 1 inch margins including extracts, notes, and references, and formatted for letter-size (8.5 x 11 in.) paper if possible.
  • Notes should be as few as possible and appear at the end of the text. Bibliographical information should be headed "References"
  • Please use the following Romanization: Chinese: Pinyin; Japanese: Hepburn; Korean: McCune

Articles in ASIANetwork Exchange represent neither the views of ASIANetwork nor those of the ASIANetwork Exchange editors. The Editors are responsible for the final selection of content of ASIANetwork Exchange and reserve the right to reject any material deemed inappropriate for publication. Responsibility for opinions expressed and the accuracy of facts published in articles and reviews rests solely with the individual authors.