Asia Shorts Book Series

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March 2020: Please view an important announcement about our new distribution partnership with Columbia University Press.

Asia Shorts offers concise, engagingly-written titles written by highly-qualified authors on topics of significance in Asian studies. Topics are intended to be substantive, generate discussion and debate within the field, and attract interest beyond it.

Read “Small Volumes with a Big Message: Introducing Asia Shorts” by series editor, Bill Tsutsui.

Call for Proposals

The AAS is exploring new ways of making rigorous, timely, and accessible work by scholars, journalists, and policymakers in the field available to a wide audience of informed readers.

  • Do you have an exciting project that is more than an article but not quite a monograph?
  • Is there a burning academic debate you would like to explore or explain, extinguish or stoke?
  • Do you know of a pressing issue where scholarly perspectives could enrich public discussions and enhance public understanding?
  • What do you care a lot about and know a lot about and yearn to bring to a broad audience in 35,000-75,000 accessible, jargon-free words?

This new series complements and leverages the success of the pedagogically-oriented AAS series, Key Issues in Asian Studies and is designed to engage broad audiences with up-to-date scholarship on important topics in Asian studies.

Asia Shorts books:

  • Have a target word count between 35,000 and 75,000 words.
  • Have a clear point of view, a well-defined, and even provocative argument rooted in a strong base of evidence and current scholarship.
  • Are written in an accessible, jargon-free style suitable for non-specialist audiences.
  • Are written by a single author or a small group of authors (scholars, journalists, policymakers, e.g.).
  • Will be rigorously peer reviewed.
  • Will be clearly differentiated from the AAS Key Issues in Asian Studies series in that Asia Shorts titles will: (1) not be specifically targeted for classroom use; (2) not be general introductions aimed at providing objective survey coverage like a typical textbook; and (3) not be pedagogical in focus.
  • To ensure timeliness of content in the series, the target timeline from acceptance of a manuscript (after initial evaluation and peer review) to publication will be 6–9 months.

Authors will receive an honorarium of $2,000 upon acceptance of a complete manuscript (in lieu of royalties).

For further information, please consult the author guidelines and author questionnaire.

To discuss a proposal, contact the series editor, Bill Tsutsui, at

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