Submission Guidelines

Education About Asia (EAA) welcomes submission of manuscripts and reviews for publication.

Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to write feature-length manuscripts and resource essays that deepen a reader’s knowledge of Asia or discuss appropriate Asia-related pedagogy. Contributors have the freedom to be published in a journal whose strength will be its breadth. Contributors should also be aware that in considering possible contributions, they select topics that are not too “academic” or political, but are intended to enrich instructor and/or student basic understanding of facts, concepts, and generalizations appropriate for targeted courses including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and professional fields, e.g., education, business, and journalism. Prospective authors should avoid writing about their own programs or teaching strategies unless the topic of a manuscript or essay is applicable to other educational settings. We do not publish articles where authors simply write about how well they teach about Asia or about their exemplary Asia-related program, without indicating how their work is applicable to other educational institutions and programs.

EAA, in our 28th year of consecutive publication, is the peer-reviewed teaching journal of AAS. We publish three print issues annually and our online archives receive high amounts of online traffic—over 300,000 visitors used our archives in 2022. Our readership primarily consists of AAS members in colleges and universities who have an interest in teaching introductory survey courses, and secondary school teachers with an interest in Asia. Currently, approximately fifty percent of our readers teach at the undergraduate level, with high school and even some middle school teachers comprising the other fifty percent of subscribers. Our mission is to assist professors and teachers to integrate the study of Asia into their courses. Increasingly, instructors at both levels assign journal articles as student readings. Although authors who publish in EAA are good scholars or have deep expertise in specific Asian cultures, since many of our readers are non-specialists, most of our articles are introductory overviews, and we encourage contributors to write as they might for periodicals such as The Atlantic, The Economist, or The Wall Street Journal, rather than for a typical scholarly journal.  It is important to keep in mind that EAA manuscripts need not include “cutting edge scholarship” but should be generally accurate introductions to important topics or events. We discourage excessive use of endnotes, and in some manuscripts such as memoirs by authors with considerable experience, no endnotes are needed.

Each issue of EAA contains a Features and a Resources section.

  • The FEATURES section includes longer articles (3,000 to 4,000 words) on a variety of Asia-related topics crafted for EAA’s target audiences: instructors and students in middle school, high school, and undergraduate introductory-level college and university survey courses. Examples of feature articles include: “A Tale of Two Diplomats: Ho Fengshan, Sugihara Chiune, and Jewish Efforts to Flee Nazi Europe” by David B. Gordon and “Telling Stories About Lives: The Uses of Biography in Teaching Chinese History” by John E. Wills Jr. from Fall 2015 (20:2). For further examples, please browse the EAA open access archives.
  • The RESOURCES section includes shorter articles for EAA‘s target audiences including teaching resources essays (2,000 to 3,000 words) as well as reviews of print, digital, and other media appropriate for middle, high school, and college classrooms (1,000 to 2,000 words). Examples of resources articles include: “Population Trends and Issues: Bangladesh” by Byron Haast and Phillip O’Brien and “The Great Courses: Books that Matter: The Analects of Confucius” by Carol Stepanchuk from Spring 2019 (24:1)
  • Feature articles and teaching resource essays go through an initial editorial review and if manuscripts are determined to have potential pedagogical applications, a blind peer review process is then utilized. Two referees assess feature manuscripts and one referee assesses teaching resource essays.

We post Calls for Manuscripts, essays, and reviews regularly on major Asia-related listservs. See our list of scheduled issues for information about upcoming issues and submission deadlines.

Prospective authors should read the author agreement in advance and attest, upon submitting a manuscript, that should it be accepted for publication, they will sign the agreement.

  • To discuss substantive topics relating to a possible manuscript, please contact Lucien Ellington, EAA Editor, at or (423) 425-2118.
  • For further information about stylistic or procedural topics, please contact Jeffrey Melnik, EAA Managing Editor, at or (423) 425-2118.

Manuscript Length: Although the editor may consider longer manuscripts, in general, feature article manuscripts are normally between 3,000 and 4,000 words (12–16 double-spaced manuscript pages). Teaching Resources essays are usually between 2,000 and 3,000 words (8–12 double-spaced manuscript pages). Shorter reviews are approximately 1,000 to 2,000 words (4–8 double-spaced manuscript pages).

Style: Please follow EAA style and manuscript requirements closely when preparing manuscripts. In general, EAA follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. If you have further questions about style, please contact the editor. EAA reserves the right to edit manuscripts stylistically (grammar, punctuation, syntax). Changes in content occur only with the consent of the authors.

Please follow these general style guidelines

  • Use Endnotes: References cited in the narrative are superscripted with numbers. The bibliographic reference, with corresponding number is placed at the end of the manuscript. Please refer to the Chicago Manual for the proper construction of endnotes and use a minimal amount in your manuscript.
  • Preserve author anonymity: Use a title page that can easily be removed for blind peer review, and do not use your name anywhere but on the title page. The title page must include the paper’s (short) title, the name(s) of the author(s), title, professional affiliation, complete mailing address, email address, telephone and fax number(s).
  • Illustrations, Table, and Figures: EAA encourages authors to submit photos, maps, relevant tables, and other graphics with their manuscript. With initial submission, photocopies of illustrations and figures are adequate. The managing editor will request original illustrations and high-quality photos if the manuscript is published. Number visual references sequentially and provide captions for illustrations and figures. If a photo or artwork is not your own, please furnish proof of permission to use the work. Please refer to the illustrations, tables, and figures in the text, but captions should enable them to stand alone. For tables, use a concise title and column headings. Insert tables in the text near the corresponding narrative.
  • Special Symbols: Be sure to differentiate between capital and lower case letters, Roman and Greek characters, and letters and numerals. Generally, Pinyin is the preferred Romanization for Mandarin Chinese, but we sometimes make exceptions with certain Chinese proper or place names that are most recognizable in Wade-Giles. The Revised Romanization of Korean is used for Korean language words.
  • Quotations: Quotations that are three lines or more in length should be indented five spaces from both margins.
  • Book and Film Reviews: For books, please include the author, publisher, publisher city, date of publication, number of pages, and the ISBN number (usually begins with 978). For film reviews, please include run time, date, color or black and white, distributor, and distributor contact information. If the film contains subtitles, please note. Please include a paragraph regarding the material’s applicability to the classroom. EAA does not accept reviews of materials that are difficult to obtain or are no longer in distribution. Please check with EAA before sending unsolicited reviews to determine whether we have commissioned, or have already published, a review.
  • Permissions: EAA does not pay to obtain copyrighted illustrations or photos. Authors are encouraged to use public domain or original materials.
  • Proofreading: Authors should have their papers spell-checked and proofread by colleagues or other professionals before submission. Errors in spelling, typography, grammar, or syntax may obscure the significance of a manuscript’s content.
  • Transliteration: Non-English words that appear in any of the Merriam-Webster dictionaries are acceptable in most contexts. In most other cases, however, please use diacritics. Consult instructions for diacritic use in the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. Italicize all non-English words the first time they appear in the manuscript. Thereafter, italics are not necessary.

Manuscript Preparation: Authors should submit a copy of their manuscript by e-mail attachment to the editorial office at All text, including notes, references, tables, figure captions, and quotations, should be double-spaced. Authors are strongly encouraged to send manuscripts to the EAA office by e-mail as a Microsoft Word attachment. Please submit a 75-100 word bio of yourself with your submission which will be placed at the end of your article should it be accepted for publication. Please also include a statement in your email that your submission has not been submitted, is not under consideration, and has not been published elsewhere or has been substantially modified for publication in EAA if this is the case.

Acknowledgement of Receipt and Acceptance: EAA promptly acknowledges receipt of submissions. Although feature manuscripts and resources essays are peer reviewed by qualified referees, the editor has final responsibility for accepting manuscripts for publication. Generally, authors may expect notice of acceptance or rejection within six months. Once accepted, publication generally occurs within three months. (These time estimates are goals, not guarantees.). All authors who publish with EAA are required to sign a publication agreement.