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Submission guidelines for Journal Taiwan in Comparative Perspective

Academic articles

Articles should contain a comparative perspective in the widest sense. This could mean comparisons between Taiwan and other parts of the world, Taiwan in the past and in the present, different regions and cultures of Taiwan, or different methodological and disciplinary approaches to the study of a theme or issue concerning Taiwan. Articles for inclusion in the Journal should be around 8000 words, and should follow the Harvard style of referencing. Manuscripts should begin with an abstract of around 100 words.


As well as formal academic work, the Journal is also interested in receiving relevant critical and theoretical writing aimed at an educated general readership. Such pieces should engage with a current political, socio-cultural, or economic issue, dealt with in a comparative or interdisciplinary perspective: for example, comparing Taiwan with another part of the world, Taiwan in the past and the present, different regions or cultures of Taiwan, or different theoretical approaches. Commentary articles should be around 4000 words, and footnoting should be kept to a minimum.

Review articles

Review articles should be around 1500-2000 words, and should contain no footnotes. Reviews should be of a comparative nature: either comparing a work (e.g. a book, film, or exhibition) on Taiwan with a work on another area, or bringing in background knowledge from a different area. Reviews may also be written on Taiwan-related material contained within volumes that have a wider scope, such as edited volumes with a chapter on Taiwan. The journal also welcomes reviews of older 'landmark' texts about Taiwan reviewed from a contemporary perspective; for example, a re-appraisal of George Kerr's Formosa Betrayed (1965) four decades on would be suitable.

Making the submission

Submission should be made by MS-Word compatible email attachment with a file name based on the title of the article to F.Shih@lse.ac.uk. On the cover sheet, please give your full name, institutional affiliation (if any), and a brief biographical note of your research interests. Please do not include your name on other pages. All manuscripts should be double-spaced.

All submissions that meet the above requirements will be reviewed by two referees. Articles may then be accepted subject to revisions being made by the author.

Articles that are finally accepted will be returned to the authors for proof-reading before publication. The editors reserve the right to make changes to articles regarding content and length, although any substantial alterations will only be made in consultation with the author.

Please address any enquiries to Dr Fang-Long Shih at F.Shih@lse.ac.uk. Enquiries by post should be sent to the Taiwan Research Programme, Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE.


References should follow the Harvard Style. Citations should appear within the text in parentheses, and consist of the author's surname followed by year of publication and, if appropriate, specific page numbers - e.g. (Yang 2005) or (Smith and Lin 1999: 74). If there are more than two authors, please indicate this as (Lee et al 1978). Where an author has more than one work cited which originated in the same year, the dates should be distinguished in the text and bibliography by a letter - e.g. (Hirose 1987a). Where several references appear consecutively, these should be chronological, or if from the same year, alphabetical - e.g. (Perkins 1997; Wu 2003) and (Adams 2003; Pan 2003).

The bibliography should be in the following format:

for books:
Roy, D. (2003) Taiwan: A Political History. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

for articles:
Jochim, C. (1990), 'Flowers, Fruit, and Incense Only: Elite versus Popular in Taiwan's Religion of the Yellow Emperor', Modern China, vol. 16 (1), 3-38.

for chapters within multi-authored books:
Marsh, R. (2002) 'National Identity and Ethnicity in Taiwan: Some Trends in the 1990s', in S. Corcuff (ed.) Memories of the Future: National Identity Issues and the Search for a New Taiwan. Armonk and London: M.E. Sharpe.

Illustrations and tables should be referred to as Figures and given numbers - e.g. 'Fig. 1'. They should be submitted on a separate sheet with their captions, and the manuscript should indicate where they should appear in the text.


Articles are permitted to contain Chinese characters, although the complete form is preferred. Pinyin is also preferred, except for proper names.

Editorial Board

Editor-in-chief: Stephan Feuchtwang (LSE, UK)
Editor: Fang-Long Shih (LSE, UK)

Environmental Statement

LSE is committed to addressing environmental issues, and Taiwan in Comparative Perspective is presented in electronic form rather than paper in order to minimise the environmental impact and "carbon footprint" of our publishing activities.