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Southeast Asia Working Paper Series

The Southeast Asia Working Paper Series publishes high quality research from scholars across LSE. The series is an open platform for critical and constructive dialogues on region-related affairs, and is open to contributions from all disciplines that SEAC engages with.

The goal of the Southeast Asia Working Paper Series is to showcase work-in-progress research by the SEAC community, and as such is a useful opportunity to disseminate your research without the delays associated with formal journal publishing. Working papers published under this series are treated as ‘work-in-progress’, pre-publication versions of academic papers, and therefore as ‘drafts’ that are to receive feedback and which are subject to future revision. Disseminating your work through this channel should not normally prevent you from submitting a revised piece of work to peer-reviewed journals for publication, though it is recommended you check with your target journal if there is any doubt.

All working papers appear on LSE Research Online.

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Submission Guidelines

Submissions are invited from SEAC Associates, LSE Academic/Research Staff and Visiting Researchers, LSE PhD Students, and members of the LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network, whose research was presented in one of SEAC events and/or supported by SEAC as part of Centre schemes for academicsand students.

The series may host occasional invited contributions from distinguished scholars from around the world.

  • All drafts are to be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format to SEAC Centre Manager ( with the subject line, “Southeast Asia Working Paper Series submission”.

  • Images (maps, figures, and photographs) and tables are to be placed in-text as they are to be presented in the published version. There are no restrictions on font style or size, margins or spacing at the submission stage.

  • Most papers should be below 7,500 words excluding bibliography, though longer submissions can be considered. 

  • Title page to include: (a) an abstract (of not more than 250 words); (b) up to six keywords; (c) a Twitter ‘soundbite’ for your paper of no more than 120 characters (and your Twitter handle if available); (d) author information (names, affiliations, and contact information including e-mail and postal addresses). Please also add general acknowledgements if applicable. 

  • Harvard referencing style to be used for all papers.