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Submission Guidelines - SOAS China Institute

//Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for submission to the SCI Blog

1. The SCI Blog welcomes unsolicited submissions from colleagues, PhD students and others who study/research China or have extensive experience or practical knowledge of China and its people. You do not need to be a current or former member of SOAS to contribute.


2. Submissions are original opinion pieces accessible to a general audience. Submissions should not have been previously published or are under consideration elsewhere.


3. In terms of geographical coverage, the SCI blog includes Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau in its remit. Analysis or comments on the Chinese diaspora as well as China’s relations with other countries are also welcome. All topics and all time periods are welcome.


4. The SCI does not have an editorial steer and does not exercise censorship. But we insist on respect and decency and reserve the right not to accept and publish any contribution that includes material deemed indecent, libellous or offensive.


5. Views appearing on the blog represent only the views of the authors. The inclusion in the blog does not imply approval on the part of the SCI or SOAS.


6. An individual contribution should generally not exceed 1,000 words. There is no minimum word requirement. Please be as succinct as possible. A helpful guide for writing a blog post is here. Please email your submission (in Word format) to the blog editors ( / The blog editors will acknowledge your submission and notify you of the outcome as soon as possible. The SCI does not provide feedback to submission. Submissions that do not meet our editorial standards or guidelines will be declined. The editors’ decisions are final.


7. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that a piece is written in grammatical and clear English before submitting it to the blog. It would speed up the editorial process if your proposed piece has been proofread, grammar and fact checked.


8. Please provide a title and subtitle (which editors may edit). Please do not use footnotes. Please embed hyperlinks throughout the main text to give background and support facts cited in your piece.


9. If the piece is an excerpt from another publication, please first seek permission from the publication before submission. Please inform us that it is an excerpt and provide a hyperlink to the original article. Please also advise whether it can be edited.


10. Please also include a short biography and photograph (headshot or upper body) of yourself along with your submission. You can opt-out of the photograph if you prefer.


11. Anonymous submissions will not be accepted. If there is a legitimate concern for personal safety, a pseudonym can be used for publication but the identity of the contributor must be revealed to the editors. If the use of a pseudonym is accepted, confidentiality of the identity of the contributor will be respected.


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