Prospective authors should consult the style-sheet of the Journal. Contributors of articles will receive five copies of the Journal. Please address all manuscripts, books for review, editorial communications, queries about subscriptions, and business correspondence to the Chief Editor, HKU Journal of Chinese Studies (formerly Journal of Oriental Studies).
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A Short Guide to Style
Presentation of Manuscript
- The manuscript is to be typed double-spaced.
- A cover sheet should include the author’s name, title, position, professional address and email address. It should also include an abstract, marked by the header ABSTRACT.
- All submissions should include a title and abstract in both English and Chinese.
- The manuscript should not exceed twenty thousand Chinese characters or twenty thousand words in English, including notes and references.
- Footnotes, not endnotes, should be used; they should be numbered consecutively throughout the work. A separate bibliography is not necessary.
- Tables and figures, including line diagrams and photographs, should also be numbered consecutively. They should be presented in a form suitable for immediate reproduction in black ink on white paper.
- Manuscripts should be submitted as email attachments in MS Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Journal accepts a manuscript on the understanding that it represents original, unpublished work, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Once it is accepted for publication, the copyright for the article resides with the Journal.
- Please refer to a recent copy of the Journal if in doubt as to style or format.
- We regret that manuscripts not conforming to the Journal’s style and format will have to be returned to the author for correction. Acceptance for any particular issue is made subject to all corrected copy being returned by the date stipulated.
- Galley proofs will normally be sent to authors in .pdf format before publication. These must be returned within two weeks of receipt by email. The Editors reserve the right to proceed to publication without having received corrected proofs should they not be returned promptly.
- Corrections in proof should be kept to a minimum.
- For special rules as to Chinese, see a recent copy of the Journal.
- The rendering of non-Roman scripts shall be in accepted forms. For Chinese, the Pinyin system is preferred, followed by Chinese characters; Wade-Giles followed by Chinese characters will be accepted, but may be changed to Pinyin at the discretion of the Editors.
- Quotations must be rendered exactly, though [sic] may be inserted to indicate errors in the original. Author’s interpolations in quotations are to be shown in square brackets.
- Foreign words should be set in italics.
- Compass directions do not take a capital unless forming part of a territorial name — thus, ‘south Guangdong’ but ‘South Korea’.
- References are to be presented in the notes, not as a separate section.
- Only two forms of sub-heading are normally available and these should be clearly indicated.
N.B. Quotations in the text take double inverted commas, “……”
Quotations within quotations take single inverted, ‘……’
Quotations in extenso should be set in a smaller typeface.
(a) On first presentation, a reference is given in full. On subsequent presentation only the author’s name, an abbreviated title and page number is given.
(b) Where reference is made frequently to the same corpus, suitable and preferably standard abbreviations (e.g. HKUJCS for HKU Journal of Chinese Studies) should be provided at the outset. It is particularly important for titles in languages other than English.
Citation of References
- It is important that the manuscript follows the Journal’s style exactly since inaccuracies in this respect lead to severe editorial difficulties. In case of uncertainty, please consult the most recent Chicago Manual of Style.
- References to obscure materials, either published or unpublished, should give precise information as to location of the materials.
- Journal articles
- For Chinese authors’ names, titles (of journal articles or books), characters should directly follow the English version, without stops or parentheses. It is particularly requested that English renderings of Chinese titles and personal names be consistent throughout.
- If there are uncertainties or queries, please do not hesitate to write to the Editors for advice.
(a) On first presentation; author’s initials, family name [if Chinese etc. — family name, personal names] full title (in italics), (place: publisher, year of publication; in brackets), pp. number (in full, though page numbers may be omitted if the reference is to the whole work).
e.g. John D. Young, East-West Synthesis: Matteo Ricci and Confucianism (Hong Kong: Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong, 1980), pp.44-7.
(b) On subsequent presentations: author’s name, short title, page number(s).
e.g. Young, East-West Synthesis, p.28.
(a) On first presentation: Name of corpus (followed by characters, if Chinese etc.), volume number in Arabic numerals, folio number, ‘a’ (for recto) or ‘b’ (for verso).
e.g. Shiji 史記 173.3b.
(b) On subsequent presentations: Short name (or letters) of corpus, volume number, folio number, a or b.
e.g. Shiji 57.3b-57.4a.
(a) On first presentation: author’s initials, family name [reserved for Chinese, etc.], “title of article” (in double quotation marks), name of journal (in italics) in full (or abbreviated if preceded by footnote giving such abbreviations) volume number: page numbers (in full) and date in parentheses.
e.g. Horace I. Feldman, “The Meiji political novel: a brief survey”, Far Eastern Quarterly 9:245-55 (May 1950).
(b) On subsequent presentations: author’s family name, “short title”, page number.
e.g. Feldman, “Meiji political novel”, p.246.
Note that titles of articles are entirely lower case except for proper names.
- The Journal welcomes submissions of book reviews, which should not exceed two thousand Chinese characters or two thousand words in English, nor contain titles or sub-headings. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum.
七、 請用新式標點。引號用“ ”、‘ ’，書名用《 》，單篇文章用〈 〉，書名與篇名連用時，用間隔號將二者分開，如《論語·學而》。
1. 朱棣（明成祖，1360–1424，1402–1424 在位）
2. 利瑪竇（Matteo Ricci，1552–1610）
甲、 張廷玉（1672–1755）等：《明史》（北京：中華書局，1974 年），〈本紀〉2，〈太祖〉2，頁29。
乙、 金天羽：〈戴名世傳〉，載安徽通志館編：《安徽通志館列傳稿》（安徽：安徽通志館，1934 年），卷2，頁40 下–45 上。
全祖望（1705–1755）：《續甬上耆舊詩》（戊午〔1918 年〕四明文獻社據靈蕤館謝氏藏本校印本），卷77，〈寒松齋兄弟之三．萬布衣斯大〉，頁2 下。
孟森（1868–1937）：〈關於劉愛塔事迹的研究〉，《清史論叢》，2 輯（1980 年2 月），頁215–226。