Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver


Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives welcomes themed issues comprising at least four articles. Apart from the journal’s standard guidelines, the following terms will guide the production of the themed issue.  


  • Themed issues must consist of at least 4 and a maximum of 5 full-length articles, with 6,000-10,000 words each, including references.
  • Each article must have an abstract (150–200 words).
  • The representative of the group must send a concept note (300–500 words) containing the proposed theme, and a brief discussion of the focus and content of the articles.
  • If the papers have been presented previously in a panel/conference/workshop, include in the concept note details of where the papers have been delivered (conference name, date, conference organizer, venue, etc.).
  • Submitted articles must be original. They must not have been previously published elsewhere, and must not be under consideration for publication in another journal or book. Papers under contract in, for example, a conference or workshop will not be accepted.
  • By submitting the articles, the authors attest that submitted articles are original; have not been published (previously or forthcoming) elsewhere, and must not be under consideration for publication in another journal, book, or other publication projects.
  • Asian Studies reserves the right to reject a manuscript that does not comply with these and other journal guidelines.


  • While the articles are submitted as part of a themed issue, each one will be reviewed and assessed based on the individual paper’s contents and merits.
  • All articles submitted are subject to a preliminary assessment to determine if they proceed to peer review. 
  • Once a full-length research article passes the preliminary assessment, it is subject to a double-blind peer review system. The paper will be reviewed by at least two scholars. They have three weeks to complete their evaluation, dated from the day the manuscript is sent to them. 
  • The reviewers' comments are consolidated before being sent back to the author.
  • Authors are generally given two major attempts to revise their paper. If there are no substantial improvements—whether it has addressed the comments—after the second attempt, the editors may reject the paper altogether.     
  • Deadlines will be given to each paper’s author/s to submit their revision. Please note that delays in submission of one paper’s author/s will affect the publication process of the themed issue.
  • The editor in chief will have the final decision regarding the publication of each article. If, after the review process, the articles recommended for publication are insufficient to produce a themed issue, the approved articles will be published collectively along with papers outsider the original group, or as individual manuscripts in separate issues.  Asian Studies also reserves the right to add other related articles if the number of accepted articles initially submitted as a themed issue is insufficient. The journal also has the last say on the theme and reserves the right to broaden it to include related topics. 
  • The themed issue may feature content from the four other sections of the journal: commentaries, reviews, travel narratives, and poetry. The content of these submissions will be unrelated to the issue’s theme.


  • All submissions must be in the following format.
  • Size 12, Times New Roman
  • MS Word (.doc file)
  • 1.5 spacing
  • Asian Studies follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition
  • Secure permission to reproduce any copyrighted content before submission. Previously published articles of author/s whose research overlaps with the submitted journal must be cited properly.


  • The authors of manuscripts must choose one corresponding author, who will then send all the manuscripts and relevant documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:
  • A 300-word concept note for the themed issue. It must contain the proposed title and the focus/issue being discussed by the manuscripts, as well as the titles of each manuscript and their respective authors and their institutional affiliations.
  • Two soft copies of each manuscript.
    • One must include the author/s’ name.
    • The second copy must be purged of any information that can point to author/s' identity (author/s’ name, references to own work in the first person, etc.)
  • Separate document containing 150–200 word abstract and up to five keywords for each article.
  • CVs of each author.
  • All authors of manuscripts under a themed issue submission must fill out this Google Form.

The Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D.  program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.