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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Article complies with the Journal's Plagiarism and Originality policies
  • Article complies with the Journal's formatting policies
  • Article is accompanied by an abstract and list of keywords (This is optional in the case of book reviews. Please check the box anyway in this case)
  • Article references and reference list comply with the Journal's Reference Guidelines

Author Guidelines

 Author Guidelines

The Journal of China and International Relations welcomes contributions offering informed and insightful analyses from scholars worldwide that stimulate the scholarly debate on contemporary China in the nexus of its new role in the current transnational era of international relations and international political economy. Interdisciplinary in scope, JCIR provides analyses of important China-centred political, economic, social and cultural topics. Special encouragement is given to those who want to develop China-oriented theories of international relations and international political economy. Authors are requested to abide by the following guidelines: Guidelines for manuscript preparation


All articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word compatible file formats

Please use font 12 of Times New Roman at all times. The text should be single-spaced with1.5-line spacing



The standard length of the paper should be no more than 8000 words, including notes and references. In some cases, a longer manuscript is allowed.


Abstract and Keywords

An abstract of approximately 250 words in length should be included with the submission, as well as a list of keywords.


Quotations and illustrations

Please use double quotation marks for quotations in the main text. Quotations longer than approx. two lines should be indented without quotation marks.

All graphics such as illustrations, tables and diagrams should be incorporated into the manuscript and should not be submitted as a separate file. All graphics must be numbered –e.g. “Figure 1”, “Tables 2-5”. Captions for graphics should be included in the manuscriptand written immediately below the graphics in question, including the source where relevant.



For submissions to the English-language edition, manuscripts should be written in eitherBritish English or American English; not a mixture of both. Manuscripts must be written inEnglish at an advanced academic level. Authors who are not native speakers of English are advised to get professional editing assistance prior to submitting their manuscript. JCIR provides a light proofreading of the accepted manuscripts, but cannot undertake to offer linguistic editing.


If using Chinese quotations, concepts, titles, etc. in the English manuscript and/or thereference list, authors are encouraged to use both Chinese characters as well as pinyin ifpossible



JCIR uses an adapted version of the Harvard in-text reference system, namely (author, year)and (author, year: page number) for direct quotes. E.g. (Scott, 2012) and (Scott, 2012: 34).Please see our reference guidelines here for further details.

Footnotes should be used sparingly and only for explanations or extra information, not forreferences. Footnotes must be written with numbers (1, 2, 3…)


Double-blind peer review

In order to ensure a double blind review of submitted manuscripts, authors must replace their name in the manuscript with “Author”. However, it is not necessary to anonymize references to the authors’ previous works



Authors are requested to submit their articles electronically to the Editor by using theJournal’s online submission and tracking process.

All correspondence with the Editors, including notifications of decisions, will take place via email


If you have any questions regarding the above guidelines, please contact Journal Manager Philip Wade:



Review and Editorial Policies

All articles will be anonymously peer-reviewed to assess the quality of submissions, and accepted submissions will undergo an editorial process.

The Journal’s Editors and Copyeditors retain the authority to make revisions to articles in order to maintain clarity, grammatical correctness, spelling and language consistency, and to ensure that the article is correctly referenced and complies with the Journal’s Formatting Guidelines and Reference List Style.

Open Access

The Journal of China and International Relations supports Aalborg University’s Open Access Policy. All articles published will immediately and permanently be free for anyone to retrieve, read and download.

Plagiarism and Originality Submission

Submissions to the JCIR are accepted on the basis that they are original contributions entirely written by the author(s) and that they are previously unpublished. Articles must also not have been simultaneously submitted for consideration to any other journals or publications, and may not be as long as they are under review with JCIR.

Plagiarism of any sort should be assiduously avoided. Any work or quotes that are included in the article from other authors should be properly cited. Any legal disputes related to plagiarism are the responsibility of, and will have to be resolved by, author(s) themselves.

Copyright Policies

Author(s) retain copyright and grant the Journal of China and International Relations the right of first publication, with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC-BY-NC-ND) License. This means that, although they may not make alterations or revisions to the article, for non-commercial purposes others may reproduce and distribute the article or include it in an anthology, as long as they attribute the work to the author and credit this Journal as its original publisher.

Upon acceptance of an article, author(s) will be asked to sign a Journal Copyright Agreement, which can be downloaded here (PDF-file).

If excerpts, tables, figures, charts, artwork or photographs from other copyrighted works are included in an article, it is the author(s) responsibility to obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article and citation list.


The views and opinions expressed in articles in the Journal of China and International Relations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Editor in Chief or other Editors, the editorial board, or either Aalborg University or the University of International Relations.


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