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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.

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 analysis 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.

Guidelines for manuscripts preparation

Authors are requested to abide by the following guidelines:


  • 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 with 1.5-line spacing


  • The standard length of the paper should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words, including notes and references.

Abstract and Keywords

  • An abstract not exceeding 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. 2 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 manuscript and written immediately below the graphics in question, including the source where relevant


  • For submissions to the English-language edition, manuscripts should be written in either British English or American English; not a mixture of both. Manuscripts must be written in English 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 the reference list, authors are encouraged to use both Chinese characters as well as pinyin if possible


  • 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 for references. 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 are requested to submit an anonymous version of their article by:

    • ensuring that the name of the author is removed from the document properties
    • that their name in the actual manuscript is replaced with "Author"


  • Authors are requested to submit their articles electronically through the Journal's online submission system. To make a submission, please register yourself as an author by filling out the form on JCIR's registration page or proceed directly to the login page if you are already registered as an author
  • 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 Secretary Ashley Kim Stewart at stewart@cgs.aau.dk

A PDF-version of the Author Guidelines is available here.

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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