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Article Types

Manuscript types published by Acta Via Serica include original articles (approximately 7,000-8,000 words) and book reviews (approximately 1,000 words).

Submitting your Manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure that you carefully read and adhere to all the instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines will not be reviewed. Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously, and that it is not currently being considered by another journal.


Manuscripts for articles, review essays, and research notes should be submitted via e-mail at


Acceptable File types: Word DOC is the preferred format for the text and tables of your manuscript.

Manuscript Preparation

Language: Papers submitted for publication must be written in concise English (see Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style). Authors whose first language is not English may opt to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood.


Title page: The title page must include:

•    The title of the article
•    Full name as to be printed in article
•    Name of department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed
•    Name and email address of author responsible for correspondence about the manuscript
•    Sources of financial support (if applicable).

Abstract and Keywords: Each paper must contain an abstract of no more than 250 words. A list of approximately five keywords, expressing the precise content of the manuscript, should appear directly below the abstract.


Subheadings: Subheadings should be organized clearly according to their level.


Acknowledgements: Authors can use this section to acknowledge and thank colleagues, institutions, workshop organizers, family members, etc that have helped with the work.


Biographical Sketch: Include a short biographical sketch for each author, including institutional affiliation and relevant experience. Contact information should be included for corresponding author, including email address.


Contributions of funding organizations: Within this section please provide details of the sources of outside financial support, if applicable, for all authors, including grant numbers, for example: “This work was supported by the Central Asian Research Council (grant number XXXXXXX).”


Tables, figures, maps and images: Submit these as separate files, but indicate where they should be situated within the manuscript.

References and Notes

Acta Via Serica uses the Chicago Manual of Style notes and bibliography system (full reference at first citation, abbreviated thereafter, with a separate table of references at the back). Manuscripts should use footnotes rather than endnotes.
Main words are capitalized in article and book titles.


Sample Citations:



Richard C. Foltz, Religions of the Silk Road: Premodern Patterns of Globalization
(New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2016).

Reference List Entry

Foltz, Richard C. Religions of the Silk Road: Premodern Patterns of Globalization.
New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2016.

Journal Articles:



Oleksander Halenko, “Wine Production, Marketing and Consumption in the Ottoman Crimea, 1520-1542,” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 47, no. 4 (2004): 507-547.

Reference List Entry

Halenko, Oleksander. “Wine Production, Marketing and Consumption in the Ottoman Crimea, 1520-1542.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 47, no. 4 (2004): 507-547.


Chapters in Books:




Henry David Thoreau, “Walking,” in The Making of the American Essay, ed. John D’Agata (Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2016), 177–78.

Reference List Entry

Thoreau, Henry David. “Walking.” In The Making of the American Essay, edited by John D’Agata, 167–95. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2016.

Translated Book:


Jhumpa Lahiri, In Other Words, trans. Ann Goldstein (New York: Alfred A. Knopf,2016), 146.

Reference List Entry

Lahiri, Jhumpa. In Other Words. Translated by Ann Goldstein. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.

Online Sources.


“About Yale: Yale Facts,” Yale University, accessed May 1, 2017,

Reference List Entry

Yale University. “About Yale: Yale Facts.” Accessed May 1, 2017.

For further information on references, please consult the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.


Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.

After Acceptance

Proofs will be emailed to the corresponding author after acceptance. Contributors should answer any queries that arise during copyediting and typesetting. Authors should mark up the corrections to their article by electronically annotating the pdf. It is the author’s responsibility to carefully check the proof, to prevent errors from appearing in the published article.

Instructions for Book Reviewers

Please describe the contents of the work with emphasis on its major substantive or methodological themes. Assess the books place in its field, comparing it to other studies on similar topics, and evaluate the book’s strengths, weaknesses, and potential value. Please use concise, clear English with a rough word count target of 1000 words.

Please use the following format for the heading of your review:- Author. Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication. No. of pages. Price.

At the end of the review please type your name (without titles or degrees, please), along with your institution, and its city and country.

Please send the completed review as a Word Document file email attachment (without abstract or keywords) to

Acta Via Serica reviewers receive a free copy of the reviewed book.

By committing to review, you are committing not to review it elsewhere. Contributors who wish to repost their writing on personal blogs or websites after publication must receive permission from Acta Via Serica. Note that the book review editor reserves the right to decline unsolicited reviews.


Submission of a paper is taken to imply that the author automatically agrees that its copyright will belong to Academia Via Serica, Keimyung University upon the article’s acceptance for publication.