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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.


All authors listed on the manuscript should have met the requirements for Authorship specified in the Editorial Policy and should approve the final version of the manuscript prior to submission. Once a manuscript is submitted, it is therefore assumed that all authors have read and approved submission of the manuscript. Submission of an article also implies that the work described has not been previously published and that it is not currently being considered by another journal.


Contact information of all authors should be provided on the manuscript, including name, affiliation, and email address.


Manuscripts for articles, review essays, and research notes should be submitted via e-mail at or to the Associate Editor.


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’s two systems of source citation:
the Author-Date Reference system for Social Science articles and the Notes and Bibliography system for articles in the Arts and Humanities.  Author-Date Reference system uses parenthetical citations in the text to reference the source author's last name and the year of publication. Each citation corresponds to an entry on a References page that concludes the document. The Notes and Bibliography system uses numbered footnotes at the bottom of the page. This corresponds to a fuller citation on a Bibliography page that concludes the document. Main words are capitalized in article and book titles.


Sample Citations

The Author-Date Reference System

In-text Citation
(Foltz 2016, 57)


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

Journal Articles:
In-text Citation
(Halenko 2004, 507-547)


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


Chapters in Books:
In-text Citation
(Thoreau 2016, 177–78)


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


Translated Book:
In-text Citation
(Lahiri 2016, 146)


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


Online Sources:
In-text Citation
(Google 2017)


Reference List Entry
Google. 2017. “Privacy Policy.” Privacy &Terms. Last modified April 17, 2017.


The Notes and Bibliography system

  A full reference is provided in the first footnote, abbreviated thereafter.

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

Bibliography 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.


Bibliography 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-

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


Bibliography 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.


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

Online Sources:
“Privacy Policy,” Privacy &Terms, Google, last modified April 17, 2017,


Bibliography Entry
Google. “Privacy Policy.” Privacy &Terms. Last modified April 17, 2017.

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

Abstract Guidelines

Please include an abstract of under 250 words, which will capture the interest of a potential reader, clearly state the topic of the paper and the research question, explain the research methodology, and indicate the significance of the findings. The abstract should summarize the results of the work and not merely list the topics discussed.


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.

Open Access

Acta Via Serica adopts the Open Access publication model, enabling the dissemination of abstracts and the full texts of all articles to the global community without restriction through the internet.

Digital Archiving

Acta Via Serica is committed to the long-term preservation of content on its website.