Why Publish With Us?

Asia Pacific Perspectives offers authors:

  • Established journal with a track record of publication since 2001
  • Benefit of full peer review on a shorter timeline than comparable venues
  • Open-access and fully indexed via EBSCO, providing ease of access
  • E-journal format allows publication of numerous, full-color images

Guidelines for Contributors

    • Each article must include a thesis statement that clearly elucidates the significance of the article's findings to the field (not merely a summary of its contents).
    • Manuscripts submitted to Asia Pacific Perspectives (APP) should not have been published elsewhere in English and should not be under review for another publication.
    • Authors retain copyright of their work, and publication in APP does not preclude the author from publishing all or part of the manuscript elsewhere. Authors who publish with APP and wish to do so must get written permission from the editors of APP and identify the journal as the original publication in the new publication.
    • Full-length articles (8,000 and 12,000 words or approximately thirty-five pages max)
    • Think pieces (3,000-5,000 words)
    • Book reviews (700-1200 words)
    • Photo-essays (1250-2000 words)
      • 10-15 high quality photos each with descriptive captions and complete credit/source information (as a single PDF)
      • Submissions will include a non-peer reviewed essay contextualizing the photographs in the text
      • A one-page description of the theme of the essay and the timeliness/importance of the images to scholars of Asia
      • A brief bio paragraph about the curator (approx 100 words) and complete contact information
    • The editor is responsible for the final selection of content published in APP and reserves the right to reject any material that is not appropriate for publication or that does not conform to the journal's guidelines.
    • The editor reserves the right to edit or to ask the author to edit manuscripts for style and length. However, manuscripts that require substantial editorial work to comply with the requirements will not be considered. All unpublished manuscripts are the property of APP and will not be returned to the authors.
    • The opinions expressed in articles and reviews do not reflect the opinions of the editors, the editorial board, or the University of San Francisco. Responsibility for opinions expressed and the accuracy of facts published in articles and reviews rests solely with the individual authors.
  • APP is a double-anonymous, peer reviewed journal. In order to protect the integrity of the peer review process, all authors' names and other identifying marks should be left off the manuscript.

  • Article manuscripts, including notes and references, should range between 8,000 and 12,000 words, or approximately thirty-five pages in length.

    Abstract & Biographical Note

    Authors should submit a separate file containing:

    • An abstract (200 word maximum) and a list of up to six keywords suitable for indexing and abstracting purposes.
    • A biographical note (100 word maximum) as well as full contact details.

    Manuscript Layout & Organization

    • The title of the article should appear on the first page
    • All identifying marks (author's name, etc.) should be left off the manuscript
    • Microsoft Word or compatible format
    • Double-spaced, using 12-point type/font for body text
    • Sections and subsections should be clearly differentiated, preferably with visually distinct headings and subheadings
    • Tables, charts, or images should be included as separate files
    • Images must be 300 dpi resolution (or as high-resolution as possible)
    • Bibliographic references must appear as footnotes
    • Figures and tables:
      • Number consecutively in Arabic numerals
      • Include title where necessary
      • Submit on separate sheets attached at the end of the article, or as separate digital files in the appropriate format mentioned above.
      • They should be designed to fit into the page size and should be referred to in the text of the paper.
      • Mathematical equations must be typed on separate lines.
      • The author is responsible for ensuring that equations are presented in a form that is compatible with a standard desktop publishing program. References to figures should be referred to in the text of the paper as follows (see figure 1).
      • It is the responsibility of the author to obtain written permission for republication of previously published material, including figures and tables, from the author and publisher of the source publication.
    • Quotations should appear in double marks, with quotations that exceed 40 words indented in the text.
    • Notes should appear as footnotes.
    • All the works cited should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.



    Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin, 2006.

    Book Chapter

    Kelly, John D. “Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War.” In Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, edited by John D. Kelly, Beatrice Jauregui, Sean T. Mitchell, and Jeremy Walton, 67–83. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.


    Weinstein, Joshua I. “The Market in Plato’s Republic.” Classical Philology 104 (2009): 439–58.

    More Examples

    Chicago Manual of Style

    • Chinese: Pinyin
    • Japanese: Hepburn
    • Korean: McCune-Reischauer
    • Copyright to Asia Pacific Perspectives (referred to herein as "journal" or “APP”) is held by its publisher, the University of San Francisco. Copyright to individual articles appearing in the journal remains with the article's author(s), unless otherwise specified.
    • Except as otherwise provided, the University of San Francisco, and the individual article authors, grant permission for material in this publication to be copied for use by nonprofit educational institutions, and individual scholars and educators, for scholarly or instructional purposes only, provided that (1) copies are distributed at or below cost, (2) the author, the publisher, and the journal are identified on the copy, and (3) proper notice of the copyright appears on each copy.
    • For any other uses of the journal, or of individual articles, permission must be obtained from the University of San Francisco or the individual author(s), respectively.
    • Image copyrights are to be obtained and held solely by the authors. The University of San Francisco takes no responsibility for any copyright infringement.
    • Authors wishing to publish images with their article should request a copy of the journal’s image permission form from the editors as APP requires that authors provide documentation of all permissions for our files.
    • No image can be published without documentation of appropriate permission to publish it on the World Wide Web, unless that picture is already in the public domain.

About Us

Asia Pacific Perspectives (APP) (ISSN: 2167-1699) is an international, peer-reviewed electronic journal that promotes cross-cultural understanding, tolerance, and the dissemination of knowledge about the Asia Pacific. The editors welcome submissions from all fields of the social sciences and the humanities that focus on the Asia Pacific, especially those adopting a comparative, interdisciplinary approach to issues of interrelatedness in the region. The journal facilitates academic discussions among both established scholars in the field and advanced graduate students. APP is published twice each year by the University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies.

Editorial Board


Melissa S. Dale

Editorial Board

  • Daniel Barish, Baylor University
  • Miriam Gross, University of Oklahoma
  • Alíz Horváth, Eötvös Loránd University
  • Bonnie Tilland, Leiden University
  • Ryoko, Yamamoto, The State University of New York College at Old Westbury
  • Yu-hua Chen, Akita International University

Graduate Student Assistant

Bobby Im

Submit a Paper

Email your documents to perspectives@usfca.edu. For more information, please contact Melissa S. Dale, Editor at perspectives@usfca.edu.

Asia Pacific Perspectives

Melissa S. Dale, Editor
2130 Fulton Street, KA 241
San Francisco, CA 94117