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- About the Journal
- Peer Review and Ethics
- Preparing Your Paper
- Using Third-Party Material
- Submitting Your Paper
- Publication Charges
- Copyright Options
- Complying with Funding Agencies
- Open Access
- My Authored Works
About the Journal
Chinese Literature Today is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original research. Please see the journal’s Aims & Scope for information about its focus and peer-review policy.
Please note that this journal only publishes manuscripts in English.
Chinese Literature Today accepts the following types of article: original articles, book reviews.
Peer Review and Ethics
Taylor & Francis is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be peer reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees. Find out more about what to expect during peer review and read our guidance on publishing ethics.
Preparing Your Paper
Your paper should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list).
Please refer to these quick style guidelines when preparing your paper, rather than any published articles or a sample copy.
Please use American spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript.
Please use double quotation marks, except where “a quotation is ‘within’ a quotation”. Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.
Style. We welcome submissions on contemporary Chinese literary and cultural topics. For scholarly essays, our preference is for an engaging, lively, fluid, and accessible discussion style that also retains academic rigor.
Advance inquiries, addressed to Acting Editor in Chief Ping Zhu (firstname.lastname@example.org), are welcome. Please include in the body of your email or cover letter a brief explanation concerning the parameters and purpose of your essay and how it contributes to the ongoing scholarly conversation about contemporary Chinese literature or culture.
Every effort will be made to promptly notify contributors that their texts have been received, but please allow a maximum of 12 weeks for evaluation of your submission and for a response concerning acceptance; all texts that pass initial editorial screening will be sent to at least two outside readers in the field.
N.B. We are especially interested in translated, previously unpublished Chinese literature (short fiction, poetry, or interviews), and invite you to submit samples or full texts for review.
Length of Prose Texts. The average length for regular scholarly articles is 6,000 words (approximately 20 double-spaced pages). For translations of contemporary Chinese literary works and for interviews, the length limit can be negotiated by contacting Deputy Editor in Chief Ping Zhu (email@example.com). We are also interested in shorter essays, interviews, and commentaries (2,500 words or less).
Formatting and Templates
Papers may be submitted in Word format. Figures should be saved separately from the text. To assist you in preparing your paper, we provide formatting template(s).
Word templates are available for this journal. Please save the template to your hard drive, ready for use.
If you are not able to use the template via the links (or if you have any other template queries) please contact us here.
Text Preparation. In matters of style and formatting, follow the guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., 2010, hereafter CMS (www.chicagomanualofstyle.org) when preparing your document. For matters of spelling, we prefer the 11th edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (www.merriam-webster.com). Double-space throughout the text and leave the right margin unjustified (ragged). Number all pages and leave 1” margins on all sides. Place the article title on the first line of the page, then place the author name on the next line, and the translator’s name (if any) on the third line.
Abstract. A short abstract (100-200 words) is required for all submissions, including scholarly essays and translations. This abstract will be published before the main essay/translation in the magazine, as well as on the CLT website maintained by Routledge: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/uclt20/current.
Author Information. All authors of a manuscript should include their full name and affiliation on the cover page of the manuscript. Please include your author biography of two to three sentences about yourself and your current projects (100 words max).
Titles and Names. Upon first reference in your article, the title of a published work should be given in three formats: English translation (either your own or a previously published one), pinyin, and Chinese characters—for example: Sandalwood Death (Tan xiang xing 檀香刑). We prefer for all subsequent references to be all in English. Personal names should be presented in pinyin first, followed by the Chinese characters, such as: Mo Yan 莫言. Please use the most well known version of a scholar’s or author’s name, such as: C. T. Hsia or Eileen Chang. For more details, see CMS, chapters 8 and 10.
Quotations. Short quotations should be worked into the body of the text; quotations of four lines or more may be set off as extracts. Please format extracts by indenting them one inch from the left and inserting a blank line both above and below the extract. Do not use MLA-style parenthetical page citations in text or notes; submissions that use this style will be rejected. A moderate number of citations from Chinese (or other languages) may be used, particularly when the illustration involves a linguistic or stylistic point. For long and/or difficult passages in Chinese, however, please provide an English version only, either your own or a published one. When in doubt, follow the guidelines set forth in CMS, chapter 11.
Quotations of published poetry often require special permission. Please contact us regarding permissions if your submission includes published poetry.
Notes and Bibliographies. Notes should be kept to a bare minimum, particularly avoiding long, digressive comments, the use of ibid., notes citing only a page number, etc. For an excellent discussion on shortening the length and number of citations, see CMS 16.36-46. Footnotes will be converted to endnotes in the published version of your article. Submissions that use in-text citations or a list of works cited instead of notes will be rejected.
Illustrations. We welcome suggestions for possible illustrations (artwork, photography, or graphics) to accompany your text. Illustrations may be submitted as 300dpi digital files, preferably at 8×10 inches (tiff or jpeg preferred, grayscale for b/w). Please notify us well in advance if only prints are available or if you have any questions about the size or quality of your digital images.
A separate list of captions and credit lines should accompany the illustrations, clearly keyed by number.
Please contact us for our preferred permission form to use in requesting permission to reproduce any copyrightable illustrations (must specify nonexclusive world English rights for all editions).
Tearsheets. A PDF file of your contribution in CLT is available upon request several weeks after publication. All contributors will receive one free print copy of the issue.
Change of address. Please keep in touch even when traveling, and let us know of all changes of address of one month or longer. Thank you for your help and collaboration.
Book Review Style Guide
Inquiries. Please always contact Book Review Editor Alexa Alice Joubin (firstname.lastname@example.org) before writing a review. Include the author, title, publisher, pub date, and ISBN in your email. This helps CLT avoid duplicate reviews, and most publishers prefer to receive requests for review copies of their books directly from another publisher.
Submitting. Email your review to Alexa Alice Joubin (email@example.com) as an MS Word file.
Length. The maximum length for reviews is 600 words. Not all reviews received can be published, and overlong reviews will be returned for revision or edited for space.
Review Text Format. Double-space the entire document. Due to length restrictions, reviews are typically all in English. This is a review, not an essay; therefore we allow only 2 short quotations from the book under review. If you must quote another source, work the citation into the flow of the text. We do not accept reviews containing notes and/or bibliographies. CLT follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, 2010 (www.chicagomanualofstyle.org), and the 11th edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (www.merriam-webster.com).
Heading Format. All heading information is essential. Indicate if the book is illustrated, and note the plate count by the page count. The page count can be omitted entirely for a series comprised of multiple volumes.
Reviews can be rejected for incomplete headings.
Editor / Translator / Compiler / Illustrator.
Type (fiction or nonfiction).
Place of publication (city and state if in the US, or city and country, as appropriate).
Publisher (and distributor, as appropriate).
Number of pages.
ISBN (use a period after each item except the ISBN).
Yan Lianke. Elegy and Academe. Fiction. Nanjing. Jiangsu People’s Press. 2008. ix + 330 pages. 29 RMB. ISBN 978721405569
Foreign Literature. Echoes of a Century: Series Three. 10 volumes. Li Ziyun, Zhao Changtian, and Chen Sihe, eds. Nonfiction. Nanchang. Jiangxi Academic Publishing House. 2009. 290 RMB. ISBN 978781132574
Reviewer’s name. Add at the end of the review along with university affiliation.
Translator’s name. If the review itself was translated, add “Translated by” and list the name and university affiliation underneath the author’s.
Style. CLT follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, 2010 (www.chicagomanualofstyle.org), and the 11th edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (www.merriam-webster.com).
Titles and Names. Though CLT publishes reviews in English, these may be given in Chinese to avoid confusion. Upon first reference in your article, the title of a published work should be given in three formats: English translation (either your own or a previously published one), pinyin, and Chinese characters—for example: Sandalwood Death (Tan xiang xing 檀香刑). Personal names should be presented in pinyin first, followed by the Chinese characters, such as: Mo Yan 莫言. Please use the most well-known version of a scholar’s or author’s name, such as: C. T. Hsia or Eileen Chang.
Tearsheets. A PDF file of your review(s) in CLT is available upon request several weeks after publication. Unfortunately, we cannot send galley proofs of reviews or complimentary copies of complete issues to reviewers.
Change of address. Please keep in touch even when traveling, and let us know of all changes of address of one month or longer. Thank you for your help and collaboration. Chinese Literature Today 1821 E. Imhoff Road, Box 3 Norman, OK 73071 USA Telephone: 405 325 2383 Fax: 405 325 0725 Article submission inquiries: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Book review inquiries and submission: e-mail: email@example.com General e-mail: CLToday@ou.edu Website: http://www.ou.edu/clt/ and http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/uclt20/current
Please use this reference guide when preparing your paper.
Taylor & Francis Editing Services
To help you improve your manuscript and prepare it for submission, Taylor & Francis provides a range of editing services. Choose from options such as English Language Editing, which will ensure that your article is free of spelling and grammar errors, Translation, and Artwork Preparation. For more information, including pricing, visit this website.
Checklist: What to Include
- Author details. All authors of a manuscript should include their full name and affiliation on the cover page of the manuscript. Where available, please also include ORCiDs and social media handles (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn). One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with their email address normally displayed in the article PDF (depending on the journal) and the online article. Authors’ affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after your paper is accepted. Read more on authorship.
- You can opt to include a video abstract with your article. Find out how these can help your work reach a wider audience, and what to think about when filming.
- Do not include keywords. Read making your article more discoverable, including information on choosing a title and search engine optimization.
- Funding details. Please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies as follows:
For single agency grants
This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].
For multiple agency grants
This work was supported by the [Funding Agency #1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency #2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency #3] under Grant [number xxxx].
- Disclosure statement. This is to acknowledge any financial interest or benefit that has arisen from the direct applications of your research. Further guidance on what is a conflict of interest and how to disclose it.
- Supplemental online material. Supplemental material can be a video, dataset, fileset, sound file or anything which supports (and is pertinent to) your paper. We publish supplemental material online via Figshare. Find out more about supplemental material and how to submit it with your article.
- Figures. Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for color, at the correct size). Figures should be supplied in one of our preferred file formats: EPS, PDF, PS, JPEG, TIFF, or Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) files are acceptable for figures that have been drawn in Word. For information relating to other file types, please consult our Submission of electronic artwork document.
- Tables. Tables should present new information rather than duplicating what is in the text. Readers should be able to interpret the table without reference to the text. Please supply editable files.
- Equations. If you are submitting your manuscript as a Word document, please ensure that equations are editable. More information about mathematical symbols and equations.
- Units. Please use SI units (non-italicized).
Using Third-Party Material in your Paper
You must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in your article. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission. More information on requesting permission to reproduce work(s) under copyright.
Submitting Your Paper
This journal accepts book reviews by direct email. Please send your book review to:
Please note that Chinese Literature Today uses Crossref™ to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to Chinese Literature Today you are agreeing to originality checks during the peer-review and production processes.
On acceptance, we recommend that you keep a copy of your Accepted Manuscript. Find out more about sharing your work.
There are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for this journal.
Color images will be reproduced in color in your online and print article free of charge.
Copyright allows you to protect your original material, and stop others from using your work without your permission. Taylor & Francis offers a number of different license and reuse options, including Creative Commons licenses when publishing open access. Read more on publishing agreements.
Complying with Funding Agencies
We will deposit all National Institutes of Health or Wellcome Trust-funded papers into PubMedCentral on behalf of authors, meeting the requirements of their respective open access policies. If this applies to you, please tell our production team when you receive your article proofs, so we can do this for you. Check funders’ open access policy mandates here. Find out more about sharing your work.
This journal gives authors the option to publish open access via our Open Select publishing program, making it free to access online immediately on publication. Many funders mandate publishing your research open access; you can check open access funder policies and mandates here.
Taylor & Francis Open Select gives you, your institution or funder the option of paying an article publishing charge (APC) to make an article open access. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to find out more, or go to our Author Services website.
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My Authored Works
On publication, you will be able to view, download and check your article’s metrics (downloads, citations and Altmetric data) via My Authored Works on Taylor & Francis Online. This is where you can access every article you have published with us, as well as your free eprints link, so you can quickly and easily share your work with friends and colleagues.
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