Style Sheet for Authors

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Submissions to the Journal of Song-Yuan Studies should be sent in electronic form as email attachments. Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout (text, quotes, and notes). Footnotes with a list of references are preferred. Since the Journal uses an anonymous review process, authors should not identify themselves on the first page (please provide only a title), in the main body of the article, or in the footnotes.


Manuscripts should conform, as much as possible, to the guidelines outlined in this Journal of Song-Yuan Studies Stylesheet. Authors are strongly encouraged to consult back issues of JSYS for additional information on style.


The headings of reviews should contain the following information: title, author, place of publication, publisher, year, number of pages, and price. Unsolicited book reviews (not including comprehensive review essays) are unlikely to be considered.

ROMANIZATION: JSYS uses Hanyu Pinyin for all Chinese romanization.


Characters should appear where necessary in the body of the text or in the footnotes, following the appropriate romanization. JSYS does not use separate glossaries. Use only traditional-form characters (fantizi 繁體字) except when citing modern scholarship that is itself produced in simplified form (jiantizi 簡體字 ). Graphs need not be provided for names, terms, and titles familiar to Journal readers (Zhu Xi, Songshi, Zizhi tongjian, Daoxue, etc.). The Editor reserves the privilege to delete any unnecessary characters.


English translations of office titles and government organizations should be capitalized (e.g., Prefect, Bureau of Military Affairs, etc.); romanized office titles and government organs should be in lower case and in italics (cishi, shumi yuan, etc.).

GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES: Use Hanyu Pinyin or, where appropriate, Postal Spellings .


  1. Do not include the abbreviations p. and pp. before page numbers. Please refer to previous issues of JSYS for examples.
  2. When citing Asian-language material in the notes, give the author's name followed by characters, romanized title (followed by characters if necessary) without English translation. Foreign language titles may be translated in the body of the article and then referred to consistently either by original or translated title.


  1. Use only one space after periods, colons, exclamation points, question marks, quotation marks-any punctuation that separates two sentences.
  2. The top, bottom, left, and right margins of your manuscript should each measure one inch.
  3. Distinguish between "cf" and "see" in your footnote references. "Cf" means "compare"; "see" means "see." Whenever possible, provide italics rather than underlining.
  4. In footnote references, volume numbers are followed by a colon, Chapter (or juan ) numbers are followed by a period.
  5. Avoid Latin abbreviations (Ibid., op. cit., etc.) in footnote references. Instead, use short or abbreviated forms of author names and/or titles.
  6. Please do not hyphenate your submission.
  7. Do not use any hidden formatting commands.