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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Issues of Asiatic are generally divided into three segments, each of which contains different categories of material with different lengths. Critical articles should be typically between 5000 and 7000 words, while creative pieces should not exceed 3500 words for prose, fiction and drama, and 3 pages for poetry. Book reviews should be about 1500-2000 words in length. If you want to submit a book review to the journal, please inform its Editor-in-Chief about it before you start writing. 

In order to avoid possible disappointment, before you submit a manuscript to the journal, please brawe its current and earlier issues and read published materials so that you become familiar with the format and structure of Asiatic articles. Submitting a poor qualiy, unstructured manuscript will meet a failure to publish. The journal has made a name for itself and attracts hundreds of submissions every year. Therefore, it is highly competitive to publish in Asiatic.

Please bear in mind that the journal focuses on Asian writers/themes in the field of language, literature and culture.

The author's name, institutional affiliation and mailing addresses (email and postal) should be given on the title page of the manuscript. Manuscripts should be double-spaced on A4 sized paper with margins of 1.25" on both the right and left sides of the page and 1" on the top and bottom. All quotations in the main text should consistently be in double quotation marks. Italicize titles of books, films, long poems, poetry books, novels, dramas, newspapers, documentaries, movies and journals. Put into inverted commas titles of essays, book chapters, poems, short stories and articles. References should be parenthetical, and manuscripts should include a list of works cited and brief footnotes (each 100 words max.). Footnotes should be consecutively numbered in Arabic numerals (i.e. 1, 2, 3, etc.).

Contributors should also include a brief abstract of content between 150 and 200 words for each critical article and a synopsis of about 150 words for each creative writing piece. This should be followed by 5 to 7 keywords (preferably phrases or a combination of words and phrases; single-word keywords are not encouraged), and a brief biography of the author (85 words max.)

For submissions and queries, please use this email address: 

Before making your submission, please follow the "ARTICLE TEMPLATE" provided in the journal website. 

It is advisable that, before making a submission, authors read all or some of the essays contained in the links below:

For making a submission, please click on "MAKE A SUBMISSION" on the journal website and follow the steps. 

Once you have submitted your manuscript using the online system, it is advisable to email a copy of your work at <> and cc at <> with full details of the author/s, including email addresses and affiliations. 

We strongly recommend that, before making a submission, you visit the Asiatic website and read articles published in the current and previous issues in order to have a sense of the style and structure of research articles that the journal publishes.

If a manuscript is below the standard of Asiatic, we may not take it any further. 

If a manuscript has more than one author, there must be a corresponding author who will communicate with the journal.

Please bear in mind that the journal may not consider publishing a manuscript with more than three authors.

Asiatic is published online bi-annually at in June and December.

Publishing in Asiatic is highly competitive. The journal accepts submissions all year round. However, the earlier you submit a manuscript, the better. All manuscripts will go through a double-blind peer-review process.

We do not accept work published previously or submitted concurrently for publication elsewhere.

Spelling and Punctuation: For the purpose of consistency, the Journal requires contributors to use the British spelling throughout, except in cited texts. Double quotation marks should be used all through, except in the case of a quotation within a quotation, where single quotation marks should be used. All punctuation marks, except colon and semi-colon, should be inside the quotation marks consistently in the manuscript. All superscripts numbers should be placed after all punctuation marks except dashes.

Quotations: Any quoted piece that exceeds thirty words should be clearly separated from the main text by indenting the left margin. Spelling and punctuation marks are to be retained exactly as in the original text. Poetry, diagrams, line drawings, etc., are to be reproduced as their original layouts. The author's surname and page number must be mentioned in brackets at the end of each citation.

References: “Works Cited” will list full bibliographical references. The Journal asks contributors to observe the Modern Language Association Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (MLA) convention. Full details can be found at Examples are as follows:

Book by a Single Author: Kaku, Michio. Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes. New York: Oxford UP, 1994. 

An Anthology or a Compilation: Nichols, Fred J., ed. An Anthology of Neo-Latin Poetry. New Haven: Yale UP, 1979. 

Two or More Books by the Same Author: Frye, Northrop. Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1957.

 ---, ed. Design for Learning: Reports Submitted to the Joint Committee of the Toronto Board of Education and the University of Toronto. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1962.

A Book by Two or More Authors: Jakobson, Roman and Linda R. Waugh. The Sound Shape of Language. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1979.

An Anonymous Book: Encyclopaedia of Virginia. New York: Somerset, 1993.

An Article in a Scholarly Journal: Scotto, Peter. “Censorship, Reading, and Interpretation: A Case Study from the Soviet Union.” PMLA 109 (1994): 61-70.

Weiringa, Saskia. “The Birth of the New Order State in Indonesia: Sexual Politics and Nationalism.” Journal of Women’s History 15.1 (Spring 2003): 70-91.

Material from Electronic Journals: Smyth, David. “Suchart Sawatsi: Thailand's First Man of Letters.” Asiatic 1.1 (2007). Online address. Internet. Date accessed.

An Article in a Newspaper: Feder, Barnaby J. “For Job Seekers, a Toll-Free Gift of Expert Advice. New York Times 30 Dec. 1993: 15.

(The above are examples only and may not be factually accurate.) 


Publication fees

Asiatic is an open access journal and does not receive any sales proceeds. Hence, to meet expenses, it expects contributors to pay a fee of RM1000 per article.

The question of fees arises only when an article is acceptable for publication. Therefore, it will be wrong to presume that an author can publish in Asiatic their subpar manuscript with money.

Once a paper is accepted for publication, the editorial team of Asiatic will provide bank account details and other necessary information. 

Please contact the editor for more details about publication fees.

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Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in articles and creative pieces published in this Journal are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors, the editorial board or the publisher.