The editor actively encourages younger, not yet well established, scholars and independent authors to submit manuscripts for consideration. Contributions in any of the major scholarly languages of the world, including Romanized Modern Standard Mandarin (MSM) and Japanese, are acceptable. In special circumstances, papers written in one of the Sinitic topolects (fangyan) may be considered for publication.
Although the chief focus of Sino-Platonic Papers is on the intercultural relations of China with other peoples, challenging and creative studies on a wide variety of philological subjects will be entertained. This series is not the place for safe, sober, and stodgy presentations. Sino-Platonic Papers prefers lively work that, while taking reasonable risks to advance the field, capitalizes on brilliant new insights into the development of civilization.
The only style-sheet we honor is that of consistency. Where possible, we prefer the usages of the Journal of Asian Studies. Sinographs (hanzi, also called tetragraphs [fangkuaizi]) and other unusual symbols should be kept to an absolute minimum. Sino-Platonic Papers emphasizes substance over form.
Manuscripts should be double-spaced with wide margins and submitted in Microsoft Word format. (We do not accept files in LaTeX or PDF.) Do not use the Symbol font, twenty-year-old specialty fonts for Chinese characters, or any other font that is not Unicode compliant. (Most fonts found on modern computers will be fine.) For alphabetic texts, Sino-Platonic Papers recommends The Brill.
Images should be inserted in line in Word rather than floated or anchored. Please ask for further directions if you are unsure how to do this.
Manuscripts should be accompanied by an abstract (maximum 250 words) and a list of key words.
Submissions are regularly sent out to be refereed, and extensive editorial suggestions for revision may be offered.
Authors are responsible for approving the final text. No changes will be made once an issue has been published.