Warring States Papers
Studies in Chinese and Comparative Philology
Guidelines for Authors
Please consult with the Editors before submitting manuscripts
SCOPE OF THE JOURNAL
Subject Range. Classical China (Spring and Autumn, Warring States), and the Empire up to Han Wu-di. Limited space is available for studies of philological or historical problems in ancient India or Greece, and especially in New Testament, or of methodology as such. Our special focus is the process of text formation, and the benefit to history when the source texts have been properly understood.
Subject Divisions in each volume are:
Language, Ambience, and Methodology [the tools]
Texts [application of the tools to text problems]
Historical Studies [use of the texts in recovering history]
As a convenience to readers, articles on non-Sinological subjects, and those with a comparative focus, are placed last in each section. Arrangement within each section is otherwise roughly chronological by subject.
No book reviews, letters to the editor, announcements, thesis abstracts, memorial minutes, bibliographies, or surveys of current scholarship. For all these, there are other and better established outlets.
No "postmodern" approaches or presentist expositions. We intend to explore the past "as it was," and not to expound its relevance for the present day.
Comparative Studies of more than one ancient situation, or an ancient and a modern situation, are very welcome.
Language. English. Translations of brief articles of uncommon importance, whether recent or not, are in principle acceptable. Translators should secure the necessary authorization from the original author or publisher.
Audience. Professional, but not necessarily expert in your topic. Write for the physicist, or Hellenist, across the cafeteria table from you. Clarity of presentation is essential.
THE ACCEPTANCE PROCESS
Acceptance will be judged on the following criteria: (1) importance, (2) accuracy, (3) proper acknowledgement of previous work, and (4) clarity, including suitable length. The Editors, in reviewing manuscripts, will as necessary consult with others on technical points.
Copyright and Permissions. Authors should secure any needed permissions for included copyright material, including illustrations, and should submit those permissions with their manuscript. Authors are liable in case of copyright infringement.
Author Agreement. The journal requires first serial and subsequent reprint rights, including electronic reprint rights, in order that the volume may be copyrighted for the protection of all contributors. It is understood that WSP may be reprinted if demand for the paper edition warrants, and that each volume will be available indefinitely in open-access form, and in one or more commercial databases. Authors retain all other rights, including publication elsewhere of revised, abridged, or extended treatments of the same topic, subject only to the request that such subsequent publications contain a reference to the initial publication in Warring States Papers. To see our standard author permission form, click here.
Guidelines for Authors