Publishable Content

The Mapping China Journal (MCJ) accepts submission of research papers and essays of original scholarly articles by students on all levels, including students at the early stages of their PhD and recent graduates that engage in scholarly discussion. More information about the Journal itself can be found here.

Topics of discussion vary each year; for a detailed look please refer to our Call for Papers. Only manuscripts relevant to the topic of the relevant volume of the MCJ will be considered.

MCJ does not accept any work that has been published before or is set to be published elsewhere. This includes previous self-publishing of the author and articles that are mainly based on previously published manuscripts. Submission of a manuscript implies that the author is committed to publishing with MCJ if the manuscript is accepted. By submitting, authors attest that their work is entirely their own. Authors ensure proper acknowledgement and citation. Please read Statement of Publication Ethics for further information.

Additionally, authors wishing to publish work that has been submitted and graded as part of a University degree should make sure that their University guidelines allow publication. This sole responsibility lies with the author.

Regulations for Handing in Work

Mapping China regularly posts Call for Papers for the MCJ. Please refer to any conditions of those in the original Call for Papers.

Additionally, Mapping China accepts submission through the online portal or after contacting Research paper should feature original analysis or research, include a section on theory and have a length of 6000 to 8000 words. Essays should discuss opinions on a contemporary topic and have a length of three pages to 3000 words. Kindly include a cover page with the title of the submission, the author’s name, affiliation, email address and phone number. Additionally, kindly include a 500 word (or one page) abstract for any work handed in.

Process after Submission

MCJ employs a double-blind peer review policy whereby research papers that pass the original in-house editorial assessment are sent to at least two expert referees for evaluation. Essays are sent to at least one expert for evaluation. Authors should therefore be careful to avoid any personal information in text or endnotes that might reveal their identity.

Authors should be prepared for multiple stages of review. First corrections might be necessary after in-house editorial assessment. Manuscripts are then either rejected before peer-review, after peer-review, accepted on the condition of revise and resubmit or accepted as is. In exceptional cases manuscripts might be accepted on condition of “rewrite and resubmit”. The whole process might take up to six months. Work that cannot be featured in the MCJ might still be published as part of the Mapping China Working Paper Series. Accepted authors for the MCJ will sign an author’s agreement with Mapping China e.V. All papers are reviewed based on their structure and coherency, theoretical quality, empirical quality, their research design and their analytical quality.

All accepted manuscripts are copyedited by MCJ for language and style. All changes will be tracked and approved by the author. The author will also receive the first galley proofs for inspection. At this stage, no changes are to be made in the text or notes, except for corrections of errors. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders where necessary – for example, stanzas of a poem, maps, photographs, illustrations, posters, tables, figures, or text exceeding the maximum length permitted by copyright law.

Manuscript Preparation

  • MCJ is using this Harvard Style Guide for citation. Please refer to it.
  • Kindly use British English for texts written in English.
  • Tables and figures may be included in the text and should be numerically ordered. They may contain captions.
  • Any use of Mandarin Chinese is allowed and encouraged. Citation should be: pinyin in italics followed by characters followed by a direct translation in square brackets.
  • Co-authored submissions are accepted. Kindly provide all authors’ details on the cover page.
  • Research papers are accepted in both English and German.
  • If the author is not a native English speaker, kindly ensure a high level of language competency before submission. This means that the paper should be proofread by a native or almost-native English speaker.
  • Papers whose arguments are not clear due to language issues cannot be accepted for the MCJ.
  • Kindly use Times New Roman font with a text size of 12. Main titles should be in size 16, titles in size 14 and subtitles in 12. The text should be 1.5 spaced throughout.
  • All paragraphs should be justified.
  • Kindly only leave one space between sentences and after colons.
  • Research Papers should have a length of 6000 to 8000 words.
  • Mapping China encourages the use of qualitative and quantitative methodology.
  • Research Papers should be theory-based, meaning that they derive their arguments and hypotheses from theory. A section on methodology or the findings of the paper should be included.
  • Kindly use scientific language in all parts of the research paper.
  • Essays should have a length of minimum 1500 and maximum 3000 words. Please contact to discuss individual cases.
  • Essays are arguments-based, meaning that they do not require a section on theory. Nonetheless, they should be based on current academic discourse. Essays are discussing opinions on a contemporary topic.
  • The language of an essay is allowed to be more non-scientific.
  • While essays are not subjected to the same level of academic requirements as research papers, authors should make sure to include a wide variety of research sources, including academic texts.