GUIDELINES FOR ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS

 

The journal welcomes submissions of article manuscripts at any time.

The copyright to articles and reviews published in MN belongs to the journal. Before submitting a manuscript to MN, please be aware that the article—including earlier versions that are substantially similar—should not have been published previously or circulated widely electronically, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Scholars new to MN who wish to submit manuscripts for consideration are advised to browse through previously published articles to get a sense of the range of topics the journal has covered and the types of treatments that have been undertaken. Please also note that MN articles are expected to be based on research in Japanese primary and secondary sources.

MN is relatively flexible about length, but recommends that submissions be under 20,000 words. Manuscripts should be submitted by email to the MN office in both Word and PDF formats. To ensure a full, double-blind review, please do not identify yourself by name anywhere in the text or footnotes of your article, or in any running headers or footers.

When submitting a translation, please supply an electronic copy of the text on which it is based. If you wish to incorporate photographic or other illustrative material, please provide electronic copies of this material, as well as a list of accompanying citations. Note that email messages, including attachments, cannot exceed 7 MB; for the submission of files exceeding this limit, please contact the MN office.

Although adherence to all aspects of MN style is not essential at the time of submission, authors whose articles have been accepted for publication will be asked to make sure that their manuscripts conform to the journal’s established format. They may thus find it saves time and effort to consult the journal’s style guidelines, the MN Style Sheet, early on for information about MN’s citation format and other stylistic policies. In particular, it will be helpful if the following are attended to from the outset: (1) Notes should be numbered consecutively and printed at the bottom of the page as footnotes. (2) Kanji should be included for Japanese and other East Asian names and terms. (3) A list of references should appear at the end of the article and should include all works cited in footnotes; works without at least one footnote citation should not be listed.

Note that the MN Style Sheet covers primarily issues related to the presentation of Japan-related material. For most general questions of style, the journal follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.

We ask authors whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication not to distribute them in printed or electronic form without our permission. MN readily grants permission for the reprinting of published articles in anthologies or other collections or for their reproduction for classroom use. Requests for permission for such uses should be sent by email to the MN office.

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