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Notes for Contributors

Submission Notes

1. Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal (CCPS) is a triannual academic journal jointly published by the Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan, and the Department of Administrative Studies and Politics, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Malaysia. The three issues of an annual volume are respectively the April issue (No. 1), August issue (No. 2) and December issue (No. 3).Contemporary political economy or political economics is an interdisciplinary field of social science that studies the interrelationship between political and economic processes, taking political science and economics as a unified subject. Manuscripts submitted for publication in CCPS should focus on the Chinese polity, economy and society, and the interrelationship between sociopolitical and socioeconomic factors that influence political, economic and social outcomes in contemporary Mainland China and Taiwan, as well as Hong Kong and Macau, and their politico-economic, strategic relations with other regions and countries.


2. The journal welcomes manuscripts based on original research or significant reexamination of existing literature. A manuscript submitted should be an original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere. CCPS does not charge authors for article submission, reviewing and publication. Thematic special issue proposals are welcomed.


3. All manuscripts under consideration for publication will be refereed via a double blind reviewing process.Peer-review is defined here as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers who are experts in the field whose judgments should be objective. Reviewers should have no conflict of interest and reviewed articles will be treated confidentially. Reviewers should also point out relevant published work which is not yet cited. All authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process.


4. The contents of a published article in Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal (CCPS) reflect the view of the author or authors and not that of the editors of the journal or the publisher.


5. The journal does not accept responsibility for damage or loss of manuscripts submitted.


6. Manuscripts submitted should be written in English with Microsoft Word in Times New Roman font, size 12 and with 1.5 line spacing. An abstract, preferably not exceeding 125 words, and a list of three to five keywords should be provided. A short note on the author(s), including name(s), academic title(s) and highest qualification(s) (e.g., professor, senior lecturer, PhD, MSc, etc.), institutional affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es) (preferably institutional) should also be included. Research papers for consideration to be published in the journal should have a preferred length of more than 8000 words (though a word count of 6000-8000 is also acceptable subject to editorial discretion). Shorter papers could be considered for the Research Notes section.


7. Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal (CCPS) is an open access journal. Copyrights of accepted manuscripts are retained by the authors who grant CCPS a license to publish the articles and identify CCPS as the original publisher, and any third party the right to use the articles freely including to share by copying and redistributing the article in any medium or format for any purpose, as long as their integrity is maintained and their original authors, citation details and publisher (CCPS) are identified. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as these license terms are followed. In using the articles, the users must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. The user may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses the user or the use. If the user of the article remix, transform, or build upon the article, the modified article may not be distributed. However, the user does not have to comply with the license for elements of the article in the public domain or where the use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation. There are no warranties given, and the license may not give the user all of the permissions necessary for the intended use, as, for example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how the article is used. (Source: please refer to Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0) license, website:

<http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/>, at Creative Commons website


Upon publication, a PDF copy, but no print copy, of the published article is sent to the author(s) by email and can be downloaded at the journal website. CCPS encourages the free downloading and dissemination, electronically or in print, of the journal's papers or the full journal issues on the side of the authors, readers or libraries for reference and research purposes or for depositing in their respective personal or institutional repositories including websites and other professional or social media to promote public access.

For the benefit of authors and readers, the publisher is obliged to preserve the contents of all current and back issues of the journal at its website for permanent open access irrespective of the latest publishing status of the journal.


8. Authors must obtain permission to reproduce all materials of which the copyright is owned by others, including tables, charts, diagrams and maps, and extensive quoting should be avoided.In the case of a manuscript with more than one author, all authors must have significant contribution to the research, and are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes. A complete list of references and statement of financial support, if applicable, must be clearly provided.


9. Book review submitted should focus on new or recent publications, and the book title, author, city/publisher, year of publication and total number of pages (e.g., 266 pp. + xvi) should be shown above the review.


10. Manuscripts, book reviews and special issue proposals should be sent by e-mail to ccpsij@gmail.com and yeohkk@um.edu.my, addressed to the Editor of Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal (CCPS).



1. Check carefully grammar and spelling before submitting the article.


2. Both British and American English are acceptable but consistency has to be maintained throughout an article, and where both endings of –ize and –ise exist for a verb, use -ise. Also note that a billion = 1,000,000,000 and a trillion = 1,000,000,000,000.


3. Make headings and subheadings identifiable, and try to avoid sub-subheadings.


4. A list of references should be compiled, and notes should be placed under a “Notes” heading. Notes and the list of references should be placed at the end of the article.


5. Use full point for decimal and commas for numbers 1,000 and above. A zero must always precede decimals less than 1.


6. Use “per cent”, not “%”, except in tables and charts.


7. For dates, use day-month-year format (e.g., 1st January 2010), and spell out the months to avoid ambiguity.


8. Do not use apostrophes for decades (e.g., 1990s, not 1990’s or ’90).


9. For short phrasal quotations, full points and commas fall outside a closing quotation mark. However, where the quote is a complete sentence, the full point falls inside the closing quotation mark.


10. Long quotations, if unavoidable, should be indented, using no quotation marks. The author should take note of the copyright implications of long quotations.


11. Use unspaced hyphens, not dashes, in pages and year spans, and write all page numbers and years in full (e.g., 245-246; 1997-1998).


12. Omit full points in contractions but retain them in other abbreviations or initials: write Dr, Ltd, Mr, Mrs, km, kg, ft, eds, vols, but include full points in ed., vol., p., pp., i.e., viz., e.g., etc., ff., et al., ibid., op. cit. However, include full points in no. (number) and nos. to avoid confusion.


13. Use full capitals only for abbreviated names: UN, EU, USA. Do not capitalize the definite and indefinite articles, prepositions and conjunctions in headings and book titles. Use “State” (except in quotations if the original is not so capitalized) to refer to the central body politic of a civil government and “state” to refer to other senses of the term, including a country or a political territory forming part of a country (except when the term begins a sentence).


14. A non-English term or word should be italicized but the s-ending (if added) in its anglicized plural form should not be italicized, but note that names of institutions, organizations and movements, local or foreign, and names of currencies, local or foreign, should not be italicized. Quotations from books or direct speech in a non-English language and set in quotation marks (followed by an English translation in square brackets) should not be italicized. Quotations translated by the author of the manuscript into English should be so indicated.


15. The journal uses the Harvard in-text format for referencing, e.g., (Frye and Shleifer, 1997: 354), (Lin, 1998: 24),for in-text citation, with a list of references at the end of text, e.g., Frye, Timothy and Andrei Shleifer (1997). The invisible hand and the grabbing hand. American Economic Review, Vol. 87, No. 2 (May), pp. 354-358; Steiner, Jrg (1974). Amicable agreement versus majority rule: Conflict resolution in Switzerland, revised edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press; Moscovici, Serge (1985). Innovation and minority influence. In: Serge Moscovici, Gabriel Mugny and Eddy van Avermaet (eds), Perspectives on minority influence. Paris: Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 9-51. The title of a book or article etc. in a non-English language should be shown in the original language and/or its Roman transliteration and followed by a translation into English in square brackets. Note that the title of a book or journal which is in italics in the original language or its Roman transliteration should not be italicized in the English translation unless an English translation of the book or journal has been published.


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