Frequently Asked Questions
What is the size and style of articles?
Please see our
Guidelines for Submissions
Do you consider essays in only certain
We consider submissions in all disciplines of the social sciences,
humanities, and history.
What is the review process for essays submitted
for consideration for publication?
Usually a submission is sent first to the member(s) of our
Board whose research interests most closely match the subject of the
submission. The editors
identify possible referees, we ask two or three to read the essay, and
the editors decide on the suitability of the manuscript for JJS based on
the referees’ reports and their own reading.
The refereeing process is double-blind:
the author of the work is not identified to the referees, and the
names of the referees are not revealed to the author.
How long are articles in the pipeline before
Most manuscripts are published within 12 months of their acceptance.
The time between acceptance
of a manuscript and its publication is influenced by how many other
manuscripts are already in the pipeline and the timeliness of their
Does my essay have to speak to more than my
Essays submitted to JJS should be of interest to specialists of
Japan outside your discipline; that is, your essay should not be so
narrowly focused that it will be of interest to only a handful of
scholars. If your analysis
crosses disciplines (if, for example, you are a medieval historian
discussing economic issues or a modern literature scholar discussing the
political context of a particular work or genre), you can assume we will
seek referees in both disciplines.
Will you print images?
Yes. We will print
images, provided you can obtain copyright permission to reprint them in
JJS, and provided you can supply either electronic files for the images
or a professional-quality black-and-white printed image.
How long is the turnaround for evaluation of
We strive to reach decisions on all submissions within three months.
Sometimes this is impossible if it is difficult to find referees,
if referees are slow to report back to us, if a key Editor is
unavailable when the referees’ reports come in, and/or if the initial
reports carry vastly different recommendations.
Is it hard to get published in JJS?
Many submissions we receive simply don’t meet our general criteria
(too short, no research in Japanese-language materials, too narrowly
focused) and these significantly lower the general ratio of acceptances.
For manuscripts based on original research in Japanese materials,
of the length and format specified in our guidelines, and offering new
insights and analysis (more than pure description), this ratio is much
higher. Very few
manuscripts are accepted as originally submitted; referees and editors
frequently ask authors to revise and resubmit, often in order to
strengthen analysis or provide better context for our interdisciplinary
readership. It is not easy
to get published in JJS—or any other refereed journal.
Can I simultaneously submit an essay to JJS and
No. JJS and most
scholarly journals will consider a submission only if the author attests
that the manuscript is not currently being considered elsewhere and has
not previously been published.
graduate students submit essays to JJS?
Anyone may submit an essay to JJS, provided it meets the suggested
guidelines. We have
published several articles by graduate students.
Will you print characters?
We can and have printed Japanese characters in JJS.
However, we limit these to instances where they are absolutely
necessary to convey the correct meaning.
How are books selected for review, and how are
Many publishers send us all of their books on Japan or send us those
we request. The editors
also help in identifying new books for review.
We cannot review all new books on Japan, nor can we always find
suitable and willing reviewers for all of the books we would like to
review. We generally will
not ask someone who has been thanked by an author or quoted on the dust
jacket to review that particular book.
Potential reviewers are identified by our editors and advisors. We seek reviewers who are published scholars who have done
research in the area of the book. If
you would like to see your own book reviewed in JJS, ask your publisher
to send us a review copy.
How do I get on your list of reviewers?
If you are interested in being considered as a reviewer for books in
your field, please send us a copy of your current CV.
Be sure to include a list of your publications.
The editors generally consider only published scholars as
reviewers for new books.
How many people read JJS?
We currently have about 1,300 subscribers.
Approximately half of these are libraries and other institutions
where, we hope, more than one individual has access to and reads JJS.
How can I get a copy of an article in JJS?
For one copy of a single article:
We do not distribute single copies of articles from JJS.
You may purchase the back issue in which the article appeared
You may obtain the article through
JSTOR if the
article was published at least five years ago. If your institution
does not have a JSTOR membership, you may purchase individual articles
Or you may contact a document delivery service to have the
article faxed to you; your librarian can recommend a company for this
For permission to reproduce multiple copies for classroom use:
Send us a letter or email message identifying the article you
wish to copy, the name of the course, instructor, and institution, the
term the article will be assigned, and how many copies will be made.
In most cases, permission is gratis and granted upon request.
Can I pay for my subscription by credit card?
We accept credit card payment only from subscribers who live outside
the United States. The
paperwork for credit card transactions is time-consuming, and fees are
imposed on each transaction. We
regret we do not have the staff resources to process credit card
payments from all our subscribers and provide this option as a
convenience only for those subscribers who would otherwise pay
exorbitant bank fees to remit payment in U.S. dollars.
Do you print
announcements of general interest to Japan scholars?
We do not publish an announcements or notes section, although we are
happy to accept advertising (see our
Advertising Information) from organizations that wish to reach our subscribers.
Do you sell or
rent your mailing list?
We do not sell or rent our mailing list or subscriber database.