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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format only.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. Please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition).
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author's Guidelines. Please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition).



Submission of a manuscript to the WILAYAH : The International Journal of East Asian Studies (e-ISSN 2462-2257) implies that it has not been published and that it is not currently on offer to any other publisher, and it has not been submitted elsewhere until a decision is received from this journal. Articles, which do not conform to the format described below, will not be considered for publication. All manuscripts under consideration for publication will be refereed via a blind reviewing process, and it will be open-access. Both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. 



The language used in all papers submitted should be either English or Bahasa Malaysia. As for the manuscript written in English, you may wish to have it edited for language before submitting your manuscript. This is not a mandatory step but may help ensure that journal editors and reviewers fully understand the academic content of your paper. In acceptance, we will ask authors to render articles according to the full style guide.


Use of non-English Text

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


Tables and Illustrations

Tables, figures, diagrams, and maps should be kept to a minimum and contain only essential data. They should appear separately at the end of the text and should conform to page size. Tables should be numbered in sequence with Arabic numerals and contain brief explanatory captions, each on a separate sheet. Figures, diagrams, and maps should be designated "Figures" and included in a single numbered series separate from the tables. The approximate positions of tables and figures should be indicated in the text by typing in a separate line "Insert Table Here" or "Insert Figure Here". Sources of tables and figures should be cited. The author is responsible for getting permission from copyright holders to reproduce visual materials to be published in WILAYAH.



Papers should preferably be in the range of 6,000 to 8,000 words, excluding illustrations. The text should be in Times New Roman size 12 and be submitted as a Microsoft Word file. The receipt of each paper submitted will be acknowledged. The Editor reserves the right to accept, modify or decline any article. All manuscripts for publishing are to be typed in single-spacing. The pages should be numbered consecutively. The editor reserves the right to edit /format the manuscript to maintain a consistent style.


Peer-Review Policy: Review of Manuscripts

Manuscripts will be reviewed by the Editorial Board and then a panel of referees. Comments will be made available to the contributors without disclosing the referees' names. The manuscript will be evaluated based on its appropriateness, contribution to the discipline, cogency of analysis, conceptual breadth, clarity of presentation, and technical adequacy. To ensure that manuscripts are evaluated solely on their merit, the author's identity is concealed from referees during the review process.

All submitted manuscripts to WILAYAH are subject to initial appraisal by the Editorial Board and, if found suitable for further consideration, to blind peer review by at least a single independent, anonymous experts in the field. The reviews' recommendations are taken into consideration by the Editors in arriving at publication and revision decisions. Comments and feedback from the external reviewers are sent to the authors, and they are notified of the journal's decision (accept, accept with revisions, reject). The entire review process will anywhere between 3 and 5 months after the submission of the manuscript. Throughout the process, all communications, review reports, and decisions are treated confidentially at all times. The Editors' decision is final. All new submissions to the WILAYAH are automatically screened using Turnitin within the editorial system. Editors may also choose to run a similarity report at any other point during the review process or post-publication. The default similarity report view (inside Turnitin) gives the percentage of the manuscript's text, which has overlap with one or more published articles.


First Page

The paper's full title must be shown on the first page of the manuscript with the author's name, affiliation, academic qualifications, institutional address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers.



An abstract of 150 words should be included. Please also indicate 4-6 keywords below the abstract.


 Information on Referencing

 The Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition) is to be followed. Please use footnotes, not endnotes. If footnotes are not used, then provide a list of references (according to the Chicago Manual Style). All footnotes are listed in Arabic numerical forms (egg, 1,2, 3).


 For periodicals and journal articles:

Sebastian Maslow, "A Blueprint for a Strong Japan? Abe Shinzo and Japan's Evolving Security System," Asian Survey 55, no. 4, (2015): 739-765.

David Martin Jones and Michael L. R. Smith, "Making Process, Not Progress: ASEAN and the Evolving East Asian Regional Order," International Security 32, no. 1 (2007): 148-184, https://www.jstor.org/stable/30129804.


 For books (single author):

Include the author's first and last name, Title of the Book (Placed of publication, Year of Publication), page number.

Evelyn Goh, The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy, and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia, (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013),15.

Kent Calder and Min Ye, The Making of Northeast Asia, (Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2010), 105-157.


For a chapter in an edited volume:

Use the book's full title and subtitle:

John Delury and Chung-In- Moon, "Strong, Prosperous, or Great? North Korean Security and Foreign Policy," in Sadia M. Pekkanen, John Ravenhill, and Rosemary Foot, eds., Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia, (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014), 427-445.

T. Y. Wang et al. "Structural Realism and Liberal Pluralism: An Assessment of Ma Ying-Jeou's Cross-Strait Policy," in Jean-Marc F. Blanchard and Dennis V. Hickey, eds., New Thinking About the Taiwan Issue: Theoretical Insights into Its Origins, Dynamics, and Prospects, (London, Routledge, 2012), 137-152.


For translated work:

Yuichiro Shimizu, The Origins of the Modern Japanese Bureaucracy, trans. Amin Ghadimi (London, Bloomsbury, 2020), 73.


For a thesis or dissertation:

Marten Saderblom Saarela, "Manchu and the Study of Language in China (1607-1911)" (PhD's dissertation, Princeton University, 2015), 15-16.

Sheryl Ng, "China's "Gray Zone" Strategy in the South China Sea - A Discourse Analysis" (Master's thesis, Stanford University, 2020), 24-29.


For News Articles:

Anthony J. Clark, "New Power in Korea: Chang Do Young," The New York Times, 17 May 1961, 2.

Steven Erlanger, "Biden's Top Challenge Abroad Is Something No One Want to Talk About," The New York Times, 10 February 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/10/world/europe/biden-nuclear-weapons-arms-control.html?searchResultPosition=1


For Online Articles:

John J. Mearsheimer, "Can China Rise Peacefully?," The National Interest, 25 October 2014, https://nationalinterest.org/commentary/can-china-rise-peacefully-10204


For Interview, email, or personal communication:

Carrie Rodriguez, interview by Cuz Frost, UNCHR, Malaysian Branch, 20 November 2008.


For citations after the first full citation, do not use op. cit.; instead, use the author's name and a short form of the title, in the following format:

Nicola Horsburgh, China and Global Nuclear Order, 180.



Although the Department of East Asian Studies is the publisher of the WILAYAH : International Journal of East Asian Studies, the views presented in the WILAYAH are entirely those of the contributors and do not reflect the official stand of the Department of East Asian Studies. The Department does not hold itself responsible for the accuracy of any article published. Publisher and co-publishers assume no responsibility, nor by the editors for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a result of any actual or alleged libellous statements, infringement of intellectual property or privacy rights, or products liability, whether resulting from negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any ideas, instructions, procedures, products or methods contained in the material therein.


Journal Distribution and Open Acess Policy

The WILAYAH : International Journal of East Asian Studies (eISSN 2462-2257) adopts CC-BY license. As such, we would be grateful if an acknowledgement accompanies the republication that the work was originally published in WILAYAH. The electronic version of the journal is available online. IJEAS endorses the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The Public Knowledge Project (PKP), which has designed our journal system to improve the quality of research, is committed to supporting the open access publishing of scholarly resources. Authors must agree with this open access policy which enables unrestricted access and reuse of all published articles. The articles are published under the Creative Commons copyright license policy CC-BY (Open Acess Policy). For printed (hardcopy) subscription, please contact the Managing Editor. 

WILAYAH charges no fee for submission, processing, or publication of our articles. There are also no charges to the reader.


Submissions and Enquiries

Please make submissions to be via our online submission website. All submissions will be acknowledged by email as soon as possible after receipt. All editorial correspondence should be addressed to:


Managing Editors
WILAYAH : The International Journal of East Asian Studies
Department of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Email:  ijeas@um.edu.my
Website: ijeas.um.edu.my