Style Guidelines




SNUJIA accepts opinion pieces, essays, policy papers, research papers, and book/article reviews

Short Commentary (Opinion) Pieces (800-2,000 words):

  • Ex. Present sharp, concise and insightful perspectives on current affairs. For instance, is NATO obsolete?

Academic Essays & Policy Papers (1,200-5,000 words): 

  • Ex. Present a comprehensive and detailed inquiry into a debate, topic, theme, or issue. For instance, female employment in Japan.

  • Ex. Discuss the policy implications of recently gained insights or provide policy recommendations for a specific audience like a national government.

Research Papers (3,000-10,000 words):

  • Ex. Present a comprehensive and detailed inquiry on a specific debate, topic, theme, or issue which contributes to our systematic knowledge about substantive, theoretical, or methodological questions.

  • Ex. Seek to shed light on a gap in the literature which provides a new empirical finding.

Book/article reviews (800-2,000 words):

  • Ex. Convey and evaluate what the piece to be reviewed is about; attempt to answer whether it breaks new ground; determine how well it covers its topic; look at the validity of the methods and/or logic of the author's new argument. Reviews also often include the expertise of the author, the author’s viewpoint, methodology, or perspective, and the appropriateness of the evidence.


File Submission: Please ensure the complete submission is sent as a package within one email as follows: Page 1) Personal information and author’s biography; Page 2) title page including: submission type, structured abstract & complete manuscript with tables; and if necessary, Page 4) auxiliary media as necessary.

Format: Manuscripts should be saved as Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) formatted in Times New Roman, 11 pt. font, 1.5-spaced. Standard margins (2.54 cm / 1 inch), left-hand justification, and pages numbered consecutively in the lower right (not including the title page). Title files: [Author surname]_[Type of Submission]_[Title (abbreviated if necessary)]. i.e. Joyce_ResearchPaper_Ulysses.docx

Word Limits: Please bear in mind the following word limits: 1) Short Commentary Pieces: (800-2,000 words); 2) Book, Article, Media Reviews: (800-2,000 words); 3) Academic Essays and Policy Papers: (1,200-5,000 words); and 4) Research Papers: (3,000-10,000 words).

Title Page: Please include: 1) Manuscript’s title and subtitle as necessary; 2) contact information, such as name, affiliation, address, phone number, and email address; 3) a structured abstract (please refer to the sample below); and, 4) a ≥5 keywords relating to the paper.

Biography: Author’s biography should be 100 words or less and must be underneath their contact information. This information will be inserted as a footnote in the published version and in a sidebar on SNUJIA’s website if the manuscript is accepted.

Headings: SNUJIA uses a multi-tiered heading/title system. Primary heading/title is left justified bold with the first sentence following the heading not indented. The secondary heading is left justified italic with the first sentence after the heading not indented. The tertiary heading is left justified italic with the first sentence after the heading not indented. The first line of all subsequent paragraphs is indented.

Tables & Figures: Insert each table or figure within the manuscript as it is intended to be seen. Titles are placed above for a table and below for a figure. It is the responsibility each author to provide high quality figures and tables with proper attribution. Additional auxiliary materials may be submitted as additional attachments to the e-mail submission as necessary.

Citations: Please ensure that the manuscript uses full citation footnotes with a reference list in accordance with the Chicago manual of style: Notes and bibliography. Any amplifying information expressed as footnotes should be brief. All footnotes should be numbered consecutively with superscript Arabic numbers, single-spaced, and 8pt font.

Article Classification: SNUJIA has four manuscript types: Short Commentary Pieces, Reviews, Short Essays and Policy Papers, and Research Papers. Please indicate the appropriate manuscript on the article’s title page.

Structured Abstract: The article title page must include a structured abstract (250 words or less) containing the following elements: 1) Purpose of the manuscript; 2) Research design, its methodology and/or particular approach; 3) Significant findings; and, 4) Any significant implications and importance of the research.


Checklist before submitting:

  1. Do your findings advance understanding of something?

  2. Is your work tailored to the journal audience's interests?

  3. Is your manuscript structured properly?

  4. Are your conclusions justified by your results?

  5. Are your references in Chicago Style: Notes and Bibliography?

  6. Did you format your figures/tables properly?

  7. Did you correct all grammar and spelling mistakes?

  8. Is your language clear and express your intended points?