Do you accept articles that were printed in another journal?
The JKS does not publish material that has been published elsewhere. It does not matter if the journal is in another language other than English. Also, we do not peer review work that is currently being reviewed elsewhere.
Do you have tips that could help me get my article published?
We want to publish work that is new or has a unique view of a particular subject related to Korea (premodern and/or modern). We welcome articles on both the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. We encourage transnational, interdisciplinary approaches, as well as use of Korean-language sources.
What topics is JKS interested in? Does my essay have to speak to more than my discipline?
The JKS accepts topics from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Indeed, essays submitted to JKS should be of interest to specialists of Korea 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.
What is the size and style of articles?
Please see our guidelines for Submission of Manuscripts and Style Sheet.
What is the review process for essays submitted for consideration for publication?
Usually a submission is sent first to the member(s) of our Editorial 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 JKS 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 publication?
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 subject matter.
Will you print images?
Yes. We will print images, provided you can obtain copyright permission to reprint them in JKS, 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 submitted manuscripts?
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 JKS?
The JKS receives many submissions, and some do not meet the journal’s criteria to enter the review process. For example, the submission may be too short, too narrowly focused, lacking in-depth research and/or an innovative methodological framework. Manuscripts which meet criteria detailed in JKS guidelines and make new contributions to existing scholarship stand a much higher chance of entering the review process. Very few manuscripts are accepted as originally submitted; referees and editors frequently ask authors to revise and resubmit, often in order to improve analysis, make better use of primary sources, and to speak to a broad, interdisciplinary readership both within and beyond Korean studies.
May graduate students submit essays to JKS?
Anyone may submit an essay to JKS, provided it meets the suggested guidelines.
Will you print characters?
We can and have printed Korean characters in JKS. 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 reviewers selected?
Many publishers send us all of their Korea-related books or send us those we request. The editors also help in identifying new books for review. We cannot review all new books on Korea, 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 JKS, 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.