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General Style Guidelines (updated Fall 2015)

  • Completed papers only (no first drafts)
  • MS Word documents only (.doc or .docx)
  • Label file [last name]_[first name]_[title of article] .doc or .docx
  • 30 pages or less, inclusive of references
  • Double-spaced
  • 12 pt. font in Times New Roman
  • Margins no less than: 1.25″ right and left margins; 1″ top and bottom
  • Remove all headers and footers, table of contents is not necessary
  • If headings are used within the paper, they should be consistent and not numbered
  • Include a 100-150 word abstract
  • If submitting images, tables or charts, include captions and source information. Images should be in jpeg format and minimum
  • 300 dpi resolution. Original photographs will not be returned.
  • Author’s name, current status (i.e. PhD student), department and university/college affiliation, mailing address, phone and email should be included on a cover-page. Author’s name should not appear anywhere else in the paper, to allow for blind review.
  • References (following the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. Sections 16.90- 16.120):
    • No in-text references. Endnotes ONLY. Number endnotes using Arabic numerals and include all necessary reference information. Avoid excessive abbreviation.
    • References should be included after endnotes, on a separate page entitled “References.” Full citation information of all references used should be provided, following the “Author-Date system” as outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style, sections 16.90-120
  • Book reviews are strictly limited to 250-500 words.

Reference Examples

Andaya, Barbara Watson. 1993. “Upstreams and Downstreams in Early Modern Sumatra.” Historian 57 (3):537-52.

Gladney, Dru C. 1991. Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People’s Republic. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

For questions on style and submissions please contact us. Completed papers should be sent by email to explore@hawaii.edu.