Submission Guidelines

S/N Korean Humanities

Submission and Style Guidelines

S/N Korean Humanities is a peer-reviewed Korean Studies academic journal published biannually in March and September by the Institute of Humanities for Unification (IHU) at Konkuk University in Seoul. Established in 2009, the IHU has pioneered the unique framework of analyzing unification as a process of communication, healing, and integration of all Koreans in South Korea, North Korea, and diasporic communities. Launched in March 2015, S/N Korean Humanities is the first to provide an innovative forum of debate for “Integrated Korean Studies” by bridging the worlds of han’gukhak and chosŏnhak. S/N Korean Humanities has published special theme articles associated with both han’gukhak and chosŏnhak, in addition to other research articles of relevance to our mission and research objectives. Our humanities-based approach to unification and Korean studies capture the commonalities and differences in the Korean peoples’ attitudes, emotions, values, and identities rather than the security, military, political dimensions of the Korean conflict emphasized in the previous scholarship.

Themes Covered in S/N Korean Humanities Include:

• Philosophical studies of systems of thoughts and ideologies of South and North Korea
• Theoretical and/or empirical studies of national identity (national commonalities and differences) of South and North Korea and Korean diasporas
• Historical studies of lifestyles and cultures of South Koreans, North Koreans, and Korean diasporas
• Studies of South and North Korea’s literary works, films and mass media (TV shows, propagandas, etc.)
• Studies of Koreans’ historical traumas and their healing


Submissions of manuscripts are accepted for peer review throughout the year and must comply with the following guidelines to be considered for publication. Submission to S/N Korean Humanities implies that the work has not been published previously, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that its publication is approved by all authors involved. Manuscripts should be sent to the journal’s e-submission system at Alternatively, contributors can send their manuscript to the following email address:


Papers submitted to the S/N Korean Humanities will be subject to a double-blind peer review to be conducted by two referees. Referees are asked to pay attention to the originality of the paper, the skill with which the author(s) present and analyze their evidence, and the importance of their research to wider theoretical debate. The research paper must make an original and significant contribution to the general field of the “humanities for unification” and Korean studies and be properly grounded in the relevant literature.


Submission Format. Essays should be written in fluent English and not require further corrections. Manuscripts must be double spaced throughout. Original articles should not exceed 8,000 words or their equivalent (including footnotes, references, citations, tables, maps, diagrams and photographs). Book reviews should not exceed 2,000 words. All pages of the article must be properly numbered.

Abstract. Abstracts should not exceed 200 words and must be accompanied by 5–6 keywords.

Style Guidelines. The style of the text, citations, footnotes, and references should conform to the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Author-date referencing style
1) The preferred style of source citation is author-date style, in which an in-text citation consists of the author’s name, the publication year, and (if relevant) a page number. Each citation must correspond to an entry in the reference list at the end of your article.
   • (Cumings 2004, 84)

   • (Kim 2000, 82)

2) When two or more authors have the same surname, their initials should be placed before their surname even if the year of publication differs. In case of multiple authors with the same initial and surname, their full names should be provided.
   • (H. Kim 2004; M. Kim 2001)

   • (Xiao Su 1996; Xin Su 1984; Xingguang Su 2012)

3) If there are two authors, the surnames connected by “and.” If there are more than two authors, the first author’s surname is followed by “et al.” Note “et al.” is not italicized.
   • (Bell and Rose 2017, 35–39)

   • (Marquis et al. 2010, 118)

4) If the name of the author is mentioned in the main text, it may be omitted in the parentheses.
   • according to Louise Watt (1972, 112)

5) If more than one work by the same author are cited, the name need not be repeated.
   • (Lipovetsky 1983, 1987a, 1987b, 1991; Yi 1995)

6) Multiple publications of a single author in the same parentheses are separated by intervening commas. When commas are required to separate page numbers from the author name and publication year, semicolons are used instead of commas to differentiate between multiple publications.
   • (Harvey 1998a, 1998b, 2015)

   • (Lefler 2007, 212–232; 2010, 565–666)

7) When works by different authors are listed in the same parentheses, they should be separated by semicolons and be listed in alphabetical order by the author's surname—in the case of same surnames, in alphabetical order by the author's first initial.
   • (Barfield 1989; Fletcher 1968, 210; J. Lee 2018; S. Lee 2019)

8) When a citation is taken from a secondary source, “as cited in” is added before the author name and the publication year of the original source.
   • (Bradley 1972, as cited in Robinson 2000)

9) Newspaper articles are cited in the text as follows.
   • (New York Times, October 13, 2007)

Quotations/Block Quotes. Use double quotation marks for all quotations in the running text. Use single quotation marks only to indicate quotations within quotations. Every quotation must be accompanied by a citation with a page number (if available). Only quotations of over seventy-five words should be set apart as block quotes. The source of a block quotation is given in parentheses at the end of the quotation. The opening parentheses appears after the final punctuation mark of the quoted material. No period follows the closing parenthesis.

• Due to its shiftiness with regard to the Middle Eastern question, the DPRK is not particularly popular in several of the Arab countries, including theirs. … Furthermore, several [countries] have found out that the Koreans are extremely selfish. As an example, he mentioned that in Lebanon, the DPRK Ambassador asked for a high-level audience to inform his hosts about the current difficulties of solving the Korean question – precisely at the time when the fighting [the Lebanese Civil War] reached its most destructive stage. (Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, March 25, 1976)

Indicate whether any emphasis in quotations is either added or part of the original.
• (Pollen 1994, 88; emphasis in the original) and (Chen 1976, 889; emphasis added)

Chapter Titles and Subheads. Chapter titles should be capitalized and set in bold roman type while subheads should be capitalized and set in nonbold italics. Second-level subheads should be numbered, capitalized, and set in roman type, with a closing parenthesis after the numerals.

• Chapter title: Diasporic Literature and Korean Americans
• Subhead: Unification Theory and Policy during the Park Chung Hee Era
• Second-level subhead: 1) The Conclusion of the Sino-North Korean Alliance Treaty

Footnotes. Footnotes should be used for citing internet sources, official and diplomatic documents, and interviews. Otherwise, footnotes should be kept at a minimum and used only for explications that cannot readily fit into the narrative text. Footnotes may contain parenthetical citations to other published works.

Internet source: Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS), accessed October, 13, 2007,
Official documents [Title, date of composition, archiving organization, document number]: “Cable No. 121973, Meretskov and Shytkov to Cde. Stalin,” May 12, 1947, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, RGASPI, f. 558, op. 11, d. 346, ll. 0004-0006.
Interview: Paik Nak Chung, interview, Seoul, Korea, October 13, 2007.

Spelling. The Journal uses US spelling and author should therefore follow the latest edition of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

The first paragraphs of chapters as well as paragraphs after quotations and tables are not indented.

Abbreviation. In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially use the term in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only. For example, Republic of Korea (ROK).

Figures. The Journal does not accept color figures. Figures should be submitted in black and white only.


Submissions must follow the McCune-Reischauer system for Korean, Hepburn for Japanese, and Pinyin for Chinese.

1) The title of a non-English book (with only the first letter of the first word being capitalized), organization or other terms should be romanized in italics. Its English translation should be put in brackets at its first appearance. Afterward non-English titles or terms should appear in their romanized forms without translation.

• The history of North Korea has focused on establishing hangil hyŏngmyŏng chŏnt’ong [anti-Japanese revolutionary tradition)…. The novel Anhae [The Wife], published in 1966, provides a glimpse of the oppressive and liberating impact of hangil hyŏngmyŏng chŏnt’ong on defining the role of women in the North Korean socialist revolution… The Wife has been made into a movie.

2) Names of publishers are romanized according to their preferences.

3) Names of historical figures whose preference for romanization is known appear in the preferred form.
• Syngman Rhee, Kim Dae-jung, Kim Il-Sung


Authors publishing in S/N Korean Humanities will be asked to sign a Copyright Form. Signing the form indicates that the authors have obtained permission to use any copyrighted or previously published material. Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for reproducing illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Add acknowledgments in the Acknowledgments section at the end of the text. Credit sources of photographs or figures in the accompanying captions.


Manuscripts must have a list of references at the end of the text. The preferred style is as follows, sorted in alphabetical order by last name and in the case of multiple works by the same author ascending by year of publication. If an author has publications dated the same year, they should be listed alphabetically by title and distinguished by a, b, c, and so forth, in both citations and references (e.g., Pollen 2006a, 2006b). For further information, consult the Chicago Manual of Style for the author-date references (

Grazer, Brian, and Charles Fishman. 2015. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. New York: Simon and Schuster.
Pollan, Michael. 2006. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin.

Journals Articles
Blair, Walter. 1977. “American Comic Braggarts.” Critical Inquiry 4 (2): 331–349.
LaSalle, Peter. 2017. “Conundrum: A Story about Reading.” New England Review 38 (1): 95–109.

Translated Book
Lahiri, Jhumpa. 2016. In Other Words. Translated by Ann Goldstein. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Non-English Titles
An, Sŏnghŭi. 1959. Koreiskii tanets [Korean dance]. Moscow: Iskusstvo.
Chang, Hakpong. 2006. Pukchosŏn-ŭl mandŭn koryŏin iyagi [The story of the Kareisky who established North Korea]. Seoul: Kyungin Munhwasa
Higuchi, Naoto, et al. 2019. Netto uyoku to ha nanika [What is “online right-wingers”?]. Tokyo: Seikyusha.

Conference Papers
June, Graham. 2017. “The Food Culture of North and South Koreans.” Paper presented the 6th World Conference of Humanities for Unification, Konkuk University, Seoul, October 13–14.

Borel, Brooke. 2016. The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ProQuest Ebrary.
Kurland, Philip B., and Ralph Lerner, eds. 1987. The Founders’ Constitution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Book Review
Kakutani, Michiko. 2016. “Friendship Takes a Path That Diverges.” Review of Swing Time, by Zadie Smith. New York Times, November 7, 2016.

Chronological Order for Repeated Names
Schuman, Howard, and Jacquline Scott. 1987. “Problems in the Use of Survey Questions to Measure Public Opinion.” Science 236: 957–959.
———. 1989. “Generations and Collective Memories.” American Sociological Review 54: 359-381.

Entries with the Same Author and the Same Year of Publication
Fogel, Robert William. 2004a. The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America, and the Third World. New York: Cambridge University Press.
———. 2004b. “Technophysio Evolution and the Measurement of Economic Growth.” Journal of Evolutionary Economics 14 (2): 217–221.

Ph.D. Dissertation
Rutz, Cynthia Lillian. 2013. “King Lear and Its Folktale Analogues.” PhD diss., University of Chicago.

Chapter in a Book (Edited Book)
Thoreau, Henry David. 2016. “Walking.” In The Making of the American Essay, edited by John D’Agata, 167–195. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press.

Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Manjoo, Farhad. 2017. “Snap Makes a Bet on the Cultural Supremacy of the Camera.” New York Times, March 8.
Mead, Rebecca. 2017. “The Prophet of Dystopia.” New Yorker, April 17.

Internet Source Citation
Kirk, Donald. 2011. “North Korea and Egypt: Friends with Benefits.” Global Post, February 8. Accessed January 10, 2019.

Organization as Author
BSI (British Standards Institution). 1985. Specification for Abbreviation of Title Words and Titles of Publications. London: BSI.

[Last Updated on May 12, 2021]

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