Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for Contributors to S/N Korean Humanities

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. In this regard, the primary objective of “Humanities for Unification” is to build the discipline of “Integrated Korean Studies” by bridging the worlds of Han’gukhak and Chosŏnhak.
Launched in March 2015, S/N Korean Humanities is the first to offer an innovative forum of debate for “Integrated Korean Studies” and “Humanities for Unification.” S/N Korean Humanities has published special theme articles grounded in Han’gukhak as well as Chosŏnhak, in addition to other research articles aligned with our mission and research objectives. Our humanities-based approach to unification and Korean studies focuses on the intersectionality of 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 10,000 words or their equivalent (including footnotes, references, citations, tables, maps, diagrams and photographs). Book reviews should be in the region of 2,000 to 3,000 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 must conform the Chicago Manual of Style.

Author-Date Citations.
1) The preferred style of reference is parenthetical citation by author and date, followed by the page number. For example, (Cumings 2004, 84). Exceptions to the author-date citation method may be allowed in case of manuscripts translated from non-English languages.

2) The names of Korean authors should be spelled out in full. Korean author names of Korean language publications appear in the order of last name, first name (Kim Mi-hee 2000, 266–277) and the reverse order for Korean authors whose works cited were published in English (Chongsik Lee 1972).

3) In parenthetical citations, the surname of the author (or authors’ surnames connected by “and” if there are two, or the first author’s surname followed by “et al.” if there are more than two), year of publication and page numbers should be given. For example, (Anderson 2001), (Kim and Cohen 2017, 35-39), (Barnes et al. 2010, 118). If the name of the author is mentioned in the main text it may be omitted in the reference: “according to Robert Scalapino (1972, 112)”

4) Where more than one work is cited, they should be placed with the earliest date first, for example, (Fletcher 1968, 210; Barfield 1989; Mote 1999, 125). If more than one work by the same author is cited, the name need not be repeated. For example, (Lipovetsky 1983, 1987a, 1987b, 1991; Yi 1995). If more than one author listed in the bibliography has the same surname, the full name should be cited to avoid confusion. For example, (Don Baker 2004)

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. Indent on the left. 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 either precedes or follows the clothing parenthesis. Indicate whether any emphasis in quotations is either added or part of the original. Examples: (Pollen 1994, 88; emphasis in the original) and (Chen 1976, 889; emphasis added)

Footnotes. Footnotes should be kept to an absolute minimum and are reserved only for those explications that cannot be readily fit into the narrative text. However, the Editorial Committee reserves the right to make exceptions for articles translated from Korean or other languages. Footnotes may contain parenthetical citations to other published works.

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

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.


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; Pollen 2006b). For further information, please 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 & 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): 331–49.
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.

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: 957–59.
———. 1989. “Generations and Collective Memories.” American Sociological Review 54: 359-81.

Entries with Same Author, Same Year
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): 217–21.

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, 167–95. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press.
D’Agata, John, ed. 2016. The Making of the American Essay. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press.

Newspaper 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 September 15, 2020]

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