Guidelines & Tips for Submission

As the SCCR Postgraduate Network we aim to engage all students who are researching or simply interested in all aspects of China, whether it is business, arts, social science or literature. We have set up this blog with the hope that it will stimulate the conversation on the beauty and the challenges of doing research on China. We also hope that you will want to contribute to this blog and share your research, opinions, ideas, questions and tips with us.

The aim of the Scottish Centre for China Research blog is to:

  • provide an opportunity for postgraduate researchers and early career researchers to share their work and discuss issues related to China
  • increase the understanding of China among non-academic audiences

We do not have an editorial ‘line’. Articles on the blog will give the views of the author(s), and not the position of the SCCR PGN, the SCCR or the University of Glasgow.

Notes to contributors:

We welcome submissions from all postgraduate researchers and early career researchers involved in research related to China (you do not need to be affiliated with a university in Scotland).

Articles can cover any issue related to China. You can present unrefined ideas, early thoughts and work-in-progress. We will also publish articles about the process of doing research on and in China, comment pieces on Chinese related issues, book reviews and other interesting content about China.

Articles should be between 500 and 1,500 words and written in an accessible way. We will seek to review articles within 10 days and we may edit the piece to enhance readability to the blog’s wider audience. If substantive changes are made, we will send you the amended version of the article to make final edits.

To submit an article for consideration, please e-mail it in a Word document to

Writing style and images

  • Articles should be written in a conversational style with a relatively wide audience in mind, including policy-makers and other non-academics.
  • Avoid overusing acronyms and academic terms people outside your field may not understand.
  • Please ensure you have the necessary permission to reproduce images.


  • We use links rather than citations for references. Open access sources are preferable to those behind paywalls, which many readers will not be able to access.
  • Please insert a hyperlink at the point you would like to reference (e.g. “Xi Jinping has said…”) or place the URL in parentheses and we will link it ourselves:

Need more tips…? 

The Guardian’s guidelines for student blogs

Top 10 tips for academic blogging by The Guardian

China Policy Institute blog (an excellent example of an academic blog on China)

Image Credit: CC by Brian Jeffery Beggerly/Flickr.