Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Research on the contemporary People’s Republic of China needs to address the consequences of the inherent variation in social and economic development across the country. During the reform era, in particular, as the provincial-level political and administrative hierarchy has increased in importance, and with new emphases on provincial and local identities, research needs to focus less on the centre and more on regional and local developments and diversification. This is the particular perspective of Provincial China. Provincial China contains sections on statistics, theoretical perspectives and discussion, news of projects in progress, and professional activities, conferences and workshops, information about sources, documents and materials, ideas and information about provinces in general, and photos. In addition, it accepts research articles and notes about any aspect of China’s provinces.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Provincial China is subject to a peer review process. After an assessment of the paper's suitability for publication in Provincial China, the editor will send it electronically to a minimum of two referees, who will decide whether to recommend rejection or publication with or without changes. The process is tracked electronically, including any dialogue with the author. The identities of authors and reviewers are not revealed to each other. It is thus essential that submissions contain no information that can lead reviewers to identify their author. Accepted papers, when in final form, are assigned to an issue of Provincial China, copy edited and formatted for publication. On the date of publication, the issue will be announced and subscribers notified. Subscribers can read the papers as published or retrieve them later through searches.


Publication Frequency

Provincial China is published once a year (November). In some years the schedule may be augmented by additional special issues.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Provincial China

Provincial China is published in English and Chinese.



The views expressed in this journal are those of the authors and do not, and should not, be considered representative of Provincial China or UTS ePRESS or the University of Technology, Sydney.