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JCLC will publish original peer-reviewed research articles and solicited or unsolicited feature essays.

Research Articles
To enhance the inner coherence of an issue, we plan to pursue thematic organization of research articles when appropriate. A special issue will be published basically in a book form. It shall have its own cover and its thematic title, and the editors’ names shall appear in the cover. The journal identification will appear in the front cover in a subtle fashion and the inside cover will carry the journal masthead.

Feature Essays
In addition to original peer-reviewed research articles, JCLC will publish peer-reviewed feature essays in its regular issues. Feature essays fall into three broad categories: “Critical Terms, Concepts, and Methods,” “Facets of Culture,” and “Text Matters.”

“Critical Terms, Concepts, and Methods”
An essay of this category provides an in-depth account of key terms, concepts, and statements in traditional Chinese literary criticism as well as modern critical methods. It is expected to shed light on the changing conceptual frameworks in which literary works were understood, appreciated, and critiqued in premodern China, and to open up a dialogue with modern critical discourse.

“Facets of Culture”
An essay of this category introduces one particular facet of Chinese literary culture. It is expected to help inform the reader of the broad cultural milieu in which literary works were produced, transmitted, and received. It is to be authored or co-authored by recognized experts on the subject.

“Text Matters”
The word “matters” in this subheading is intended to be read both as a noun and as a verb. As a noun, it denotes the broad range of important matters pertaining to an important text, such as its original production, transmission, and evolving emendations and editions. As a verb, it means that textual matters do matter to our understanding of literature in that they inform us about a writer’s interaction with the court, literati communities as well as his impact on posterity. Priority shall be given to “matters” of a text which can be told as an intriguing story about the author, the text, and his/her world.

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