Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for Contributors to S/N Korean Humanities

S/N Korean Humanities is a peer-reviewed English-language journal published biannually in March and September by the Institute of Humanities for Unification (IHU) at Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea. Launched in March 2015, S/N Korean Humanities offers a forum of debate for scholars whose methodologies, themes, and conceptual frameworks for the study of inter-Korean division and unification contribute to developing “humanities for unification (T’ongilinmunhak).
The IHU views unification as a process of communication, healing, and integration of all Koreans, encompassing not only the peoples of the two Koreas but also the Korean diaspora. In this connection, S/N Korean Humanities offers a unique platform for promoting integrated Korean studies by presenting works of Hangukhak as well as Chosŏnhak. This new humanities-based approach to unification is designed to provide a critique of existing disciplines which have tended to perceive unification as the result of unilateral political, economic, or military change rather than gradual shifts in the Korean people’s attitudes, sentiments, and identities.
Submissions of manuscripts are accepted for peer review throughout the year. Each issue of S/N Korean Humanities publishes special theme articles as well as other research articles relevant to “humanities for unification” and integrated Korean studies.


  • 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 life and culture of South and North Korea and Korean diaspora
  • Studies of South and North Korea’s literary works, films and mass media
  • Studies of Koreans’ historical traumas and their healing


Papers submitted to the S/N Korean Humanities will be subject to a double-blind peer review to be conducted by at least two referees. Referees are asked to pay particular 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 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:


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


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


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 (https://www.chicagomanualofstyle. org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-2.html).

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.

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.

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, 2017. technology/snap-makes-a-bet-on-the-cultural-supremacy-of-the-camera.html.
Mead, Rebecca. 2017. “The Prophet of Dystopia.” New Yorker, April 17, 2017.

Internet Source Citation
Kirk, Donald. 2011. “North Korea and Egypt: Friends with Benefits.” GlobalPost, February 8. Accessed January 10, 2019. 2011-02-08/north-korea-and-egypt-friends-benefits.

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

[Last Updated March 13, 2019]