Contributor Guidelines welcomes ad hoc contributions from experienced analysts, junior scholars, and advanced graduate students.

Questions can be directed to Adam Cathcart (, Steven Denney (, Christopher Green (, or Anthony Rinna (

These guidelines have been formulated in the interests of helping to maintain uniformity among posts on the website, speed up the process of posting, and helping to draw in more readers. Please take a moment to read through them. Our detailed style guide goes further.

Submissions, which average 1200-1750 words in length, should be made via MS Word file attached to an e-mail to one of the editors.

Every submission should include:

(1) Title

Please provide one title (or several possibilities) for your piece in bold at the top of the word document.

We prefer the “sexy: boring” construction for titles. An example might be “Destructive Capacity: Tracing North Korean Threats toward Okinawa since June.” Note the presence of a verb in the latter half of the title. However, short, punchy titles are also fine. Titles which are rhetorical questions are generally discouraged.

(2) Links/References

At least three links in the post itself. Links should be embedded in the text itself; please do not paste full URLs in the middle of sentences.

For analysts, a list of “recommended readings” or “References” in Chicago style at the end of the post is appreciated. Please embed links here as well (if applicable).

Examples of Chicago-style citations:

News article: Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Robert Pear, “Wary Centrists Posing Challenge in Health Care Vote,” New York Times, February 27, 2010.

Journal article: Joshua I. Weinstein, “The Market in Plato’s Republic,” Classical Philology 104 (2009): 440.

Book: Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (New York: Penguin, 2006), 99–100.

(3) Keywords

Keywords, or tags, help to draw in visitors from search engines and other outlets. Please include 5-10 keywords from your submission at the bottom of the text, in bold.

(4) Images

Images are a great way to enhance your submissions, as readers are naturally drawn to interesting pictures.

Please link to a relevant/suggested picture, or include an attachment as a jpeg with the originating link included in the e-mail.

Editors have final say on pictures and placement; if you have a suggested caption, that is fine and appreciated, but you can assume we will handle captions.

Relevant videos via Youtube are also acceptable.


Additional Information/Reminders


While we will do our best to publicize your work through our site’s own channels—Facebook, Twitter, regular readers, etc.—recall that you are the best advocate of your own work; even a few strategic e-mails to people whose eyeballs you want on your work is a good way to spread the word.

Collaborative essays

We encourage you to connect with one another to propose co-authored working papers, dossiers, or posts.


Consider taking your Sino-NK post and turning it into an op-ed for print media. If you would like to credit Sino-NK as the place where it first appeared or describe yourself as an analyst on the site, that’s fine, but your work is your own intellectual property and there is no need to get permission from the site’s editors to republish the essay elsewhere.


Book Reviews

We also welcome book reviews of recent publications on subjects related to Korean studies, Northeast Asia with a peninsula focus, and, of course, Sino-NK relations.

Though we assume that all scholars and advanced graduate students are perfectly capable of composing critical reviews and are well-aware of what separates a book review from publishers’ fodder, we have at the ready Sino-NK’s Book Review Guidelines. This is a handy tool for students and those who have yet to partake in the academic activity of book reviewing. Advanced undergraduates and first-year masters students will find this review guide particularly helpful. It is short but sufficiently explanatory.