Please contact editor@cmajournal.com about submitting features or with your questions and suggestions. The Journal of Chinese Martial Arts is a peer-reviewed digital publication maintaining the highest standards of scholarship, readability, and design. We publish original features of historical, theoretical, and technical interest to the martial arts community. We reserve the right to edit submitted material for length and clarity. Publication decisions will be reported within two weeks.

In general, we are interested in

  • Scholarly articles based on original substantive research on any aspect of martial arts and traditions, styles and weaponry.
  • Informal wide-ranging interviews with recognized masters.
  • Suggestions for reviews of books and multimedia materials.

Article length: minimum 3,000 words.

Photos: High-resolution original photos that are your personal property. You must have the rights to these photos; this ownership will be acknowledged in the Journal. We cannot accept photos downloaded from the Internet or from other secondary sources.

Copyright: The Journal of Chinese Martial Arts retains the copyright to all published material.

Audience: JCMA is intended for an international audience of Chinese martial arts teachers, practitioners, scholars, and students. Articles must be written in a clear style for those who may not be familiar with a particular system or topic and its specific vocabulary.

Submissions: by electronic file only. Send text documents by email attachment. Send illustrations or photos as separate attachments and indicate in the text where these should be placed. Include a lineage chart if appropriate. Articles must be original, and historically and technically accurate. A bibliography may be included, if applicable.

Biographical note: Include a brief summary of your background and credentials along with a passport-size photo.

Abstract: Include an abstract of 75-100 words that gives an overview of the article’s purpose and scope.

Pinyin Romanization: Provide Pinyin and Chinese characters where possible for significant names, terms, and places.