Aims and scope

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 The Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture (JCPC, ISSN 1598-267X) is the only peer-reviewed, English language journal dedicated exclusively to research concerning the history and contemporary relevance of Confucianism. It was first published in 2001 by the Institute of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, Sungkyunkwan University for the purpose of interpreting and exploring Confucianism from a modern perspective. From 2007, it sought to integrate broader academic dialogue by publishing articles in Chinese and English. From August 2019, JCPC will strengthen its international network and broaden its global presence by concentrating on articles written in English. The journal is cross-disciplinary in its outlook and presents work from philosophers, anthropologists, psychologists, sociologists, historians, theologians, political scientists as well as other disciplines. JCPC examines the historical, doctrinal, literary, social, and political developments that have formed contemporary versions of Confucianism for the purpose of interpreting and exploring Confucianism from a modern perspective.

The interests of JCPC include:
· Confucian thought and culture
· critical reviews of academic trends, mainly in the arts and humanities, related to Confucianism and East Asian cultures
· the history and contemporary relevance of Confucianism
· interpretations and analyses of Confucian ideology
· the meeting of Confucianism with western cultures
· clashes between Confucian and Western thought
· new interpretations of and approaches to traditional Confucian ideas
· moral psychology and Confucian philosophy

JCPC is published biannually (in February and August) and welcomes the contribution of both articles and book reviews, including reviews of films, exhibitions, internet resources, etc. Submissions of papers, as well as proposals for guest issues, related to the aims and scope of the journal are welcomed. The journal also welcomes proposals for bibliographic essays on specific topics and areas of scholarly research. All unsolicited articles are subject to peer review.

Peer Review Process

Every article submitted to the journal is subjected to a strict plagiarism check through our two-step process, which involves both software and manual checking. Once an article passes through this process, it is subjected to editorial review for scope, relevance, and other standard requirements.

Peer review is the major quality maintenance measure for any academic journal. In this process, experts in the relevant fields analyze the scholarly work from every pertinent perspective, including its originality, level of understanding of preceding studies, its documentation, and its impact on and significance for the discipline.

JCPC follows a double-blind review process to ensure impartial editorial decision-making, which is closely monitored by the editors. Reviewers play a pivotal role in our scholarly publishing process, and their valuable opinions confirm the quality of the article under consideration. Peer review helps to certify research, establishing a standard for evaluation within research communities.

Depending on reviewer commentary and recommendations, manuscripts may be sent back to authors for revision. After the managing editor receives the revised manuscript along with a summary of any revisions made, it may be assigned to the reviewer(s) once again, for approval of changes. But the final decision to publish is made by the Editor-in-Chief.

Submission & Peer Review Process (Key Steps)
· Authors submit all required materials, including abstract and keywords.
· Submitted articles are first checked by the editor(s) to assess whether they are within the broad scope of the journal and have sufficient merit. Editor(s) also pay attention to the readability, grammar, and usage before deciding whether to formally initiate the review process. Authors will be informed quickly if their papers are rejected at this stage.
· After initial approval by the editor, submitted manuscripts are sent out to two reviewers.
· Reviewers review the articles and send them back to the editorial office for processing.
· After first-round review, Editor(s) releases reviews to authors.
· Authors are asked to respond to reviewers and make necessary corrections.
· Articles are sent out for 2nd round review.
· Editor-in-Chief may accept, reject, accept with minor alterations, or sent out for third review.


The JCPC 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. Please note that authors retain the copyright to their work and that the JCPC has the right of first publication of the work.

Publication Fees

The journal does not have any submission fees. Articles, Commentaries, and Book Reviews are published free of charge.