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Institut für Sinologie, Universität Heidelberg

Institut für Ethnologie, Universität Leipzig

Institute of Asian and African Studies





Working Papers

Style sheet

Manuscript form and length

Use 1.5 line spacing and 12-point font (Times New Roman) throughout, including for headings, block quotations, the reference list, and endnotes. Set all margins at 2.54 cm and do not right-justify the text. Use only formatting that is essential to the meaning of the text and use the same font throughout. Manuscripts must be at least 6,000 words long but no more than 8,000 words, including notes and references but excluding the title and abstract. 

Title page

Include the article’s title and your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information for publication (e-mail address). 


Each article must begin with an abstract that precisely summarizes the manuscript’s argument. The abstract should be included in the main manuscript document, not in a separate document. The abstract must be at least 100 words long and no longer than 150, and it should end with a list of keywords – at least five of them and no more than nine. 


Please follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition and British spelling. 


Use bold to indicate first-level headings and italics for second-level headings, like this:

This is a first-level heading
This is a second-level heading

Citations and references

Place your in-text citations in parentheses and include the author’s name and the source’s year of publication, like this: (Das 2007). For quotations or extensive paraphrases, include the page numbers preceded by a comma (not a colon): (Das2007, 146–147). Do not include the date of original publication or the abbreviations ed. or trans.; save these for the reference list. For multiple citations in one parenthetical, list them alphabetically, separate them with semicolons, and use commas to separate the years corresponding to multiple citations from a single author, like this:

(Ghassem-Fachandi 2009; Green 1995; Kirsch 2002, 2010).

On the reference list, include every source cited in the text and no others, listed alphabetically by author. Set multiple entries by the same author in chronological order, from oldest to most recent. The layout is as follows, formatted with hanging indentation:


Butler, Judith. 2015. Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly. Cambridge, London: Harvard University Press.

Edited book

Biehl, João, and Peter Locke, eds. 2017. Unfinished: The Anthropology of Becoming. Durham: Duke University Press.

Book chapter in an edited book

Cavell, Stanley. 1997. “Comments on Veena Das’s Essay ‘Language and Body: Transactions in the Construction of Pain.’” In Social Suffering, edited by Arthur Kleinman, Veena Das, and Margaret M. Lock, 93–98. Berkeley, London: University of California Press.

Journal article

Bräutigam, Deborah, and Haisen zhang. 2013. “Green Dreams: Myth and Reality in China’s Agricultural Investment in Africa.” Third World Quarterly 34 (9): 1676–1696.

Internet document

Shaw, Jennifer, and Darren Byler. 2016. “Precarity.” Cultural Anthropology Website. Accessed [Month, Day, Year].

Do not use tabs or spaces to create the hanging indentation; use the ruler, as explained by the Microsoft Word help page.

Do not use dashes to replace repeated author names. Just repeat the names

Do not embed the reference list in the endnotes.


Please use footnotes not endnotes. Footnotes should be brief, directly relevant to the text, and limited in number. In the main text, place footnote reference numbers at the ends of sentences only, using Arabic numerals.


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