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Journal Information

  • ISSN: 2373-5058
  • eISSN: 2373-5066
  • Frequency: Twice per year


Verge: Studies in Global Asias is an award-winning peer-reviewed journal that showcases scholarship on “Asian” topics from across the humanities and humanistic social sciences, while recognizing that the changing scope of “Asia” as a concept and method is today an object of vital critical concern. Responding to the ways in which large-scale social, cultural, and economic concepts like the world, the globe, or the universal (not to mention East Asian cousins like tianxia or datong) are reshaping the ways we think about the present, the past and the future, the journal publishes scholarship that occupies and enlarges the proximities among disciplinary and historical fields, from the ancient to the modern periods.

One of our main goals at Verge is to provide a critical space to think through the productive relations and generative discontinuities between Asian studies, Asian American studies, and Asian Diaspora studies. The journal publishes work from historians, literary and cultural scholars, sociologists, anthropologists, art historians, political scientists, and others that engages with the ways in which “globalization” requires us to understand the past, present, and futures of Asia. In doing so, the journal emphasizes multidisciplinary engagement—a crossing and engagement of the disciplines that does not erase disciplinary differences but uses them to make possible new conversations and new models of critical engagement.

Verge is sponsored by Penn State's Global Asias Initiative and any questions should be directed to verge@psu.edu.

Verge is the winner of the Prose Award for Best New Journal in Humanities; Best New Journal from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals; and Distinguished Editor Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Call for Papers

12.1: Trade in Humans

12.2: Computational Environments

13.1: Open Issue

Editorial Details

Tina Chen, The Pennsylvania State University
Associate Editor
Charlotte Eubanks, The Pennsylvania State University
Managing Editor
Morgan Hamill, The Pennsylvania State University
Editorial Assistant
Adam DeCaulp, The Pennsylvania State University
PSU Editorial Collective

Jessamyn Abel, Asian Studies

Jonathan E. Abel, Comparative Literature and Asian Studies

Kathlene Baldanza, History and Asian Studies

Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, Asian Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Erica F. Brindley, Asian Studies

Charlotte D. Eubanks, Comparative Literature, Japanese, and Asian Studies

Jooyeon Rhee, Asian Studies and Comparative Literature

Chang Tan, Art History and Asian Studies

Nicolai Volland, Asian Studies and Comparative Literature

Ran Zwigenberg, Asian Studies, History, and Jewish Studies

Advisory Board

Joseph Jonghyun Jeon (2024), English, University of California, Irvine

Laura Kina (2024), Art, Media, and Design, DePaul University

Brinda Mehta (2024), French and Francophone Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Mills College

Krishnendu Ray (2024), Nutrition and Food Studies, NYU Steinhardt

Li (Lily) Wong (2025), Literature and Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies, American University

Sugata Bose (2025), History, Harvard University

Ronak K. Kapadia (2025), Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois Chicago

Paul D. Barclay (2025), History, Lafayette College

Nitasha Tamar Sharma (2025), African American Studies and Asian American Studies, Northwestern University

Bakirathi Mani (2025), English, Swarthmore College

Corey Byrnes (2026), Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literary Studies, Northwestern University

Elmo Gonzaga (2026), Cultural Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hsinya Huang (2026), American and Comparative Literature, National Sun Yat-sen University

Erin Suzuki (2026), Literature, University of California, San Diego

Chih-Ming Wang (2026), Literature and Cultural Studies, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica

Author Guidelines


Essays (between 6,000-10,000 words) should be prepared according to the author-date + bibliography format of the Chicago Manual of Style. See section 2.38 of the University of Minnesota Press style guide or chapter 15 of theChicago Manual of Style Online for additional formatting information.

Authors’ names should not appear on manuscripts; instead, please include a separate document with the author’s name and address and the title of the article with your electronic submission. Authors should not refer to themselves in the first person in the submitted text or notes if such references would identify them; any necessary references to the author’s previous work, for example, should be in the third person.

Submissions should include anonymized essay, abstract (125 words), and a separate document containing author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information (both email and mailing address).

Queries and submissions should be sent to: verge@psu.edu


Author Fees

Verge does not require author fees for publishing materials in the journal for non-Open Access submissions.

  Author Processing Charges (APCs) for publishing Open Access in Verge are:

  • $1000 for feature articles
  • $300 for book reviews

Queries about Open Access Article Processing Charges (APCs) should be directed to the editorial team at: verge@psu.edu


Copyright and Licensing

Verge authors grant to the University of Minnesota the exclusive right to reproduce their essay and distribute it by all means and media now known or hereafter discovered. They also grant to the University the exclusive right to license others to reproduce all or part of their essay and distribute it by all means and media now known or hereafterdiscovered. The rights authors grant include, but are not limited to: original publication throughout the world in all languages; anthology; serial; digest; abridgment; condensation; adaptation; translation; dramatizations; photocopying;microfilm; reprint editions by other publishers; electronic media versions; display and transmission publicly or otherwise on-line, or through other electronic or digital means of transmission, and the right to copyright in the name of Asian Studies Program, Penn State University.


University of Minnesota Press Policy on Institutional Repositories

A pre-print is the un-refereed version of an article. We ask authors to acknowledge its future publication and identify the journal, the year of publication, and the publisher. Please indicate that the article is a “working paper.”

A post-print is the peer-reviewed version (but not the final published version) of the article. Twelve (12) months after publication, authors may mount post-prints of their articles on their own web sites and/or institutional repositories on not-for-profit servers. Authors may not use the publisher-generated PDF. For post-prints, please include the following credit line: This article was published as [complete bibliographic citation as it appears in the print journal]. No part of this article may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or distributed, in any form, by any means, electronic, mechanical, photographic, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the University of Minnesota Press.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement


  • The editor of Verge is responsible for identifying and contacting peer reviewers, always keeping in mind potential conflicts of interest and making sure that submissions are evaluated in terms of scholarly content and contribution without regard to the identity and affiliation of the author.
  • The editor of Verge ensures the confidentiality of authors and reviewers.
  • Based on Verge’s internal and external review process, the editor—in consultation with the editorial collective—decides whether to accept, reject, or encourage revision and resubmission of the manuscript.



  • Guidelines for authors appear on both the Verge and Global Asias Initiative websites and will be sent on request.
  • Authors are required to state whether the article has been submitted to or is under review with another publication and whether the article has previously been published in another language.
  • Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the submission. Authors should ensure that all the listed authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and to the inclusion of their names as co-authors.
  • Authors are expected to respect the intellectual properties of others, through acknowledgement of sources, proper citation and attribution, quotation of direct texts taken from other sources, and recognition of research participants and research funders.
  • Before a submission can be published, authors will be required to sign the University of Minnesota Press Contributor Agreement Form and a Permissions Agreement regarding illustration and artwork.
  • Authors should communicate any errors discovered after publication directly to the editors and publisher.


Review Policies

  • The editor will independently review and select submissions in a confidential process, and reserve the right to reject any submission that does not meet the journal’s standard. Submissions will not be discussed or shared beyond those directly involved in the publication process, such as reviewers and editorial staff, unless prior permission is received.
  • Articles undergo an internal review by the editor and, when relevant, members of the editorial collective. If submissions are deemed appropriate for the journal, essays undergo double-blind peer review. Verge sends authors reviewer comments and a decision about publication as expeditiously as possible.
  • The editor will make every effort to ensure that the selection process and peer review of submissions is fair and unbiased, and that peer review is undertaken by qualified scholars in the appropriate field(s) who are free of conflicts of interest.
  • The editor’s decision to accept or reject an article for publication in Verge is based only on the submission’s relevance to the remit of the journal and the significance of the submission as a work of original scholarship.
  • Reviewers should have no potential conflict of interest.
  • Potential reviewers are provided with the title and abstract of the submission, and if they agree to serve as reviewers and have no conflicts of interest, are sent Verge review guidelines.
  • In order to protect the anonymity of the double-blind peer review process, reviewers are requested to keep confidential all information regarding submissions to Verge.
  • For revised resubmissions, authors should address all comments and suggestions by reviewers and provide an account of the revisions undertaken.


Conflict of Interest Guidelines


Conflicts of Interest are considered to occur when the editor has private interests that interfere with their ability to make an unbiased final decision on any manuscript. In cases where it is deemed an editorial conflict of interest exists, including (but not limited to) financial interest or a personal relationship with the author, the editor of Verge will disclose this to members of the Editorial Board and be recused from making a decision on the article.


Authors are expected to disclose any potential conflicts of interest. Conflicts of interests for authors occur when their private interests influence the objectivity of research. In order to avoid conflicts, authors should acknowledge the following upon submission of their manuscript:

  • All sources of research funding
  • Any financial or non-financial interests that may have impacted presentation of their research.

The following situations are considered conflicts of interest for reviewers and will be avoided:

  • Co-authoring publications with at least one of the authors in the past 3 years, not including edited collections.
  • Being colleagues within the same section / department or similar organization unit in the past 3 years.
  • Supervising / having supervised the doctoral work of the author(s) or being supervised / having been supervised by the author(s)
  • Having a personal relationship (e.g. family, close friend) with the author(s)
  • Having a direct or indirect financial interest in the paper being reviewed.

It is not considered a Conflict of Interest if the reviewers have worked together with the authors in a collaborative project or if they have co-organized an event.



  • Verge considers plagiarism to be the presentation of another author’s work as the manuscript submitter’s own.
  • Verge considers text-recycling to be when an author re-uses sections of text from their other publications without proper permission or citation.
  • Verge peer reviewers are instructed to inform the editor of suspected plagiarism. Upon review of the claims, if the editor finds evidence of substantial portions of text and / or data from another source presented as if they were written by the author, they will contact the submitter to respond to the claims. If the submitting author provides an unsatisfactory explanation, the submission will be rejected, and the author’s work will no longer be accepted for review by Verge. If the submitting author confirms the case to be an honest error, the manuscript will be rejected but the author’s future work will be accepted for review by Verge.
  • Verge understands that some degree of text-recycling may be unavoidable by authors writing publications on related topics and considers cases of self-plagiarism based on the significance of the text that is repeated. Verge will accept a manuscript that presents similar data or research with a new argument but rejects all submissions that recycle the arguments in submitting authors’ previous publications. In cases of self-citation, all relevant previous work must be properly referenced.


Allegations of Misconduct

  • The editor will promptly investigate complaints related to pieces published in this journal.
  • When there is an allegation of academic misconduct, we solicit a response from those accused, seek full documentation of the allegation, and consult with the editorial collective to determine any appropriate steps.
  • After consultation with the editorial collective, the editors will work with the author(s) to ethically address the issue and come to the appropriate solution, whether that is revising the article, issuing an apology, and/or retracting the piece.



The editor will consider retraction if:

  • They have evidence that the article presents unreliable findings, includes unethical or fabricated research, plagiarizes other materials, or infringes upon copyright.
  • The author(s) and / or reviewer(s) failed to disclose a major conflict of interest during the peer-review process that impacted the decision to publish by the editor

In all cases, the editor will promptly publish a retraction statement that clearly identifies the article and explains the reason for retraction.


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Ownership and Management

The copyright for Verge: Studies in Global Asias is held by the Department of Asian Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Manuscript submission and review processes are managed by the editorial team at Verge, while the University of Minnesota Press coordinates production of the journal.


Governing Body

For up to date information on Verge’s Editorial Collective and Advisory Board see the “Editorial Details” tab



All back issues of Verge are available digitally on Project MUSE and are archived separately by the University of Minnesota Press.


Revenue Sources

This journal makes revenue from subscriptions, advertising, and institutional sources. Publishing fees do not influence the editorial decision making process.