Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Berlin East Asia Review (BEAR) is dedicated to critical readings of recent publications on East Asian politics, society, and history. China, Japan and Korea constitute one of the most vibrant and potent drivers in today‘s world. Attention to the dynamics of this region as well as how it is embedded into the world system is crucial to a comprehensive understanding of the path contemporary societies are taking. For this purpose, it is prerequisite to bridge persistent language barriers and to engage more deeply with analyses East Asia experts, scholars and intellectuals worldwide. In doing so, the journal works towards a deeper exchange of ideas and provides new insights for academics as well as the broader public.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The journal uses a two-tier review process. First, the general editor screens submissions to determine if they fit the scope of the journal. Upon approval, submissions have to pass a double blind peer review process.


Publication Frequency

Book reviews will be published individually upon approval by the editorial board.


Open Access Policy

This journal 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.



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