Changes at Early China

Sarah Allan, Editor of Early China, reports:

To all interested in Early China:

As of January 1, 2014, publication of Early China will move from the Institute of East Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley, to Cambridge University Press. We leave the Institute of East Asian Studies with a deep sense of gratitude. I am particularly grateful to Martin Backstrom, Kate Chouta, and Erik Lyngen of IEAS for their goodwill and assistance as we make this transition. Over the last forty years, Early China has been transformed from a newsletter to a highly professional journal. This could not have happened without the unusual dedication, expertise, and sharp eye  of David Goodrich of Birdtrack Press to whom we will always be indebted.

With the move to Cambridge Journals, Early China will be published online, as well as in print, and we will have access to Cambridge Journals’ unrivaled global distribution system. I am certain that the journal, the field of Early China Studies in general, and all of our contributors, past, present, and future will greatly benefit through acquiring an expanded readership and greater visibility.  IEAS will continue to publish the Early China Special Monograph series and Qiu Xigui’s Chinese Writing, translated by Gilbert Mattos and Jerry Norman, and Lothar von Falkenhausen, ed., Japanese Scholarship on Early China, 1987-1991: Summaries from Shigaku zasshi, will continue to be available for order from IEAS:<>

From January 1, 2014, Early China subscriptions will be handled by Cambridge Journals. Our website will continue to operate independently, with Charles Sanft as webmaster, with a link to the Cambridge Journals, who will handle the subscriptions for us and maintain the membership list. They will write to you soon soliciting your subscriptions.

A consequence of this move is that membership will be tied to calendar years rather than particular volumes. Subscriptions after January 1, 2014 will be for 2014 (Early China 37). As a member with a subscription taken out during the calendar year, 2014, you will gain pre-publication access to articles as they become ready for publication online throughout the year and a print copy of Early China 37 (2014) in the Fall. You will also have online access via Cambridge to the archives of the journal (we expect the first five volumes to appear in the first quarter of 2014, with the remainder to follow). Since JSTOR already handles Early China with a five-year moving wall, the journal will then become fully available online.

Until December 31, 2013, to order EC 35 -36 (2012-13) and remaining back issues from IEAS, go to<>.

EC 35-36, dedicated to Li Xueqin and guest edited by Xing Wen, includes interviews with Li Xueqin by Sarah Allan and Wang Tao and articles by David Keightley, Constance Cook, Xing Wen, Chen Shu, Harold Roth, Donald Harper, Jeffrey Riegel, Crispin Williams, Yau Shun-chiu, Robin Yates, Marc Kalinowski, Michael Loewe and Helen Wang. Don’t miss it! Order now! This will also help the Society to publish more Special Monographs and engage in other activities, such as the Annual Society for the Study of Early China will take place this year on March 27, 2014 in Philadelphia (see for the program).

After January 1, 2014, Cambridge Journals will take over the back stock of the journal, including remaining copies of Early China 35-36 (2012-13). Ordering information will be available at and

Sarah Allan
Editor, Early China; Chair, Society for the Study of Early China

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