The Pacific Basin Law Journal will soon be moving to a new website that will be more readily accessible through UCLA Law. Until then, if you would like to know more about the journal, please email us at email@example.com. If you would like to know who the current board members are, that information has been updated and is available in the Editors section.
Here at the UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal (PBLJ), we publish many articles regarding China, and understandably, these authors use primary Chinese sources to research and write their articles. However, the process of editing the footnotes of these articles can be an arduous process when there is no uniform treatment of Chinese Bluebooking rules. Each piece seems to have a slightly different format – leaving our Managing Editors spending too many hours trying to cleanup the citations and conforming it to Bluebook rules.
Thus, for all Chinese law scholars out there who are interested in publishing in an American law school journal (particularly PBLJ), I’ve compiled a few tips on Bluebooking Chinese sources. I’ve also provided visual samples for easy reference.
What’s the key to correct Bluebooking of Chinese sources? – Use Pinyin! I believe that there has been discussion on switching to Chinese characters instead. However, due to the fact that Westlaw and Lexis Nexis (the source of the largest journal audience) does not yet support Chinese characters, journals ought to require authors to include the Pinyin of all Chinese sources as well as an English translation. Pure translation is not preferred due to that fact that translations vary (depending on the translator), and thus, to ensure that editors reviewing footnotes can access the correct source, Pinyin needs to be included.
General Steps to Bluebooking Chinese Sources:
- Name of Author in Pinyin.
- Name of Article/Book in Pinyin (and following general Bluebook Rules, either Italicize or Small Cap the text).
- English Translation of Article/Book in brackets (and following general Bluebook Rules, either Italicize or Small Cap the text).
Here are some visual examples:
Books (and articles within books)
Hope this helps! Happy Bluebooking Chinese sources!
The UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal has begun considering article and comment submissions for publication in the Fall Issue of Volume 27, and will continue to evaluate submission on a rolling basis all summer. Submissions should be related to issues within any of the the countries of the Pacific Rim.
Our preferred article length is under 25,000 words or 50 journal pages, including text and footnotes. Text and footnotes should follow the latest version of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
The PBLJ Articles and Comments Department evaluates submissions based upon relevancy to the Pacific Rim, innovation, and writing style. Please refer to past issues of the Pacific Basin Law Journal available on HeinOnline, Westlaw, or LexisNexis.
The Pacific Basin Law Journal prefers electronic submissions of manuscripts. Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and attach the manuscript, a cover letter, and a CV in either Word or PDF format. Please indicate in the subject line AND the cover letter whether you are submitting for consideration an article or a comment. Electronic submissions receive the fastest consideration. If you wish to submit a hard copy instead, please email email@example.com and we will arrange for you to do so.
UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal
Andrea Cheuk, Courtney Gould, and David Gotsill
Chief Articles Editor
Chief Comments Editor
Chief Managing Editors
Jesse French and Miranda Starkey
Articles and Comments Editors
Recruitment and Logistics Editor
Thinking of writing a comment or article about an issue in the pacific basin, but not sure how to start the research? The UCLA East Asian Library can help!
Access to Chinese Electronic Resources
Presented by The East Asian Library
Thursday, February 19, 2009
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
East Asian Library
Young Research Library
The East Asian Library is having hands-on seminars, Access to East Asian Electronic Resources, on February 19 and 20.
Access to Korean Electronic Resources
Thursday, Feb 19 ~ 2-3:15 PM
Access to Japanese Electronic Resources
Friday, Feb 20 ~ 2:30-4 PM
The location for all three sessions is at East Electronic Classroom (21536 Young Research Library).
Please send your RSVP or questions regarding the sessions to Esther Han at firstname.lastname@example.org or x59535.
Last month, the New York Times reported on attempts by victims (or their families) to file lawsuits in Chinese courts for compensation. However, they lawsuits were not welcomed. It appears that the current government policy does not support citizens using the judicial system for reprieve. Higher courts have informed lower courts not to accept lawsuits, and victims are to wait for the government compensation scheme.
Most citizens from other countries take it for granted that they could file a products liabilities suit against manufacturers of tainted milk. However, the Chinese judicial system does not offer the same level of court access. Chinese Courts are still weak institutions without the clout to force compliance or even enforce all their judgments. Yet, where would the Chinese judicial system be if it were the third branch of government? Could citizens become “private attorneys general” and raise food safety standards? Is there a role for citizens to do this? Could the courts serve as the vehicle to bring such reforms?
We’re introducing blogs written by our staff on Pacific Basin issues. We want to do our part and contribute to the scholarship by posting links to interesting news articles and providing a short commentary on the articles.
Let us know if there are any issues or topics that you find interesting. We’re try to include it in our blog and provide insightful commentary on the issues!
The staff is currently working on Volume 26, Issue 1 (Fall 2008) for the 2008-2009 edition. We are also currently looking for one more article for our Spring 2009 issue. Please submit your articles to email@example.com. We are especially looking for articles on lesser known areas of the Pacific Rim – such as Latin America, Southeast Asia, or Oceania.
Please contact us at if you have further questions about the status of the UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal. Thanks!
We are happy to announce that Volume 25:2 will be completed and printed on October 31st. Subscribers should receive Volume 25:2 shortly after the October 31st – so please look out for it in the mail.
The staffing is busy preparing for Volume 26, Issue 1, and we are planning to have the issue printed by late January.
All UCLA School of Law students are invited to submit as early as possible for Issue 26:1, but comments will also be accepted for 26:2 as late as January. Our submission process is one of rolling admission, therefore, if you are planning on writing a paper for an upper-division class or independent study in the fall semester, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have published book or article reviews in the past, and therefore will consider such submissions. We have no limit on article length, but preference is given to articles under 25,000 words or 50 journal pages, including text and footnotes. Text and footnotes should follow the latest version of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
The PBLJ Comments Department evaluates comments based upon relevancy to the Pacific Rim, as well as innovation and writing style. Please refer to past issues of the Pacific Basin Law Journal available on HeinOnline, Westlaw, or LexisNexis.
The Pacific Basin Law Journal prefers electronic submissions of manuscripts. Please email submissions to email@example.com and attach the manuscript, a cover letter, and a CV in either Word or PDF format. Please indicate in the subject line AND the cover letter whether you are submitting for consideration an article or a comment. Electronic submissions receive the fastest consideration. If you wish to submit a hardcopy instead, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for you to do so.
If you have any questions, please email the EIC’s at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.