Guidelines for Contributors

The China Business Review welcomes story pitches from a variety of experts on business issues related to China. Please check out our writer’s guidelines and read past articles before sending us a pitch.

Please email story ideas to Sulaiman Kenyatta at [email protected] . No phone calls please.

Commentary

We accept a limited number of commentary pieces by experts in their fields on topics of interest to business executives in China. All commentary pieces are fact checked and authors must provide sources for data cited in the piece. We receive more opinion pitches than we can run, so please pitch an editor before writing the piece.

Feature Stories

What We Look for in a Feature Story

We are looking for stories that inform both experts who have worked in China for decades and people who have a casual interest in China and business. This means we look for pieces that explain the latest trends and issues in a clear and compelling way for a broad audience.

China Business Review covers a wide range of business and policy topics that affect foreign companies operating in China.  We also cover US and PRC politics, relevant mergers and acquisitions, and company news. The best way to understand the type of stories we look for is to browse our website and read what we publish.

Articles published in the China Business Review should cover the basic facts, but also go deeper to analyze what an event, policy, law or decision means in a broader context. Articles should also draw from a broad range of sources and research.

How to Pitch

Before writing your article, please email your story proposal to the editor. This saves both of us time, especially if we already have an author lined up who is writing on your subject. There is no single preferred format for a proposal. Proposals can be a detailed outline of the article, an abstract or paragraph that shows us your central argument, your logic, and the examples or data you will use to support that argument. Pitches should be emailed to the editor.

Writing Tips

  • Avoid clichés. Please do not pitch us an article that starts, “China’s economy is growing” or “China has the largest population in the world.” We know, and so do our readers. These statements are oversimplifications that do not inform the reader.
  • Avoid jargon. We also often receive pieces that are too in the weeds on policy and technical issues. Make sure you explain issues that are accessible to a broad audience. That doesn’t mean you should shy away from complex or detailed topics, but please remember that we have a diverse readership that may know nothing about your expertise.
  • Know your audience. Your audience is well educated and engaged in current affairs, but may or may not be familiar with the topic you’re writing about. This means you cannot assume that the reader knows anything about your profession or area of expertise, but he or she will want a detailed, analytical, and insightful story.
  • Use active voice. If you don’t, we will. For more on active voice, see Strunk and White’s classic, The Elements of Style.
  • Attribute. Where did you get the information you included in your article? Please attribute that information to the original source, whether it’s a news article or a data set from a government agency. We do not use footnotes; please write attributions into the article and link to original sources.
  • Include links. This is a web publication and we expect all writers to include links to source material and other news stories in their articles. If the material is not online, please indicate the source (in-person or phone interview, etc.) in the draft you send to the editor.

Deadlines + Editorial Process

Story proposals are accepted throughout the year. Because we publish stories on our website all the time, we work with individual writers to set deadlines. While deadlines and editorial processes can change depending on the length and timeliness of the story, all stories generally go through a similar editorial process.

  • Fact-checking. All China Business Review articles accepted for publication will be fact checked by a staff member. Please provide source material to support your piece and be prepared to document what you write. Please also include links to source material in your articles.
  • Editing. Feature articles accepted for publication will go through at least two rounds of editing, often times more, and the original text can change significantly from submission to publication.

Events

If you’re hosting an event or conference that you would like to publicize on China Business Review, please go to this form to provide information about your event. We moderate event requests, so your event listing will not appear immediately. If you have any questions about event listings, contact Sulaiman Kenyatta at [email protected].