I Want To Submit An Article, What Are Your Guidelines?

Kendo World Publications may retain copyright on all published articles. Furthermore, once an article is published by Kendo World Publications, we reserve the right to republish it in original or translated form, in print or digitally. In principle, please do not submit articles that have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere in English.

Kind of articles:
As Kendo World is published bi-annually (June and December) print articles concerning tournaments will usually become outdated, although we are happy to accept tournament reports for online publication. We are particularly interested in content concerning club or federation history and activities, technical analysis, martial art history, culture, personal experience and so on. Articles which the editorial board deem to be out of place for the printed magazine may alternatively be published on the Kendo World home page. In principle articles should be relevant to kendo, classical sword arts, jodo, iaido, naginata, jukendo, or Japanese culture in general. Interviews with notable practitioners and sensei are also welcomed. There are no limits on word length.

Graphics and photographs are a welcome addition to submitted articles. Make sure that images are 300dpi or more to ensure quality printing. Please make sure to include the photographer’s name, when and where it was taken, and the names of all who appear in the photo, and a brief description of the contents of the photo for use as a title. If you reference the photo in the text, please include the filename of the photo at the appropriate place in the text within square brackets[]. The same copyright rules for articles listed above also apply to photos submitted in this way.

For example:
…..measures that can affect healing and outcome. [filename goes here]
In general athletic activity, the large toe is usually the most commonly affected…..

Please send articles as MS Word files (.docx OK). If there are graphics accompanying the article, send them as separate files without embedding them in the text. Start each sentence with a single space after full stops.

Japanese names:
Put the surname first. For example, “Miyamoto Musashi” instead of “Musashi Miyamoto”.

In principle, we utilise macrons in Kendo World. For example, “bokuto” should be written as “bokutō” and “Yagyu Shinkage-ryu” as “Yagyū Shinkage-ryū”.

Italicise all Japanese words in the text. Words such as kendo and other martial arts should be treated as Anglicised words from the outset. in principle, italicised words should not be capitalised.

Numbers 1-10 should generally be written as words. All numbers 11 and above should be written as numerals. However, grades should be written in the following way: 1-dan; 2-dan; 3-dan and so on. Renshi, Kyoshi and Hanshi should be capitalised and come before the grade. For example, Hanshi 8-dan etc.

Classical martial arts:
It is often difficult to know where to break up the often long names of classical martial art traditions. As a rule, add “-ryū” (style or tradition) at the end rather than capitalising it and treating it as a separate word. For example, Yagyu Shinkage-ryū; Jikishin Kage-ryū; Niten Ichi-ryū; Keishicho-ryū and so on. Ryū names should not be italicised.

Endnotes and references:
Please footnote and add references when required. There are a number of different styles for referencing but please use the following format:

M. Miyamoto, Kendo is My Life, p. 321
M. Miyamoto, “Two Sticks are Better than One”, Kendo World Journal (Vol. 1 No. 1, 2001), pp. 12~18

Miyamoto, M. Kendo is My Life, KW Publications, 2000

Submitting the article:
Article submissions should be sent to submissions(at)kendo-world.com. With any submissions sent to this address it will be assumed that the author has understood and agreed to the above-mentioned copyright terms. Please also be sure to include your postal address and contact details, as well as a short (100 word) profile of yourself. Thank you very much for your contribution.