The Society for the Study of Early China (SSEC) is a scholarly, non-political, and non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in the culture and civilization of China from earliest times down to and including the period of the Han dynasty, through 220 CE.

Established in 1975, the goals of the Society are to further the progress of studies within the field by providing for the cooperative exchange and communication of knowledge and ideas and by encouraging projects critical to the growth of the field. For the Constitution and Bylaws of SSEC, please click here

The Society publishes the peer-reviewed journal Early China as well as the Early China Special Monograph Series. 

To view the submission guidelines, please click here.

You can view the editorial board of Early China here.

Current and past issues of Early China are available online through Cambridge University Press. Past issues of Early China are also available online through JSTOR, with a five year moving wall. Institutional access to JSTOR is required. Current members of the Society will be able to access the most recent five years' issues through Cambridge University Press. 

Institutions wishing to purchase copies of Early China can do so online from Cambridge University Press or via their usual agents.

Click here for information about the Early China Special Monograph Series.