The International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, IJAPS (ISSN 1823-6243) is an electronic journal (e-journal) published by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Press, designed towards fulfilling one of the principal missions of the Asia Pacific Research Unit (APRU) of the School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, namely the dissemination of academic research and other scholarly works. With all its inherent advantages, an e-journal serves as the best vehicle to carry IJAPS to the forefront of the global scholarly community.
Published biannually, the Journal is indexed in SciVerse Scopus (Scopus), EBSCO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Genamics JournalSeek, Southeast Asian Serial Index (SASI), Asian Education Index and Google Scholar, and is ranked in the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) by Australian Research Council (ARC).
IJAPS is a scholarly, multidisciplinary, internationally refereed publication focusing primarily on Asia (West, South, Southeast and East), Australasia and the Pacific Rim regions of the Americas (North, Central and South). The disciplines of interest encompass politics, history, indigenous languages and literature, religion, man and the environment, ethno-history, anthropology, cultural heritage, social issues, economic development, war and conflict resolution, prehistory and archaeology, and the arts.
IJAPS is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access.