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Happy New Year. Some Interesting Recaps

The International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (IJAPS) would like to wish our readers many happy new year. May 2017 bring more prosperity to everyone.

Here are some interesting recaps throughout the year 2016 for IJAPS:


We have published three timely publications: two regular issues (15 January and 15 July) and a special issue on Bugis Orality and Writing (15 September) guest-edited by Stephen C. Druce of Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Altogether, 20 articles were published in 2016.

Most Downloaded Articles 

We closely and consistently track our web statistics: web visits, downloads and so on. We are happy to announce that the top three most downloaded articles for the year 2016 are as following:

  1. Politically Equal, but Still Underrepresented: Women and Local Democratic Politics in Indonesia, by Wawan Sobari (Brawijaya University, Indonesia). 235 downloads. Click for article.
  2. Bureaucratisation and the State Revisited: Critical Reflections on Administrative Reforms in Post-Renovation Vietnam, by Simon Benedikter (independent scholar, Vietnam). 216 downloads. Click for article.
  3. Boni in Chinese Sources from the Tenth to the Eighteen Century, by Johannes L. Kurz (Universiti Brunei Darussalam). 168 downloads. Click for article.

CREAM Awards

In 2016, IJAPS was once again announced as the recipient of the Ministry of Higher Education’s Current Research in Malaysia (CREAM) Awards, which are given to identified scholarly journals published in the country showcasing promising growth.

Record Submissions

2016 saw record submissions by authors, where the year’s number shows a massive increase of over 160% compared to the average of 2010-2015 submissions.

We thank our readers and reviewers for the continued support to the journal. Our hope is that 2017 will be the year IJAPS continues to flourish and achieve more big things, and our readers remain actively engaged with us.

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