Asia Social Issues (ASI) serves as a scholarly platform committed to multidisciplinary social science research. ASI, designed as an overreaching framework, gathers together scholars from many disciplines who share a common dedication to examining and evaluating the current discourse surrounding social concerns in Asia. The journal provides essential resources and concepts to advance these fields, making them more inclusive and helpful tools for social and cultural studies across Asia.
          Periodically published on a bimonthly basis, ASI provides researchers with a distinctive opportunity to disseminate their work without the financial burden of submission fees or Article Processing Charges (APC). The journal's double-blind review procedure assures a thorough and fair evaluation process. Manuscripts written in English can be submitted online at, commencing January 2020. ASI has published six issues annually on a consistent basis since 2021, thereby contributing to the scholarly discourse on social issues in Asia.

Aims and Scope:
          Asia Social Issues offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary venue for sharing research findings on social issues in Asia. Its objective is to promote a deeper understanding of various social challenges and transformations by welcoming contributions from the following disciplines: sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, education, environmental studies, public health, and cultural studies.

Areas Covered:

  1. Economic Development and Inequality: Analyses of economic growth patterns, income distribution, poverty, and social mobility within Asian contexts.
  2. Urbanization and Rural Development: Studies on the impact of rapid urbanization, rural-urban migration, sustainable city planning, and rural revitalization efforts.
  3. Environmental Challenges: Research on environmental sustainability, climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, natural resource management, and the social dimensions of environmental policies.
  4. Governance and Political Change: Examination of governance models, political reform processes, civil society engagement, human rights issues, and the role of international organizations in promoting social justice.
  5. Cultural Transformations: Insights into changing cultural norms, traditions, identity politics, media and technology’s role in societal change, and intercultural interactions within Asia and beyond.
  6. Public Health and Social Welfare: Studies on healthcare systems, public health initiatives, demographic changes, aging populations, and social safety nets.
  7. Education and Human Capital Development: An Analysis of Educational Reforms, Vocational Training, Skill Development, and Their Implications for Social and Economic Mobility.
  8. Gender and Social Inclusion: Research on gender roles, LGBTQ+ rights, ethnic minorities, and the integration of marginalized communities into broader societal frameworks.

Asia Social Issues aims to promote academic discussion and collaboration among scholars, policymakers, and practitioners. We welcome original research articles and review articles that enhance the comprehension of the intricate socioeconomic concerns in Asia. The journal aspires to contribute to the development of more effective, inclusive, and sustainable policies and practices that meet the region's particular problems and possibilities.

Article Submission Guidelines:
Our editorial board upholds high standards to ensure the quality and thoroughness of submissions to Asia Social Issues. Please familiarize yourself with the criteria for different article types.

  1. Research Article:
    • Length: Research articles should not exceed 7,000 words, meticulously covering essential segments, including abstract, introduction, literature review, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, and references.
    • Origin: These articles should emanate from individual or collaborative research studies spanning diverse academic fields associated with social issues in Asia.
    • Adherence: Authors are obligated to adhere to specific guidelines provided by Asia Social Issues, encompassing article length, formatting intricacies, and the peer review process. Failure to comply may result in rejection or necessitate a revision.
  2. Review Article:
    • Length: Review articles, offering insightful analyses of current trends and proposing future directions, may exhibit variance in length, typically around 8,000 words.
    • Flexibility: Given our expansive focus on a diverse array of social issues across Asia, guidelines for review articles are somewhat adaptable to accommodate comprehensive coverage of intricate topics.

Publication Fee:

  • There is No Fee or Charge in any stage of publication process.

Reference Style and Format:

  • Please adhere strictly to the APA 6th edition standards for references. Consult "A guide to using the APA 6th referencing style" for illustrative examples.

Publication Frequency:

  • Asia Social Issues maintains a robust publication schedule, releasing six issues annually since 2021, with each edition corresponding to specific months:
    • Issue 1 (January - February)
    • Issue 2 (March - April)
    • Issue 3 (May - June)
    • Issue 4 (July - August)
    • Issue 5 (September - October)
    • Issue 6 (November - December)

Open Access Policy:

  • All articles published with open access are immediately and permanently made freely accessible to everyone for viewing, downloading, reproduction, and distribution.

Revenue Sources:

  • For transparency, we disclose our revenue model. Walailak University serves as a primary funding source, and our operational ethos prioritizes accessibility. Importantly, submissions undergo assessment solely based on scientific merit, with no influence from funding sources. Our commitment is to operate as a non-profit entity, fostering and fortifying the endeavors of scholars in Asia.

Advertising and Direct Marketing Policy:
          We proactively implement strategic advertising campaigns in order to enhance our standing. Adherence to principles of transparency, relevance, and propriety define our advertising policy. ASI regards professionalism and ethical standards in the highest regard. We strictly adhere to a judicious, double-blind, standard peer review procedure that regulates our proceedings. Advertising partners have no authority over editorial decisions.
          Direct marketing entails regular communication with researchers through emails and messages, with the intention of encouraging their active participation and contribution to ASI content. The dissemination of information and solicitation of submissions by our editorial members are crucial functions that significantly contribute to the progression of knowledge within the Asian context.
          Asia Social Issues cordially invites you to consider exploring collaborations with us. We eagerly await your esteemed contributions, which will undoubtedly enhance our academic efforts.

Journal History:
          Asia Social Issues (ASI), which was initially founded as the Walailak Journal of Social Science (WJSS), has since undergone a transformation to become a renowned social science journal associated with Walailak University. In accordance with Walailak University's determination to advancing the quality of scholars and researchers at the national level, both within and outside of academic institutions ASI functions as a thriving arena for the sharing of academic papers and research in the field of social sciences.
          With the first issue released in Thai in 2007, ASI began its journey. The publication made the transition to online journals (OJS) in 2017, ultimately adopting the age of digitization. In 2020, Walailak University achieved an important milestone by declaring the shift to English-language publications, with the intention of elevating the journal to international standards. This move signified the initial invitation of scholars from around the world to become members of the editorial committees of the journal, thus setting up the journal's commitment to a globally academic community.
          ASI experienced a thorough and all-encompassing change in 2021. The annual publication cycle was expanded from two to six issues, with each issue containing six articles that were written exclusively in English. Asia Social Issues (ISSN: 2774-0315) was the official rebranding of the journal in recognition of the necessity to direct attention towards the distinctive social concerns that are prevalent in the Asian region.
ASI attracted academicians from both domestic and international domains in 2022, instigating an avalanche of manuscript submissions for evaluation, as the revolutionary momentum persisted. Significantly, in light of the vibrant academic environment, the journal underwent a name change to Asia Social Issues, which more explicitly emphasized its dedication to analytical and research-oriented facets of the social sciences in Asia.
          Commencing in 2023, ASI increased the number of published articles per issue from six to eight, which reflects its efforts to expanding scholarly contributions. In acknowledgment of the journal's quality, the Thai-Journal Citation Index Centre (TCI) assigned it a TCI impact factor (TCI 1). This designation solidifies ASI's position as a distinguished and influential scholarly publication.