Aims and Scope: SOJOURN is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of social and cultural issues in Southeast Asia. It publishes empirical and theoretical research articles with a view to promoting and disseminating scholarship in and on the region. Areas of special concern include ethnicity, religion, tourism, urbanization, migration, popular culture, social and cultural change, and development. Fields most often represented in the journal are anthropology, sociology, and history.

Publication Frequency: triannual (March, July and November)

Rankings: In the SCImago Journal and Country Rankings for 2019, among journals published in Asia, SOJOURN was ranked 2nd for Anthropology and 9th for Sociology and Political Science.

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SOJOURN is indexed in the following:

  • America: History and Life (ABC-CLIO)
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
  • EBSCO Academic Search Premier
  • EBSCO Business Source Premier
  • EBSCO Sociological Collection
  • Elsevier
  • Expanded Academic Index/ASAP
  • Gale Group
  • Historical Abstracts (ABC-CLIO)
  • Ingenta
  • International Bibliography of Book Reviews
  • International Bibliography of Periodical Literature
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • International Serials Database
  • ISI Emerging Markets
  • PAIS International
  • PAIS Select
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • ProQuest Information and Learning
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • World Affairs Online

Note to Contributors

Research Articles

Contributions are invited from all scholars, and especially those working in Southeast Asian universities and research institutions. Each article should be no longer than 8,000 words in length, including notes and references. It should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 100 words and a note on the author’s affiliation. Research notes and comments, which include reports of research findings and may be of shorter length, are also invited. Notes on conferences, seminars and workshops, and comments on institutions devoted to Southeast Asian Studies are occasionaly published in SOJOURN.

Manuscripts should be submitted as softcopy with margins of 3 cm on all sides and typed with double spacing of text. Bibliographical references should be incorporated into the text using the author-date system, with page numbers included unless strictly unnecessary. Notes should be kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively throughout the text. References should be listed by authors" names in alphabetical order at the end of the manuscript. For journal articles, the volume and issue numbers, month and year of publication and inclusive page numbers are to be provided. A detailed SOJOURN style sheet is available from the link earlier on this page.

Research Notes

Research notes are usually 3000–5000 words in length including notes and references. They provide details about current research. They are different from articles in that they do not have to have a conceptual or theoretical framework—they can be accounts of research methods or they can present pilot, preliminary or exploratory findings. The findings should be explained and documented.

Contributors of Articles, Symposium, and Research Notes and Comments will receive two printed copies of the issue in which their contribution is published. They will also receive a PDF softcopy of their article along with a complimentary three-issue subscription of the journal. Book Reviewers will receive one printed copy of the issue in which their review is published.

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Editorial correspondence and contributions should be directed to:

Managing Editor
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614
Fax: 65-67781735

Publishers sending books for review should send to:

Book Review Editor
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614

Subscription information:

ISEAS Publishing
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614
Fax: 65-6775-6259

Subscription Rates

Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei

  • Individual: 80.00 SGD
  • Institution: 142.00 SGD

Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan

  • Individual: 66.00 USD
  • Institution: 122.00 USD

Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Middle East

  • Individual: 90.00 USD
  • Institution: 167.00 USD

Note: Annual subscription rates include electronic delivery as well as the printed copy by air.

Editorial Committee


  • Choi Shing Kwok (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)

Managing Editors (Interim)

  • Hui Yew-Foong (Hong Kong Shue Yan University)
  • Michael J. Montesano (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)


  • Terence Chong (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)
  • Magnus Fiskejö (Cornell University)
  • Moe Thuzar (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)
  • Ooi Kee Beng (Penang Institute)
  • Thomas B. Pepinsky (Cornell University)
  • Norshahril Saat (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)

Associate Editors

  • Said Effendy Bin Said Iziddin (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)
  • Gwendolyn Yap Ai Hui (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)

Production Editor

  • Stephen Logan (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)

International Advisory Committee

  • Filomeno V. Aguilar Jr. (Ateneo de Manila University)
  • Barbara Watson Andaya (University of Hawai‘i at Manoa)
  • Liana Chua (Brunei University London)
  • Kirsten Endres (Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung)
  • Terence Gomez (University of Malaya)
  • Christopher Goscha (Université du Québec à Montréal)
  • Vedi Hadiz (The University of Melbourne)
  • Anne Hansen (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Caroline Hau (Kyoto University)
  • Shirlena Huang (National University of Singapore)
  • Okamoto Masaaki (Kyoto University)
  • Andrew Willford (Cornell University)