Contemporary Southeast Asia

About the Publication

  • Attained impact factor of 1.020 in Social Sciences Citation Index 2018 
  • Ranked 18th by Google Scholar Metrics 2018 in the Asian Studies and History category

Aims and Scope

Contemporary Southeast Asia, published since May 1979, is an internationally refereed journal that specialises in the domestic politics of ASEAN countries, strategic/security issues, political economy, regionalism and international affairs of Southeast Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. Apart from serving as a reliable and up-to-date source of information on various events, developments and trends in regional politics, international relations and security questions that affect Southeast Asia, CSEA also publishes the results of original research written by scholars, policymakers, think-tank analysts and doctoral candidates.

The journal is published three times a year: April, August and December.

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Editorial Committee

Mr Choi Shing Kwok

Ian Storey

Associate Editor
Le Hong Hiep

Copy Editor
Sheryl Sin


International Advisory Committee

  • Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Indonesian Institute of Sciences
  • Alice Ba, University of Delaware
  • Aileen S.P. Baviera, University of the Philippines
  • Nick Bisley, la Trobe Univeristy
  • David Capie, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Sophal Ear, Occidental College
  • Jurgen Haacke, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Kuik Cheng-Chwee, National University of Malaysia
  • Joseph Chinyong Liow, Nanyang Technological University
  • Maung Aung Myoe, International University of Japan
  • Duncan McCargo, University of Leeds
  • Marcus Mietzner, Australian National University
  • Shaun Narine, St. Thomas University
  • Pham Quang Minh, Vietnam National University-Hanoi

Contemporary Southeast Asia is indexed in the following:

  • Contents Pages on Asia (INSEAD)
  • EBSCO Publishing
  • Expanded Academic Index/ASAP
  • Gale Group
  • Google Scholar Metrics – Asian Studies and History category for 2018
  • Historical Abstracts (ABC-CLIO)
  • Ingenta
  • International Bibliography of Book Reviews
  • International Bibliography of Periodical Literature
  • International Bibliography of Social Sciences
  • International Political Science Abstracts
  • ISI Emerging Markets
  • Muslim World Book Review
  • PAIS International
  • ProQuest Information and Learning
  • Sage Public Administration Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Uncover
  • World Affairs Online


Subscription Information

The Managing Editor
Publications Unit
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace,
Singapore 119614

Fax: 65-6775-6259,
World Wide Web:


Submission of manuscripts

The Editor invites submission of manuscripts within the field of domestic politics, strategic/security issues, political economy, regionalism and international affairs as they impinge on Southeast Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and between 6,000 – 8,000 words, including endnotes and an abstract of approximately 150-200 words. Research Notes and Comments, which would include reports of research findings of shorter length, as well as reports of on-going research projects, are also invited. Manuscripts should be in Word-format and should be sent electronically to the e-mail address below. CSEA uses endnotes and follows the rules set out in Chapter 15 of the Chicago Manual Style, 12th edition, 1969. Authors should use British English. CSEA does not accept manuscripts that have already been published or are simultaneously being considered for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts accepted for consideration will be refereed by external readers.

The Editor,
Contemporary Southeast Asia,
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies,
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace,
Pasir Panjang,
Singapore 119614.
Enquiries and correspondence about editorial matters can be sent to the Editor at: