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 to promote and disseminate 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 2022, among journals published in Asia, SOJOURN was ranked 2nd for Anthropology and 10th for Sociology and Political Science.

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SOJOURN is indexed in the following:

  • America: History and Life (ABC-CLIO)
  • ASEAN Citation Index
  • 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
  • ProQuest Information and Learning
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Sociological Abstracts

Note to Contributors

Research articles
Contributions are invited from all scholars, 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.

The manuscript should be submitted as softcopy with a margin of 3 cm all round and typed with double spacing. Bibliographical references should be incorporated into the text using the author-date system, with page numbers where appropriate. Notes should be kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively throughout the text. All references should be listed alphabetically at the end of the article. For journal articles, the volume and issue number, month and year of publication and inclusive page numbers should be provided.

Research notes
Research notes and comments, which would include reports of research findings of shorter length, as well as reports of ongoing research projects, are also invited. Notes on conferences, seminars, and workshops, and comments on institutions devoted to Southeast Asia Studies are published as well.

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, and 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 hard copies of the issue in which their contribution is published. They will also receive a PDF softcopy of their article along with a complimentary 3-issue subscription of the journal. Book Reviewers will receive one hard copy of the issue in which their review is published.

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1. Author Guidelines
2. Author Style Guide

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
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Editorial Team

Chairperson Mr Choi Shing Kwok (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)
Managing Editor Hui Yew-Foong (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)
Editors Terence Chong
(ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)


Magnus Fiskesjö
(Cornell University)

Moe Thuzar (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)

Norshahril Saat
(ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)

Michael Montesano
(ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)


Ooi Kee Beng
(Penang Institute)

Thomas B. Pepinsky
(Cornell University)


Associate Editors Afra Alatas (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)
Gwendolyn Yap (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)
Premarani Somasundram (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)
Production Editor Stephen Logan (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)

International Advisory Committee

Barbara Watson Andaya (University of Hawai‘i at Manoa)
Liana Chua (University of Cambridge)
George E. Dutton (University of California, Los Angeles)
Ramon Guillermo (University of the Philippines Diliman)
Caroline Hau (Kyoto University)
Okamoto Masaaki (Kyoto University)
Noor Aisha Binte Abdul Rahman (National University of Singapore)
Vineeta Sinha (National University of Singapore)
Irene Stengs (Vrije Universiteit)
Andrew Willford (Cornell University)