3月23日米国サンディエゴで開催されたAssociation of Asian Studies Conferenceのパネル222, ‘Getting Published in Asian Studies: Publishing on Asia in Asia’(主宰: Paul Kratoska 博士)にてチャード客員教授がIJASについて紹介する報告をしました。言語障壁を越えて高い学術価値のあるアジア研究を公刊していくIJASの意義が強調されました。パネルでは学術成果の公開性が損なわれてきているとの問題意識が共有されました。




Association of Asian Studies Conference, San Diego
Panel 222, ‘Getting Published in Asian Studies: Publishing on Asia in Asia’
23 March 2013

Panel organizer and chair: Paul Kratoska


This panel featured presentations by the editors of three English-language journals produced in Asia: IJAS from the University of Tokyo, the new English-language version of the Southeast Asian Studies journal from the University of Kyoto, and the newly-created TRaNS (Trans–Regional and –National Studies of Southeast Asia) from Sogang University in Korea and published by CUP. This was followed by a response from a librarian at the University of Washington, who raised concerns about the high cost of subscribing to many academic journals, and discussed alternative methods of distribution.

IJAS was introduced by the Managing Editor, Robert Chard, of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at the University of Tokyo. Chard gave a general introduction to the journal, its content, and circulation. He cited recent circulation figures provided by Cambridge University Press, including the fact that in 2012 downloads from IJAS reached a monthly average of 2079, higher than ever before, and also the recent news that IJAS is now listed on the Thomson Reuters Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI). On the negative side, CUP’s statistics showed that only one subscriber in Asia, the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, regularly appears among the list of top downloading institutions; the others are all in Europe or America, and no Japanese institutions are listed.

Chard also described IJAS procedures for receiving and evaluating submissions, which are similar to those followed by most mainstream journals. Particular emphasis was laid on: 1. the fact that many submissions are rejected because prospective contributors do not seem to have read the submission guidelines, and send in articles on current events or other topics which are out of IJAS’s scope, or submit articles to more than one journal at the same time; and 2. the fact that IJAS editors are familiar with the linguistic and cultural barriers which make it difficult for scholars in Asia to publish in mainstream international journals in English, and publish high-quality research which might be rejected by other journals.

The librarian from the University of Washington, Dr Judith Henchy, voiced criticism of academic journal publishers, including CUP, for the high cost of academic journal subscriptions, which were now becoming unaffordable for many libraries, particularly when journals previously produced by academic institutions in-house are taken over by commercial publishers, who immediately raise subscription charges by a factor of ten or more. Gillian Greenough of CUP was in the audience, and objected that CUP was not a profit-making company like Elsevier or Taylor and Francis, which Dr Henchy conceded. Open access publishing of some sort was thought likely to gain ground, though probably not according to the purely author-subsidized model as found in the natural sciences, but more in consortia-based distribution of the sort used by Project Muse.

For the long-term future of IJAS, we need to bear in mind that CUP’s business model may come under pressure from open access or Project Muse type distribution. This pressure has suddenly increased, now that American and UK research funding bodies are requiring that the results of their taxpayer-funded research be available to the public at no cost, which IJAS and CUP’s other journals cannot do under the current arrangement. Given that IJAS owes much of its current success to CUP, we can only hope that CUP’s business strategy can adapt to increasing pressure to make at least some of its content available to readers at no cost.

Robert Chard

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