Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 6: Why publish in Asia management journals?
Traditionally, region-focused journals are viewed as a secondary or second-tiered outlet for publications for “marginalized” research that carries a theme of a regional phenomenon and/or use regional data. Nonetheless, with the fast growth and increasing significance of Asian countries in the global economy, Asia management journals have recorded skyrocketing numbers of manuscript submissions and increasing impact factors in recent years. For example, the Asia Pacific Journal of Management (APJM) has a five-year citation impact factor of 3.00 as stated in the ISI Journal Citation Reports for 2013. The 2013 impact factor places APJM as the 24th most influential management journal among all the 172 tracked. APJM receives over 800 manuscripts per annum and publishes 35–40 articles. This chapter aims to provide a general discussion of the similarities and differences in publishing Asian research in Asia management journals as compared to those in North America with regard to publication-related issues viewed and experienced by myself as author, reviewer, and editor at Asia management journals in the past decade. I will particularly use APJM as the focal Asia management journal in my illustrations. In addition, to echo the recent advocacy on the future direction of Asia management journals, I will discuss if and how these journals publish more indigenous research. When tracing the development of APJM, it is interesting to find the resemblance of an indigenous local firm undergoing a gradual internationalization path.
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