SSRC Global Scholars Initiative: Invitation to Attend a Meeting of Journal Editors

Bree Brinson's picture
July 4, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Journalism and Media Studies, Asian History / Studies

The Social Science Research Council has launched a Global Scholars Initiative designed to strengthen the English-language writing skills of Asian scholars working in Asia and to increase their success in publishing articles in English-medium journals. With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the SSRC is exploring ways to support English-language journals published in Asia as a part of this effort.

The SSRC is sponsoring a gathering of journal editors on Thursday 4 July 2019 at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers following the AAS-in-Asia conference in Bangkok, Thailand from 1-3 July 2019.  The meeting will be an opportunity to share information about issues that journal editors face in producing and distributing their publications and will explore ways that the SSRC might be able to provide assistance. 

The journal editors meeting will take place between 10 am and 1 pm on Thursday July (please see the note below for details). Lunch will be provided.

To indicate your interest and confirm your participation, please fill out the journal editors meeting invitation (located on the event homepage under "Resources") and send to Nicole Restrick Levit at by 25 June 2019. 



Journals published in East and Southeast Asia vary widely in production standards and international standing. The meeting in Bangkok will be the start of what we hope will become an online forum where journal editors will be able to discuss topics of mutual interest. Some of the areas of interest to explore include:

  • Basic standards of journal production (refereeing, front matter, style sheets, author agreements, ISSN, editorial boards, models of online presentation, copyright)
  • Publishing ethics and the Committee on Publication Ethics' (COPE) standards
  • Standards for authors (re: plagiarism, simultaneous submissions) and best practice for authors
  • Creating style sheets
  • International standards regarding refereeing etc 
  • Identifiers (ORCID, doi, ISSN, etc.)
  • Becoming more visible and discoverable (e.g., getting into library databases 
  • Archiving digital publications
  • Print on demand
  • Citation indexes - Scopus, SSCI-AHCI-SCI
  • Open access, OA Mandates, and Article Processing Charges
  • Transformative agreements (e.g., Read and Publish, Publish and Read)
  • Using OJS statistical data
  • Aggregators (EBSCO, ProQuest, JSTOR, etc.)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Bogus Publications


Contact Info: 

Bree Brinson, Program Assistant,

Nicole Restrick Levit, Associate Director,

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