APAC Journal: Fall 2013

The APAC Journal is a periodical published by Columbia University’s Asia Pacific Affairs Council at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Released bi-annually by Columbia students, the APAC Journal is dedicated to fostering an understanding of vital issues through the exchange of professional and personal experiences spanning the Asia Pacific region.

We accept opinion pieces, interviews, photo essays, policy memos, travel journals, expository essays, research summaries, and more! Please use the sign-up form to register your interest (note: you may be unable to access Google Docs from LionMail).

Journal Deadlines
Sign-up Deadline (Topic Proposals Due): Monday, October 21st
First Drafts: Monday, November 11th
Final Drafts/Edits: Wednesday, November 20th
Print Deadline: Friday, November 29th (Tentative)
Release Party: Thursday, December 5th (Tentative)

Fall 2013 Theme:
Human Rights & Human Security: Asia's Successes & Ongoing Challenges

Guiding question: Can the Asia Pacific region take a leadership role in human rights and human security in an international climate increasingly defined by the need for institutional change and rebalance? According to Freedom House's most recent "Freedom in the World" report, the Asia Pacific region has shown the greatest progress in the world over the last five years in the areas of political rights and civil liberties. Consider these successes and others balanced against the region's persistent challenges.

Article Length:
Articles are generally between 700 to 1,000 words but shorter and longer articles are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Article Type:
The Journal considers submissions that are opinion pieces, expository essays, interviews (Q&As), policy memos, photo essays, travel journals, research summaries, and news/current events. If you have an idea for another type of submission, please send an e-mail to apacjounal@gmail.com.

If you have photos from the Asia Pacific region that want published (regardless of whether you want to contribute other content to the Journal), please send them to apacjournal@gmail.com with a brief description accompanying each. They may be used for the cover or other areas of the Journal.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Submissions should reflect a personal, professional or experiential interpretation of country-specific or regional issues.
    1. Submissions may include opinion pieces, photo essays, travel experiences, interviews, and news/current events.
    2. Submissions may reflect original research, but should generally not be full academic research papers unless they are summations or distillations of this research.
    3. Submission length may vary, but should generally be between 700-1,000 words.
  2. Submissions should illuminate the theme/topic of that semester’s issue; however, unrelated submissions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Submissions, while subject to editing and fact-checking by the editorial board, must already include proper citation in order to be considered for publication.
  4. Please include your full name, program/affiliation, and graduation year with all submissions. You must be a current or former Columbia student.
  5. E-mail submissions to apacjournal@gmail.com.

Editorial Board:
Five dedicated students are being sought for the 2013-14 academic year to fill the Journal's editorial board. Editors should expect to edit at least one article or (depending on your interests) help with layout, solicit submissions, or engage in publicity. Please e-mail apacjournal@gmail.com for more information.