Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
It’s a little difficult to get a good handle on just what the Asia Pacific Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (APJMR) is supposed to be about. The editors invite submissions of “original research articles, review articles, short communications and case reports… in various disciplines but not limited to: social sciences, humanities, education, health and medical sciences, business and economics, management information, science and technology, and engineering and maritime studies,” but the stated vision of the journal is “to become a recognized scientific journal of multidisciplinary research in Asia Pacific Region by 2018.” In the scope note for the journal, it’s stated that publication in the journal “is an opportunity particularly for researchers in different field of specializations to share their scientific materials to the global community.” Types of manuscripts they seek include Original articles (“randomized controlled trials, intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic test, outcome studies, cost effectiveness analyses, case-control series, and surveys with high response rate”); Review articles (“Systematic critical assessment of literature and data sources”); Short Communications (“Short Communications are suitable for the presentation of research that extends previously published research, including the reporting of additional controls and confirmatory results in other settings, as well as negative results, small-scale clinical studies, clinical audits and case series. Authors must clearly acknowledge any work upon which they are building, both published and unpublished”); and Case reports (“New/interesting/very rare cases can be reported. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority, whereas, mere reporting of a rare case may not be considered. Up to 1000 words excluding references and abstract and a maximum of 10 references”).
Most articles here are in English, with a few in other languages. The most recent issue available for review is volume 3, number 2, May 2015, and the table of contents lists 16 papers, including: “Implementation of “PLST” Assessment Model to Detect Development of Language Skill in Early Childhood,” “An elaboration of Thai vocal instructors in Thai university classes,” “Mathematical Model to Extrapolate the Population of Ghana: An Application of Newton’s Divided Difference Formula,” “Khub traditions in Northern Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Conservation and transmission,” “Monk development experts: Using traditional knowledge to manage community development by monks in Isan,” “Yang Pagbul’lók-bul’lok: Varyasyon ng Wikang Mandaya sa Ilang Munisipalidad ng Davao Oriental,” “Assessment of the Vocabulary Learning and Strategies Used by Teacher Education Students,” “The Role of Teachers in Transforming Nigeria: Challenges and the Way Forward,” “Predictors of Job Satisfaction of Faculty Members of Al Ghad International Colleges for Health Sciences,” “Prevalence, Motives, and Views of Academic Dishonesty in Higher Education,” “Effect of Physical Activity During Pregnancy on Birth Outcomes in Mothers Presenting at the Antenatal Clinic of De Soysa Maternity Hospital, Colombo 08,” “Effectiveness of a Home Based Progressive Resistance Training Program in Reducing Pain and Disability in Patients with Osteoarthritis of Knee,” “Administrative Practices’ Benchmark for Quality Assurance in Nigerian Universities,” “Trainee Teachers’ Acceptance of Integration of Information Communication Technology In Lesson Delivery In College Of Education, Zuba, Nigeria: Counselling Implications,” “The Impact of Elderly Loneliness on Satisfaction with Life,” and “Teaching Styles of the Classroom Managers in one Basic Primary School in the Philippines.” That’s a pretty broad spectrum of subjects covered in a single issue. Unfortunately and inexplicably, three of the papers in this open access journal were not accessible. The quality of writing varies considerably; some is excellent, some seems to be poor translation.
There are author publication charges associated with this journal, as follows: “If the paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay article publication fee of Php 2,500 (Local Authors-Filipino) or USD70 (Foreign Authors) per paper not more than 5000 words for both single and multiple authors. Fee for each additional word is USD0.02. An optional payment of Php 800.00 (Local Authors) or USD80-100 (Foreign Authors) for Printing and Shipping of the Journal per issue,” but free online publication is available for “all Low Income Countries included in the 2014 list of World Bank.”
This journal needs greater focus and more rigorous editing; it’s to be hoped the editors will apply both, since the content will be useful to researchers in Asian Pacific studies. A title to watch for those with interest in the region.