Pacific Affairs is a peer-reviewed, independent, and interdisciplinary scholarly journal focusing on important current political, economic, and social issues throughout Asia and the Pacific.

We’re committed to providing to the scholarly community and the world at large high-quality research on Asia and the Pacific that takes readers beyond the headlines and across multiple disciplines.

Published continuously since 1928 under the same name, Pacific Affairs has been located on the beautiful campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, since 1961. 

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Pacific Affairs is indexed in the following:  

  • Academic Search Complete
  • America: History and Life, Public Administration 
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies 
  • Canadian Periodical Index 
  • CBCA Complete 
  • CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts 
  • Historical Abstracts 
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • International Political Science Abstracts
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • PAIS Index (ProQuest)
  • Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS) and PAIS ARCHIVE
  • Scopus
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) 
  • Web of Science
  • Women’s Studies International
  • World Affairs Online  

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Journal Citation Report Impact Factor

Journal Impact Factor is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited.  

Impact Factor Score: 1.4 (25 out of 176 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2023 to articles published in 2021 and 2022 

5-Year Impact Factor Score: 1.5 (37 out of 176 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2023 to articles published between 2018 and 2022 

Immediacy Index Score: 0.3 (40 out of 176 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2023 of articles published in 2023 

Article Influence® Score: 0.605 (51 out of 176 Area Studies journals) 

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We maintain a sustained and in-depth intellectual and administrative interest in the various debates concerning the uses, meanings, and limits of bibliometric indexes such as the annual JCR reports.  

We list the information above not as an unthinking endorsement of the use of these indexes to define notions of “quality,” but as information that forms part of a larger set of ongoing attempts to map the patterns and understand the meanings of scholarly communications in the digital age.  

Although Pacific Affairs embraces careful and contextualized use of all bibliometric data, our view is that the 5-Year Impact Factor (regardless of our absolute and/or relative numbers) is likely the most significant measure, given that we aspire to publish articles that based on the depth of empirical research and the clarity of the arguments will ideally retain their relevance for at least five years after their publication. 


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The Holland Prize

We believe in rewarding outstanding research and scholarship by awarding selected authors with our Holland Prize.

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