About the Journal

Focus and Scope

IQAS (International Quarterly for Asian Studies) is an international publication of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, published twice a year in both a print and an open access version. It provides a platform for multidisciplinary research on current and historical topics relevant to, among others, politics, economics, culture, nature, religion, language, society, science and technology in Asia. It serves to promote fresh scholarly enquiry on Asia from within the humanities and the social sciences, and to encourage work that communicates across disciplinary and regional boundaries. It seeks to foster cross-disciplinary cooperation, translocal and transregional analysis, comparative perspectives, and research going beyond established meta-geographies and conventional container categories in Area Studies. Authors employ up-to-date theoretical or methodological approaches, particularly those originating from Asia and the wider region.

IQAS adopts an innovative approach to Area Studies, inviting critical views of knowledge production, generation and dissemination on Asia. It is committed to an understanding of space as multi-sited and multi-modal, including non-territorial and non-geographical understandings of spatial entities. This approach allows for transversal outreach and an explicit inclusion of local epistemologies and context-sensitive studies.

We welcome contributions addressing readers in and beyond the scholarly world. We accept submissions from all academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, cultural studies, development studies, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, international relations, literatures and languages, political economy, politics, social policy and sociology. Submissions for publication are subject to a double-blind peer review. Formats vary from reviewed articles to reserach notes, literature reviews, and documentations of current debates.

Peer Review Process

All research articles published in this journal have undergone peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by at least two anonymous referees. Read more

Open Access Policy

The basic requirement for excellence in research is the optimal availability of quality-assured scientific information. Therefore, IQAS supports free and unrestricted online access to all its issues. This journal gives authors the option to publish open access free of charge via the Open Journal System (OJS), making all articles free to access online immediately on publication. Publishing IQAS open access is provided by the generous support of xasia and the Heidelberg University. A print version of each issue can be purchased from Arnold Bergstraesser Institute.


Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author grants the publisher the simple and spatially unlimited right to reproduce and disseminate his or her contribution in physical form, in German and in other languages, and to make it accessible to the public in print and free online versions. All online IQAS issues are protected by the Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International).

Abstracting and Indexing Services

Articles appearing in this journal are abstracted and index in Historical Abstracts and/or America: History and Life; International Politicial Science Abstracts; World Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Abstracts (WAERSA); Rural Development Abstracts (RDA); Leisure, Recreation and Tourism Abstracts (LRTA); EBSCO Academic Search Premier; ProQuest Information and Learning; and WorldCat.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The journal adheres strongly to the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). All instances of publishing misconduct, including, but not limited to, plagiarism, data fabrication, image/data manipulation to falsify/enhance findings, etc., will result in rejection or retraction of the manuscript in question. Material appearing in the International Quarterly for Asian Studies does not represent the views of the editors or of the publisher. Responsibility for opinions expressed and the accuracy of facts published in articles rests solely with the individual author. Read more

Journal History

IQAS – The International Quarterly for Asian Studies is the successor to the Internationales Asienforum. The original journal was founded in 1970 by Detlev Kantowsky, professor of Sociology at the University of Konstanz, and Alois Graf von Waldburg-Zeil, manager of the publishing house Weltforum Verlag (Munich). Its initial title, “Internationales Asienforum” (“International Asia Forum”), was its agenda: the founders intended to provide an academic and interdisciplinary platform for the upcoming field of modern Asian Studies in Germany. Soon many excellent scholars joined the journal as authors and/or on the advisory board. The Asienforum was the first and only German academic journal on Asian Studies at that time and was very well received. In 1977 Detlev Kantowsky handed over the editorial management to Ekkehard Kulke at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI), but continued himself as main editor. After the sudden death of Ekkehard Kulke in 1978, the journal’s management was taken over by Clemens Jürgenmeyer (ABI), who then together with Kantowsky shaped the journal’s form for more than 30 years. After the closure of the Weltforum Verlag in 1996 the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute decided to add the journal to its own publishing concern, combining the editorial management and publishing under one roof. The ongoing digitization in academic publishing led inevitably to a change in publishing policy, and a profound reform process was initiated in 2010 when Jakob Rösel, University of Rostock, was assigned to succeed Detlev Kantowsky as editor of the journal. Five years later he handed over the journal’s editorship to an editorial team consisting of Claudia Derichs, Jörn Dosch, Uwe Skoda and Conrad Schetter. Since then the journal has undergone a profound reform towards an English-only, open access journal, culminating in the change of the journal’s title to “International Quarterly for Asian Studies” in 2017.


The Arnold Bergstrasser Institute is one of Germany’s major research centres in the domain of both comparative area studies and transregional studies. It is an independent, non‐profit research institute associated with the University of Freiburg. The institute’s research focuses on questions of power transformations, state institutions and societal conflicts in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. It follows a comparative, interdisciplinary, mixed-methods approach.