Raising a viewpoint

Victoria’s Asia Pacific Viewpoint climbed to fourth out of 69 Area Studies journals in the latest ranking by the Journal Citation Reports of the Institute for Scientific Information.

With articles on various topics such as improving ways of evaluating the global Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation scheme and incorporating indigenous knowledge into natural resource management, it was up from 11 in the previous ranking and 39 in the one before that.

“We’ve got a strong record in this School and its programmes of research on the Asia–Pacific and one of the manifestations of that is this journal, which was set up in 1960,” says Warwick Murray, Professor of Human Geography in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences and strategic editor and former editor-in-chief of Asia Pacific Viewpoint, which is published by Wiley-Blackwell.

“With recent editors-in-chief Associate Professor Andrew McGregor and Associate Professor Lisa Law, we recognised the academic importance of climbing the impact rankings in order to attract ground-breaking scholarship from across the world. It also means we can provide a platform for Pacific and Asian research by Pasifika and Asian people themselves in a journal that ranks highly—in a small way helping to redress what is a very Western-centric academic world.”