Criteria for Submission

1. Submissions should lean towards research that is qualitative and addresses areas such as human social relationships, bodily experience, emotional sentiment, mental states, and the contemporary contexts in which these occur. Submissions may address areas of religion, spirituality, psychology, philosophy, sexuality, cultural practice and personal preference.

2. The theoretical framework upon which submissions are founded should draw on the work of theoreticians from within Continental Philosophy and in particular phenomenology. The submissions should relate aspects of these theories to those aspects of human experience to which contributors choose to draw attention.

3. Before preparing a manuscript for submission, evaluate the research to judge whether it will be an important contribution to the field.

The following checklist might help in assessing the quality of content and in deciding whether the research is likely to merit publication:

  • Is the research question significant and is the work original and important?
  • Is the research outcome based on sound theoretical and methodological principles?
  • Has the research process adhered to appropriate ethical standards?
  • Is the research at a sufficiently advanced stage to make the publication of results meaningful? (Adapted from the APA publication manual).

4. Submissions should preferably not exceed 5000 words (approximaltey 20 pages, 1.5 spacing and 12 point font) but must not exceed 7000 words including references (25 to 26 pages) and should be prefaced by a brief précis/abstract (no more than 300 words) of the paper (on average, expect 250 to 300 words per page). Footnotes must not be used unless there are exceptional circumstances that warrant their use.

5. Authors must certify that their paper is not under consideration by any other journal AND that it will not be submitted elsewhere until and unless a final, written rejection decision from the Editor-in-Chief has been received.

6. Articles accepted for publication by the Editor-in-Chief will attract an 'article processing charge' (APC) of US$650 (US Dollars). The corresponding author will be invoiced by the publisher at the time of acceptance and publication of the article will be contingent on payment of the processing fee. Click here for a Universal Currency Converter (XE).

7. The modest processing fee assists with costs entailed in the many necessary ongoing activities that are central to the good operational functioning of the IPJP. In particular, this includes the editorial process of language and copy editing, proof-reading and formatting, as well as site maintenance and web hosting. Publication costs are usually covered by the author's institution or research funds.

8. Where a prospective author is unable to meet the processing fee but where the nature and substance of the submission is considered by the Editorial Board to be meritorious AND the circumstances exceptional, the processing might be waived upon application by the author.

9. Journal articles are published as Open Access under a Creative Commons license, which allows free download and use of the articles with appropriate attribution of authorship. Acceptance of an article for publication is on the understanding that authors will grant in writing a license to the publisher to publish and sell the article in print form. Papers accepted for publication will be available free online.

10. Submissions are made electronically via the journal site to the Editor-in-Chief.

11. The preferred word-processor format is:

  • MSWord

and the required referencing style is:

See the IPJP Referencing Style Sheet

For an online video tutorial on the latest APA key elements, click here. Alternatively, the Purdue Online Writing Lab has relatively extensive (and downloadable) APA style guides.

12. Regarding a general writing style in the English language and common errors and language redundancies, interested authors might wish to download a short 26-page booklet 'Elements of Style' by William Strunk and Elwyn White.

13. Prospective authors are advised to note the Instructions to Authors, and strongly encouraged to follow the Author Guidelines even at the early stage of initial submission.

14. From time to time, the journal might call for papers from the academic community that are focused on particular cognate areas of concern.

15. The journal reserves the right to suggest alterations to contributions, and to reject papers as seen fit. Correspondence will not be entertained in this regard.

16. Editorial policy is to publish in the English language. Should submissions be received in other languages, contributors will be charged for the cost of translation into English.

17. Reviewers will be grouped into categories consistent with their areas of expertise; in philosophy, psychology, health and nursing, visual arts, social science, education, religion, etc. Articles related to these fields will generally be sent to reviewers whose expertise lies in the relevant field.

18. Reviewers are scholars who have not previously co-published extensively with the author(s), and who are for this and other reasons free of bias in relation to the subject matter, the author (s) and / or their institution.

19. On receipt of an article, the Editor-in-Chief will remove all references to the author identity and send the article to members of the review panel whose expertise relates to the subject area of the submitted article.

20. Within one week of acceptance of an article for publication, contributors are required to submit a brief professional biography to be published at the end of their article. These biographies should include the contributor's qualifications, current role and organisational affiliations, and / or recently published work. Contributors are encouraged to submit head-and-shoulder photographs (colour) of themselves for publication in the journal.

All articles will be double-blind reviewed by two (2) or more reviewers. Reviewers have three options in respect of their recommendations:

  • accept without qualification
  • accept with qualification: publication subject to editing/rewriting as stipulated
  • reject outright (in which case no correspondence will be entered into).

In those cases where an editorial qualification applies, the Editor-in-Chief may, in consultation with the reviewers, initiate a developmental revision process aimed at improving the calibre of the article in question. At the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief, the revised article may be submitted for a further process of review prior to final approval and publication.

A Refereed and Peer Reviewed Journal

In order to achieve a high standard of academic excellence and acceptance by readers, the Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology is refereed by recognised scholars in the field, and chooses to make use of a process of blind review, which involves each manuscript being submitted to two or more reviewers who receive the manuscript but have no information about the author. The Journal seeks to conform to the highest standards for refereed and peer-reviewed scientific journals as recommended internationally by SHERPA.

Additionally, the IPJP is compliant with the ASSAf Code of Best Practice in Editorial Discretion and Peer Review.


The journal has noticed a marked increase in the number of submissions containing unacknowledged intellectual material, ranging from sentences and central phrases through to entire sets of paragraphs and even, in some instances, sections comprising as much as 60% of the original author's work, copied verbatim from online as well as traditional sources, with failure to acknowledge its source.

The IPJP, in common with the broader academic community of scholars, frowns upon the ‘unacknowledged and unauthorized reproduction’ of intellectual material in this fashion.

Prospective authors are advised that the journal will not publish work which, in the assessment of the editorial team, contains ‘unacknowledged and unauthorized reproduction’ of the ideas and words of others. Please therefore ensure that the source of all cited, quoted or otherwise incorporated material is duly acknowledged, as the IPJP does not wish to be a repository for plagiarised work.

The journal also wishes to caution prospective authors against what has become known as self-plagiarism, where authors present their own previously published work as new scholarship. There are, however, limited circumstances under which authors may wish to duplicate their words without attribution when, for instance, describing an analytical or methodological approach and might feel that extensive self-referencing is undesirable. When duplication of one's own words is more extensive, then citation should be the norm. (Adapted from the APA Publication Manual)

Protecting Intellectual Property Rights

Publication Credit: Authorship is reserved for persons who make a substantial contribution to and who accept responsibility for a published work.

Definition of authorship: Individuals should only take authorship credit for work they have actually performed or to which they have substantially contributed. Authorship encompasses, therefore, not only those who do the actual writing but also those who made substantial scientific contributions to a study. Substantial professional contributions may include formulating the problem, structuring the design, organizing and conducting the analysis, interpreting the results, or writing a major portion of the paper. Those who so contribute should be listed in the byline. Lesser contributions, which do not constitute authorship, may be acknowledged in a note. These contributions may include such supportive functions and/or advising about the methodology, analysis, collecting information, and recruiting participants, for example. Conducting routine observations does not constitute authorship.

Determining authorship: As early as practicable in a research project, collaborators should decide on which tasks are necessary for the project's completion, how the work will be divided, which tasks or combination of tasks merits authorship credit, and on what level credit should be given (first author, second author, etc.). Collaborators may need to reassess authorship credit and order if changes in relative contribution are made in the course of the project (and its publication). This is especially true in faculty-student collaborations, when students may need more intensive supervision than originally anticipated, when additional analyses are required beyond the scope of a student's current level of training, or when the level of the contribution of the student exceeds that originally anticipated.

When a paper is accepted by an editor, it is advisable that each person listed in the byline verify in writing that he or she agrees to serve as an author and accepts the responsibilities of authorship.

Order of authorship: Authors are responsible for determining authorship and for specifying the order in which two or more authors' name appear in the byline. The general rule is that the name of the principal contributor should appear first, with subsequent names in order of decreasing contribution, but this convention can vary from field to field. If authors played equal roles in the research and publication of their study, they may wish to note this in the author note.

Principal authorship and the order of authorship credit should accurately reflect the relative contributions of persons involved. Relative status (i.e., department chair, junior faculty member, student) should not determine the order of authorship. Because doctoral work is expected to represent an independent and original contribution devised by students, except under rare circumstances, students should be listed as the principal author of any multi-authored papers substantially based on their dissertation. Unusual exceptions to doctoral student first authorship might occur when the doctoral dissertation is published as part of a collection of studies involving other researchers. Whether students merit principal authorship on master's-level or other predoctoral research will depend on their specific contributions to the research. When master's-level students make the primary contributions to a study, they should be listed as the first author. When students are just beginning to acquire skills necessary to make a primary scientific contribution, they may conduct master's theses that involve the opportunity to learn these skills through collaboration on a faculty-originated project. In such cases, authorship should be determined by the relative contributions of student and faculty member to the project. (Adapted from relevant section of the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual)


The editorial policy on copyright is not to hold restrictive copyright on manuscripts for publication in the journal, but to require authors to assign to the Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology the right to publish their texts both electronically and in any other format they see fit, along with the right to store manuscripts in an electronic archive. As with accepted scholarly practice, authors wishing to quote text from this journal must cite in full the details of the author, title, journal title, edition number and date of the article/s they wish to cite.

Once published, authors may disseminate their papers (final, accepted and peer-reviewed PDF version) in whatever way they wish, within the terms set out in the Creative Commons Licence 4.0. The IPJP has adopted the CC BY-NC-ND licensing agreement. Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Accordingly, authors may post a copy of the PDF of their published article to their institutional repository or to any departmental or personal website, etc., subject to acknowledging its publication in the Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology.

The IPJP's policy in this regard accords with the best practice models supported by SHERPA.

Authors might also wish to visit the SPARC hosted site dealing authors' rights as well as the Scholarly Communications section of the Duke University Library.

It is suggested that material cited from the Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology should be referenced as follows (APA style):

Boulder, R. (2015). How to avoid surprises: An experientially-based hermeneutic exposition of being 'caught in the act' by a stranger. The Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 4(2), 12 pp. doi: 10.2989/ IPJP.2015.

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