The Pacific Geographies (PG), ISSN 2196-1468, is the peer-reviewed semi-annual publication of the Association for Pacific Studies (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Pazifische Studien e.V., APSA). From 1992-2012 it was labelled Pacific News (ISSN 1435-8360). It is published through the Department of Human Geography of Hamburg University, Germany. It is an open access journal, all articles can be downloaded for free. The PG provides an interdisciplinary academic platform to discuss social, cultural, environmental and economic issues and developments in the Asia-Pacific region.

It is the aim of the PG to also encourage emerging researchers such as postgraduate students as well as practitioners to report on their research-based work. The journal targets a wide audience of readers including academics and students, public and private sector representatives and the general public with an interest in research that is based in the Asia-Pacific region.

In order to uphold scientific standards, the PG is implementing a peer-review process. Articles marked as „scientific papers“ have been peer-reviewed by two external reviewers. Scientific papers report on and discuss original research; they are theory-driven and contribute to the knowledge in the respective field. Articles marked as „research notes“ have been peer-reviewed by one external reviewer and a member of the editorial board. “Research notes” can report on research in progress or be the result of non-original or applied research. All other contributions have been reviewed by the editorial board.

The use of full-coloured photos and high-quality maps provides authors with unique opportunities to illustrate their work and sets Pacific Geographies apart from other area studies journals.

APSA-Members receive the Pacific Geographies complimentary as benefit of their membership.

The Association of Pacific Studies (Arbeitsgemeinschaft fuer Pazifische Studien e.V., APSA) was founded in 1987 at the Department of Geograpy of the Technical University Aachen/Germany. The reason for the establisment of the APSA was the common interest in the countries of the Asian-Pacific Region.

Activities initiated so far have been the implementation of workshops, conferences, public lectures or poster exhibitions. To sustain these efforts a books series Pazifik Forum was started in 1990. In 1992, this was complemented by the publication of the semi-annual journal Pacific News. The latter is now the major activity of APSA. In 2012 Pacific News was re-labelled Pacific Geographies to better reflect the character as an area studies journal.

Above all, the APSA sees its role as one the most important science-based networks in Germany for people who are fascinated by the Asian-Pacific region and who are interested in academic exchange.

Books series of the Association of Pacific Studies (APSA)

Overview of the volumes published so far within the book series Pazifik Forum


WAIBEL, M. (ED.) (2017) Phnom Penh: KHMER City. Book series PAZIFIK FORUM of the Association of Pacific Studies; Volume 19, APSA Publishing House, Phnom Penh / Cambodia, 208 pages. ISBN: 978-9924-9151-0-2.