Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology

Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology The IPJP is intended primarily as a forum for Southern African, Indian, Australian, Asian, New Zealand and Pacific Island scholars to discuss a broad range of phenomenological issues. ISSN 1445-7377 (ONLINE) ISSN 2079-7222 (PRINT) Journal metadata

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  • Publisher

    The IPJP is currently published by NISC (Pty) Ltd in association with Taylor & Francis in an online Open Access format.

  • Aims and scope

    The Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology aims to provide scholars in the southern hemisphere with an avenue through which they can express their scholarship. The IPJP also serves as a networking opportunity for scholars in the region as they undertake their research, just as similar avenues exist in the Northern Hemisphere (Europe and North America).

    The IPJP is intended primarily as a forum for Southern African, Indian, Australian, Asian, New Zealand and Pacific Island scholars to discuss a broad range of issues within the phenomenological tradition.

    Contributions from the Northern Hemisphere will also be considered.
    The underlying assumption of the IPJP is that phenomenology provides researchers with a unique research philosophy which allows them to explore issues central to the question of being human. It enables the richness of human experience to be fully explicated.

    We particularly seek to support scholars who feel the need for a further dimension in their research that would enable them to explore topics whose import lies beyond the reach of measurement and calibration, and in areas such as human meaning, experience, values, and truthfulness. Moreover, we envisage the Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology as providing established scholars and students with an avenue for publishing written material and undertaking new exploratory research in areas such as emotional sentiment, mental states, bodily experience and existence as well as social and interpersonal relationships, and the contexts in which these take place.

    Area of interest

    The journal's primary area of interest is focused on broadly based phenomenological and qualitative research approaches (theoretical and empirical) to deepening and refining our understanding of what it means to be human in every aspect that might pertain to human living, feeling and behaving in all realms whether these be spiritual or secular.

  • Profile

    The Editorial Board of the journal is aware of the broad range of ways in which phenomenology is applied by a variety of scholars, such as classical, hermeneutical, existential and religious, AND that phenomenology is an approach and a research method which is not static but evolving. As such, it is the Board's wish that each of these sub-disciplines be developed and extended within the context of this forum.
    Of particular interest to the journal is the application of these various sub-disciplines and their theoretical sources, to applied practical topics in the research field determined by submitting authors.


    Printed copies of the Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology are available from the publishers NISC (Pty) Ltd.
    Visit NISC to subscribe online to the printed journal or to purchase individual issues.

    Alternatively, e-mail for pricing and more information. Printed reprints of individual articles are also available for purchase. 

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    The DoE, South Africa. The IPJP is approved by the Department of Education (South Africa) for educational and research subsidy purposes.

  • Editors

    Christopher R. Stones
    Editor-in-Chief, Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology

    Sally Borbasi
    The Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia

    Bruce Bradfield
    Clinical Psychologist, Cape Town, South Africa

    Roger Brooke
    Department of Psychology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA

    Karin Dahlberg
    School of Health and Caring Sciences, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden

    André de Koning
    Jungian Psychoanalyst, Perth, Australia

    Stuart Devenish
    School of Ministry, Theology and Culture, Tabor College, Adelaide, Australia

    Louise du Toit
    Department of Philosophy, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Steve Edwards
    Professor Emeritus of Psychology (University of Zululand), South Africa

    Lester Embree (Advisor to the Board)
    Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA

    Linda Finlay
    Integrative Psychotherapist and Academic Consultant, Scarborough, United Kingdom

    Kathleen Galvin
    Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull, United Kingdom

    Assie Gildenhuys
    Department of Psychology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

    Amedeo Giorgi (Advisor to the Board)
    Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, Saybrook University, San Francisco, USA

    Philip Greenway
    Counselling and Clinical Psychologist, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Steen Halling
    Department of Psychology, Seattle University, USA

    Manton Hirst (Advisor to the Board)
    Anthropologist (rtd), King William's Town, South Africa

    Tom Martin
    Department of Philosophy, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
    Paul McDonald
    Department of Philosophy, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

    Rosie McLaren
    Psychoanalytically orientated Psychotherapist, Perth, Australia

    Chris Milton
    Jungian Analyst, Auckland, New Zealand

    Prevan Moodley
    Department of Psychology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

    Ian Owen
    Principal Integrative Psychotherapist, NHS Foundation, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

    Kalpana Ram
    Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

    Brent Dean Robbins
    Department of Psychology, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, USA

    Dyann Ross
    University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

    Robert Schweitzer
    Department of Psychology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

    Alon Segev
    Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Springfield, USA

    Trish Sherwood
    Director: Sophia College, Brunswick, WA, Australia

    Cheung On Tam
    Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong

    Les Todres (Advisor to the Board)
    Institute of Health and Community Studies, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

    Ron Valle
    Awakening: A Center for Exploring Living and Dying, Brentwood, USA

    Hennie van der Mescht
    Professor Emeritus of Education (Rhodes University), South Africa

    Max van Manen (Advisor to the Board)
    Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
    Rex van Vuuren
    Professor Emeritus of Psychology (St Augustine College), South Africa

    Peter Willis
    School of Education, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

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  • Guide to authors

    Editorial Policy/Guidelines

    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).


    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.

    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.
    The journal's primary area of interest is focused on broadly based phenomenological and qualitative research approaches (theoretical and empirical) to deepening and refining our understanding of what it means to be human in every aspect that might pertain to human living, feeling and behaving in all realms whether these be spiritual or secular.

    Preparation and Style of Manuscripts

    Submissions must not exceed 5000 to 7000 words including references (12 to 15 pages, 1.5 spacing) and should be prefaced by a brief précis/abstract (no more than 300 words) of the paper. Footnotes must not be used unless there are exceptional circumstances that warrant their use.

    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.
    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.

    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.

    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.

    Journal articles are published as Open Access under a Creative Commons license [CC BY-NC-ND 4.0], 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.

    Manuscript submission process

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

    The preferred word-processor format is MSWord; and the required referencing style is APA (American Psychological Association).

    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.
    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.

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

    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.

    Review Process

    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.
    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.

    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.

    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)


    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.

  • Contact

    Professor Christopher R. Stones
    P O Box 1315, Ruimsig Boulevard, Ruimsig
    South Africa (ZA)
    27(0) 83 222 9666

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