Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal encourages papers in public relations and communication research, theory, professional practice, comment, case studies and book reviews. The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges. All editing, reviewing, publishing and hosting of this journal is done without financial contribution from any institution or organisation. Such work is undertaken by academics in the service of the public relations and communication research field in the interests of promoting scholarship pertaining to the Asia Pacific region and/or undertaken by Asia Pacific scholars.




Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Industry Commentary

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Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The papers are "double blind reviewed". The editor endeavours to notify authors of the outcome of the "blind reviews" within 90 days.


Publication Frequency

The Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal publishes one volume per year and from August 2017, there will be one issue per year that will be published on a "rolling basis". 

It is clear that the nature of academic research has changed dramatically and increasingly journals are moving to online only. This journal, the Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal moved to online only some years back. Given how academics are finding and consuming academic literature, it is time to rethink the traditional print publishing practice of compiling articles into issues within volumes.

As stated recently  by Danielle Padula, the Community Development Manager for Scholastica publishing:

If scholars are searching for individual articles rather than journals, it begs the question: why not publish journal content on a rolling basis either instead of or in the interim of compiling articles into whole issues? Journals such as Sociological Science are adapting to meet the needs of the changing digital research landscape by publishing articles as they’re accepted, and they’re gaining many benefits as a result.


Drawing heavily on Padula’s work and basically only slightly adapting her original article please see the reasons that, as editor, I have decided to start publishing individual articles in place of journal issues:

Expanding our journal’s online presence

One of the main benefits the Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal can get from publishing articles on a rolling basis is improved visibility online via search results, website visits, and social media. The more often we publish new articles the more opportunities  are created for scholars to find your content. Generally, search engines will favour websites with new content and show newer quality articles at the top of search results. Additionally, by publishing new content throughout the year, rather than waiting to publish a journal issue once every 6-months or so, we will create more opportunities for scholars to come across and reference timely articles as they are published.

This does not mean we can’t have “special issues” but we will have “thematic groupings” on request with guest editors.

As scholars become aware that we regularly publish new content, we may find that those in the field are also more likely to frequent our website and follow your social media channels, in order to find and share new content related to their work.

Publishing fresh content can also help our journal build an email subscriber list, as scholars will have incentive to opt into your journal communication if they know they’ll be alerted to new articles often.

 Dr Melanie James, Editor.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. We adhere to the principles of the BOAI in that “open access” to this journal means it is free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.



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Until 2011 the journal was also issued in print.

From 2012 onwards all content is available freely from this website.

From 2016 all issues are published online by the University of Newcastle.

From volume 8 - 16 ( 2007-15) issues are also available online at the Public Relations Institute of Australia  https://www.pria.com.au/journal

Selected articles from earlier issues are available from Australian Public Affaris Full Text (Informit database)