The journal, which had its first publication in April 2001, is an initiative of the Phenomenology Research Group (PRG) based at Edith Cowan University, South West Campus, in Western Australia and Rhodes University in South Africa, where there had been a long–established phenomenological tradition, spanning over three decades, from the early 1970s, introduced by Dreyer Kruger, through to the early 2000s.
The PRG is a circle of postgraduate scholars who have a range of scholarly research interests which cross a broad spectrum of areas including education, health, religion, philosophy, business, tourism, counselling and psychology amongst many others. The unifying force which holds these diverse research interests together is a commitment to phenomenology as a theoretical approach and research methodology.
Arising out of this collaborative phenomenological programme was the germination of the idea to facilitate world–wide dissemination of broadly–based phenomenological research through the vehicle of a scholarly journal.
Given the technological advances (ease and reliability) at that time in the realm of virtual connectivity, the decision was taken to pursue an ‘online’ route rather than striving to establish a hard copy / print journal with the many associated costs and logistics around content delivery. In this regard, the IPJP was amongst the first – international let alone local (Australia / South Africa, hence the derivation of its name, Indo–Pacific) – online scholarly journals.
From the outset, a ‘freely–downloadable’ approach was adopted although at that time there was no clear Open Access policy.
The journal's vision was further developed by Professor Robert Schweitzer from Queensland University of Technology and Dr Trish Sherwood of Edith Cowan University, with Professor Christopher Stones (then Head of Psychology at Rhodes University and who later joined the faculty at the University of Johannesburg in 2008) becoming involved shortly thereafter.
The IPJP was subsequently born in 2001, with Professor Schweitzer being its first Editor–in–Chief and Dr Stuart Devenish becoming its Executive Secretary. Professor Stones assumed the role of Editor–in–Chief in 2003.
The journal is published twice yearly in May and October including, on occasion, the release of a Special Edition.
Articles and abstracts are published in English.
Key abbreviated title is Indo-Pac. j. phenomenol. (Online).
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The IPJP is approved by the Department of Education (South Africa) for educational and research subsidy purposes.
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 Attribution–NonCommercial–NoDerivatives Licence 4.0. The IPJP has adopted the CC–BY–NC–ND 4.0 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 is currently published by NISC (Pty) Ltd in association with Taylor & Francis in an online Open Access format.
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