About the Journal of Asian Studies

Published in February, May, August, and November, The Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) has long been recognized as the most authoritative and prestigious publication in the field of Asian studies. The JAS is published for the AAS by Cambridge University Press.

This quarterly has been published regularly since 1941, offering Asianists a wealth of information unavailable elsewhere.


Current AAS members can access the JAS archives via Cambridge University Press. The archives include articles from the first issue in 1941 through to the current issue.

JAS publishes the very best empirical and multidisciplinary work on Asia, spanning the arts, history, literature, the social sciences, and cultural studies. Experts around the world turn to this quarterly journal for the latest in-depth scholarship on Asia’s past and present, for its extensive book reviews, and for its state-of-the-field essays on established and emerging topics.

With coverage reaching from South and Southeast Asia to China, Inner Asia, and Northeast Asia, JAS welcomes broad comparative and transnational studies as well as essays emanating from fine-grained historical, cultural, political, or literary research and interpretation. The JAS also publishes clusters of papers representing new and vibrant discussions on specific themes and issues.

All current AAS members receive the print and online Journal of Asian Studies as a benefit of membership. Members who do not wish to receive the print version of the Journal of Asian Studies may opt out via the “Manage Privacy” link on their profile page or by contacting AAS Membership Manager, Doreen Ilozor, at dilozor@asian-studies.org.

In addition to the many advantages inherent to the online JAS—fully searchable tables of contents and abstracts, ease of downloading and printing of articles and citations, etc.—the online version allows access to multimedia supplements; video, music, and digital images can easily be uploaded and linked to relevant articles.


AAS bottom banner-EAA-JAS

Click on the cover image to view the Table of Contents for the August 2017 issue.