About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Asian Journal of International Affairs aims to create space for intellectual discourse, debate, and dialogue with both inductive and deductive analysis of International Relations. It seeks to express Nepal's voice in the regional and global academic arena through intensive research, debate, dialogue, discourse, publication, and dissemination of new knowledge. In addition, it focuses on oriental philosophical approaches at the center and western philosophical approaches at its periphery. Thus, the Journal connects the World's academics, professors, researchers, think tanks, scholars, policymakers, diplomats, and even promising students of International Relations. The scope of AJIA is not limited to experts in Asian affairs but also in becoming relevant to readers with a practical interest in the region.

Publication Frequency

AJIA is published annually.

Peer Review Process

The Editor first examines at the cover page of the submitted manuscript. The cover page shall include title of the article, research statement, problem and questions, objectives, research gap, methods, and crux of the conclusion. The Editor can discard the submitted manuscript based on the information provided through the cover page. For others, they go through the abstract and skim any section of the manuscript to determine whether it passes their quality threshold. The editorial board inspects the list of references and the article is sent for plagiarism test.

The manuscripts which pass the initial screening will be sent for peer review.

Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers through a double-blind process. It will be evaluated by the editor in consultation with subject experts without disclosing the authors’ identity. The manuscript will be evaluated based on the aim and scope of the journal, originality of content, its argument, structure and relevancy. 

Generally, a minimum of two peer reviewers are chosen for the review process. Peer reviewers are ideally experts in their field who are selected from the roster of experts from AJIA. The peer review is completed after reviewers' detailed reports with comments on the manuscript and respective recommendation in a standard evaluation form of AJIA. Typically, this will take almost 3 to 4 weeks or one month.

The Editorial Board considers the feedback provided by the peer reviewers and arrives at a decision. The following are the most common decisions that are made:

  1. Accept without any changes
  2. Accept with minor revisions
  3. Accept after major revisions
  4. Revise and resubmit
  5. Reject the paper

Publication Ethics

Dispute Resolution
Dispute resolution in most journals focuses on preventing disputes rather than some universal standard for resolving them. Disputes in journals mostly comprise authorship dispute, misconduct, plagiarism, different evaluation of peer reviewers on the same journal articles, etc. AJIA resolves any disputes arising out of the publication of the journal in following two ways:

  1. Internal Mechanism: Under this, individual recommendations by the peer reviewers and dispute regarding the authorship will be resolved by forming an Internal Committee for Dispute Settlement (ICDS). The committee will comprise each member from the advisory board, editorial board, KSL professors, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.
  2. External Mechanism: If the ICDS under the internal mechanism fails to settle any dispute, the External Committee for Dispute Settlement (ECDS) will be constituted on the recommendation of ICDS with the participation of four national-level subjects matter experts. The External Committee for Dispute Settlement (ECDS) will be independent and authorized to settle disputes.

To acquire the privilege of authorship, each individual should  contribute in the conceptualization, design, execution, and/or interpretation of the research , as well as on  drafting, substantively reviewing or revising the research article, and a willingness to assure responsibility of the research.

Authorship Dispute
Each paper contributor should have a written authorship agreement before the article is written, which should reduce the chances of disputes arising at a later stage.  However, we accept that many people are reluctant to be pinned down in this way, and that it will not always be possible to take such a sensible approach in real life.

Disagreements about authorship can be classified into two types: those that do not contravene guidelines (disputes) and those that do (misconduct).

(a) Disputes
These are largely questions of interpretation, such as whether someone’s contribution was ‘substantial’ or not. In such cases, the negotiation is done among authors and the Editors.

(b) Misconduct
Whenever there is a proposal of creating an authorship list that is unethical, the Editors could well decline to publish if found out.

Open Access Policy

AJIA 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.


The views expressed in the journal articles explicitly reflect the views of the author/s and do not reflect the views or endorsement of AJIA and KSL.


AJIA is published and supported by the Kathmandu School of Law.