Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Journal

APSDJ Current issue
Vol. 25, No. 1, June 2018
Urban Nexus Policy Brief




The Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Journal (APSDJ) aims to stimulate debate and enrich research in the formulation of policy in the Asia-Pacific region towards the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The APSDJ seeks to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, ideas and analysis on issues concerning sustainable development across its economic, social and environmental dimensions.

Published twice a year, the APSDJ is a rebranded journal of ESCAP that builds on the success of two earlier journals – the Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ), being published since 1994, and the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ), in print since 1986. These journals are being merged in recognition of the interconnected and multidisciplinary nature of sustainable development.


Hamza Malik, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD)

Editorial Board

Patrik Andersson (SDD), Cai Cai (SDD), Sabine Henning (SDD), Oliver Paddison (MPFD), Sweta Saxena (MPFD), Tientip Subhanij (MPFD)

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Kaushik Basu, Cornell University
  • Martin Ravallion, Georgetown University
  • Sabina Alkire, University of Oxford
  • Naila Kabeer, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Li Xiaoyun, International Poverty Reduction Centre China
  • Shigeo Katsu, Nazarbayev University
  • Ehtisham Ahmad, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Myrna S. Austria, De La Salle University

Submission guidelines

  1. Manuscripts

    Original contributions are invited, especially papers related to sustainable development that are policy-oriented and relevant to Asia and the Pacific. Articles should aim to discuss challenges pertinent to one or more dimensions of sustainable development, policy options and implications, and/or policy experiences that may be of benefit to the region.

    All material submitted for the consideration of the Editorial Board should be in the English language. The manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, on one side of white A4 paper. Manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words, including tables, figures, references and other materials. Manuscripts should include a short abstract (200 words) of the issues addressed and the most important policy-related findings.

    Manuscripts are accepted on the understanding that they may be edited. Contributors are required to sign a consent form verifying that their articles are original and has not been published in any other publications or refereed Journal(s).

    All manuscripts will be submitted to double-blind peer review by professionals in the field. The name(s) of the author(s) or other identifying information should therefore be placed only on the title page in order to preserve anonymity. The title page should also include information such as institutional affiliation(s), complete mailing address, telephone number, e-mail of the author(s).

    Manuscripts should be sent by e-mail to the Editor, APSDJ, at

  2. Tables and Figures

    All tables and figures should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers. Each table should be typed double-spaced. Tables and figures should be planned to fit the proportions of the printed page. Full information on the source(s) should appear below the table/figure, followed by notes, if any, in lower-case letters.

    Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author(s) will be asked to supply figures, tables and charts, preferably in Microsoft Excel or any major spreadsheet program.

  3. Footnotes and Quotations

    Footnotes, if any, should be numbered consecutively with superscript Arabic numerals. They should be typed single-spaced and placed at the bottom of each page. Footnotes should not be used solely for citing references.

    Quotations should be double-spaced. A copy of the page(s) of the original source of the quotation, as well as a copy of the cover page of that source, should be provided.

  4. References

    Authors should ensure that there is a complete reference for every citation in the text. References in the text should follow the author-date format, followed, if necessary, by page numbers, for example Becker (1964, pp. 13-24). List only those references that are actually cited in the text or footnotes. References, listed alphabetically, should be typed double-spaced on a separate page in the following style:

    Desai, Padma, ed. (1983). Marxism, Central Planning, and the Soviet Economy. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
    Husseini, Rana (2007). Women leaders attempt to bridge East-West cultural divide. Jordan Times, 9 May.
    Krueger, Alan B., and Lawrence H. Summers (1987). Reflections on the inter-industry wage structure In Unemployment and the Structure of               Labour Markets, Kevin Lang and Jonathan S. Leonard, eds. London: Basis Blackwell.

APSDJ Current issue

Vol. 25, No. 1, June 2018

Asia-Pacific Development Journal

Published twice a year by the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific since 1994. The primary objective of the Asia-Pacific Development Journal is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and to stimulate policy debate and assist in the formulation of policy.


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