Journal History

ASEAN Journal on Science and Technology for Development (AJSTD) was first published in 1984, under the agreed procedures of ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (ASEAN COST). It is agreed that Editorship of the Journal rotates every three years amongst ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). In this issue, I, Dr. Narongrit Sombatsompop, am pleased to inform you on the Editorship of the ASEAN Journal on Science and Technology for Development (AJSTD) is now passed from Singapore (1999-2002) to Thailand (2002-2005), starting from June 2002 of which I am taking charge of the Chief Editor of the journal.

As the new Chief Editor, I would like to invite readers who are involved in research to contribute original scientific works on any aspects related to science and technology for consideration for publication in the Journal. The AJSTD is considered and international refereed Journal of the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (ASEAN COST). The goals of this journal are to advance scientific and technology in a wide range of subjects, including Biotechnology, Non-Conventional Energy Research, Materials Science and Technology, Microelectronics and Information Technology, Space Applications, and Science and Technology Policy, Infrastructure and Resources Development.

When the journal was launched, up to May 2002, there were 2 issues a year about 200 pages. One of the new changes is that, the numbers of issues and papers will be increased to 4 issues a year of more than 360 pages, starting in January 2003. This change would hopefully make it more feasible to find the needle of information relevant to your interests in the world’s literature. During the past three months (May to July 2002) since I have taken the editorship from Singapore, there have been quite a number of manuscripts submitted for publications in the journal, more than 50 papers being submitted, about 25 of which were submitted through the former Chief-Editor (Prof. S.K. Chou). As a consequence, some new policies of the review process have been discussed and launched in this recent editorial team, the policies being based on a thought that a manuscript is assessed as to whether it is of great significance for the development of science and technology. All manuscripts are usually reviewed by two clear-cut recommendations from the two referees, and in some cases (but rare) the Editor even has to decide against the authors. In addition, some of the referees have been notified from the Editor that, only manuscripts that have been assessed and marked 75% or higher could be regarded as either revision to further review or acceptance for publication. These actions are to ensure the readers that only high quality and most significant work will be published in the journal. Having considered in the positive side of these newly lunched policies, the articles accepted and published in the AJSTD journal are, therefore, considered high quality, and this makes the journal more enhanced and uppermost, and eventually moving towards one of the prestigious journals.

This is the first issue of the journal since Thailand has taken turn on the Editorship at this time. All the manuscripts accepted and published in this issue were submitted through the former Chief Editor, but reviewed under my responsibility. In this issue, the journal has published 10 scientific papers, 8 from Malaysia, 1 from Philippines, and 1 from Thailand. My editorial team and I strongly believe that the journal and its publication represent a modern inter-/multi-disciplinary approach in science and technology, and hope that the readers find this journal of value (Dr. Narongrit Sombatsompop).

The New Management: 20182020

Based on the decision of the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST), Sub-Committee on Science and Technology Infrastructure and Resources Development (SCIRD) Meeting in October 2016, the chairmanship of AJSTD will be handed over to Indonesia in 2018, taking over from Malaysia as the country responsible for the management of the journal.

Indonesia has shown a commitment to the ASEAN endeavor of enhancing scientific collaboration throughout South East Asia, and will act as chair until 2020, during which time it will seek to build upon Malaysia’s stewardship of AJSTD, nurturing innovation in science and technology and promoting ASEAN-wide sharing of the latest advances in technological research.

As of Volume 35, Issue 1 in 2018, all articles published in AJSTD are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, with the author(s) retaining copyright without restrictions. AJSTD is also built on Open Journal Systems (OJS), and guarantees immediate open access of its articles to readers.