Journal Mission Statement
The purpose of the Mission Statement is to clarify mission and objectives for the Journal (AAJP) as defined by the Association (AAPA). The AAJP’s Mission Statement reflects the mission of the Association, which is to advance the psychological well-being of Asian American communities through affecting professional practice, research, and teaching. Thus, the Journal aims to promote a better understanding of Asian American individuals and communities through research, practice, advocacy, education, and policy pertinent to all areas of psychology and related disciplines.
Empirical Works and Methodology
The Association would like the Journal to be methodologically inclusive, valuing the respective strengths of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches. Despite the fact that the field of psychology has historically favored quantitative methods, the journal recognizes the in-depth and theory-building contributions of qualitative methods (e.g., phenomenology, case studies). The Journal, therefore, aims to include articles utilizing traditionally underrepresented qualitative and mixed methodologies. The Journal will take into consideration that qualitative research manuscripts take more space than quantitative and will therefore have a larger page allowance for a qualitative manuscript than for a quantitative manuscript.
Addressing Practice-Related Issues
In addition to publishing empirical research, AAJP will address clinical practice, advocacy, education, and policy. In particular, the Association has recognized that the Journal needs to attend to ongoing discussion on practice. Published articles on Asian American psychology may address practice one of the following ways:
Focusing primarily on practice.
Case studies that make substantive clinical or theoretical contributions to the literature (Download Guidelines for Submitting Case Reports).
Empirical articles including “implications for practice.”
Empirical articles that include separate practice-orientated reflections, with independent practitioners responding to the findings of the research and its relevance to practice.The Editorial Board will actively solicit article submissions from various content areas (e.g., practice-oriented), disciplines (e.g., Asian American studies), and methodology (e.g., qualitative.)
The Editorial Board will reserve special issues (once per year) that are thematic and relate to topics that are underrepresented in the journal, of interest to the membership, and relevant to current trends in Asian American psychology. Special issue topics can be proposed by the Publications Committee in conjunction with the EC, the Editorial Board, and the membership at large.
We encourage articles that:
Contribute towards knowledge of Asian American psychology through research and examination of methodology.
Develop and advance theories pertinent to Asian Americans.
Promote the education and training of psychologists to work with Asian Americans, including the special issues relevant to the delivery of services to minority populations.
Attend to issues of social justice and policy issues related to Asian American individuals and communities.
Include attention to diverse communities within the broadest meaning of what it means to be Asian American.
Utilize qualitative and mixed method approaches.
The Association seeks interdisciplinary work from scholars with expertise in Asian American issues and mental health practitioners from different fields. In that vein, the Journal is interested in content that reflects collaboration between research and practice. The Association also values student development and encourages students to submit publication of their research and scholarship to the Journal.
Fredrick T.L. Leong (Founding Editor)
Bryan S.K. Kim