The International Academy of Social Sciences is a learned society currently headed by H.E. Alfredo Palacio, 44th President of the Republic of Ecuador as Honorary President of the Academy. The president is H.E. Dr. Otto F. von Feigenblatt, 9th Honorary Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo. Membership in the Academy is an honor received for top scholars in a wide variety of fields. Academicians include government officials, professors, and intellectuals. The Academy organizes seminars, conferences, and other activities in more than twenty countries.
The Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences was established in September 2008 by a group of scholars from around the world to promote the following goals and principles:
- · To give voice to scholars and practitioners around the world;
- · To promote the diffusion of “subjugated knowledges” and marrginalized discourses;
- · To provide a forum for the deliberation and scholarly exploration of alternative paradigms in the social sciences;
- · To promote and facilitate the publication of articles, ethnographies, and other scholarly writings reflecting the previously mentioned principles.
The original members of the Journal thought that something needed to be done to give voice to young scholars in the process of making a reputation and international scholars who are marginalized by the dominant center of Anglo-American Academia. Establishing a Journal with that goal in mind was the first step in the process of helping right what they perceived to be a clear instance of structural injustice. A second step was the transformation of JAPSS into a viable international epistemic community of scholars and practitioners who support the goals and principles of the founders. Finally, JAPSS is in the process of establishing the JAPSS Press, which will publish longer scholarly works and provide editorial and marketing services to members of the organization.
JAPSS is a Non-Profit Organization (NGO) registered in Florida, Texas, and Costa Rica. Its structure is a based on an international network of original founders from countries as diverse as Japan and Costa Rica. It should be noted that all active officers of JAPSS are voluntary and driven by the guiding principles of the organization.
The Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences is indexed and catalogued by:
EBSCO, OpenJGate, E-journals.com, Getcited, the Directory of Open Access Journals, Ulrichsweb: Global Serials Directory, inter alia.
JAPSS has representatives in the following countries:
Thailand, Japan, Costa Rica, India, the United States of America, Spain, France, India, Malaysia, Spain, Morocco, Indonesia, and Australia.