Editorial Statement

HUMAN BEHAVIOR, DEVELOPMENT and SOCIETY is a refereed multidisciplinary journal that explores a wide range of scholarly topics, especially in fields relating to the humanities and social sciences. It is published online three times a year and is available free of charge through its website, with a limited number of hard copies available. The journal has been published since 2006 by Asia-Pacific International University, Muak Lek, Thailand, through its publishing arm Institute Press. 

The journal has the following objectives

a). To stimulate the creation and synthesis of beneficial information, as well as its broad dissemination, especially in the varied fields of the humanities and social sciences, 

b). To foster a deeper understanding regarding the impact of business policies and practices on society, and 

c). To promote the adoption of best practices in communities through education, and to aid in the resolution of community issues for the betterment of society; this represents the development aspect referred to in its name.

 Editorial Objectives

The editorial objectives are to advance knowledge through use of classical–or the creation of innovative–methods of investigation, and to foster the examination of cross-cultural issues to increase mutual understandings among diverse social groups. Encouraging cooperative studies and scholarly exchange across borders is a key aim, especially when these may have practical applications within the Southeast Asian region. The application of theoretical considerations to organizations, fields, and communities is also an outcome that is sought.

Journal Positioning

The journal is broadly based and has the potential to impact thinking and practices across a range of subject areas, dealing with substantive issues that arise in both developing and developed countries. It will likely appeal to readers with a broad appreciation of the social issues facing organizations, communities, and governments operating under varied challenges and constraints. Its contents are meant to appeal to both the academic community and practitioners in numerous areas of interest. The positioning of the journal means that a variety of topics is covered in most issues. These, in turn, differ in their philosophical content, academic appeal, and practical implications.

Appropriate Content

The journal covers a broad spectrum of topics. These include, but are not limited to, anthropology, allied health focused on community issues and health education, education from the primary to the tertiary levels, literature, language use and acquisition, business, management, finance, information technology, geography, psychology, social sciences, philosophy, and theology. Review essays and seminar/forum papers are also accepted when appropriately focused. Well-executed studies that address interesting and significant topics in the areas mentioned above are particularly welcomed. All articles accepted should make significant contributions to understanding and add to the corpus of knowledge in their respective fields.

The following constitutes a partial list of topics that are considered potentially suitable for publication:

1. Applied linguistic or linguistic studies that examine issues related to communication, language pedagogy and use, as well as theories and meaning of language.

2. Religious or biblical studies that explore historical, philosophical, sociological, as well as hermeneutical issues.

3. Anthropological or ethnographic studies which seek to reflect cultural nuances of communities for a better understanding of the society.

4. Cultural/intercultural issues and diversity, including how tensions involving these parameters might be handled to achieve social justice and acceptance.

5. Review articles or studies in the fields of marketing, business, stock market trading, auditing practices, and information technology, along with their significance to the business and broader community.

6. Organizational behavior, resilience, and the creation of a positive psychological work environment and job satisfaction.

7. Teaching strategies, interventions, assessment, and other issues to the betterment of society.

8. Policies and political movements, and their impact on educational development.

9. Violence, discrimination, and marginalization: how these issues are viewed in contemporary society, and the factors contributing to their emergence.

10. Social trends in addictive behavior; how to address such issues creatively.

11. Impact of specific policies and interventions on health care, including how to promote positive health outcomes in communities.

12. Innovative and cost effective approaches to health care and education in poor, rural communities.


Ownership and Management

Institute Press (or Journal of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies)

Asia-Pacific International University

195 Village 3, Muak Lek Subdistrict (P. O. Box 4)

Muak Lek District, Saraburi Province 18180, THAILAND

Tel. +66 36 720777 (ext. 1152) Email: hbdssec@apiu.edu


Institute Press Administrative Board

Editor (Chair)

Managing Editor (Vice-Chair/Secretary)

Associate Editors

Director of Research

Associate Director of Research

Editorial Assistant (Recording Secretary) (print journal, p. 2)



Human Behavior, Development and Society journal promotes open free-of-charge online access to all of its published research and academic articles to reach a broad audience anywhere in the world.



All articles published in HBDS journal, along with links to the journal’s predecessor (Catalyst, from 2006 – 2018), may be found on its ThaiJo webpage. These articles may be downloaded free-of-charge by anyone who wishes to read them.


Revenue Sources

HBDS journal receives funding and institutional support from Asia-Pacific International University. Production of the journal is viewed as part of the academic service to society provided by the university in conjunction with the scholarly community. No payments are given for peer review services or publication fees charged for articles published in the journal.


Advertising and Direct Marketing

Human Behavior, Development and Society journal relies on word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied authors and readers who find valuable information in articles and share their opinions with others, rather than engaging in direct marketing. It currently does not accept advertisements.