Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences

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The Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences (HKJSS) (ISSN:1021-3619) is a double-blind peer-reviewed, open access research journal. HKJSS aims to publish interdisciplinary research with a primary focus on original research or reviews in various disciplines of humanities and social sciences.

Articles are welcome in the following categories: education and assessment, English language & literature, media & journalism, politics & governance, psychology, sociology, macroeconomics, international economics, econometrics, tourism, insurance, commerce, marketing, history, political science, philosophy, culturology, aesthetics, ethics, law, spirituality.


The Hong Kong journal of Social Sciences is indexed by Scopus, Web of Science, America: History and Life, CSA Sociological Abstracts, Historical Abstracts, Hong Kong Journal Online, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, International Consortium for the Academic Publication, ProQuest,  Ulrich’s Periodical Directory, 中華民國期刊論文索引影像系統, 中文期刊篇目索引影像系統, 香港中文期刊論文索引, 港澳期刊網.


Journal audiences are learned readers, including researchers from universities and higher education institutions, policymakers, and administrators. 

Articles containing fundamental or applied scientific results in all areas of the social sciences are accepted for consideration.

The editorial board of the HKJSS includes 25 members and is chaired by Editor-in-Chief  Prof. Luo Jinyi.

Frequency of publication:  Four issues per year beginning in 2020

Access to all articles on the website is open beginning in 2020; neither registration nor payment is required.

Journal articles are licensed under the CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

The HKJSS maintains electronic versions of all articles. Data safety is ensured by backing up digital data in accordance with internal regulations. Logical and physical data migration are provided, and cloud technologies are applied.


Article Publication Charges

The HKJSS is an open access journal. It is not funded by any government grants. 

The HKJSS guarantees that no university library or individual reader will ever need to buy a subscription or pay any pay-per-view fees to access articles of the journal. 

To cover the cost of the publication and maintain an open access status, the journal depends on article publication charges (APCs), which are also called publication fees. An APC is due only after the author has received a letter of acceptance from the journal. 

There is NO SUBMISSION charge. 

If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the journal collects the following APC: EURO 350. 

How do you pay an APC? A payment invoice and instructions will follow the letter of acceptance.



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Paper Submission 



Submission open for No. 60 Autumn/Winter 2022

The Hong Kong journal of Social Sciences is accepting submissions for No. 60 Autumn/Winter 2022

Dear Authors,
Please submit your manuscripts through our Online Submission System http://hkjoss.com/index.php/journal/pages/view/papersubmission  or directly to the Chief -Editor's e-mail mailbox@hkjoss.com.  The journal publishes articles in English or Chinese.
Hong Kong journal of Social Sciences an international, open access journal with rapid peer-review, which publishes works from a wide range of fields, including anthropology, criminology, economics, education, geography, history, law, linguistics, political science, psychology, social policy, social work, sociology and so on. The journal seeks to appeal to an interdisciplinary audience and authorship which focuses upon real world research. With its efficient and qualified double-blind peer review process, Hong Kong journal of Social Sciences aims to present the newest relevant and emerging scholarship in the field to both academia and the broader public alike, thereby maintaining its place as a dynamic platform for engaging in social sciences research and academic debate.

Subject Areas:
•    Anthropology;
•    Aesthetics;
•    Culturology;
•    Criminology;
•    Commerce;
•    Education and assessment;
•    English language & literature;
•    Econometrics;
•    Ethics;
•    Geography;
•    History;
•    International economics;
•    Insurance;
•    Law;
•    Linguistics;
•    Marketing;
•    Macroeconomics;
•    Media & journalism;
•    Political science;
•    Philosophy;
•    Psychology;
•    Social policy;
•    Social work;
•    Sociology;
•    Spirituality;
•    Tourism;
•    Other related areas.

Articles should be prepared in strict accordance with the template found through the following link: http://hkjoss.com/docs/template.doc  and Author Guidelines, please check the link http://hkjoss.com/index.php/journal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines.  
Each article should have no more than six authors. A study based on up-to-date references of 2016-2021 is required.
All articles published in are published in full open access. In order to provide free access to readers, and to cover the costs of peer review, copyediting, typesetting, long-term archiving, and journal management, an article processing charge (APC) of EUR 350 applies to papers accepted after peer review.
Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English or Chinese. Authors may use our English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
Articles published in the Hong Kong journal of Social Sciences will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s).
Scopus coverage years: from 2010 to 2014, from 2016 to Present.

The Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences rank is Q4 (General Social Sciences).

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Poor maternal and child health has been identified as a health issue of migrants in Thailand. The main barriers to the access to healthcare services of migrants in Thailand include education, knowledge, language, socio-economic status of migrants, and attitudes of health service providers. Although the Thai government has declared the rights of migrant children to obtain birth registration and associated social services since 2008, only a few have obtained such a legal document. The World Vision Foundation of Thailand and Foundation for Rural Youth conducted the project “Empowering Civil Society Organisations for the Protection of Migrant Children” (ECPMC) funded by the European Union (EU) during February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2019 in which one of its main objectives was to increase the number of recorded birth registrations in Chumporn, Ranong and Tak provinces. An end-of-project impact evaluation was conducted during February to May 2019. A mixed method approach was used for data collection. This study aims to analyze assess of birth registration among migrant children and key drivers and barriers in obtaining birth registrations of migrant children in Thailand under the ECPMC project. Over the project period, there was an increase of 37% in birth registrations of children aged less than one year. Key driver of the process of birth registration is increasing awareness and knowledge of reproductive health, antenatal care, and safe delivery of migrant women. Enabling pregnant women to receive services of antenatal care at local hospitals was a crucial step to ensure that they obtained a birth certificate from the hospital, which is one of the important documents required for the process of birth registration.

Teeranong Sakulsri, Sarunya Sujaritpong

Global business environment forces such as globalization, technological advancements, financial innovation, regulation, and deregulation have driven banks to utilize alternative channels such as electronic banking (e-banking), mobile banking and automated teller machines (ATMs). This study aims to determine and highlight the importance of technology-enabled banking services using a focus group study method in an emerging market, South Africa. The study used a descriptive research design and a qualitative research method. The findings of the focus group study revealed that customers opt to use e-banking because it provides them with several benefits and identify crucial e-banking dimensions such as privacy and security, ease of use, availability, convenience, efficiency, reliability, responsiveness and contact and aesthetics. The results of the study suggest that the e-banking service indeed creates value for customers, enhances their banking experience that ultimately creates satisfaction, and builds a long-term bank-customer relationship, which translates into customer loyalty. The insight provided in this study is expected to assist marketing scholars and professionals engaged in the banking sector. By determining and highlighting the importance of technology-enabled banking services using a focus group, this study provides original insight into consumer behavior in technology-enabled products in an emerging market, South Africa.


Keywords: technology, e-banking, focus group, value, satisfaction, loyalty.

Ephrem Habtemichael Redda

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Keywords: employee engagement, leadership, work-life balance, training and development, recognition.

Sudhashini Nair, Neeta Jayabalan, Ilangovan Perumal

Indonesia has a large market potential in the halal food industry, thus attracting other countries to enter developing business in Indonesia, including Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks. This needs to be highlighted because it relates to non-halal issues at several critical points, such as the supply chain, starting from the procurement of raw materials, and storage, to distribution. This study aims to examine and analyze the effect of halal logo, food quality, and price consciousness, which is moderated by religious commitment. This study uses secondary and primary data to obtain information based on structured questions. A total of 176 respondents, Muslim Indonesian citizens (WNI) participated in filling out online questionnaires through the Google Forms media, which were then processed using WARP-PLS 7.0. The findings showed that the direct influence on willingness to pay was accepted, then the role of religious commitment as a moderating variable in the fifth hypothesis was rejected, the sixth hypothesis was accepted and the seventh hypothesis was rejected. This can be explained if the role of religious commitment can only prove if it can strengthen the relationship of the influence of food quality on willingness to pay. With the up-to-date conditions, the number of the respondents, and the emphasis on the case, the study can provide constructive implications. This research encourages halal food companies, including domestic MSMEs, to emphasize and pay attention to price fixing, product quality improvement, and the essence of the halal supply chain by procuring a halal logo.


Keywords: halal food, religious commitment, willingness to pay.

Slamet Ahmadi, Atika Nur Aini

Comparing several approaches in the theory of human ecology is an interesting activity; since this science was born, until now, several approaches have been developed. This paper compares the three main approaches of human ecology: cultural ecology, ecosystem models, and system approaches. The goal is to identify its advantages, weaknesses, practicality and compatibility with conditions in Indonesia. The method used is the comparison method. Through this method, it is concluded that the system approach is the best and relatively suitable for the conditions and development of Indonesian society compared to the other two approaches. The advantages of this system approach are: (1) viewing humans as rational animals and placing them into social systems separate from ecosystems, (2) connecting social systems and ecosystems through processes of selection and adaptation, as well as energy, matter, and information flows, (3) a holistic scope of study. The placement of the human being into the social system within this approach is in accordance with the empirical facts and what it should be (das sein and das sollen). In terms of human interaction with the environment, human behavior as a rational animal predominates and determines which is what is different from other biotic components. This approach is holistic since it observes all components of social systems and ecosystems to the fullest. Because the results of the study show that the system approach is the most appropriate approach to the conditions of the Indonesians, it is hoped that, in the future, this approach can be used by social researchers, who generally do not use the human ecology approach, but instead use many other approaches (sociology, anthropology, and psychology), to examine Indonesian society.


Keywords: human ecology, comparative study, conformity, Indonesian society.

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