Asian Scientist

Asian Scientist is an English language science and technology magazine published in Singapore.


Juliana M. Chan, Ph.D.

Rebecca Tan, Ph.D.

Tang Yew Chung, Ph.D.

Sim Shuzhen, Ph.D.

Categories: Science

Frequency : Weekly (online) and quarterly (print)

First issue: March 16, 2011

Company: Asian Scientist Publishing Pte. Ltd.

Country: Singapore

Language: English


History and profile

Asian Scientist was launched as an MIT alumni start-up in March 2011 by the company, Asian Scientist Publishing Pte Ltd.

Based in Singapore, Asian Scientist is maintained by a team of professional science journalists, medical doctors, and scientists contributing to it.

The magazine's launch reflects the growing demographic of scientists, engineers, and doctors from Asia, and caters to this burgeoning community with news stories that are both timely and of interest to them. According to the 2010 U.S. National Science Foundation Key Science and Engineering Indicators report, one-quarter of the world’s publications are from Asia and one-third of all scientific researchers worldwide are Asian. This shifting face of science reflects the strides made by the Asia-8 and other emerging nations in recognizing research & development as a valuable industry.

According to the Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 released by the U.S. National Science Board, the largest global science and technology gains in recent years occurred in the “Asia-10″ – China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. Between 1999 and 2009, for example, the U.S. share of global R&D dropped from 38 to 31 percent, whereas Asia’s share grew from 24 to 35 percent during that period.

On April 16, 2013, Asian Scientist Publishing accepted seed funding from international science publisher, World Scientific Publishing Company, to expand operations at its Singapore headquarters.

On January 2014, it launched its flagship quarterly print magazine targeted at scientists, healthcare professionals and students. The magazine's inaugural issue focused on the biomedical sciences and was featured by media outlets in Singapore and Malaysia as Asia's first science magazine.

The company will start publishing books under the Asian Scientist imprint, with the first book to be launched in August 2015. It will feature 25 of Singapore's scientific pioneers, with the goal of making these scientists household names. The book was made possible by a Singapore50 Celebration Fund grant from the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports to Dr. Juliana Chan and Dr. Rebecca Tan, who are both editors of the magazine.

On April 2, 2015, it launched the inaugural Asian Scientist Writing Prize, co-organized with Science Centre Singapore and with prizes sponsored by World Scientific Publishing Company. The competition is open to anyone working, studying and/or residing in Asia and invites 1,000-1,500 word non-fiction entries on science topics. The competition will close on June 30, 2015.


The magazine covers science, medical and technology news updates from the Asia and Australasia regions.

The site has a keen interest in the Asian biomedical and pharmaceutical sector. It devotes categories to research and development, health, medicine, new media and education. The site has been indexed by Google News since July 22, 2011.