The Sarawak Museum Journal is devoted to the advancement of knowledge in the natural and human sciences. It publishes articles pertaining to the Asian region in general, but particularly to Borneo and Sarawak. Generally, it will accept manuscripts from international scientists, but specifically it serves the need of local scientists especially those working with, and through the Sarawak Museum; to publish their research findings and to provide a forum for their scholastic discourse.
As the Sarawak Museum is a Government Department in the State of Sarawak, it should be clearly understood that responsibility for facts and opinion rests exclusively with authors of signed articles, and their writings do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of the Sarawak Museum, or that of the State Government of Sarawak.
The Sarawak Museum Journal was first published in 1911, and still survives today, making it one of the world's oldest publications in the region.
In the introduction of its inaugural issue in 1911, the editor/curator J.C. Moulton, stated its ambition "First, then, let us consider the object of our birth - 'For the promotion of scientific knowledge and study of the Natives and Natural History of the Island of Borneo' - and make that our excuse". Since then, it has survived, sometimes perilously, for a long 88 years in the 20th century and has grown to be known by scholars, particularly those on Borneo, all over the world. The journal has succeeded in bringing many scholars to Sarawak and other parts of Borneo and made the Sarawak Museum a truly field and research museum. The journal was the main outlet for the publication of research and field notes. The Sarawak Museum Journal is published annually.