International Social Science Journal


The management of the International Social Science Journal (ISSJ) has been transferred from UNESCO to UK-based publishers John Wiley and Sons. A contract to this effect has been signed by both parties and the handover took effect on 1 July 2015.

The ISSJ, founded by UNESCO in 1949, has been published as a quarterly review of international renown in English, French and Chinese ever since. It has been a bridge between diverse communities of social scientists, working in different disciplines around the world. It has provided a platform for debate on subjects of interest to an international readership, its articles being written by an equally international range of authors. The ISSJ has always had a particular interest in policy-relevant questions and interdisciplinary approaches. It has served as a forum for review, reflection and discussion, informed by the results of relevant research, rather than as an outlet of “first publication” for the results of individual research projects.

Recent issues have aired matters as diverse as globalisation and religion, environmental responsibility, and social memory.

John Wiley and Sons – which has been publishing the English-language edition of the ISSJ since 1987 - has a long and distinguished history in publishing in the natural and social and human sciences. Its experience, expertise and stature will give a new lease of life to the ISSJ. UNESCO will continue contributing to the ISSJ, in an advisory capacity.

Contact in UNESCO

John Crowley, j.crowley(at) / issj(at)

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