About the ISSJ

The International Social Science Journal (ISSJ), founded by UNESCO in 1949, is published quarterly in four languages editions: English, French, Spanish, Chinese.

Its purpose is to bridge diverse communities of social scientists, working in different problems and disciplines and in different parts of the world. It provides information and debate on subjects of interest to an international readership, written by an equally international range of authors. The ISSJ has a particular interest in policy-relevant questions and interdisciplinary approaches. It serves 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.

Each issue addresses a theme. Articles specially commissioned by the Editorial Office are complemented by a selection of responses to an open call for papers. In commissioning, evaluation, and selection, the Editorial Office works closely with an external Editorial Adviser. Proposals for thematic issues from prospective Editorial Advisers are welcome.

Calls for papers may also occasionally be made for specific thematic sections or to encourage on-going debate.

The English language edition also carries the Newsletter of the International Social Science Council as a lift-out supplement.

Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome for the sections Open Forum (any topic within the domain of the journal), Continuing Debate (following earlier thematic discussions), or The Social Science Sphere (professional questions of the social sciences). Authors considering submission should bear in mind the profile of the journal and refer to the Guide for Authors [PDF]. All submissions to the Open Forum and Continuing Debate sections are refereed.

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