Aims & Scope

The Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences is a leading multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open-access journal publishing research across the breadth of the arts and humanities. The journal has a mission to make research and knowledge accessible to all – authors, therefore benefit from high visibility and readership for their work. The journal’s broad scope allows researchers to explore interconnected subject areas.

The journal operates under the expert guidance of a team of Senior Editors, supported by an international Editorial Board. Each submission is evaluated on its own scholarly merit and research integrity, and our expert academic editors take an objective and constructive approach to peer review. Article-level metrics let the research speak for itself.

Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences considers original research and review articles in the following sections and broad topical areas:

Culture, Media & Film
Explores the ever-expanding fields of communications, media and film within the spheres of culture and their historical contexts. The section welcomes cross-disciplinary perspectives and those which address critical theory.

Cultural Heritage
Publishes work spanning the full range of cultural heritage research; inclusive of archaeology, anthropology, (including museum, heritage and conservation studies) and the connections and subdisciplines in-between and adjacent. Submissions of research and reviews are encouraged that explore diverse chronological contexts, global and local perspectives, and theoretical and methodological approaches.

Digital Humanities
Explores the potential impact of information technology and digital media on research communities. Digital technology has fundamentally changed how humanities researchers conduct studies and engage with the world. It is now common for scholars to share research online with an increasingly global audience, yet wider resources and policies continue to animate and inform much of digital humanities research.

Covers the full breadth of historical research, ranging from social, economic and political to cultural and international fields of history. The section’s broad chronological scope and geographical coverage enable researchers to explore multidisciplinary approaches and perspectives to their research.

Literature, Linguistics & Criticism
Publishes work spanning the full range of literature research, critical analysis and linguistics. National and international perspectives are welcome, and the section aims to attract research and reviews informed by multiple theoretical approaches and encourages cross-disciplinary connections, including cultural studies, politics, sociology and other humanities disciplines.

Philosophy & Religion
Aspires to cover the full diversity of these fields of research and its traditions. Interdisciplinary research that seeks literary, critical, conceptual, and historical approaches to religion is encouraged. We welcome Western and Eastern philosophy approaches, including continental philosophy, pluralism, analytic philosophy, history of philosophy, ethics and critical theory.

Visual & Performing Arts
Publishes broad research across the visual and performing arts and texts. We encourage submissions that explore any form of performance studies and theories in context within their wider interdisciplinary cultural and sociological contexts. Research fields include contemporary arts, exhibitions, music, dance, critical theory, technology and theatre studies.

Criminology & Criminal Justice

Promotes critical reflection and international scholarship by exploring trends in crime control and the comparative organization and operation of criminal justice systems. We encourage work that looks at how key sociological constructs such as age, class, gender, race, and ethnicity interact with definitions of criminality and the contemporary management of crime.

Providing a forum for international and interdisciplinary approaches to geography research. Topics covered may include urban, rural, regional, cultural, human, political, population and environmental geographies and geographies of social well-being.

Leisure & Tourism

Provides an international platform for the publication of empirical and theoretical-based research findings in all areas of leisure and tourism. The section particularly welcomes both multi- and interdisciplinary approaches and work with applications to other areas of the journal and the wider Cogent Series.

Media & Communication Studies

Offering an international forum for all work covering the media and new media technologies. The section invites a broad range of topics, from the philosophy of communication to strategic communication and digital cultures to journalism studies.

Politics & International Relations

Publishing contemporary scholarship across all subfields of political science, including political theory, comparative politics, international relations and political methodology. The section welcomes diverse methodologies and various approaches, from positivism to rational choice theory and structuralism to institutionalism.

Embodying a global perspective, this section encourages work which advances the theoretical understanding of sociological topics. Submissions may report findings using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Focusing on wide-ranging and multidisciplinary research, discussion and analysis of contemporary sports issues. Topics may include the history, sociology, and psychology of sports, as well as sports administration and management.