D.J. McPhee D.J. McPhee9 October 2023 Journals
Social sciences

Spotlight on Social Sciences

Social Sciences is in the spotlight this week. We’re excited to draw attention towards one of MDPI’s most unique journals. In a long list of respected journals focused on various sciences, Social Sciences has its sights set on a wide range of fields, ranging from law and philosophy to education and anthropology.

With over a decade of fascinating papers, let’s take a look at some of the milestones and achievements of this journal.

A history of Social Sciences

Social Sciences started its life as a quarterly publication in 2011, helmed by Prof. Dr. Martin Bull. Not surprisingly, given that MDPI has always been very focused on producing high quality scientific journals, interest in Social Sciences took time to nurture. These efforts paid off in 2016 when the journal was indexed in Scopus.

The following year, Prof. Dr. Bull stepped down as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, and Emeritus Prof. Nigel Parton has served since.

That same year, Social Sciences adopted a monthly publication schedule, received its first CiteScore (2017) of 0.60, and established a number of sections, including Gender Studies, Contemporary Politics and Society, and Social Economics. More sections followed in 2020:

Work, Employment and the Labor Market;

International Migration;

Family Studies;

Children and Youth Studies;

Social Stratification and Inequality.

Social Sciences and the 2020s

The journal moved into the 2020s with some strong achievements. In 2021, it was  indexed in Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)—Web of Science and also received a CiteScore of 2.3. In 2020, the same year that the journal celebrated its 10th anniversary, it also established a new section, International Relation. Finally, in 2023, in a landmark achievement, the journal received its first Impact Factor of 1.7 along with an increased CiteScore of 3.2. We look forward to seeing the continued growth of the journal.

Want to learn more about the journal?

Social Sciences is an international, peer-reviewed and open access journal publishing works from a wide range of fields, including anthropology, criminology, economics, education, geography, history, law, linguistics, political science, psychology, social policy, social work, sociology and more. The journal is published monthly online by MDPI. For more information, please see the journal’s page.

Thinking of submitting your manuscript to Social Sciences?

The journal is committed to publishing innovative and quality research. Authors thinking of submitting manuscripts to the journal can access the list of requirements for submission on the webpage. Social Science is dedicated to ensuring research integrity and high-quality manuscripts.

Authors are encouraged to read the submission instructions specific to each journal prior to submission. Authors looking to publish their work in Social Sciences can submit manuscripts online at susy.mdpi.com. Templates for articles are provided here in both LaTeX and Microsoft Word formats. In case you are unsure, the submitting author is generally the corresponding author and is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. To submit your manuscript, register and login to the submission website.

Once you have registered, click here to go to the submission form. All co-authors can see the manuscript details here. To do so, they must register and log in using the same e-mail address used for manuscript submission.

Future research

The journal is always looking to publish new and innovative research. For a more extensive list of research topics, have a look through the journal’s About section. As the journal moves forward and continues to grow, more and more exciting research will continue to be published in this exciting journal.