The International Journal of Social Quality

(formerly The European Journal of Social Quality)

Editor: Laurent van der Maesen, International Association on Social Quality

Published in partnership with the International Association on Social Quality and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

 Available on JSTOR


Also see The European Journal of Social Quality

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 9 (2019): Issue 2 (Dec 2019)

IJSQ 10.1 (Summer 2020)

Societal Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Introduction
Laurent van der Maesen


Urbanization and Sustainability after the COVID-19 Pandemic
Paolo Motta

Pathways to Empowerment: The Social Quality Approach as a Foundation for Person-Centered Interventions
Judith R. L. M. Wolf and Irene E. Jonker

Evolutionary Thermodynamics and Theory of Social Quality as Links between Physics, Biology, and the Human Sciences
Jaap Westbroek, Harry Nijhuis, and Laurent van der Maesen

Corporate Sustainability: An Academic Review
Varghese Joy

Volume 10 / 2020, 2 issues per volume

Aims & Scope

The International Journal of Social Quality (formerly the European Journal of Social Quality) is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal which has a primary focus on the interpretation of social quality through a wide range of disciplines, including social policy, economics, sociology, law and legal studies, philosophy, political science, geography, health sciences, and public administration. The journal seeks to create a forum for scientists, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to discuss issues related to social quality based on qualitative and quantitative methods, normative debate and action-oriented case studies. The journal also discusses the social quality theory and approach in comparison with other approaches such as the quality of life, social capital, human security, the capability approach, and the human development or social harmony approach. Special attention is given to global sustainability challenges addressed from the social quality and human security approach.


The International Journal of Social Quality is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Bibliometric Research Indicator List (BFI)
  • Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
  • Current Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • Geobase (Elsevier)
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Political Science Complete (EBSCO)
  • Social Sciences Abstracts (H.W. Wilson/EBSCO)
  • Social Sciences Index (H.W. Wilson/EBSCO)
  • Social Services Abstracts (CSA/ProQuest)
  • Social Work Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Sociological Abstracts (CSA/ProQuest)
Editor: Laurent J.G. van der Maesen, International Association on Social Quality, Netherlands

Editorial Board
Ka Lin, Zhejiang University, China
Claire Wallace, School of Social Science, University of Aberdeen, UK
Des Gasper, International Institute of Social StudiesErasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Ren Liying, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Li Wei, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Zuzana Novakova, International Institute of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Tim Cadman, Griffith University, Australia

Editorial Team
Bas van der Horst (managing editor), International Association on Social Quality, Netherlands
Cui Yan (managing assistant), Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

International Advisory Committee
Alan Walker (Chair), University of Sheffield, UK
Li Peilin (Vice-Chair), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Jan Berting, em., Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Vyacheslav Bobkov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Tony Bradley, Liverpool Hope University, UK
Chen Guangjin, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Steve Corbett, Liverpool Hope University, UK
William Darrow, Florida International University, USA
Eric Fong, The University of Hong Kong, HK
Renato Fontana, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Ananta Kumar Giri, Madras Institute of Development Studies, India
David Gordon, University of Bristol, UK
Erika K. Gubrium, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Anne-Marie Guillemard, Paris Descartes University, Sorbonne, France
Rolf Dieter Hepp, Free University Berlin, Germany
Peter Herrmann, Max Planck Institute for Social Law & Social Policy, Germany
Valerly Heyets, Ukraine National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
Ton Korver, International Association on Social Quality, Netherlands
Stein Kuhnle, University of Bergen, Norway
Huck-ju Kwon, Seoul National University, South Korea
Lutz Leisering, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Ota de Leonardis, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Mario Ivan Lopez, Kyoto University, Japan
Ilona Ostner, University of Göttingen, Germany
Yi Pan, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Sony Pellissery, National Law School of India University, India
Heloísa Perista, CESIS, Portugal
Maria Petmesidou, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Marco Ricceri, EURISPES, Italy
Péter Róbert, TARKI Social Research Institute, Hungary
Jorma Sipilä, University of Tampere, Finland
Aleksandr Ivanovich Subetto, Noospheric Social Academy of Sciences, Russia
Göran Therborn, University of Cambridge, UK
Johannes M. Waldmüller, FLACSO Sede Ecuador, Edcuador
Paul R. Ward, Flinders University, Australia
Judith Wolf, Radboud university medical centre, Netherlands


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Ethics Statement

Authors published in The International Journal of Social Quality (IJSQ) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete IJSQ ethics statement.

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