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

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

Managing Editor: Bas van der Horst, International Association on Social Quality
Managing Assistant: Cui Yan, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Editorial Board
Ka Lin, Zhejiang University
Des Gasper, Internation Institute of Social StudiesErasmus University Rotterdam
Steve Corbett, Liverpool Hope University
Chen Guangjin, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Li Wei, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Claire Wallace, School of Social Science, University of Aberdeen
Erika K. Gubrium, Oslo Metropolitan University

International Advisory Committee
Alan Walker (Chair), University of Sheffield
Li Peilin (Vice-Chair), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Jan Berting, em., Erasmus University Rotterdam
Vyacheslav Bobkov, Russian Academy of Sciences
Tim Cadman, Griffith University
William Darrow, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Renato Fontana, Sapienza University of Rome
Ananta Kumar Giri, Madras Institute of Development Studies
David Gordon, University of Bristol
Anne-Marie Guillemard, Paris Descartes University, Sorbonne
Rolf Dieter Hepp, Free University Berlin
Peter Herrmann, Max Planck Institute for Social Law & Social Policy
Ton Korver, International Association on Social Quality
Stein Kuhnle, University of Bergen
Huck-ju Kwon, Seoul National University
Lutz Leisering, University of Bielefeld
Ota de Leonardis, University of Milano-Bicocca
Mario Ivan Lopez, Kyoto University
Harry Nijhuis, em., University of Amsterdam
Zuzana Novakova, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Ilona Ostner, University of Göttingen
Yi Pan,Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Sony Pellissery, National Law School of India University
Maria Petmesidou, Democritus University of Thrace
Marco Ricceri, EURISPES
Peter Robert, TARKI Social Research Institute
Jorma Sipilä, University of Tampere
Aleksandr Ivanovich Subetto, Noospheric Social Academy of Sciences
Göran Therborn, University of Cambridge
Ian Vandewalle, Liverpool Hope University
Johannes M. Waldmüller, Universidad de Las Américas – Ecuador
Paul R. Ward, Flinders University
Judith Wolf, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre

Manuscript Submission

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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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