Social science and public policy research encompasses of variety of information resources. Although academic, scholarly or peer reviewed articles and publications are considered the most appropriate sources for university level research and writing assignments, you might also have need of general magazine and news articles. Before using the recommended article databases to start your research, here are a few tips when choosing databases:
Subject-specific databases provide articles and resources solely within a specific discipline. This section lists the best social science specific databases providing coverage of scholarly literature across all major social science areas and sub-disciplines.
Subject-specific databases provide articles and resources solely within a specific discipline. This section lists the best public policy and political science databases providing coverage of scholarly literature across all major public policy and political areas and sub-disciplines.
Academics around the world rely on the database Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) to learn of the most important scholarly journals in their research fields. JCR evaluates, compares and list the best scholarly research journals available in the sciences and social sciences. It does this by accumulating and ranking cited articles published in major academic journals in a variety of ways including: most cited journals in a field; highest impact journals in a field; and most published articles in a field. The impact factor (considered the most important ranking) is a measure of the frequency with which articles from a specific journal have been cited in the past year. Journals with the highest impact factor are considered the most important in their respective field.
The following lists the top 20 highest impact ranked social issue journals according to the 2016 Journal Citation Reports ®.
|1||AMERICAN JOURNAL OF BIOETHICS||11||BIOETHICS|
|2||SOCIAL ISSUES AND POLICY REVIEW||12||JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS|
|3||JOURNAL OF CANCER SURVIVORSHIP||13||JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES|
|4||SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY & HUMAN VALUES||14||JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY|
|5||SOUTH EUROPEAN SOCIETY AND POLITICS||15||KENNEDY INSTITUTE OF ETHICS JOURNAL|
|6||NONPROFIT AND VOLUTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY||16||ADDICTION RESEARCH AND THEORY|
|7||JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL REHABILITATION||17||JOURNAL OF HEALTH POLITICS POLICY AND LAW|
|8||POLITICS AND SOCIETY||18||NEW GENETICS AND SOCIETY|
|9||YOUTH AND SOCIETY||19||CRITICAL SOCIAL POLICY|
|10||JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN SOCIAL POLICY||20||SOCIAL POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION|