Social Studies of Science

Social Studies of Science is a bimonthly peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes papers relating to the history and philosophy of science. The journal's editor-in-chief is Sergio Sismondo (Queen's University). The journal was established in 1971 under the name Science Studies and assumed its present title in 1975. It is currently published by SAGE Publications.

Social Studies of Science
DisciplineScience and technology studies, history of science, philosophy of science, sociology of science
Edited bySergio Sismondo
Publication details
Former name(s)
Science Studies (until 1975, ISSN 0036-8539)
2.351 (2014)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Soc. Stud. Sci.
ISSN0306-3127 (print)
1460-3659 (web)
OCLC no.2242476

In the inaugural issue, the editors announced that the journal "will devote itself to original research, whether empirical or theoretical, which brings fresh light to bear on the concepts, processes and consequences of modern science. It will be interdisciplinary in the sense that it will encourage appropriate contributions from political science, sociology, economics, history, philosophy, social anthropology, and the legal and educational disciplines. It will welcome studies of fundamental research, applied research and development; of university science, industrial science and science in government."[1]

Abstracting and indexing

Social Studies of Science is abstracted and indexed in Scopus and the Social Sciences Citation Index. According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2014 impact factor is 2.351, ranking it 1st out of 59 journals in the category "History of Philosophy and Science".[2]


  1. The Editors (January 1971). "Editorial". Science Studies. 1 (1): 2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. "Journals Ranked by Impact: History of Philosophy and Science". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015.
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