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Journal co-edited by APS faculty ranked 22nd in Political Science and 11th in Public Administration and Policy

June 2020

The Department of Asian and Policy Studies is pleased to announce that the journal Policy and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Policy Research, co-edited by Professor Darryl S.L. Jarvis, has recently been ranked 22nd out 180 journals in Political Science and 11th out of 48 journals in Public Administration and Policy. The Web of Science, Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) (Clarviate), which broadly measure the citations and the impact factor (IF) of journals in social science, released the latest rankings and impact factors for 2018-2019. Policy and Society has seen its IF increase to 3.0, with Professor Jarvis noting that the journal has consistently enjoyed an increase in its IF and rakings over the last decade, and that going forward the editors hope to further increase the IF of the journal.

Professor Jarvis noted that Policy & Society was a unique journal for the international policy community, being fully open access. This means that scholars are not charged APC’s (author publisher charges) by the publisher, allowing scholars from less developed countries and early career researchers who may not have research funds to pay for APC’s to freely publish manuscripts once papers are accepted after peer review. Policy and Society is also unique since it is the only journal in policy science that publishes themed issues, similar to the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Earlier this month, Dr Alex He Jingwei, Associate Head and Associate Professor at the Department of Asian and Policy Studies was appointed as the Associate Editor (Asia) of Policy & Society. In the next three years, Dr He will work closely with the editorial team to bring the Journal to a new height.

Policy and Society is published by Taylor and Francis, one of the world’s leading publishers of social science journals. The latest issue of Policy & Society, which addresses state policy responses to COVID-19, can be viewed at