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Call for papers: Futures of Democracy

Since 2005, we have seen a global decline in the number of democracies. Even established and old democracies are no longer immune from tipping over into authoritarian regimes. These developments call for a topical collection of the European Journal for Futures Research to take a closer look at the futures of democracy. 

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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Aims and Scope

The journal focuses on the most substantial challenges European countries are facing today in terms of society, politics, economy, education, science and technology, and on the contributions that the European region can make to solving global challenges. The journal seeks to foster thorough analysis of key European policies, such as those for research and education, and addresses topics concerning the future of the European Union in its wider transnational and global contexts.

Topics addressed in the journal are not limited to the development of the EU: European regions “share” common experiences, divisions and conflicts – which altogether build a rich resource for critical examination as well as forward-looking renewal. Articles that raise questions about European futures more generally are welcome, as well as subject-based and interdisciplinary studies, ranging from the social sciences and humanities to the natural sciences and engineering.

Besides its empirical focus the journal promotes discussions about European traditions and perspectives in futures research. In addition, the journal seeks to advance the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of futures studies.

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Featured Collection: Energizing Futures – Sustainable Development and Energy in Transition

What are the main challenges of sustainable energy futures in an era of increasing uncertainty? How to create sustainable energy policies in Europe, and elsewhere in the world? What is the role of futures studies in identifying opportunities for a fair, efficient and resilient energy system? To understand both challenges and opportunities, this new collection offers a multidisciplinary, multi-level and time-variant analysis of these issues. More articles to be released, stay tuned!

Article Collection: Futures of a complex world

Our world is increasingly riddled with complexity, more so than at any other time in history. For instance, the continuous growth of cities requires more infrastructure, more transport, more mobility. Or take a look at the EU, which has become an ever more complicated arrangement between European countries, balancing between centralised policies and national sovereignty. Our world's complexity is constantly growing. This collection focuses on central challenges in a world of uncertain developments and the need for sustainable futures, as well as critical examination of futures research and its contributions.

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    104 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    94 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    183 days from submission to acceptance
    33 days from acceptance to publication

    Citation Impact
    0.625 - 2-year Impact Factor
    0.908 - 5-year Impact Factor

    Usage 
    129,727 downloads
    1295 Altmetric mentions

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New Content ItemWe are pleased to announce that European Journal of Futures Research is indexed in Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

This journal is indexed in:

    • Scopus
    • Social Science Citation Index
    • Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition
    • Google Scholar
    • ABI/INFORM
    • Current Contents / Social & Behavioral Sciences
    • DOAJ
    • EBSCO Academic Search
    • EBSCO Discovery Service
    • EBSCO TOC Premier
    • INIS Atomindex
    • OCLC
    • ProQuest Business Premium Collection
    • ProQuest Central
    • ProQuest Social Science Collection
    • Summon by ProQuest
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