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Focus and Scope

Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research is an international peer-reviewed journal, which aims to disseminate innovative, high quality, social research on disability. The journal’s defining characteristic is a focus on the relationship between people with disabilities and their environments. The scope is multi-disciplinary, incorporating research from a variety of perspectives including, Education, Sociology, History, Cultural Studies and others.

The journal recognises that a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives can be valuable, but asks that contributions acknowledge the political debates around disability, for example the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Disability Movement. Empirical work is very welcome, but it should also contain discussion of the conceptual and/or practical implications of the findings highlighted. Finally, the journal invites work from a broad range of international contexts that take debates out of the familiar contexts of the Global North.

Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research will be of interest to policy-makers, disability activists, academicians and practitioners in a variety of fields. All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor in Chief, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, expert referees. All peer review is done without authors or reviewers being identified. Authors must submit their papers according to the instructions for authors.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are accepted and ready for publication, in order to ensure unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Proposals for special collections of articles are welcomed and, if accepted, will be published as part of the yearly issue, but also within a separate collection page. The editors of the journal remain involved in the decisions about papers accepted to special collections of papers.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Stockholm University Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Journals are indexed by the following services:

CrossRefJISC KB+SHERPA RoMEODirectory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Chronos, Center for Open Science, OpenAIRE, ExLibris, EBSCO Knowledge Base, Nordic Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers and Google Scholar. In addition, this journal has also been accepted into SCOPUS, SweMed+, Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI). All SUP journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

As members of CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) our content is regularly archived with many of the world's leading research libraries. The CLOCKSS archive ensures that all Stockholm University Press content will always be made available as open access.

The Publisher fully supports and encourages author self-archiving of all content (sometimes termed 'green' open access). The journals are registered in the SHERPA/RoMEO database to ensure that the license terms and self-archiving policies of the journals are 100% clear.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please contact us or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.

The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will require a account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

Advertisement policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All adverts are displayed in the right column of the journal and will need to fit a 120 pixel wide space. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.


The Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research was established in 1999 by the Nordic Network on Disability Research, an association that actively facilitates the sharing and dissemination of social research on disability in the five Nordic countries. This remains a core purpose of the journal. It is also an important goal of NNDR to encourage research that challenges the marginalisation of people with disabilities in society. Since the forming of the journal its geographical scope has broadened and it welcomes submissions from all over the world, including the Global South, which also reflects the current panel of editorial board.

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