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Focus and Scope

Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research is an international peer-reviewed journal aiming to disseminate leading social research on disability. The journal’s defining characteristic is a focus on the relation between persons with disabilities and their environments, it is multi-disciplinary in scope incorporating research from a variety of perspectives including, Education, Sociology, Social-Psychology, History, Law, Economics and Cultural Studies. The journal recognises that a wide range of methodological and theoretical points of departure can be significant contributions, and as such welcomes both empirical and theoretical articles, as well as a wide range of methodological approaches. Methodological innovations and research reviews are also welcome. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research will be of interest to policy-makers, disability activists, academicians and practitioners in the human service 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, anonymous expert referees. All peer review is double blind. Authors must submit their papers via our online system.

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 ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

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.

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

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), and Google Scholar. In addition, this journal has also been accepted into EBSCOHost, 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.

We fully support and encourage author self-archiving of all content (sometimes termed 'green' open access). We register all of our journals with SHERPA/RoMEO 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.


The journal was established in 1999 by the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR), an association that has as one of its objectives to facilitate the sharing and dissemination of social research on disability in the five Nordic countries. An important ambition is to encourage researchers from all countries to submit articles for publication, as well as to be a source of information about what is going on in critical research on disability editorial board being from several different countries and interdisciplinary backgrounds. Since the forming of the journal it´s geographical scope has been broadened. The journal welcomes submissions from all over the world, which also reflects the current panel of editorial board.

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