Journals

An increasing number of journals encourage inter- and transdisciplinary contributions. The collection shown below is based on a compilation developed by Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S) between 2002 and 2021. The ITD-Alliance took over the compilation in 2022 and is now expanding and updating it. More detailed information about the journal is available if you click on the journal name. The search function will scan all available fields, including the description. Therefore, if you are looking for journals connected to a specific field, you can search for relevant keywords to find them. If you are looking for journals with impact factors in a specific range, you can enter your preferred range in the two fields below.

NameLinkImpact Factor (2021)DescriptionKeywords
Action Learning and Action Research JournalJournal WebsiteN/AThe Action Learning and Action Research Journal (ALARj) “promotes the study and practice of Action Learning (AL), Action Research (AR) and related approaches,” as well as fostering networking amongst Action Learning and Action Research communities globally. “The ALARj contains project reports, reflections on seminars and conferences, papers related to the theory and practice of action learning, action research and related approaches, and reviews of recent publications.”Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and action research methods
Action Learning: Research and PracticeJournal WebsiteN/AAction Learning: Research & Practice publishes “articles which advance knowledge and assist the development of practice through the processes of action learning”. Articles are focused on the creation of theory, as “grounded in empirical observation of data and experience that widens understanding of action learning and research in professional and organisational settings”. The journal as a whole aims to help practitioners “gain new insights into their work and help them improve their effectiveness and contribution to their clients and the wider community”. “Action learning is grounded in the approach pioneered by Reg Revans which holds that there can be no learning without action and no knowing without the effort to practise and implement what is claimed as knowledge. Because action learning promotes the creative integration of thinking & doing, theory & practice, academic & practitioner, contributors are asked to strive to hold these often diverse perspectives together. An important question in assessing papers will be: ‘Is this likely to help people in the further development of their practice in working with people, organisations and communities?’ Articles which cross the conventional boundaries of professions, organisations and communities are particularly welcome.” Wide ranging debate is encouraged, with reader responses and alternative views being published.Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and action research methods
Action ResearchJournal Website1.808Action Research is “a forum for the development of the theory and practice of action research” and publishes “accounts of action research projects, explorations in the philosophy and methodology of action research, and considerations of the nature of quality in action research practice.” The journal’s purpose is “to offer a forum for participative, action oriented inquiry into questions that matter – questions relevant to people in the conduct of their lives, that enable them to flourish in their organizations and communities, and that evince a deep concern for the wider ecology.”Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and action research methods
Administrative Science QuarterlyJournal Website12.529Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ) publishes “the best theoretical and empirical papers on organizational studies” as well as “interdisciplinary work in organizational theory.” “Administration” is interpreted “in the broadest possible sense to include all of the processes involved in creating, coordinating, and transforming the social settings in which it occurs.” The journal “seeks to advance the understanding of management, organizations, and organizing in a wide variety of contexts, including teams, business and nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and markets.” While the primary focus of the journal is not on collaborative research, ASQ publishes some papers about concepts and methods relevant to it, especially on team behaviour and organisational change. The journal is owned and managed by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in the USA.Interdisciplinarity and organizational studies
BioscienceJournal Website11.566Bioscience publishes “overviews about research findings and techniques, advances in biology education, professionally-written feature articles about the latest frontiers in biology, discussions of professional issues, book reviews, news about AIBS [American Institute of Biological Sciences], a policy column (Washington Watch), and an education column (Eye on Education). Roundtables, forums, and viewpoint articles offer the perspectives of opinion leaders and invite further commentary.” From time to time it publishes overviews and articles relevant to collaborative research, including – in 2014-15 – on collaboration and team science, risk, decision making, public engagement, and research translation. It is the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.Interdisciplinarity and Life Science
British Journal of Sports MedicineJournal Website18.473The British Journal of Sports Medicine publishes “original research, systematic reviews, consensus statements and timely debate in sport and exercise medicine (SEM) as well as clinical education and implementation success stories.” It has a strong focus on reviews and, relevant to collaborative research, occasionally publishes articles that have general relevance to research implementation or that provide good case studies of research implementation. Sport and exercise medicine
Citizen Science: Theory and PracticeJournal WebsiteN/ACitizen Science: Theory and Practice (CSTP) “focuses on advancing the global field of citizen science by providing a venue for citizen science researchers and practitioners to share best practices in conceiving, developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining projects that facilitate public participation in scientific endeavors in any discipline… .” CSTP does not therefore report “scientific outcomes of citizen science projects (e.g., trends in plant or animal distributions; discovery of supernovae)”, unless “these outcomes help to inform understanding of citizen science practice”. CSTP seeks research articles on “quantitative and qualitative research about the practice of citizen science. These articles might, for example, address how learning outcomes differ among models of citizen science; how various features of project design yield high-quality data; the efficacy of various participant recruitment models; and the effectiveness of different technologies for implementing and facilitating a range of projects.” The journal is open-access and publishes: “Research Articles Review and Synthesis Papers, Case Studies, Essays, Method Papers, Meeting Reports, Editorial Content, Invited Papers.” “Authors and readers include citizen science practitioners, researchers, evaluators, and funders, regardless of their specific disciplines… .” CSTP is sponsored by the Citizen Science Association and the journal was founded in 2014.Citizen Science
Conservation BiologyJournal Website7.563Conservation Biology addresses “the science and practice of conserving Earth’s biological diversity.” It encourages “diverse approaches to analyses and problem solving”, which is where it intersects with collaborative research, both with papers describing such approaches and case studies illustrating their application. Relevant papers in 2014 covered: resilience thinking highlighting adaptive management strategies, strategies for improving multidisciplinary collaboration, evaluating a multistakeholder approach (to tackle illegal logging), and modifying network analysis to study translocation (movement between geographically isolated locations) (for a New Zealand flightless bird). Conservation Biology is the journal of the Society for Conservation BiologySustainability science
Decision AnalysisJournal Website1.703Decision Analysis is “dedicated to advancing the theory, application, and teaching of all aspects of decision analysis. The primary focus of the journal is to develop and study operational decision-making methods, drawing on all aspects of decision theory, decision analysis, and behavioral decision theory with the ultimate objective of providing practical guidance for decision makers. As such, the journal aims to bridge the theory and practice of decision analysis, facilitating communication and the exchange of knowledge among decision analysts in academia, business, medicine, industry, and government.” “Topics covered in Decision Analysis include: the discussion of new or existing procedures, processes, or algorithms for implementing decision analysis, cognitive, psychological, organizational, economic, policy, or social issues in applying decision analysis, innovative uses of information technology to perform decision analysis, issues in applying decision analysis to real-world situations, and other topics that further the theory and practice of decision analysis.” As decision analysis and decision theory are interdisciplinary, the audience for Decision Analysis “includes specialists in decision theory, psychology, economics, statistics, forecasting, artificial intelligence, decision support systems, operations research, and management science, [as well as] practitioners of decision analysis who work as consultants or as in-house experts within organizations and those who teach courses in decision analysis or decision making in general.” This is a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)Uncertainty, risk and decision making
Ecological EconomicsJournal Website6.536Ecological Economics is “transdisciplinary in spirit and methodologically open… The journal is concerned with extending and integrating the study and management of ‘nature’s household’ (ecology) and ‘humankind’s household’ (economics). This integration is necessary because conceptual and professional isolation have led to economic and environmental policies which are mutually destructive rather than reinforcing in the long term.” Papers relevant to collaborative reserach in 2014 covered topics on participatory systems mapping and activism. Many of the economic concepts covered in the journal are also directly relevant to collaborative research. These include risk analyses, ecological footprint analyses, trade-offs, and willingness to pay scenarios.Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, sustainability science
Ecology and SocietyJournal Website4.653Ecology and Society (formerly Conservation Ecology) is an open-access journal which covers “topics relating to the ecological, political, and social foundations for sustainable social-ecological systems.” It publishes methods relevant to collaborative research, as well as case studies illustrating the application of those methods. In 2014 this included a special issue on collaborative adaptive management and papers on integrative scenario development, strategies for eliciting mental models and case studies employing agent based modelling.Sustainability science
Educational Action ResearchJournal WebsiteN/A“Educational Action Research is concerned with exploring the dialogue between research and practice in educational settings”. It “publishes accounts of a range of action research and related studies, in education and across the professions, with the aim of making their outcomes widely available and exemplifying the variety of possible styles of reporting. It aims to establish and maintain a review of the literature of action research. It also provides a forum for dialogue on the methodological and epistemological issues, enabling different approaches to be subjected to critical reflection and analysis”. It is the journal of the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN).Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and action research methods
Emergence: Complexity & OrganizationJournal Website0.181“Emergence: Complexity & Organization (E:CO) is an international and interdisciplinary conversation about human organizations as complex systems and the implications of complexity science for those organizations. With a unique format blending the integrity of academic inquiry and the impact of business practice, E:CO integrates multiple perspectives in management theory, research, practice and education.” E:CO is relevant to collaborative research, because it bridges “the space between the mathematics and the metaphors of complexity thinking” and applies them to managing organisations. Most of the journal’s papers are case studies of such applications.Systems, modelling and simulation
Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching and LearningJournal WebsiteN/AThe Engaged Scholar Journal “is Canada’s online, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal committed to profiling best practices in ‘engaged scholarship’ informed by community-academic partnerships in research, teaching and learning.” It is an open access journal. The mission of the journal is: “to promote and support reciprocal and meaningful co-creation of knowledge among scholars, educators, professionals and community leaders, in Canada and worldwide, to inspire and promote productive dialogue between practice and theory of engaged scholarship, to critically reflect on engaged scholarship, research, and pedagogy pursued by various university and community partners, working locally, nationally and internationally, across various academic disciplines and areas of application, to serve as a forum of constructive debate on the meanings and applications of engaged scholarship among partners and communities.” The readership is drawn from “community and academic partners, educators, researchers and scholars who pursue their work in collaboration with various communities in Canada and the world” and the journal publishes “original reflective essays and research articles, review articles, reports from the field, testimonies, multimedia contributions and book reviews focusing on community-engaged scholarship.” The Engaged Scholar Journal is supported by the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and the journal was founded in 2014.Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and action research methods
Environmental ConservationJournal Website4.075Environmental Conservation addresses “environmental policy, practice, and natural and social science of environmental concern at the global level, informed by rigorous local level case studies. The journal’s scope is very broad, including issues in human institutions, ecosystem change, resource utilisation, terrestrial biomes, aquatic systems, and coastal and land use management.” It publishes methods relevant to collaboratvie research, as well as case studies illustrating the application of those methods. In 2013-4 this included papers on adaptive management and knowledge exchange, as well as case studies illustrating various modelling approaches and different aspects of governance.Sustainability science
Environmental Impact Assessment ReviewJournal Website6.122Environmental Impact Assessment Review (EIA Review) serves “a global audience of practitioners, policy-makers, regulators, academics and others with an interest in the field of impact assessment (IA) and management. Impact assessment is defined by the International Association for Impact Assessment (www.iaia.org) as the process of identifying the future consequences of a current or proposed action. For EIA Review, the field of IA can be related to as the assessment of impacts on or of the environment (including, for example, EIA and SEA [Strategic Environmental Assessment]), social (SIA), health (HIA), risk (RIA), human rights, equity, language, technology, products, etc. With current or proposed actions, the EIA Review audience assesses how best to evaluate the impacts of policies, projects, processes and products, and how best to make decisions and undertake management activities.” From an collaboratvie research perspective the value of this journal is two-fold. First it publishes accounts of new methods useful for research integration and implementation, including on scoping, stakeholder engagement and boundary work. Second it provides case studies of the application of existing methods to complex environmental problems.Research implementation and transformation and sustainability science
Environmental Modelling and SoftwareJournal Website5.471Environmental Modelling and Software aims “to improve our capacity to represent, understand, predict or manage the behaviour of environmental systems at all practical scales, and to communicate those improvements to a wide scientific and professional audience.” Of particular relevance to collaborative research, topics covered include: “Generic and pervasive frameworks, techniques and issues – including system identification theory and practice, model conception, model integration, model and/or software evaluation, sensitivity and uncertainty assessment, visualization, scale and regionalization issues. Integrated assessment and management of systems (river basins, regions etc.) for enhancing sustainability outcomes – including linked socioeconomic and biophysical models that may be developed with stakeholders for understanding systems, communication and learning, and improving system outcomes. Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques and systems, such as knowledge-based systems / expert systems, case-based reasoning systems, data mining, multi-agent systems, Bayesian networks, artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic, or knowledge elicitation and knowledge acquisition methods. Decision support systems and environmental information systems – implementation and use of environmental data and models to support all phases and aspects of decision making, in particular supporting group and participatory decision making processes. Intelligent Environmental Decision Support Systems can include qualitative, quantitative, mathematical, statistical, AI models and meta-models.” The journal endorses the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs) and its biennial scientific conference.Systems, modelling and simulation and sustainability science
Environmental Science and PolicyJournal Website6.424Environmental Science & Policy “promotes communication among government, business and industry, academia, and non-governmental organisations who are instrumental in the solution of environmental problems. It also seeks to advance interdisciplinary research of policy relevance on environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity, environmental pollution and wastes, renewable and non-renewable natural resources, sustainability, and the interactions among these issues. The journal emphasises the linkages between these environmental issues and social and economic issues such as production, transport, consumption, growth, demographic changes, well-being, and health [but]…. subject coverage will not be restricted to these issues and the introduction of new dimensions [is] encouraged”. While the primary focus of the journal is not on research integration and implementation, it publishes some papers about concepts and methods relevant to for example on collaboration, modelling, knowledge synthesis and co-production.Research implementation and transformation
EURO Journal on Decision ProcessesJournal WebsiteN/A“The EURO Journal on Decision Processes (EJDP) promotes and publishes scientific knowledge on the theoretical, methodological, behavioural and organizational topics that contribute to the understanding and appropriate use of operational research in supporting different phases of decision making processes. Methodologically, EDJP covers both qualitative and quantitative approaches to the scoping, modelling and solution of decision problems. The scope of EJDP is focussed on the connections between operational research and decision processes”. Example areas of interest are to: “(i) present relevant advances in problem structuring, decision analysis and multi-criteria decision aiding, (ii) address questions of process design, model validity and communication in connection with techniques like data mining, forecasting, optimization, simulation, and performance measurement, (iii) provide reflective accounts of decision processes that exemplify uses of operational research in application domains such as energy, engineering, environment, finance, health care and operations management.” This is the journal of the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO)Uncertainty, risk and decision making
European Journal of Operational ResearchJournal Website6.363The European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR) publishes papers that “contribute to the methodology of operational research (OR) and to the practice of decision making”. The areas most relevant to collaborative research are “decision support” and “interfaces with other disciplines” with the journal also covering: continuous optimization; discrete optimization; production, manufacturing and logistics; stochastics and statistics; and computational intelligence and information management. EJOR is a journal of the Association of European Operational Research Societies.Uncertainty, risk and decision making
Evidence & PolicyJournal Website2.595Evidence and Policy is “dedicated to comprehensive and critical assessment of the relationship between research evidence and the concerns of policy makers and practitioners, as well as researchers.” It calls itself “a journal of research, debate and practice”. “International in scope and interdisciplinary in focus, it addresses the needs of those who provide public services, and those who provide the research base for evaluation and development across a wide range of social and public policy issues – from social care to education, from public health to criminal justice. As well as more traditional research articles, the journal includes contemporary debate pieces, articles from practice and an invaluable sources and resources section.” The journal publicises articles via the Evidence and Policy blog.Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and action research methods
ForesightJournal Website2.23Foresight is “concerned with the study of the future” and calls itself “a journal of future studies, strategic thinking and policy… Futurists often remind us that the purpose of thinking about the future is not to predict what will happen but rather to consider alternatives. Although we cannot know the future, we can propose a range of alternative futures and make judgements about the assumptions that underpin them. Futures research provides a powerful framework and set of techniques that allow us to test the credibility of possible futures. Through a better understanding of what is likely to happen we should be able to make better decisions in the present.” Foresight draws upon “the established tools, techniques and methodologies of futures studies (e.g. scenario planning, Delphi, environmental scanning, etc) as well as those of other social science disciplines, and will be informed by systems thinking and theories of post-modernism and complexity.” Foresight therefore provides case studies of the application of such tools, as well as papers which describe the enhancement of tools.Futures research
Frontiers in Ecology and the EnvironmentJournal Website13,78Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment “consists of peer-reviewed, synthetic review articles on all aspects of ecology, the environment, and related disciplines, as well as short, high-impact research communications of broad interdisciplinary appeal.” It publishes some papers relevant to collaborative research; in 2014 these covered: barriers and incentives for scientists engaging in policy, model-based instruction, creating and maintaining high performing collaborative research teams, and reward systems for interdisciplinary collaborations. In addition, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment “covers all aspects of ecology, the environment, and related subjects, focusing on global issues, broadly impacting research, cross-disciplinary or multi-country endeavors, new techniques and technologies, new approaches to old problems, and practical applications of ecological science.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment is the journal of the Ecological Society of America.Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and sustainability science
FuturesJournal Website3.788Futures is a “journal of policy, planning and futures studies”. Of particular interest to collaborative research is that it covers “methods and practices of futures studies”. Articles of relevance in 2014 included an assessment of policy against criteria for post-normal science, promoting the use of fuzzy cognitive maps, pluralistic backcasting and several articles on transdisciplinarity. Many articles are case studies of the application of futures methods, including scenarios. In 2015 Futures featured a special issue on Transdisciplinarity 2004-2014, taking stock of what has been achieved in transdisicplinary education and research during the last 10 years. It can be found at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/futures/vol/65. More generally, the journal concerns itself with “medium and long-term futures of cultures and societies, science and technology, economics and politics, environment and the planet and individuals and humanity.” The journal “seeks to examine possible and alternative futures of all human endeavours” and promotes “divergent and pluralistic visions, ideas and opinions about the future.”Futures research
GAIAJournal Website2.211GAIA: Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society is “an inter- and transdisciplinary journal for scientists and other interested parties concerned with the causes and analyses of environmental and sustainability problems and their solutions.” Particularly relevant to collaborative research are articles on transdisciplinary project design, transdisciplinary research theory and transdisciplinary research methods. Between 2017 and 2019, GAIA published nine open-access “Frameworks for Transdisciplinary Research” for which Gabriele Bammer was the commissioning editor. A compilation of all nine frameworks is now available online at: https://www.oekom.de/publikationen/zeitschriften/gaia/c-275. Between 2015 and 2017, GAIA published eight open-access “Toolkits for Transdisciplinarity”. A compilation of all eight toolkits is now available online at: https://www.oekom.de/publikationen/zeitschriften/gaia/toolkit/c-168 and https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/13c5/481df7c1dcf654c18b0888be9eedbb1be2a4.pdf Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and action research methods
Global Environmental ChangeJournal Website11.15Global Environmental Change publishes papers about concepts and methods for research integration and implementation, as well as case studies of their application. For example, issues in 2014 covered decision making under uncertain change, evaluating knowledge exchange between disciplines and stakeholders, and a case study of the application of Bayesian belief networks. However, such papers are not the journal’s sole, or even main, focus. More generally, “Global Environmental Change is a peer-reviewed international journal publishing high quality, theoretically and empirically rigorous articles, which advance knowledge about the human and policy dimensions of global environmental change”.Research implementation and transformation and sustainability science
Group Decision and NegotiationJournal Website2.928Group decision and negotiation processes are “complex and self-organizing involving multiplayer, multicriteria, ill-structured, evolving, dynamic problems. Approaches include (1) computer group decision and negotiation support systems (GDNSS), (2) artificial intelligence and management science, (3) applied game theory, experiment and social choice, and (4) cognitive/behavioral sciences in group decision and negotiation.” “Group decision and negotiation refers to the whole process or flow of activities relevant to group decision and negotiation, not only to the final choice itself, e.g. scanning, communication and information sharing, problem definition (representation) and evolution, alternative generation and social-emotional interaction. Descriptive, normative and design viewpoints are of interest. Thus, Group Decision and Negotiation deals broadly with relation and coordination in group processes. Areas of application include intraorganizational coordination (as in operations management and integrated design, production, finance, marketing and distribution, e.g., as in new products and global coordination), computer supported collaborative work, labor-management negotiations, interorganizational negotiations, (business, government and nonprofits – e.g. joint ventures), international (intercultural) negotiations, environmental negotiations, etc… The journal also covers developments of software for group decision and negotiation.” The journal publishes theoretical and empirical research, and real-world applications and case studies. Although not all of the articles are relevant to collaborative research, some present useful tools.Uncertainty, risk and decision making
Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and PracticeJournal Website3.71Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice publishes “articles examining groups in a range of contexts, including ad hoc groups in experimental settings, therapy groups, naturally forming friendship groups and cliques, organizational units, self-help groups, and learning groups. Theoretically driven empirical studies of hypotheses that have implications for understanding and improving groups in organizational, educational, and therapeutic settings are particularly encouraged.” Articles on teams are of particular relevance to collaborative research. “The editors construe the phrase group dynamics in the broadest sense – the scientific study of all aspects of groups – and publish work by investigators in such fields as psychology, psychiatry, sociology, education, communication, and business.” It is a journal of the American Psychological Association.Group Dynamics
Human Ecology ReviewJournal Website0.545The Human Ecology Review “publishes peer-reviewed research and theory on the interaction between humans and the environment and other links between culture and nature…”. The journal is explicitly interdisciplinary and sometimes deals with issues around different ways of knowing and other aspects of research integration and implementation methods and this is where it intersects with collaborative research. Relevant papers in recent years covered such issues as paradoxes and contradictions in integrative research; integrating differing disciplinary perspectives; and the dynamic tension between trust and skepticism. The Human Ecology Review is the official journal of the Society for Human Ecology. Since mid-2014 it is published semi-annually in open access online format by ANU Press. Back copies are also available through JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/journal/humaecolreviInterdisciplinarity, Research implementation and transformation and sustainability science
Human RelationsJournal Website5.658Human Relations “seeks high quality research papers that extend our knowledge of social relationships at work and organizational forms, practices and processes that affect the nature, structure and conditions of work and work organizations”. Of relevance to collaborative research are papers on teams and on leadership.Social relationships
Humanities and Social Sciences CommunicationsJournal Website2.731Humanities and Social Sciences Communications is an open access online journal. Some of its thematic collections are very relevant to collaborative research, including collections on: Expertise in integration and implementation for transformative research (under call for papers, but two published), Interrogating interdisciplinarity, The politics of evidence-based policymaking: how can we maximise the use of evidence in policy?, Making and using evidence, Scientific advice to governments, Dialogue under scrutiny: dialogue-based actions, interactions and practices across contexts, cultures and disciplines (under call for papers), Citizen social science (under call for papers), Social studies of academia: power and knowledge in research, science and higher education (under call for papers) and The future of research assessment. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications focuses on the humanities, behavioral and social sciences. It fosters “interaction, creativity and reflection within and between the rich disciplines” the journal encompasses. These disciplines include: anthropology; business; economics; cultural studies; geography; international studies; history; information systems; law; languages; operational research; philosophy; religion; sociology; and science studies. Of particular interest to collaborative research is operational research. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications was previously known as Palgrave Communications (https://www.nature.com/palcomms/about/update).Humanities, behavioral and social sciences
Impact Assessment and Project AppraisalJournal Website2.16Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal (IAPA) publishes “a diverse range of papers, including multi-author and interdisciplinary papers, that focus on the environmental, social, health, sustainability, and/or other assessments of projects, programmes, plans and policies. IAPA is aimed at readers in universities, government and public agencies, consultancies, NGOs and community groups.” With regard to relevance to collaborative research, some papers include methods for impact assessment and related topics, such as stakeholder engagement, usually in the context of a specific case. IAPA is the official publication of the International Association for Impact Assessment.Research implementation and transformation
Implementation ScienceJournal Website7.96Implementation Science is an open access journal that “aims to publish research relevant to the scientific study of methods to promote the uptake of research findings into routine healthcare in clinical, organisational or policy contexts.” “Implementation research is the scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of proven clinical treatments, practices, organisational, and management interventions into routine practice, and hence to improve health. In this context, it includes the study of influences on patient, healthcare professional, and organisational behaviour in either healthcare or population settings.” “Implementation science is an inherently interdisciplinary research area, and the journal is not constrained by any particular research method. … As well as hosting papers describing the effectiveness of implementation interventions, Implementation Science provides a unique home for articles describing intervention development, evaluations of the process by which effects are achieved, economic evaluations of implementation, and the role of theory relevant to implementation research. The journal is also interested in publishing articles that present novel methods (particularly those that have a theoretical basis) for studying implementation processes and interventions. [The journal editors] are also interested in receiving articles that address methodologically robust study of the de-implementation of ineffective clinical and organisational practices.” Research implementation and transformation
Interdisciplinary Science ReviewsJournal Website1.109Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (ISR) “aims to set contemporary and historical developments in the sciences and technology into their wider social and cultural context and to illuminate their interrelations with the humanities and arts… It actively explores the differing trajectories of the disciplines and practices in its purview, to clarify what each is attempting to do in its own terms, so that constructive dialogue across them is strengthened. It focuses whenever possible on conceptual bridge-building and collaborative research that nevertheless respect disciplinary variation. ISR features thematic issues on broad topics attractive across the disciplines and publishes special issues derived from wide-ranging interdisciplinary colloquia and conferences.” The papers published in the journal that are relevant to collaborative research are an eclectic mix. In 2014 they covered: institutional barriers to work across disciplines, models and metaphors, and a case study of the creation of a boundary object. The December 2014 special issue “Transdisciplinary Environmental Science: Problem-oriented Projects and Strategic Research Programs” provides several case studies of transdisciplinary projects and can be found at: https://tandfonline.com/toc/yisr20/39/4.Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and action research methods
International Journal of Applied Systemic StudiesJournal Website0.9The International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies (IJASS) publishes “on all aspects of systemic analysis, from both a practical and an academic viewpoint”. The journal seeks “to apply the insights… gained from systems thinking and a systems view of the world to the most significant issue of the day, namely, to conscious evolution, to the collective design of systems that enable the self-guided evolution of our lives, our organisations and institutions, and our communities and our societies… By focusing on applied studies, the journal can give voice to systems service on a wide range of issues that we have to address in the 21st Century…. As such the IJASS aims to provide the latest developments, research and results from applications in the systems areas for its readers”. IJASS goals are: “To provide a forum for the exchange of information on and experiences of studying the systems, and the methodologies, tools and products used to design, measure and achieve them. To promote awareness of the crucial role of systems studies in the effective construction of the information systems developed, used, and/or maintained by organisations in pursuit of their business objectives. To provide a vehicle for the publication of academic papers related to all aspects of soft and hard system approaches”. Some of the topics covered by IJASS include: applications of systemic methodologies; applied [socio]cybernetics; ethical/living systems; complexity studies; critical systems thinking; total quality management; learning communities; virtual enterprises; cybernetics systems; human-computer interaction; modelling/simulation; multiagent-based systems; networks; system dynamics; problem structuring; semantics; knowledge representation; social systems design and simulation; systemic multi-methodologies; ontologies; systems thinking; and, decision support systems”. This is the journal of the Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies (HSSS).Systems, modelling and simulation
International Journal of Conflict ManagementJournal Website2.551The International Journal of Conflict Management (IJCM) “provides scholars and practitioners with insightful analyses and new methods for the successful management of conflicts between people, organizations, and cultures.” It publishes research on negotiation and conflict management relevant to various areas including “communication and conflict, conflict at work, conflict management, conflict and technology, cultural influences on conflict management, dispute resolution, [and] fairness and organizational justice…” .Conflict Management
International Journal of Decision Support System TechnologyJournal WebsiteN/A“The primary objective of the International Journal of Decision Support System Technology (IJDSST) is to provide comprehensive coverage of DMSS [Decision Making Support Systems] technology issues.” DMSS are “information systems that interactively support the decision making process of individuals and groups in life, public, and private organizations, and other entities.” … DMSS issues “can involve, among other things, new hardware and software for DMSS, new models to deliver decision making support, dialog management between the user and system, data and model base management within the system, output display and presentation, DMSS operations, and DMSS technology management. Since the technology’s purpose is to improve decision making, the articles are expected to link DMSS technology to improvements in the process and outcomes of the decision making process. This link can be established theoretically, mathematically, or empirically in a systematic and scientific manner”. Decision Making Support Systems (DMSS) “include Decision Support Systems (DSS), Executive Information Systems (EIS), Expert Systems (ES), Knowledge Based Systems (KBS), and Creativity Enhancing Systems (CES). Other DMSS, such as Executive Support systems (ESS), Management Support Systems (MSS), Artificially Intelligent Decision Support Systems (IDSS), and Decision Technology Systems (DTS), integrate the functions of DSS, EIS, ES, KBS, or CES, to provide more comprehensive support than the individual separate systems.”Systems, modelling and simulation
International Journal of General SystemsJournal Website2.435The International Journal of General Systems publishes “original research contributions to system science, basic as well as applied,” as well as relevant survey articles and bibliographies. The journal aims “to promote original systems ideas (concepts, principles, methods, theoretical or experimental results, etc.) that are broadly applicable to various kinds of systems. The term ‘general system’ in the name of the journal is intended to indicate this aim – the orientation to systems ideas that have a general applicability.” “Typical subject areas covered by the journal include: uncertainty and randomness; fuzziness and imprecision; information; complexity; inductive and deductive reasoning about systems; learning; systems analysis and design; and theoretical as well as experimental knowledge regarding various categories of systems”.Systems, modelling and simulation
International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science (IJKSS)Journal WebsiteN/AThe International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science (IJKSS) promotes “the development of knowledge science and systems science as well as the collaboration between the two sciences among academics and professionals from various disciplines around the world.” “Targeting academicians, professors, students, practitioners, and field specialists, this journal covers the development of new paradigms in the understanding and modeling of human knowledge process from mathematical, technical, social, psychological, and philosophical frameworks.” Topics covered include: Adaptive complex systems, Causal interactions and dynamic interweaving, Context management, Modeling of dynamic complexity, Risk and catastrophe management, Sense-making, Soft Systems Methodology, Systems dynamics, Systems Theory and Use of narratives. The International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science was originally launched by the International Society of Knowledge and Systems Science, which was initiated in 2000 in Japan. This is a journal of the Information Resources Management Association.Systems, modelling and simulation
International Journal of Operational ResearchJournal Website1.2International Journal of Operational Research (IJOR) covers new theory and application of operations research (OR) techniques and models that include game theory, scheduling, project management, mathematical programming, decision-support systems, multi-criteria decision making, fuzzy logic, expert systems, and simulation. The aim is to help with “making timely and accurate decisions using data analysis and more accurate information”. While the applications are often in a business context, these tools have wider application.Systems, modelling and simulation
International Journal of Social Research MethodologyJournal Website3.468The International Journal of Social Research Methodology features a “mix of academic and theoretically-slanted methodological articles, articles relating to research practice in professional and service settings, and those considering the relationship between the two. It thus addresses an audience of researchers within academic and other research organizations as well as practitioner-researchers in the field.” “The journal provides: a focus for on-going and emerging methodological debates across a range of approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, and including mixed and comparative methods, as these relate to philosophical, theoretical, ethical, political and practical issues; an international medium for the publication of discussions of social research methodology and practices across a wide range of social science disciplines and substantive interests; and a forum for researchers based in all sectors to consider and evaluate methods as these relate to research practice.”Methodology
Issues in Interdisciplinary StudiesJournal WebsiteN/AIssues in Interdisciplinary Studies supports scholarship crossing the arts and sciences on issues pertaining to interdisciplinary/integrative research and teaching. The journal is particularly focused on: “Interdisciplinary theory and methodology, The nature, means and problems of integrative research, especially on human experience, Models of interdisciplinary/integrative curricular designs both undergraduate and graduate, supplemented by evaluative empirical studies, Analyses of the relationships among social contexts, institutional arrangements and interdisciplinary programs of research and teaching, Cross-campus surveys on the status of interdisciplinarity, Conceptual and empirical attempts at distinguishing between disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching, curricular models, and research, Special pedagogical approaches for enhancing interdisciplinary/integrative comprehension, perspectives, knowledge, and utilization, Substantial and critical reviews of literature published elsewhere on any of the above”. Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, formerly known as Issues in Integrative Studies, is produced by the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies. One issue is produced per year. Articles from volume 1 (1982) to volume 31 (2013) are open access.Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and action research methods
Journal of Awareness-Based Systems ChangeJournal WebsiteN/AThe Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change (JABSC) supports and informs the field of ‘awareness-based systems change’, an “action research approach to social transformation.” The field “is a theoretical and practical innovation with significant implications for changing practice and taking a fresh look at what is needed to shift social systems, through a process of co-inquiry into the deeper structures of the social systems—the source conditions—in order to see, sense and shift them. It is an emergent cross-sectoral, inter- and transdisciplinary field that brings a first- and second-person lens to the field of systems thinking and systems change. The journal aims to reveal and support rigour in these new forms of research. It is also a place for highlighting current interesting examples of promising transformative practices and to co-inquire into these”, thereby mirroring “an important spirit of our time and moment around the collective exploration of transformation from an awareness-based perspective”. JABSC “sees itself as one element of a larger intention which is to co-create a global platform which aligns and brings together a community of researchers and practitioners who, over the next decade, will advance and amplify the field of awareness-based systems change by co-developing the concepts, methods, tools and frames needed to illuminate and catalyze the evolution of social fields” (being “the source conditions that give rise to patterns of thinking, conversing, and organizing in systems, which in turn produce practical results”). The journal has a focus on: “Bridging research and practice, e.g. refining and critically reflecting the theoretical, conceptual and practical foundations of awareness-based systems change. Linking inner and outer transformation as well as individual and collective transformation. Further evolving (practical) knowing about, and how to promote ‘vertical literacy’, e.g. by explicating and reflecting on implicit as well as embodied and tacit levels of understanding about transformation processes. Integrating multiple ways of knowing, such as 1st, 2nd and 3rd person methodologies, perspectives and epistemologies as they apply to social field change. Representing a broad range of voices, including those often marginalized in academia and the social system. Co-evolving new methodologies which make visible and research deeper layers of social systems and help actualize their potentials, in particular creative and ‘experimental’ (e.g. aesthetic, embodied, performative, arts-based) methodologies.” The journal produced its first edition in February 2021 and it is open access.Transdisciplinarity, action research methods and systems
Journal of Collaborative Healthcare and Translational MedicineJournal WebsiteN/AThe Journal of Collaborative Healthcare and Translational Medicine covers “the areas of translational healthcare and medicine. The journal emphasizes thought and reflection on the importance of the translational processes from basic science, human and patient research, practical application, and social impact in the forms of policy and community engagement”. In addition to these “bench to bedside to market” processes, the JCHTM strives to highlight the collaborative aspects of translational science through the contributions of team science research, social and behavioral science, economic and technologic inquiry, and the experience of health and biomedical professions involved in collaborative and translational health and medical sciences.” The first issue in 2014 was released as the Journal of Translational Medicine and Epidemiology and contained a special issue on “Collaboration Science and Translational Medicine” which can be found at: http://www.jscimedcentral.com/TranslationalMedicine/translationalmedicine-spid-collaboration-science-translational-medicine.php. The journal is open access.Translational healthcare and medicine
Journal of Critical RealismJournal WebsiteN/AThe Journal of Critical Realism (JCR) was established “to foster the discussion, propagation and the development of critical realist approaches to understanding and changing the world. It provides a forum for scholars wishing to promote realist emancipatory philosophy, social theory and science on an interdisciplinary and international basis, and for those who wish to engage with such approaches.” The JCR caters to audiences from many different disciplines with the common core being a shared interest in critical realism and it “publishes articles, review essays, review symposia, book reviews, debates and postgraduate interventions that relate in some significant way to critical realist approaches to understanding and changing the world. It is committed to encouraging work within the framework of, or engaging with all phases of the philosophy of critical realism: original and dialectical critical realism and metaRealism.” From the perspective of collaborative research, critical realism provides a way to deal with ontological and epistemological concerns in science and social science that is philosophically sophisticated, theoretically rich and methodologically varied. It is an open system approach to research contexts that is inherently interdisciplinary, realist and morally aware. Critical realism is one of the major strands of scientific and social scientific theory along with positivism, post-modernism, critical inquiry, empiricism, interpretivism, etc.Interdisciplinarity and critical realism
Journal of Design ResearchJournal Website1.1Journal of Design Research (JDR) “is an interdisciplinary journal, emphasising human aspects as a central issue of design through integrative studies of social sciences and design disciplines.” It focuses on “(1) the scientific study of the process and the content of design, and (2) the development of methods and tools to enhance the quality of design practice… .” The journal aims to: “bring together theories, models and actual products from related design areas, including engineering, architecture, industrial design and planning, emphasise human aspects as a central issue of design through integrative studies of social sciences and design disciplines, offer a platform for high-quality research, theory making, analysis, education, and practice, support the dialogue between practitioners and academics, avoiding a purely academic discussion on design science, highlight new developments in artifact design.” Topics covered include: Expertise in design, Design tools, “Design learning strategies and design pedagogy.” JDR “helps academics, researchers and professional designers working in the field of design and design engineering to disseminate information and to learn from each other’s work [and] publishes original papers, review papers, case studies, conference reports, book reviews, notes, and commentaries.” Special Issues devoted to particular topics in design are occasionally published.Interdisciplinarity and design science
Journal of Environmental Studies and SciencesJournal WebsiteN/A“The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (JESS) offers a venue where relevant interdisciplinary research, practice and public policies can be recognized and evaluated. Increasingly, environmental studies integrate many different scientific and professional disciplines. Thus the journal seeks to set a rigorous, credible standard for specifically interdisciplinary environmental research. The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences is the official publication of the newly formed Association of Environmental Sciences and Studies (AESS).”Interdisciplinary environmental research
Journal of Integrated Social SciencesJournal WebsiteN/AThe Journal of Integrated Social Sciences (JISS) “attempts to provide a platform that fills the void of a unified approach in the social sciences.” It concentrates on several disciplines that are central to the social sciences: psychology, sociology, political sciences, and gender studies. JISS is relevant to collaborative research in that a “major focus point of JISS centers on the concept of ‘transformations'”. The world is not seen “as a static, unmoving entity. Rather, social nature is developmental and thus transformative in its characteristics”. The journal is “especially interested in those works that share a wide perspective for analysis and synthesis – i.e. on what the nature of the ‘whole’ is.” Another point of relevance for collaborative research is that JISS aims “for more serious reflection upon the methodologies employed in empirical studies.” The editors quote from Jaan Valsiner’s book ‘Culture & Human Development’ (2000, Sage, p. 63): “If construction of general knowledge is the focus of methodology (as in any science), then methodology cannot be seen as a ‘toolbox’ of different ready-made methods. Rather, it needs to be viewed as a process of human mental construction of generalizations. It entails mutually linked components of general assumptions about the world at large (axioms), specific constructed theories of the given target area, understanding of pertinent phenomena, and – finally – ways of constructing specific methods to transform some aspects of the phenomena into purposefully derived data. Data are always constructed, or – better – derived from phenomena, on the basis of the investigator’s reasoning.” The journal therefore seeks to “further the development of unique and well-thought-out methodologies that best fit the task for studying a given observable ‘fact’; not because of their previously established credo or dogma, but rather for their present suitability in being the best possible approach.” The journal published single issues in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014.Research implementation and transformation and methodology
Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision AnalysisJournal WebsiteN/AThe Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis “…provides an international forum for the presentation and discussion of all aspects of research, application and evaluation of multi-criteria decision analysis, and publishes material from a variety of disciplines and all schools of thought”. Issues addressed include mathematical, theoretical, and behavioural aspects of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA)/ Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM), as well as relevant case studies, applications and evaluation of techniques and methodologies. Specific topic areas covered include: “Analytic hierarchy/ network processes, Evolutionary multiobjective optimization, Fuzzy sets and models for Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Integrated methods and philosophy of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Multiobjective optimization and goal programming, Outranking, Risk and uncertainty in Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Rule-based methods and artificial intelligence, Value and utility models”. The journal is supported by the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM).Uncertainty, risk and decision making
Journal of Public DeliberationJournal WebsiteN/AJournal of Public Deliberation aims to “synthesize the research, opinion, projects, experiments and experiences of academics and practitioners in the emerging multi-disciplinary field of deliberative democracy … to help improve future research endeavors in this field and aid in the transformation of modern representative democracy into a more citizen friendly form.”Transdisciplinarity and deliberative democracy
Journal of Research PracticeJournal WebsiteN/AThe Journal of Research Practice (JRP) is currently an open-access archive for papers published prior to March 2019, when publication was discontinued. The journal aimed to develop “understanding of research as a type of practice, and to assist both research practitioners and research theorists to share their experiences with and ideas about research, so as to extend and enhance that practice in multiple domains.” The journal had “six focus areas of particular interest”: Research Applications (“conventional or innovative forms of applied research with a view to meeting contemporary challenges”), Research Spaces (“institutional, cultural, and historical factors that shape research practice so as to help researchers open up new spaces for innovative research”), Research Education (“new directions in research education so as to prepare researchers for their role in society”), Research Experiences (“a platform for sharing research experiences, appreciating the experiences of other researchers, and developing their own understanding and good practice”), Research Philosophy (“reflection on the philosophical underpinnings of research, the specific research frameworks they inform, and corresponding notions of what constitutes valid and relevant research”), Research on Research (“review and innovate conventional thinking about research as it is contained in notions such as scientific method, objective attitude, and logic of inquiry, with a view to expanding their range of application and exploring new forms of research”). The journal started in 2005 and produced two issues per year until the final two issues in 2018. Research Practice
Journal of Science CommunicationJournal WebsiteN/AThe Journal of Science Communication (JCOM) “covers a broad range of issues pertinent to science communication and public engagement with STEM, including citizen science as well as environmental and health communication, where these relate to communication of research.” The journal “publishes research that explores a wide range of issues pertinent to the science communication community, including: issues in communication between science and citizens and within the scientific community itself; challenges arising when models for theoretical analysis or practical means to popularize science are used; the changing relation between science and social institutions; and the informative, pedagogical, interpretative and political dimensions of science communication.” The journal seeks “to encourage interdisciplinary exchange in the study of today’s complex knowledge societies and the role of publics and scientists in the development of new knowledge.” “In addition to research papers, JCOM also publishes invited thematic commentaries, essays, practice insights, reviews and letters.” JCOM begun in 2002 and is an open access peer reviewed journalInterdisciplinary, cience communication and public engagemen
Journal of SimulationJournal Website2.543The Journal of Simulation (JOS) “aims to publish both articles and technical notes from researchers and practitioners active in the field of simulation. In JOS, the field of simulation includes the techniques, tools, methods and technologies of the application and the use of discrete-event simulation, agent-based modelling and system dynamics”, as well as “models that are hybrids of these approaches.” “JOS encourages theoretical papers that span the breadth of the simulation process, including both modelling and analysis methodologies, as well as practical papers from a wide range of simulation applications in domains including, manufacturing, service, defence, health care and general commerce.” JOS also focuses on where “significant success in the use of simulation” has occurred, as well as “the methodological and technological advances that represent significant progress toward the application of simulation modelling-related theory and/or practice.” JOS is the journal of the Operational Research (OR) Society.Systems, modelling and simulation
Journal of the Operational Research SocietyJournal Website3.051The Journal of the Operational Research Society (JORS) aims “to present papers which cover the theory, practice, history or methodology” of operational research. The journal also publishes accounts of “good, practical case studies”. Examples particularly relevant to collaborative research include: “A wide variety of environments – community OR, education, energy, finance, government, health services, manufacturing industries, mining, sports, and transportation, Technical approaches – decision support systems, expert systems, heuristics, networks, mathematical programming, multicriteria decision methods, problem structuring methods, queues, and simulation.” The Journal of the Operational Research Society is the flagship journal of the Operational Research (OR) Society.Systems, modelling and simulation
Journal on Policy and Complex SystemsJournal WebsiteN/AThe Journal on Policy and Complex Systems is an open-access, peer reviewed journal in which “researchers, policy makers, experts in relevant disciplines, and modelers can join together to offer scientifically valid and societally appropriate solutions to challenging problems facing the world today, from the perspective of systems and complexity science.” The aims of this journal are to: “Promote professional and public understanding of the relationship between policy studies and complex systems thinking, evolving greater understanding and engagement. Establish a venue for reporting results of exploring, developing, and evaluating policies using cutting edge computational approaches to policy research, including complexity theory, agent-based modeling/simulation, chaos theory, fractals, dynamical systems, and the science of networks. Establish a repository of data and systems developed through research efforts reported in the journal. Bring together a community of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary scholars to address common societal concerns; including social scientists, natural scientists, computational scientists, humanists, policy analysts, public administrators, and policy makers”.Systems and complexity science
Judgment and Decision MakingJournal Website2.5Judgment and Decision Making publishes articles that “deal with normative, descriptive, and/or prescriptive analyses of human judgments and decisions. These include, but are not limited to: experimental studies of judgments of hypothetical scenarios; experimental economic approaches to individual and group behavior; use of physiological methods to understand human judgments and decisions; discussion of normative models such as utility theory; and applications of relevant theory to medicine, law, consumer behavior, business, public choice, and public economics”.Uncertainty, risk and decision making
Knowledge Management for Development JournalJournal WebsiteN/AThe Knowledge Management for Development Journal (KM4D Journal) “focuses both on knowledge management in development and knowledge societies in developing countries. It includes diverse knowledge management approaches in development organizations, large and small, in the South and in the North, and aims to facilitate cross-fertilization between knowledge management and related fields.” Further, KM4D Journal “offers peer-reviewed practice-based cases, analysis and research concerning the role of knowledge in development processes, and provides a forum for debate and exchange of ideas among practitioners, policy makers, academics and activists world-wide.” “By challenging current assumptions, it seeks to stimulate new thinking and to shape future ways of working. The journal is strongly related to the KM4Dev community of practice but aims to promote KM knowledge and approaches in the wider professional development community. Wherever possible, [the journal links] up with existing kindred communities or networks.“ The KM4D Journal is produced by the KM4Dev-community. It is published three times a year.Research implementation and transformation
Knowledge Management Research and PracticeJournal Website3.054Knowledge Management Research and Practice covers all aspects of managing knowledge from individual to professional and organisational to national. The knowledge management field covers four overlapping areas: “Managing knowledge (creating/acquiring, sharing, retaining, storing, using, updating, retiring), Organisational learning, Intellectual capital, Knowledge economics.” Within (and across) these, knowledge management addresses “issues relating to technology, people, culture and systems.” The journal’s cross-disciplinary focus aims to address “important tensions in the field of knowledge management, such as those between:” “codification” and “collaboration” schools of thought, North American and Japanese approaches, “Strategy and operations People and technology Short-term and long-term needs The organisation and the individual.” The journal covers “both theoretical and practical aspects, and especially the relationship between the two.” It emphasises “the mixing of “hard” (eg., technological) and “soft” (eg., cultural or motivational) issues.” This is a journal of the Operational Research Society.Research implementation and transformation
KybernetesJournal Website2.352Kybernetes is an international journal of cybernetics, systems thinking and management sciences, covering “not only theoretical and methodological-oriented studies but also in-depth discussions of their related appliances and implementations… One of the primary objectives of the journal is to weed out pseudocybernetic claims and to base cybernetics on sound scientific foundations.” “Kybernetes is the official journal of the UNESCO recognized, World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC) and The Cybernetics Society.”Systems, modelling and simulation
Negotiation and Conflict Management ResearchJournal Website1.395Negotiation and Conflict Management Research (NCMR) “publishes articles that develop theory and report research on negotiation and conflict management across levels, including interpersonal conflict, intergroup conflict, organizational conflict, and cross-cultural conflict, across a range of domains including environmental conflict, crisis negotiations, and political conflict, as well as across a variety of approaches, including formal and informal third party intervention, mediation and arbitration.” Some of the articles provide useful insights into negotiation and conflict management in research on complex real-world problems and can help in understanding, for example, team dynamics and different perceptions of knowledge. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research is the journal of the International Association for Conflict Management.Conflict management
Organization Collection (five journals)Journal WebsiteN/A“The focus of the journals in the Organization Collection is on those intangible drivers which determine not only the livability of organizations for insiders, and their credibility and attraction to outsiders; but also their tangible results in the form of efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. The intangibles of knowledge, culture and change management do not appear on balance sheets, but ultimately do have an enormous impact on ‘bottom lines’. The journals in this collection attempt to address dynamics of knowledge, culture and change as they manifest themselves in organizations. The perspectives range from big picture analyses to detailed case studies which speak to the tangible value of organizational intangibles. They traverse a broad terrain, from theory and analysis to practical strategies.” The Organization Collection consists of: The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations: Annual Review (by invitation only). Themed Journals: Management Education: An International Journal, Change Management: An International Journal, Knowledge Management: An International Journal, Organizational Cultures: An International Journal. “The Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations knowledge community examines the nature of the organization in all its forms and manifestations: businesses, from micro-enterprises to multinational corporations; institutions of formal learning, from pre-schools to universities; public sector agencies; and non-government and community sector organizations. Its concern also extends beyond the boundaries of organizations to consider the dynamics of supply chains, organizational alliances, networks, communities of practice and capacity building. Across all of these contexts, a pragmatic focus persists – to examine the ‘organization’ and ‘management’ of groups of people collaborating to productive ends, and to analyse what makes for success and sustainability.”Organizational science
Palgrave CommunicationsJournal WebsiteN/AIn June 2020, Palgrave Communications began operating under a new name, Humanities and Social Sciences Communications: collaborative research resource on Humanities and Social Sciences Communications About the name change: https://www.nature.com/palcomms/about/updateHumanities, behavioral and social sciences
Policy and PoliticsJournal Website3.297Policy and Politics “is committed to advancing our understanding of the dynamics of policy-making and implementation. By exploring the interplay between political actors, governing institutions and policy issues, the journal contributes to theories of the policy process. By reflecting on the evolving context in which these interactions occur, it provides critical insights that are timely and fresh.” Articles aim at a multi-disciplinary and global audience and can be “empirical, conceptual or theoretical, as long as the broader international relevance of the argument is explicit.” “The editors are especially interested in articles that: Challenge dominant disciplinary assumptions. Open up new research frontiers, and by doing so, set the agenda for subsequent debates. Innovate in the use of methods, theories and concepts in order to deliver new insights. Make connections across and between disciplines and sub-fields. Offer relevant and timely analyses of emerging debates within political science, public management and administration, and social policy and from a comparative perspective.” Authors are also invited to feature their papers in the Policy and Politics blog.Political science, public management and administration and social polic
Policy SciencesJournal Website5.121Policy Sciences “encourages a diversity of perspectives. The editors especially welcome conceptual and empirical innovation, together with the potential richness and insight of comparative orientation.” Of particular relevance to collaborative research are articles examining the policy making process. The journal is international and interdisciplinary and “offers articles that examine the normative aspects of policy sciences; conceptual articles addressing concrete policy issues; articles on particularly controversial pieces of analysis; opposing perspectives, including critiques and rejoinders on articles already published, which open the journal to an exchange of views rather than restricting it to pure presentation; and special issues that analyze specific topics in depth. Policy Sciences favors, but does not publish exclusively, works that either explicitly or implicitly utilize the policy sciences framework. The policy sciences are a distinctive subset within the policy movement in that they embrace the traditions of innovated and elaborated by Harold D. Lasswell and Myers S. McDougal. The policy sciences can be applied to articles with greater or lesser intensity to accommodate the focus of an author’s work. At the minimum, this means taking a problem oriented, multi-method or contextual approach.” Policy Sciences is tagged as “Integrating Knowledge and Practice to Advance Human Dignity.”Policy science
Project Management JournalJournal Website4.946The Project Management Journal “features state-of-the-art research, techniques, theories, and applications in project management.” It addresses “the art and science of project, program and portfolio management situations according to an inter-disciplinary perspective.” It is “the academic and research journal of the Project Management Institute”.Team science and project management
Public Health Research and PracticeJournal WebsiteN/APublic Health Research and Practice publishes articles about the “connection between research, policy and practice”. Of particular interest to collaborative research is a focus on articles that “improve methods of research relevant to policy and practice or the understanding of these methods” and a range of population health case studies of research support for policy and practice change. This online journal is open-access and is published quarterly by the Sax Institute in Australia. It was formerly known as The NSW Public Health Bulletin.Public health policy and practice
Research for AllJournal WebsiteN/AResearch for All is a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal for all those “who are committed to seeing research make a difference in society”. The journal “focuses on research that involves universities and communities, services or industries working together”. The journal serves “readers and contributors from four key groups”: “academics who engage various publics with the processes or products of research, or investigate such engagement”, “various publics who have an interest in research from a personal, occupational or organisational perspective (e.g. charities, community organisations, professional bodies, public services)”, “intermediaries who work to bring these groups together”, “university management and funders developing their systems for public engagement with research”. “The journal aims to raise the quality of engaged research by stimulating discussion about the effectiveness of engagement with researchers, research outcomes and processes”. It is a forum “for sharing the learning that accrues from public engagement with the processes and products of research, whether that research is initiated within academia or elsewhere. Science communication, service learning, research governance, co-design, co-production, participatory action research, knowledge mobilisation, and more, are all relevant.” Journal submissions focus on: “The relationship between theory and practice”, “In-depth feature articles that analyse the thinking around an aspect of engaged research”, “Commentaries offering views about thinking, practices and debates in engaged research”, “Personal reflections drawing out key features of a book, paper or person and how they influenced the writer’s thought and practice”, “Reviews of publications, events and resources that are relevant to engaged research”. Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and action research methods
Research PolicyJournal Website9.473Research Policy (RP) articles examine empirically and theoretically the interaction between innovation, technology or research, on the one hand, and economic, social, political and organizational processes, on the other. All RP papers are expected to yield findings that have implications for policy or management.” Of particular relevance to collaborative research are articles about research implementation. “Research Policy (RP) is a multi-disciplinary journal devoted to analyzing, understanding and effectively responding to the economic, policy, management, organizational, environmental and other challenges posed by innovation, technology, R and D, and science. This includes a number of related activities concerned with the creation of knowledge (through research), the diffusion and acquisition of knowledge (e.g. through organizational learning), and its exploitation in the form of new or improved products, processes or services.” Main Subjects Covered: “Economics of Innovation/Technology/Science; Entrepreneurs/Entrepreneurship; Evolutionary or (neo-) Schumpeterian Economics; Geography of Innovation – e.g. industrial clusters; Indicators – science, technology, R and D, innovation etc.; Innovation and Sustainability; Innovation Management/Organization/Policy/Strategy; Innovation Systems – national, regional, sectoral, technological; Knowledge – creation/production, diffusion/transfer/exchange, adoption/exploitation etc.; Learning (e.g. organizational) and Experimentation; Product and Process Development; Networks – e.g. research/ R and D collaboration, university-industry links, regional clusters, supply chains; Research and Development (R&D) Management/Policy/Strategy; Research Policy; Resource-Based View of the Firm – competence/capability (e.g. absorptive, core, dynamic); Science Policy; Sociotechnical Paradigms/Regimes; Technological Paradigms/Trajectories; Technological problem-solving; Technology Management/Policy/Strategy”.Research implementation and transformation
Risk AnalysisJournal Website4.302Risk Analysis “provides a focal point for new developments in the field of risk analysis”. It publishes “critical empirical research and commentaries dealing with risk issues”. Of particular interest to collaborative research are publications relevant to risk communication, risk management and decision-making, and risk perception, acceptability, and ethics. Risk Analysis is the journal of the Society for Risk Analysis.Uncertainty, risk and decision makin
Science and Public PolicyJournal Website2.087“Science and Public Policy is a leading international journal on public policies for science, technology and innovation. It covers all types of science and technology in both developed and developing countries.” It publishes articles relevant to collaborative research. For example in 2013 and 2014 the journal had special sections on “investing in interdisciplinarity”; “intermediaries between science, policy and the market”; and on “integrated assessment of emerging science and technologies”.Public policies for science, technology and innovation
Science CommunicationJournal Website7.441Science Communication “examines the nature of expertise, the diffusion of knowledge, and the communication of science and technology among professionals and to the public.” It covers topics such as “health care policy, educational reform, international development, and environmental risk.” The intersection with collaborative research comes in the areas of knowledge diffusion and research communication. Relevant papers in 2015 and 2016 covered: researcher use of newspaper op eds, along with a range of case studies including public engagement by researchers, communicating sensitive issues, and bridging the research practice gap.Research communication
Science, Technology & Human ValuesJournal WebsiteN/AScience, Technology and Human Values contains “research, analyses and commentary on the development and dynamics of science and technology, including their relationship to politics, society and culture.” In 2013-14 articles of relevance to collaborative research included case studies of ignorance, an examination of values in decisions and policy making, a case study of interdisciplinary collaboration, and an examination of learning through computer simulation modelling. The particular concerns of the journal are described as follows: “As scientific advances improve our lives, they also complicate how we live and react to the new technologies. More and more, human values come into conflict with scientific advancement as we deal with important issues such as nuclear power, environmental degradation and information technology.”Systems, modelling and simulation
Small Group ResearchJournal Website2.5Small Group Research “addresses and connects three vital areas of study: the psychology of small groups, communication within small groups, and organizational behavior of small groups.” Of particular relevance to collaborative research are articles about team-based research. “Small Group Research offers research and comprehensive theory relating to all types of groups, such as: Intact Work Groups; Family Groups; Mixed-Profession Groups; Self-Help Groups; Groups in Educational Settings; Social Work Groups; Teams; Experimental and Laboratory Groups; Therapy and Treatment Groups” Articles cover “Conflict Management; Social Perception; Team Productivity; Team Building; Group Decision Making; Mediation; Group Cohesiveness; Status Generalization; Group Development; Network Analysis”Small group research
Social Studies of ScienceJournal Website2.781Social Studies of Science “encourages submissions of original research on science, technology and medicine.” In 2014 articles relevant to collaborative research covered physician-industry collaboration, boundary work and case studies of controversies. “The journal is multidisciplinary, publishing work from a range of fields including: political science, sociology, economics, history, philosophy, psychology social anthropology, legal and educational disciplines.”Multidisciplinary
Society and Natural ResourcesJournal Website3.024Society and Natural Resources “publishes a broad range of social science research and thinking on the interaction of social and bio-physical processes, policies and practices occurring around the world and at multiple scales.” Some articles provide case studies on collaborative research methods and concepts. In 2014 these included articles on social learning and on implicit knowledge production models. Papers examine “cultural, psychological, economic and political perspectives relating to forests, oceans, fisheries, soils, and water; and address a variety of topics such as people and protected areas/biodiversity conservation, globalization and capitalism, environmental justice, place/community-based conservation, community resilience, adaptive and collaborative management, sustainability, climate change, environmental attitudes and concerns, environmental hazards and risks, and human-nature relationships.”Sustainability science and social science
Sustainability in Debate (Sustentabilidade em Debate)Journal WebsiteN/ASustainability in Debate (Sustentabilidade em Debate) publishes “original texts, based on interdisciplinary research, with the potential for achieving strong impact on research agendas in the fields of sustainable development and environmental policies, as well as on the promotion of sustainability”. The journal is open access and publishes papers in Portuguese, Spanish and English. The journal is published by the Center for Sustainable Development at the University of Brazil. There is some overlap with collaborative research with articles on methods for dealing with complex problems and case studies illustrating the use of those methods.Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and sustainability science
Sustainability ScienceJournal Website7.196“Sustainability Science probes interactions between global, social, and human systems, the complex mechanisms that lead to degradation of these systems, and concomitant risks to human well-being. The journal provides a platform for building sustainability science as a new academic discipline which can point the way to a sustainable global society by facing challenges that existing disciplines have not addressed. These include endeavors to simultaneously understand phenomena and solve problems, uncertainty and application of the precautionary principle, the co-evolution of knowledge and recognition of problems, and trade-offs between global and local problem solving.” There is considerable overlap between collaborative research and the methods used in sustainability science. “The journal promotes science-based predictions and impact assessments of global change, and seeks ways to ensure that these can be understood and accepted by society. Sustainability Science creates a transdisciplinary academic structure and discovery process that fuses the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.”Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and sustainability science
System Dynamics ReviewJournal Website3.04“The System Dynamics Review exists to communicate to a wide audience advances in the application of the perspectives and methods of system dynamics to societal, technical, managerial, and environmental problems. The Review publishes: advances in mathematical modelling and computer simulation of dynamic feedback systems; advances in methods of policy analysis based on information feedback and circular causality; generic structures (dynamic feedback systems that support particular widely applicable behavioural insights); system dynamics contributions to theory building in the social and natural sciences; policy studies and debate emphasizing the role of feedback and circular causality in problem behaviour; developments in strategies for simulation-based consulting and implementation of model-based policy conclusions; contributions to, and applications of, nonlinear dynamics and deterministic chaos; advances in methods and applications of systems thinking approaches relevant to the analysis of dynamic feedback systems; significant contributions to system dynamics teaching.”Systems, modelling and simulation
Systemic Practice and Action ResearchJournal Website1.267Systemic Practice and Action Research argues that “a fundamental rethink of the purposes and methods of science is needed, making it more systemic and action-orientated. The journal therefore seeks to make a substantial contribution to rethinking science as well as to the reflective application of systemic practice and action research in all types of organizational and social settings.” Systemic Practice and Action Research is “dedicated to critical systems thinking and its applications and building an understanding of the complexities of modern society. The journal examines the effects of technological advancement, including older technologies that continue to have profound effects on society today. … Contributions therefore draw upon all forms of investigation and reasoning, including deductionism, empiricism, inductionism, and metaphor.”Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and action research methods
SystemsJournal Website2.895“Systems is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal on systems theory in practice, including fields such as systems engineering management, systems based project planning in urban settings, health systems, environmental management and complex social systems”. It aims to provide a venue: “that supports a constructive exchange of ideas” and “for the quick and global dissemination of results of cutting-edge research in various areas of systems science and systems-related fields.” “An increasing number of researchers are realizing the enormous potential of systems thinking in managing the many unprecedented and complex issues in all areas of need.” The journal provides an outlet “for the manuscripts of these researchers who often find it difficult to publish their work in conventional discipline focused journals.” The journal “publishes original research papers, comprehensive reviews and communications” and encourages “scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. There is no restriction on the length of the papers.” The scope of the journal covers: socio-technical systems social systems management systems complex systems systems engineering systems architecting systems engineering management complexity network theory decision theory. “The International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) is affiliated with Systems and the journal has been publishing since 2013.”Systems, modelling and simulation
Systems Research and Behavioral ScienceJournal Website1.75Systems Research and Behavioral Science “embraces all strands of the systems movement; including general system theory, cybernetics, autopoiesis, complexity theory, systems engineering, lean systems, system dynamics, soft systems thinking and critical systems thinking. Its scope is also comprehensive, covering systems approaches in the physical sciences, biology, family therapy, business and management, project management, information systems, community studies, social policy, governance, agriculture and the environment.” The editors “particularly welcome papers with broad transdisciplinary implications…” Systems Research and Behavioral Science is the official journal of the International Federation for Systems Research.Systems, modelling and simulation
Technological Forecasting and Social ChangeJournal Website10.884Technological Forecasting and Social Change is a “forum for those wishing to deal directly with the methodology and practice of technological forecasting and future studies as planning tools as they interrelate social, environmental and technological factors.” In 2014 papers relevant to collaborative research included a review of foresight, an examination of ethical dilemma scenarios, exploration of knowledge sharing in virtual teams and case examples of innovation diffusion.Future studies
Transdisciplinary InsightsJournal WebsiteN/A“Transdisciplinary Insights (TI) is an open access journal dedicated to giving a forum to transdisciplinary research and systems thinking. The journal communicates the results of cross-disciplinary collaboration by masters students and early career researchers with societal actors.” TI publishes a variety of articles: “Original research deals with an innovative approach to framing a transdisciplinary problem and suggests new insights that help to address the problem. Review articles present a critical review of the scientific or social literature on a topic or a methodology that is described in a scientific manner and that is of value for the society and/or the environment, or that relates to sustainability. Opinion papers can be editorials (by invitation only) or papers intended to provide scientific comments on topics or trends in society within the focus and scope of the journal.”Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and action research methods
Translational Behavioral MedicineJournal Website3.626Translational Behavioral Medicine (TBM) aims to “engage, inform, and catalyze dialogue between the research, practice, and policy communities about behavioral medicine. We aim to bring actionable science to practitioners and to prompt debate on policy issues that surround implementing the evidence. TBM’s vision is to lead the translation of behavioral science findings to improve patient and population outcomes.” The journal offers “continuous, online-first publication”. A small number of articles discuss intervention options that are relevant to collaborative research; for example, in 2014 these included case examples of the use of videogames and mobile devices. It is a journal of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.Behavioral medicine
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate ChangeJournal Website10.072Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change “offers a unique platform for exploring current and emerging knowledge from the many disciplines that contribute to our understanding of this phenomenon [climate change] – environmental history, the humanities, physical and life sciences, social sciences, engineering and economics.” In terms of relevance to collaborative research, the journal provides useful case examples of widely used concepts and methods relevant to collaborative research. For example, in 2014 these included communication of uncertainty, public engagement, trust and framing. The journal “acts as a forum for gaining a wider set of perspectives about how climate change is understood, analyzed and contested around the world… Climate change has become one of the most visible phenomena in the world today, recognized through the changes occurring to physical climates, natural and managed environments and social organizations, and also through deliberations about ethical responsibility and public policy.” The journal “has been developed in association with the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG [Institute of British Geographers]) in the UK”.Interdisciplinarity and sustainability science
World FuturesJournal WebsiteN/AWorld Futures “encourages the application of new ways of thinking and approaches that draw on the intersection of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.” Many of the papers published intersect with collaborative research, for example in 2014 there were special issues on transdisciplinarity and on scenario planning. World Futures is the “Journal of New Paradigm Research” and aims to “research, develop and articulate the new paradigm of cosmos, life, consciousness and society emerging at the cutting edge of contemporary research. … World Futures welcomes critiques of limiting assumptions, as well as the development of new perspectives, on human nature, consciousness, society, and the nature of the universe. The journal is focused on the exploration, articulation, and application of human potentialities, and the implications for building a sustainable and humanistic future.”Future studies and sustainability science
World Water PolicyJournal WebsiteN/AWorld Water Policy (WWP) replaces New Water Policy and Practice Journal (NWPP). The journal is “dedicated to encouraging and disseminating new thinking about water policy and practice, about the education that supports it, and about the interrelationships between them.” It occasionally publishes papers relevant to collaborative research. New Water Policy and Practice Journal was launched in 2014 and replaced by World Water Policy in 2019. This is a free online journal.Water policy
SystemistJournal WebsiteN/A"Systemist is a blind peer-reviewed, open access journal published on-line and in print, now in its 40th volume. The journal’s mission is to encourage dialogue between academic and practitioner Systems thinkers, in order to promote developments in our discipline – ‘experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play’. Papers are welcomed from any perspective Systems thinking or practice, whether hard, soft, critical, philosophical or applied. Case studies from practice are welcome." Systemist is the journal of the UK Systems Society. Systems, modelling and simulation
Ecosystem ServicesJournal Website6.91"Ecosystem Services, associated with the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), is an international, interdisciplinary journal that deals with the science, policy and practice of Ecosystem Services defined as the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human wellbeing. The aims of the journal are: (1) To improve our understanding of the dynamics, benefits and social and economic values of ecosystem services, (2) To provide insight in the consequences of policies and management for ecosystem services with special attention on sustainability issues, (3) To integrate the fragmented knowledge on ecosystem services, synergies and trade-offs, currently found in a wide field of specialist disciplines and journals. (4) To support and promote a dialogue between science and policy, providing empirical evidence to decision makers in the field of ecosystem services assessment and valuation and support its mainstreaming into economic and land-use management policies." Interdisciplinarity ans sustainability science,
Anthropocene magazineJournal WebsiteN/AThis publication is the first of its kind to focus specifically on the Anthropocene, a new epoch in the geologic history of the planet named for humanity’s influence on the globe. Its mission is to bring together the world’s most creative writers, designers, scientists, and entrepreneurs to explore how we can create a sustainable human age we actually want to live in.Sustainability science
Community ScienceJournal WebsiteN.A.Community Science is an equitable collaboration of science aimed at outcomes for the benefit of communities. This journal is part of the Community Science Exchange. The other arm of the Community Science Exchange, the Hub, is a multimedia venue for people from all kinds of professional and community backgrounds to learn about, engage in, and share the processes, impressions, and results of community science. It hosts resources including case studies, guides, curricula, data-sets, blogs, videos, and art, that illustrate the work of community science around the globe. It invites Review Articles, Project Reports, Commentaries. Community Science, Transdisciplinarity
Global Implementation Research and Applications (GIRA)Journal WebsiteN/A

As the official journal of the Global Implementation Society, Global Implementation Research and Applications (GIRA) seeks rigorous studies, perspectives and experiences, commentaries and other types of submissions from researchers, policy makers, and stakeholders that may focus upon, but are not limited to:

  • Context analysis, readiness, and capacity development
  • Development, application, and testing of implementation tools and measures
  • Implementation theory, frameworks and models
  • Implementation-focused planning, design, and evaluation
  • Implementation policies, strategies, and processes
  • Innovation fidelity, adaptation, feasibility, replication, sustainability, and de-implementation
  • Policy implementation, systems intervention, scale up, and sustainment

Implementation research and practice shape organizational climate and culture, quality improvement, and change management in behavioral health and child welfare, in education, health and justice systems, as well as in economics, engineering, information technology, manufacturing, and in public policy. Participants from any discipline in any of these sectors or endeavors can learn from each other.

GIRA invites contributions using a range of methodological approaches and data sources. The journal publishes scholarly papers, brief reports, systematic and scoping reviews, protocols, and commentaries.

Official journal of the Global Implementation Society
Research and practice applications that address the full spectrum of implementation science
A focus on “real world” implementation and its relevance across disciplines and global communities.
Implementation research, transdiscipilnarity