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Social Science & Medicine

Aims and scope

Social Science & Medicine publishes original research articles (both empirical and theoretical), reviews, position papers and commentaries on health issues, to inform current research, policy and practice in all areas of common interest to social scientists, health practitioners, and policy makers. The journal publishes material relevant to any aspect of health from a wide range of social science disciplines (anthropology, economics, epidemiology, geography, policy, psychology, and sociology), and material relevant to the social sciences from any of the professions concerned with physical and mental health, health care, clinical practice, and health policy and organization.


Responsiveness Very slow
Time from submission to first decision after peer review 16 weeks
Time to immediate reject Not Provided
Publication speed Average
Time from acceptance to print 10 weeks
Total time to publication Not Provided
Time from submission to acceptance Not Provided
Time from acceptance to online 2 weeks


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Open Access Policy

Open access available Yes

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General information

Publisher Elsevier
  • Not provided
Imprint Pergamon Press
ISSN 0277-9536
eISSN 1873-5347
SNIP 1.737
Acceptance rate 18%
Publication Frequency Not provided
Publication Languages
  • English
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