Journals Available Online

Abstracts in Anthropology

Abstracts in Anthropology is the only comprehensive abstracting journal in the field of anthropology, publishing three thousand abstracts per volume which provide a thorough coverage of anthropological scholarship in all its subfields: Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistics. Because the traditional focus of anthropology has changed from Third World societies to subcultures within industrialized nations, the journal tracks social welfare issues, drug abuse programs, geriatric caregiver issues, and applied anthropology.

American Anthropologist

American Anthropologist is the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association, reaching well over 12,000 readers with each issue. The journal advances the Association's mission through publishing articles that add to, integrate, synthesize, and interpret anthropological knowledge; commentaries and essays on issues of importance to the discipline; and reviews of books, films, sound recordings and exhibits.

American Ethnologist

American Ethnologist is a quarterly journal concerned with ethnology in the broadest sense of the term. The journal’s articles connect ethnographic specificity with original theoretical contributions, conveying the relevance of the ethnographic imagination to the contemporary world. 

The Annals of The American Academy of Political and Social Science

Since 1889, The American Academy of Political and Social Science has served as a forum for the free exchange of ideas among the well informed and intellectually curious. In this era of specialization, few scholarly periodicals cover the scope of societies and politics like The ANNALS . Each volume is guest edited by outstanding scholars and experts in the topics studied and presents more than 200 pages of timely, in-depth research on a significant topic of concern.

American Journal of Education (formerly The School Review) The American Journal of Education seeks to bridge and integrate the intellectual, methodological, and substantive diversity of educational scholarship, and to encourage a vigorous dialogue between educational scholars and practitioners. AJE publishes research, theoretical statements, philosophical arguments, and critical syntheses of a field of educational inquiry.
Comparative Studies in Society & History Comparative Studies in Society and History (CSSH) is an international forum for new research and interpretation concerning problems of recurrent patterning and change in human societies through time and the contemporary world. Now in its fifty-seventh year, CSSH sets up a working alliance among specialists in all branches of the social sciences and humanities as a way of bringing together multidisciplinary research, cultural studies, and theory, especially in anthropology, history, political science, and sociology. Review articles and discussion bring readers in touch with current findings and issues.
Contributions to Indian Sociology Contributions to Indian Sociology (CIS) is a peer-reviewed journal which has encouraged and fostered cutting-edge scholarship on South Asian societies and cultures over the last 50 years. Its features include research articles, short comments and book reviews. The journal also publishes special issues to highlight new and significant themes in the discipline. CIS invites articles on all countries of South Asia, the South Asian diaspora as well as on comparative studies related to the region.

Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology publishes ethnographic writing informed by a wide array of theoretical perspectives, innovative in form and content, and focused on both traditional and emerging topics. It also welcomes essays concerned with theoretical issues, with ethnographic methods and research design in historical perspective, and with ways cultural analysis can address broader public audiences and interests.


Drawing on some of the nation's foremost scholars in the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences, Dædalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, presents new perspectives and multidisciplinary research on topics central to American life.


differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies first appeared in 1989 at the moment of a critical encounter--a head-on collision, one might say--of theories of difference (primarily Continental) and the politics of diversity (primarily American). In the ensuing years, the journal has established a critical forum where the problematic of differences is explored in texts ranging from the literary and the visual to the political and social. differences highlights theoretical debates across the disciplines that address the ways concepts and categories of difference--notably but not exclusively gender--operate within culture.


An international journal of social, political and legal philosophy; reviewed articles from philosophy, social and political theory, theories of individual and collective choice, social and economic policy analysis, jurisprudence, international relations.

Human Rights Quarterly

HUMAN RIGHTS QUARTERLY is published in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. It is a journal offering scholars in the fields of law, philosophy, and the social sciences an interdisciplinary forum in which-to present comparative and international research on public policy within the scope of the Universai Declaration of Human Rights. HUMAN RIGHTS QUARTERLY by design is tied to no particular ideology.


Indonesia is a semi-annual journal devoted to the timely study of Indonesia's culture, history, government, economy, and society. It features original scholarly articles, interviews, translations, and book reviews. Published since April 1966, the journal provides area scholars and interested readers with contemporary analyses of Indonesia and an extensive archive of research pertaining to the nation and region. The journal is published by Cornell University's Southeast Asia Program and Cornell University Press.

International Journal on World Peace

A quarterly journal on all issues related to peace, aimed at the general reader. Themes include war, conflict resolution, human rights, economic development, political philosophy, ethnic violence, interreligious dialogue, and more. The content of this refereed journal must meet standards of general scholarship. The journal has been published since 1984, and is available in both print and electronic form.
The Journal of Anthropological Archaeology An innovative, international publication, the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology is devoted to the development of theory and, in a broad sense, methodology for the systematic and rigorous understanding of the organizationoperation, and evolution of human societies.

The Journal of American Folklore

The Journal of American Folklore, the quarterly journal of the American Folklore Society since the Society's founding in 1888, publishes scholarly articles, notes, and commentaries directed to a wide professional audience. Other sections include those devoted to poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction on matters fundamental to the field; and reviews of books, exhibitions and events, films, sound recordings, and digital/online resources. Its contents are not restricted to folklore in the United States; the Journal publishes materials on folklore and from folklorists anywhere in the world.

Journal of Folklore Research

The Journal of Folklore Research, provides an international forum for current theory and research among scholars of traditional cultures. Each issue includes articles of theoretical interest to folklore and ethnomusicology as international disciplines, as well as essays that address the fieldwork experience and the intellectual history of folklore. Contributors include scholars and professionals in such additional fields as anthropology, area studies, communication, cultural studies, history, linguistics, literature, performance studies, religion, and semiotics.

Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society

The Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, publisher of the Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, traces its origins to the Straits Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, founded in Singapore in 1877. With approximately 850 individual and institutional members in Malaysia and worldwide, the Society is the leading scholarly organization studying the history and culture of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. In addition to the journal, which appears twice annually, the Society publishes scholarly monographs and re-prints old and out-of-print materials relating to the Malaysian region.  The Society also organizes talks and occasional visits for members. 

Journal of Social Issues

Published for The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), the Journal of Social Issues (JSI) brings behavioral and social science theory, empirical evidence, and practice to bear on human and social problems. Each issue of the journal focuses on a single topic - recent issues, for example, have addressed poverty, housing and health; privacy as a social and psychological concern; youth and violence; and the impact of social class on education.

LANGUAGE Journal of the Linguistic Society of America 

Language, a journal of the Linguistic Society of America, is published quarterly and contains articles, short reports, and book reviews on all aspects of linguistics, focusing on the area of theoretical linguistics. As of 2013, Language features online content in addition to the print edition, including supplemental materials and articles presented in five sections: Teaching Linguistics; Phonological Analysis; Public Policy; Research Reports; and Perspectives. Language has been the primary literary vehicle for the Society since 1924.

positions asia critique

Offering a fresh approach to Asian studies, positions employs theoretical and multidisciplinary methods in creating a provocative forum for vigorous debate. Through expansive scholarly articles, commentaries, poetry, photo spreads, and political and philosophical debates, contributors consider a broad variety of pressing questions from a striking range of perspectives. Thematic issues of positions tackling new, often pathbreaking areas of concern—or traditional areas of concern from a fresh vantage point—are interspersed with general issues offering original scholarship that crosses disciplinary and topical boundaries. The breadth and pace of the journal ensure that readers are challenged as well as informed.

The Professional Geographer

The Professional Geographer began life as a publication of the American Society for Professional Geographers. It became a journal of the AAG in 1949 when the two organizations merged. There are four issues per year and the focus is on short articles of academic or applied geography, emphasizing empirical studies and methodologies.

Public Culture

Public Culture is a reviewed interdisciplinary journal of cultural studies, published three times a year—January, May, and September—for the Institute for Public Knowledge by Duke University Press.  In the more than twenty years of its existence, Public Culture has established itself as a prize-winning, field-defining cultural studies journal. Public Culture seeks a critical understanding of the global cultural flows and the cultural forms of the public sphere that define the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. As such, the journal provides a forum for the discussion of the places and occasions where cultural, social, and political differences emerge as public phenomena, manifested in everything from highly particular and localized events in popular or folk culture to global advertising, consumption, and information networks.

Raritan Raritan is a journal of wide-ranging inquiry, edited by the cultural historian Jackson Lears. In the tradition of independent magazines from the Spectator to Partisan Review, Raritan offers writers and readers the opportunity for sustained reflection and aesthetic pleasure, uncluttered by academic jargon. Founded in 1981 by the distinguished literary critic Richard Poirier, and supported by Rutgers University, Raritan aims to reach the common reader in everyone and to provide a particular experience of reading, one that nurtures an engaged and questioning approach to cultural texts of all sorts: literary, artistic, political, historical, sociological, even scientific.
Reviews in Anthropology Reviews in Anthropology is the only anthropological journal devoted to lengthy, in-depth review commentary on recently published books. Titles are largely drawn from the professional literature of anthropology, covering the entire range of work inclusive of all sub-disciplines, including biological, cultural, archaeological, and linguistic anthropology; a smaller number of books is selected from related disciplines. Articles evaluate the place of new books in their theoretical and topical literatures, assess their contributions to anthropology as a whole, and appraise the current state of knowledge in the field. The highly diverse subject matter sustains both specialized research and the generalist tradition of holistic anthropology.
Rice University Studies

The Rice University Studies (1962-1980) was a quarterly scholarly journal which was successor to The Rice Institute Pamphlet (1915-1961).

The 1965 statement of the purpose of the journal—“publishing scholarly and scientific writings in all fields” by “faculty members and other persons associated with Rice University”—points out that as a continuation of the Rice Institute Pamphlet, the publication was then in its fiftieth year. Numbering of issues of Rice University Studies is continuous from the Rice Institute Pamphlet numbering, the name having been changed in 1962. Rice University History professor Dr. Katherine Fischer Drew served as the editor for many years.

Issues were to consist of “single monographs or groups of shorter papers with some unity of subject matter.” For example, the four issues in 1964 were in the fields of philosophy, mathematics, English literature, and German literature. Many of the issues feature public speeches by Rice presidents, faculty members and visiting scholars, while some issues are a publication of the Rice University General Announcements.

Social Science and Medicine

Social Science & Medicine provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of social science research on health. We publish 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. We encourage material which is of general interest to an international readership.

Society (formerly Transaction) The international periodical of record in social science and public policy since 1962, Society presents new ideas and research findings from all the social sciences in a readable and useful manner. It is aimed at decision makers and others concerned with trends in modern society. Each issue features a special symposium and policy-relevant research, and reviews of significant new books. Articles in Society span the social sciences, including sociology, political science, economics, psychology, and anthropology. For advertisers, this means an interdisciplinary readership of social scientists and others with a proven interest in social and political issues -- a key market for books and other products.
An International Review
Transition is an international review of politics, culture, and ethnicity. While other magazines routinely send journalists around the world, Transition invites the world to write back. Three times a year, its writers fill the magazine's pages with unusual dispatches, unforgettable memoirs, unorthodox polemics, unlikely conversations, and unsurpassed original fiction. Transition tells complicated stories with elegant prose and beautiful images.
War Background Studies Starting in 1941 the Smithsonian published twenty-one illustrated booklets on the peoples, geography, history, natural history, and other features of the areas reached by World War II, particularly in and around the Pacific Ocean. The aim was to increase popular understanding of the regions and peoples involved in the conflict. Demand for the books was so great that in 1943 the print run had to be increased from 3,500 to 8,000. Numerous copies were ordered by the Army and Navy for distribution to service personnel.