Policy Press


Jul 2, 2021

Celebrating our 2020 Journal Impact Factors

Bristol University Press, and its imprint Policy Press, are delighted to announce our 2020 Journal Impact Factors. This year has seen us make significant gains in the Journal Citation Reports.

These results are a compelling endorsement of the quality of our journals and their value to the scholarly community. As a not-for profit publisher with a unique social mission, we are proud to work with our editorial teams to produce research that has both real world and academic impact.

We are particularly pleased to see our longest-established journal, Policy & Politics, achieve its highest ever Impact Factor and retain its well-deserved position within the top quartile of political science journals worldwide.”

Julia Mortimer, Journals and Open Access Director

We want to thank all authors, reviewers, editors, and partners for their contributions which are essential to the continued success of our journals.

To celebrate this result, we have created a free collection of highly cited articles. This collection features papers that have contributed to our 2020 Impact Factors, and more recent papers we feel will promote our journals’ future impact.  

Enjoy the collection for free until 31 August 2021

Impact Factors  

Policy & Politics: 3.75 

Evidence & Policy: 1.836

Longitudinal and Life Course Studies: 1.104

Journal of Poverty and Social Justice: 0.83

Families, Relationships & Societies: 0.759

Policy & Politics  

Policy & Politics has received a record-breaking Impact Factor for the 3rd year in a row. The new Impact Factor of 3.75 is a substantial increase of 22%. The journal is placed firmly in the first quartile of international journals in the Political Science category and the top twenty journals in the Public Administration category of the Journal Citation Reports.

Read highly cited articles from Policy & Politics 

Evidence & Policy  

Evidence & Policy has also grown, increasing its impact factor by 26% to 1.836. Evidence & Policy is the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to comprehensive and critical assessment of the relationship between researchers and the evidence they produce and the concerns of policymakers and practitioners.

Read highly cited articles from Evidence & Policy 

Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 

Longitudinal and Life Course Studies continues to grow, receiving its third Impact Factor of 1.104. This represents a 10% growth on the 2019 Impact Factor. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies is published in association with the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies and joined Bristol University Press in 2019. 

Read highly cited articles from Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 

Journal of Poverty and Social Justice  

The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice has continued its reputation of high-quality publications with its second Impact Factor of 0.83. This journal explores the links between social security employment, area regeneration, housing, health and social inequalities.

Read highly cited articles from the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 

Families, Relationships and Societies  

Families, Relationships and Societies has achieved an Impact Factor of 0.759, representing a 13% increase on last year. This year marks the 10th  anniversary of Families, Relationships and Societies.  For 10 years, the journal has published research that advances scholarship and debates in the field of families and relationships. It explores family life, relationships and generational issues across the life course from a range of social science perspectives. 

Read highly cited articles from Families, Relationships and Societies

Bristol University Press and Policy Press now publish 16 journals, and the list is continuing to expand rapidly. For full details of each journal, browse our list.

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