Here, you find a collection of academic journals in the various social science disciplines that focus on (international) comparative analysis in theory and practice. We consider this list as an organic collection and welcome additional recommendations!
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- Comparative Education Review (University of Chicago)
→ The journal investigates education throughout the world and the social, economic, and political forces that shape it, in order to advance knowledge and teaching in comparative education studies. It presents a reliable source for the analysis of the place of education in countries other than the United States, and is also the official journal of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- Comparative Education (Taylor & Francis Publishing)
→ The journal focuses on analyses of educational issues in national, international, and global contexts, and engages with theoretical, conceptual and methodological debates in the whole field of comparative education. It publishes analyses of educational phenomena, policies and developments that are of theoretical and practical importance and of relevance to scholars, policy-makers and practitioners alike, with a special interest in in-depth studies investigating the interplay of international and domestic forces in the shaping of educational ideologies, educational systems, and patterns of teaching and learning. It addresses scholars of all social sciences. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- Comparative European Politics (Springer Verlag/Palgrave Macmillan Publishing)
→ The journal promotes interdisciplinarity and a greater dialogue between the various sub-disciplines of European political analysis. The journal’s broad scope includes the comparative politics and political economy of the whole of contemporary Europe within and beyond the European Union, the processes of European integration and enlargement, and the place of Europe and European states within international/global political and economic dynamics. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- Comparative Governance and Politics (Springer Publishing)
→ The journal publishes contributions that focus on theoretical or empirical analyses in the field of Comparative Political Studies. The thematic scope of the empirical studies ranges from case studies to studies with a medium or large number of analytical cases, and includes qualitative as well as quantitative methods. The journal also frequently publishes issues with a specific thematic focus from the field of comparative political studies. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is German and English.
- Comparative Migration Studies (Springer Verlag/Springer Open)
→ The journal provides a platform for articles that focus on comparative research in migration, integration, and ethnic studies – including studies between countries, groups, levels, and historical periods. Contributions thereby cover a wide disciplinary angle, from sociology to political science, anthropology to economics and law, and focus on topics such as migration policies, ethnic/cultural/religious diversity, migrant rights, gender and migration, migration and national identity, migration and security, or ethnic entrepreneurship. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- Comparative Political Studies (Sage Publishing)
→ The journal focuses on studies in the field of comparative politics both at the cross-national and intra-national levels, with papers discussing innovative work on comparative methodology, theory, and research from around the world with important implications for the formation of domestic and foreign policies. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- Comparative Politics (CUNY City University of New York)
→ The journal publishes scholarly articles devoted to the comparative analysis of political institutions and behavior. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- Comparative Social Research (Emerald Group Publishing)
→ The yearbook focuses on strengthening the international orientation in the social sciences. Each volume is concentrated on a specific topic, mostly of substantive, but also of methodological character, and as a rule, the articles present two or more cases for comparison, either of nations, regions, organizations, or social units at different points of time. Topics range from comparative studies of universities as institutions for production and diffusion of knowledge to family policies, regional cultures, or the institutional aspects of work and wage formation. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- Comparative Sociology (Brill Publishing)
→ The international journal focusses on advancing comparative sociological analyses of societies and cultures, institutions and organizations, groups and collectivities, networks and interactions. It publishes book reviews and theoretical presentations, conceptual analyses and empirical findings at all levels of comparative sociological analysis, from global and cultural to ethnographic and interactionist. It addresses an interdisciplinary audience – ranging from sociologists and political scientists to legal scholars, economists, and anthropologists. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education (Taylor & Francis Publishing)
→ Compare publishes scholarly and critical analyses of educational discourse, policy and practice from early childhood to the end of adult life – with all contributions including a comparative and/or international dimension. Thereby, articles do not necessarily compare different countries or contexts, but also across time, cultures or between different groups or systems. Topics range from articles that compare commonalities and differences across education systems; the dynamics of education, human development and subjectivities; patterns of policy transfer between nations and regions; or the role of international agencies and globalization on learning and people’s lives. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- Cross Cultural Research. Journal of Comparative Social Science (SAGE Publishing).
→ The journal has a focus on cross-cultural and (world-wide) comparative studies in all human sciences (including anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, human ecology, and evolutionary biology), examining topics that span societies, nations and cultures, providing strategies for the systematic testing of theories about human society and behavior. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
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- European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance (Brill Publishing)
→ The journal focuses on academic contributions that explore the phenomena of law and governance from a comparative perspective. It includes comparative studies from different fields of law and regulation as well as multi-disciplinary studies on societal governance issues – thereby mainly focusing on Europe. The journal also publishes comparative studies involving non-European countries, mainly when they deal with topics relevant also for European science and society. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- European Sociological Review (Oxford UP)
→ The journal contains articles in all fields of sociology and is worldwide one of the leading social science journal in the area of empirical, quantitative and comparative studies. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
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- International Communication Gazette (Sage Publishing)
→ The journal covers all aspects of international communication including the structures and processes of international communication, the regulatory regimes in the field of international communication, the interaction between international and national flows of communication and the complexities of intercultural communication across national borders. It focusses on contributions that are international comparative in scope, for instance, by focusing on international issues in the field of communication studies, or that compare two or more countries or regions. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- International Comparative Social Studies (Brill Publishing).
→ The journal has a focus on presenting the results of comparative research by anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists and other social scientists. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- International Journal of Comparative Education and Development (Emerald Group Publishing)
→ The journal focusses on articles that address current issues and future developments in comparative education and international education. The journal is international and interdisciplinary, and publishes contributions from across the globe and from various academic disciplines. Articles focus on comparative approaches and research related to education and society with units of comparison such as time-history, sociology, national and international policies and systems, cultures, minorities, critical discourse and philosophy. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- International Journal of Comparative Sociology (Sage Publishing)
→ The journal focuses on papers with either an international scope and/or a comparative methodological approach, and addresses an interdisciplinary audience that includes scholars from a sociological background as well as from neighboring fields such as political science, geography, economics, anthropology, and business sciences. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- International Journal of Public Opinion Research (Oxford Journals)
→ The journal presents a comparative, multidisciplinary forum serving the international research community, that focuses on studies of public opinion that contribute to theory development and testing about political, social and current issues, particularly those that involve comparative analysis. It also focuses on studies that analyze the role of public opinion polls in political decision making, the development of public policies, electoral behavior, and mass communications, or on evaluations of and improvements in the methodology of public opinion surveys. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- International Journal of Sociology (Taylor & Francis Publishing)
→ The journal publishes research on issues central to cross-national and comparative scholarship in sociology, and offers a broad appeal to those interested in cross-national and comparative social and political research. It focuses on macro-sociological studies with special attention to comparative work and cross-national research using data from such sources as the World Values Survey, the European Social Survey, and the International Social Survey Program. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- Journal of Comparative Politics (CUNY City University of New York)
→ The international journal focuses on scholarly articles devoted to the comparative analysis of political institutions and processes, communicating new ideas and research findings to social scientists, scholars, students, and public and NGO officials. Target audience of the journal are experts in universities, research organizations, foundations, embassies, and policymaking agencies throughout the world. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology (University of Bucharest)
→ The journal focusses at the exploration of the mutual constitution of social realities and forms of knowledge, by drawing attention to their multiplicity and complicity in action. It publishes research encouraging a comparative approach that musters and confronts multiple strands of theoretical orientation, methods, materials, pieces of research or other social realities – with each journal issue being centered on a specific topic. The journal also publishes research notes, review articles, theoretical essays, and book reviews relevant for comparative research. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- Journal of Contemporary European Studies (Taylor & Francis Publishing) → The journal focuses on empirical studies of European societies, politics and cultures and welcomes contributions from both cross-national and single-country specialists in European studies. It thereby is not EU focused and also aims at discussing the theory and practice of ‘area studies’ and the advantages, scope and limitations of interdisciplinarity. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
- Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (Taylor & Francis Publishing)
→ The journal publishes qualitative and quantitative research that focuses on interrelationships between culture and communication – thereby mainly focusing on research that emphasizes non-mediated contexts. Contributions focus on either cross-cultural comparative research or results from other types of research concerning the ways culture affects human symbolic activities, or on data from within a single nation/culture and the theoretical or practical relevance of those findings from a cross-cultural perspective. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
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- Research in Comparative and International Education (Sage Publishing)
→ The journal is concerned with research and its methods, and publishes contributions from the field of comparative and international education, broadly defined, or which address theoretical and methodological issues in comparative and international education with clear research relevance. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is English.
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- Tertium Comparationis. Journal für International und Interkulturell Vergleichende Erziehungswissenschaft (Waxmann Wissenschaftsverlag)
→ Tertium Comparationis wants to make a contribution to the fields of comparative education, international educational relations and intercultural education. The journal’s focus is on the world wide process of internalization, cultural exchange and mutual influence in education from the viewpoint of experiences and challenges in Germany and Europe. (Quoted from publisher’s website) Publication language is German.