Peace Review

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Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice  
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Discipline Peace and conflict studies
Language English
Edited by Robert Elias
Publication details
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 1040-2659 (print)
1469-9982 (web)
OCLC no. 709961507

Peace Review is an international research journal in the growing field of peace and conflict studies. The journal is published quarterly by the Taylor & Francis Group, under the Routledge imprint, and is a fully peer-reviewed academic journal.[1]

The journal aims to focus on "current issues and controversies that underlie the promotion of a more peaceful world" (journal website). This is a deliberately wide scope, and thus one can find within the journal a wide range of articles on issues relevant for peace, including articles dealing with peace and conflict, education, development, ecology, discrimination, human rights, and culture and ethnicity.

The journal was commenced in 1992 by John Harris at Stanford University, although the editorship was soon assumed by Robert Elias at the University of San Francisco. The editorial board of the journal has over the years included eminent peace researchers, such as Elise M. Boulding and Johan Galtung. The journal currently receives funding from the Catholic Social Thought Project at the University of San Francisco and the Jesuit Foundation.

As often is the case with scholarly journals, the journal has undergone name changes. The full name of the journal was previously Peace Review: A Transnational Quarterly, although the full name of the journal is now Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, reflecting the way that social justice concerns are now generally regarded as intrinsic to peace.

In 2000 the journal was awarded the Project Censored Award[citation needed] and the journal is currently a Utne Media Award finalist.[citation needed]

One of the specific aspects of the journal is the transnational readership, in that the journal is distributed to more than 90 countries. Thus the journal aims to avoid speaking with the voice of any particular national culture or politics. Another prominent aspect of the journal is that it aims to reach an informed yet non-specialist readership. Thus the journal attempts to publish accessible and relatively short essays, as free as possible from specialist jargon. However, being a privatised journal, readers not associated with subscribing universities must pay a fee to access each article, effectively putting the journal beyond the reach of many independent researchers and many students from developing countries.

The journal abstracted in most political and social science abstracts.


  1. ^ Gavriel Salomon and Ed Cairns, Handbook on Peace Education. Taylor & Francis, 2011 ISBN 1136874526. (p. 285)

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