Social Science & Medicine

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Social Science & Medicine
Social Science and Medicine.gif
DisciplineSocial sciences, health science
Edited byIchiro Kawachi, S.V. Subramanian
Publication details
5.379 (2021)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Soc. Sci. Med.
OCLC no.609900358

Social Science & Medicine is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering social science research on health, including anthropology, economics, geography, psychology, social epidemiology, social policy, sociology, medicine and health care practice, policy, and organization. It was established in 1967 and is published by Elsevier.


Social Science & Medicine (ISSN 0037-7856) was published quarterly from 1967 to 1977 by Pergamon Press and, according to the National Library of Medicine[1] and the Library of Congress,[2] was then split into:

  • Social Science & Medicine. Part A: Medical Psychology & Medical Sociology (ISSN 0271-7123)
  • Social Science & Medicine. Part B: Medical Anthropology (ISSN 0160-7987)
  • Social Science & Medicine. Part C: Medical Economics (ISSN 0160-7995)
  • Social Science & Medicine. Part D: Medical Geography (ISSN 0160-8002)
  • Social Science & Medicine. Part E: Medical Psychology (ISSN 0271-5384)
  • Social Science & Medicine. Part F: Medical & Social Ethics (ISSN 0271-5392)

In 1982, Parts A-F were merged back into one journal. It was published by Pergamon Press, until that company was acquired by Elsevier in 1992.


2012 to Current – Ichiro Kawachi and S.V. Subramanian, both at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US.[3]

2004 to 2012 – Ellen Annandale, currently Department of Sociology, University of York, UK.[4][5]

1995 to 2004 - Sally Macintyre, MRC / CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, UK.[5]

1967 to 1995 - Peter J. M. McEwan (Founding Editor).[5]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2021 impact factor of 5.379.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NLM record,
  2. ^ LC record
  3. ^ Social Science & Medicine Editorial Board.
  4. ^ "Ellen Annandale – Sociology, The University of York". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Editorial Board". Social Science & Medicine. 202: ii. 1 April 2018. doi:10.1016/S0277-9536(18)30145-X. ISSN 0277-9536.
  6. ^ "Social Science & Medicine". 2021 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2021.

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