SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

Research Policy now 4* journal in ABS rankings

Research Policy has been promoted in this year’s ABS Academic Journal Guide 2018 from a ranking of 4 to the guide’s highest ranking of 4*.

Established by SPRU’s founder, Chris Freeman, and boasting three SPRU Professors – Ben Martin, Paul Nightingale and Maria Savona – among its Editorial team, Research Policy continues to strengthen its reputation as the leading journal in the field of innovation studies.

Prof Martin comments:

"This upgrading to 4* on the ABS journal list is a just reward for all the efforts of the Research Policy editors in SPRU and elsewhere to improve the rigour of the review and editorial process and hence strengthen the quality of the articles finally published."

The journal's articles examine empirically and theoretically the interaction between innovation, technology or research on the one hand, and economic, social, political and organizational processes on the other. All of its papers are expected to yield findings that have implications for policy or management.

The success of the journal is also related to the growth of the field of innovation studies in terms of both size and importance. Most business schools now have faculty studying innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and other related topics, and for them Research Policy is often their preferred publication outlet for their best work.

Further information

Visit the Elsevier website for more information about Research Policy.

View the ABS Academic Journal Guide 2018 in full (log-in required).