CASER Journals Join Efforts to House Research on Chinese Society

CSR Impact Factor hits record high. CASER launches a new journal to promote comparative studies on Chinese cities.

July 14, 2022

On June 28th, the latest Journal Citation Report was released by Clarivate, revealing that Chinese Sociological Review (CSR), edited by CASER Director Professor Xiaogang Wu, has received a record high Impact Factor of 3.667. CSR is now ranked 29 of 148 international sociology journals and has stepped into the Quartile 1 (Q1) in its category once again after 2017 (Impact Factor of 2.3) and 2019 (Impact Factor of 2.567).

CSR is an international journal with the second longest history dedicated to Chinese studies, second only to the China Quarterly. It was renamed from the Chinese Sociology and Anthropology (ISSN: 0009-4625) published by M.E. Sharpe since 1968. Starting in Fall 2011, Professor Xiaogang Wu was invited to serve as the editor-in-chief of the journal, and upon his suggestion, the journal was officially renamed to Chinese Sociological Review (ISSN: 2162-0555 [print], ISSN: 2162-0563 [online]). The publication and distribution of CSR has been operated since 2014 by the Taylor & Francis, North America Branch in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Under the editorship of Professor Wu, the impact of the journal has been skyrocketing, with the Impact Factor jumping from 0.024 in 2011 to 3.667 in 2021. CSR is the only one of the 148 SSCI sociology journals in the world that is devoted to the study of Chinese society (mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan), and is the only international sociology journal that has its editorial office located in China. CSR has become a premium outlet for scholarly work to advance the understanding of contemporary Chinese society and contribute to general knowledge in the discipline of sociology.

While celebrating the achievement of CSR, which is intended for an international readership, CASER is also pleased to announce the launch of a new Chinese journal: 《城市与社会学刊》 (Journal of Cities and Society [JCS], ISSN 2957-4099) in Fall 2022, jointly with the International Chinese Sociological Association (Hong Kong) and Urban Governance and Design Thrust, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou).

JCS will focus on the research and comparative studies of cities in the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and among others. The new journal will be committed to promoting indigenized urban research with global impact by establishing an interdisciplinary platform for scholars at home and abroad to share their latest scientific findings on comparative urban studies in the Chinese contexts and beyond.

Housing two academic Journals CSR and JCS, CASER will join efforts to narrate the China story by showing the world the latest research achievements of Chinese social scientists, enabling Chinese scholars to participate in international academic dialogues, and further enhance its unique role in promoting methodologically rigorous, multi-disciplinary research on the most pressing issues related to China’s socioeconomic development.

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