Focus and Scope

We need social sciences to analyse and critique what’s going on and make choices that shape the future. Social science is not just important for the future but for what’s happening now. Our vision is to promote debate, analysis, and critics among the social sciences intellectual scholars. Its particular focus is on understanding how social sciences are embedded in the new millennium, and how the social sciences may help the society to solve the new global problems. Such understanding requires a careful analysis of social context, and a fundamental role to do this is played from all actors and stakeholders: universities, research institutions, governments, media, civil society etc. The important point is that the relationships between social sciences and the dynamics that change our society today are in focus. The term “social sciences” includes relevant disciplines like economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, communication studies, law, cultural studies, political studies, development studies and other related disciplines. The research data may come from experimental approaches, case studies, interviews, questionnaires, ethnographies, archives etc. Also articles of different kinds will be welcome: reports of empirical research, theoretically orientated analyses, literature reviews, etc. The journal expects that authors write clearly and accessibly for an international audience. No particular theories are favoured. We invite researchers to submit their original papers at mjss@richtmann.org

Charges and Publication Fees

The journals does not have article submission charges. The journals applies a fee of 480 GBP (or equivalent in EUR or USD) for each accepted paper for publication after the positive peer review process. This fee includes the online and printed journal. For each paper published the corresponding author will receive one hard copy included in the fee.

Peer Review Process

Authors submit their manuscripts via online submission or electronically via email to mjss@richtmann.org. Each manuscript is assigned to an external editor for the double blinded peer review process.

The Review Process step by step.

All articles submitted to Richtmann Journals undergo to a rigorous double blinded peer review process. The review process may take up to 30 days.

I. Submission of Paper

The corresponding or submitting author submits the paper to the journal. You can use the online system or send it by email.

II. Editorial Office Assessment

The journal checks the paper’s composition and arrangement against the journal’s Author Guidelines to make sure it includes the required sections and stylizations. The Office checks also that the paper is appropriate for the journal and is sufficiently original and interesting. If not, the paper may be rejected without being reviewed any further.

III. Invitation to Reviewers

The editor sends invitations to individuals that would be appropriate reviewers. As responses are received, further invitations are issued, if necessary, until the required number of acceptances is obtained.

IV. Response to Invitations

Potential reviewers consider the invitation against their own expertise, conflicts of interest and availability. They then accept or decline. When declining, they might also suggest alternative reviewers or the Editor will invite another one.

V. Review is Conducted

The reviewer sets time aside to read and review the paper. The reviewer takes notes so as to build a detailed point-by-point review. The review is then submitted to the journal, with a recommendation to accept or reject it – or else with a request for revision (major or minor) before it is reconsidered.

VI. Journal Evaluates the Reviews

The editor considers all the returned reviews before making an overall decision. If the reviews differ widely, the editor may invite an additional reviewer so as to get an extra opinion before making a decision.

VII. The Decision is Communicated

The editor sends a decision email to the author including any relevant reviewer comments.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Licensing Information

Articles of this journal are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the Publisher. The Editors reserve the right to edit or otherwise alter all contributions, but authors will receive proofs for approval before publication. Copyrights for articles published in Richtmann Journals are retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. The journal/publisher is not responsible for subsequent uses of the work. It is the author's responsibility to bring an infringement action if so desired by the author.

Journal History

MJSS has published the first issue in 2010. The journal has been published from 2017 to 2019 from Sciendo by DeGruyter.