International Social Science Journal
The International Social Science Journal (ISSJ), founded by UNESCO in 1949, is published quarterly in six language editions: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.
International Social Science JournalIts purpose is to bridge diverse communities of social scientists, working in different problems and disciplines and in different parts of the world. It provides information and debate on subjects of interest to an international readership, written by an equally international range of authors. The ISSJ has a particular interest in policy-relevant questions and interdisciplinary approaches. It serves as a forum for review, reflection and discussion informed by the results of relevant research, rather than as an outlet of “first publication” for the results of individual research projects. Read more


178 - NGOs in the Governance of Biodiversity
December 2003

Since the traditional ecological knowledge of local and indigenous peoples was written into Agenda 21 and the Convention on Biodiversity, their role in management of their natural resources has achieved international recognition. However, it is as difficult for people far removed from centres of power to be heard in national and international arenas as it is for the arenas themselves to relate to them and to grasp their knowledge. The role of environmental NGOs and some of their power as mediators of local knowledge derive, no doubt, from precisely this paradoxical situation: recognition by national and international bodies of a knowledge that lies beyond their direct reach. Read more


The Editor is interested in receiving proposals for the following issues:
182 - Explorations in Open Space:
The World Social Forum and Cultures of Politics - EXTENDED DEADLINE 15 MAY 2004

Authors are invited to submit draft articles in English, French, or Spanish, which must follow the ISSJ guidelines available at the ISSJ website, to the ISSJ Editor by 15th May 2004. Issue 182 will appear in December 2004, in English, French, and Spanish, immediately before the next world meeting of the WSF in January 2005, and thereafter also in Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.

Follow-up to issue 176 - Sustainable mobility

Issue No. 186, December 2005 - Social science perspectives on HIV/AIDS. DEADLINE: 31 OCTOBER 2004.
Authors are invited to submit first drafts in English, French or Spanish to the ISSJ Editor by October 31st 2004, and are advised to refer to the guidelines for manuscript preparation at

  John Crowley

  Carmel Rochet
Editorial Assistant


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