Research Policy

Research Policy

Policy, management and economic studies of science, technology and innovation





Editors:A. Arora





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Aims & Scope

Research Policy (RP) 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 RP papers are expected to yield findings that have implications for policy or management.

Aims and Scope:
Research Policy (RP) is a multi-disciplinary journal devoted to analyzing, understanding and effectively responding to the economic, policy, management, organizational, environmental and other challenges posed by innovation, technology, R&D and science. This includes a number of related activities concerned with the creation of knowledge (through research), the diffusion and acquisition of knowledge (e.g. through organizational learning), and its exploitation in the form of new or improved products, processes or services.
RP is generally acknowledged to be the leading journal in the field of innovation studies, with its academic status and influence being reflected in a remarkably high 'Impact Factor' for a multi-disciplinary social science journal (please see below).
Authors intending to submit a paper to RP should first check whether that paper is consistent with the journal's Editorial Strategy as detailed in the Guide for Authors. RP uses an online submission process, click here and all papers are subject to a 'double-blind' review process, details as in the Guide for Authors. Besides research articles and notes, RP also publishes a variety of other types of papers including Special Issues (or shorter Special Sections) occasional discussion papers on important topical issues, and book reviews, again further information in the Guide for Authors.

Main Subjects Covered:
Economics of Innovation/Technology/Science; Entrepreneurs/Entrepreneurship; Evolutionary or (neo-)Schumpeterian Economics; Geography of Innovation - e.g. industrial clusters; Indicators - science, technology, R&D, innovation etc.; Innovation and Sustainability; Innovation Management/Organization/Policy/Strategy; Innovation Systems - national, regional, sectoral, technological; Knowledge - creation/production, diffusion/transfer/exchange, adoption/exploitation etc.; Learning (e.g. organizational) and Experimentation; Product and Process Development; Networks - e.g. research/ R&D collaboration, university-industry links, regional clusters, supply chains; Research and Development (R&D) Management/Policy/Strategy; Research Policy; Resource-Based View of the Firm - competence/capability (e.g. absorptive, core, dynamic); Science Policy; Sociotechnical Paradigms/Regimes; Technological Paradigms/Trajectories; Technological problem-solving; Technology Management/Policy/Strategy.

Impact factor:
Research Policy's impact factor has increased appreciably over recent years, rising from 1.078 in 2000 to 1.536 in 2004 and 2.655 in 2008. (There was a slight drop to 2.261 in 2009 following an expansion in the number of RP articles published in 2008.) In 2008, the journal ranked 11th among the world's top journals in "Management" and 1st in the "Planning & Development" category as ranked by Thompson Reuters, Social Sciences Citation Index Index® (© Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports, 2008).
RP's Impact factor compares extremely well with that of leading journals in the neighbouring fields of Economics (where its 2008 impact factor would place it in 10th position, up from 29th position in 2000), Political Science (where it would currently rank 2nd), Sociology (3rd), Environmental Sciences (3rd) and other interdisciplinary social science journals.


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ABI/Inform, Compendex, Current Contents/Social & Behavioral Sciences, EconLit, Economic Abstracts, Gale Group Trade & Industry Database, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, International Political Science Abstracts, Journal of Economic Literature, Scopus, Social Sciences Citation Index, UMI Data Courier, UnCover
Editors A. Arora H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890, USA, M. Bell SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, The Freeman Centre Southern Ring Road, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QE, UK, M. Callon Centre de Sociologie de L'Innovation, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, 62 boulevard Saint Michel, 75006 Paris, France, M. Kenney Dept. of Human & Community Development, University of California at Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA, S. Kuhlmann Dept. of Science, Tech. Health & Policy Studies (STePS), Institute of Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS), Universiteit Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, Netherlands, K. Lee Dept. of Economics, Seoul National University (SNU), Gwanango 599, Gwanakgu, Seoul, South Korea, B. Martin SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, The Freeman Centre Southern Ring Road, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QE, UK, F. Murray Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA, W.E. Steinmueller SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, The Freeman Centre Southern Ring Road, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QE, UK, Book Review Editor W. Powell Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, Advisory Editors D. Archibugi Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma, Italy, F. Berkhout Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, H. Chesborough University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA, W.M. Cohen Duke University, Durham, NC, USA, P. Cohendet Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Montreal, Montréal, QC, Canada, G. Crespi International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Montevideo, Uruguay, W. Ding University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA, M. Dodgson University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, J. Fagerberg University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, L. Fleming Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA, F. Gallouj Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Lille, France, A. Gambardella Università Bocconi, Milano, Italy, A. Geuna Università di Torino, Torino, Italy, B. Hall University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA, D. Harhoff Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Munchen, Germany, R. Henderson Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, J. Henkel Technische Universität München (TUM), Munchen, Germany, D. Hicks Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, A. Inzelt IKU Innovation Research Centre, Budapest, Hungary, C. Juma Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, M. Kahn Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa, R. Kemp Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands, F. Kodama Shibaura Institute of Technology, Kohtoh-ku, Japan, K. Laursen Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Frederiksberg, Denmark, B. Lundvall Aalborg University, Aalborg Øst, Denmark, T. Luukkonen ETLA, Helsinki, Finland, F. Malerba Università Bocconi, Milano, Italy, S. Mani Centre for Development Studies, Kerala, India, A. McGahan University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, K. Motohashi University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, D.C. Mowery University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA, P. Mustar Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris, France, R. Nelson Columbia Earth Institute, New York, NY, USA, S. O'Mahony Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, L. Orsenigo Università Bocconi, Milano, Italy, C. Perez University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, M. Sakakibara University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA, U. Schmoch Fraunhofer Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (ISI), Karlsruhe, Germany, P. Shapira University of Manchester, Manchester, England, UK, B. Silverman University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, L. Soete UNU-INTECH Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands, O. Sorenson University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, T. Stuart Harvard Business School, Boston, MA, USA, J. Sutz Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay, S. Thomke Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA, M.C. Thursby Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, J. Utterback Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, B. Verspagen Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands, E. von Hippel Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, N. Von Tunzelmann University of Sussex, Falmer, Br
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