American Sociological Association

Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Journals

Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Journals

ALTER. European Journal of Disability research, Journal européen de recherche sur le handicap

ALTER is a peer-reviewed European journal which looks at disability and its variations. It is aimed at everyone who is involved or interested in this field. ALTER is an emblematic Latin word for all forms of difference, leaving open the question of their nature and expression.

American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AJIDD) is consistently among the top three journals in the special education and rehabilitation fields according to the impact factor rankings. The AJIDD reports current and critical research in biological, behavioral, and educational sciences. It is a singular, multidisciplinary resource in the causes, treatment, and prevention of intellectual disability. The premier journal in its field for more than 115 years, AJIDD is an essential reference and resource tool for doctoral and master's-level universities, research organizations, teaching hospitals, sciences and human services libraries, and local, state and federal agencies interested in understanding causes, prevention and treatment for intellectual disabilities.

British Journal of Learning Disabilities

The British Journal of Learning Disabilities is an international peer-reviewed journal which aims to be the leading inter-disciplinary journal in the learning disability field. It covers debates and developments in research, policy and practice.  It publishes original refereed papers, regular special issues giving comprehensive coverage to specific subject areas, and specially comissioned keynote reviews on major topics.  In addition there are reviews of books and training materials and a letters section.

Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies publishes peer-reviewed original articles that advance research in the multidisciplinary, international field of disability studies. All content is totally open access. The CJDS never charges any processing or publication fees, and is free and open to the public. This ensures that scholarship in the CJDS reaches the broadest possible audience, with no barriers for authors, institutions, or readers. The journal embraces a wide range of methodologies and perspectives, values collaborative and cross-disciplinary work, community partnership, and creative approaches to scholarship. Research in the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies will be of interest to scholars and students from across all academic disciplines, as well as anyone involved in disability arts, advocacy, community organization or policy.  The journal foregrounds a critical disability studies perspective, committed to disability rights.

Critical Disability Discourse

York University’s Critical Disability Studies Graduate Student Association (CDSSA) is happy to welcome you to our annual graduate student journal, Critical Disability Discourse (CDD). CDD is a bilingual, interdisciplinary journal, publishing articles that focus on experiences of disability from a critical perspective. CDD is sponsored by York University's Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies. For more information about this program, please visit their website at:

The journal’s review board has consisted of students from York University, the University of Toronto, Laval University, McMaster University, and the University of Cambridge.

Disability and Rehabilitation

Disability and Rehabilitation along with Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology are international multidisciplinary journals which seek to encourage a better understanding of all aspects of disability and to promote rehabilitation science, practice and policy aspects of the rehabilitation process.
Disability and Rehabilitation publishes review and research papers along with case studies, Perspectives on Rehabilitation and reports on Rehabilitation in Practice. Papers focused on assistive technology are especially appropriate for Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.

Disability & Society

Disability & Society is an international journal providing a focus for debate about such issues as human rights, discrimination, definitions, policy and practices. It appears against a background of change in the ways in which disability is viewed and responded to. Definitions of disability are more readily acknowledged to be relative; segregated approaches are seen as inadequate and unacceptable - placing greater emphasis on community care and inclusion. However, policy intentions may not have the desired effects on the realities of everyday practice and policy changes themselves may be merely cosmetic, or appropriate but unfounded. The Journal publishes articles that represent a wide range of perspectives including the importance of the voices of disabled people. There is an established well-informed international audience for the Journal. Authors are expected to consider this wide readership and to exhibit knowledge of previously-published articles when submitting their work for consideration.

Disability and Health Journal

Disability and Health Journal describes and analyzes health and health related states using conceptual frameworks, including the international classification of functioning, disability and health. The Journal provides a forum for peer reviewed articles that identify, evaluate and promote existing and emerging models of healthcare delivery and/or health promotion which contribute to the improvements of health across the lifespan. The Journal focuses on individual health, public health, rehabilitation, health promotion, and community participation (e.g. employment, recreation, personal relationships and access to services).

Disability Studies Quarterly

Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ) is the journal of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). It is a multidisciplinary and international journal of interest to social scientists, scholars in the humanities, disability rights advocates, creative writers, and others concerned with the issues of people with disabilities. It represents the full range of methods, epistemologies, perspectives, and content that the multidisciplinary field of disability studies embraces. DSQ is committed to developing theoretical and practical knowledge about disability and to promoting the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society. (ISSN: 1041-5718; eISSN: 2159-8371)

International Journal of Disability Management

International Journal of Disability Management publishes research findings in areas including prevention of injury and disability, occupational rehabilitation and employment of people with injury and disability. The journal has a particular aim of encouraging and publishing findings from studies conducted in a range of countries that focus on disability management interventions in the workplace.

International Journal on Disability and Human Development

The International Journal on Disability and Human Development (IJDHD)is a peer-reviewed journal aimed at the scientific community interested in the broad area of ability, disability and human development. The journal provides an international forum with a holistic approach to public health issues, health and medicine, health and social policy, service aspects, developmental aspects, epidemiology, rehabilitation, family and social issues, quality of life, genetics and all other aspects of human development over the whole age spectrum. IJDHD covers all aspects of disability and human development in the form of review articles, original articles, case reports, short communications, letters to the editor and book reviews. Manuscripts will be reviewed from disciplines all over the world. The international Editorial Board is dedicated to producing a high quality scientific journal of interest to researchers and practitioners from many disciplines.

International Journal of Disability, Development and Education

Founded in 1954, the International Journal of Disability, Development and Education (IJDDE) is a multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal with an international focus. It provides a single source of information on the education and development of persons with disabilities. IJDDE aims to publish the very best research and review articles concerned with all aspects of education, human development, special education and rehabilitation.

International Journal of Mental Health and Deafness

The main objective of the International Journal of Mental Health and Deafness (IJMHD) is to disseminate cutting edge research about the aetiology, development, diagnosis, treatment and intervention of mental health problems and behavioural disorders of individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired across the lifespan. The IJMHD would also aim to facilitate the establishment of a solid network of professionals working in the field, that can lead to further transnational collaborative research and ultimately, to the advancement of knowledge in the field of mental health and deafness.

The IJMHD is aimed at a diverse audience of professionals involved in the field of mental health and deafness across the lifespan. This audience includes professionals, researchers, academics working in a range of disciplines such as psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, mainly. Other audiences that might also benefits from the dissemination of scientific research in the field of mental health and deafness are Audiologists and ENT consultants, speech and language therapists, and sign language interpreters and educationalists.

Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities

JARID is an international, peer-reviewed journal which draws together findings derived from original applied research in intellectual disabilities. The journal is an important forum for the dissemination of ideas to promote valued lifestyles for people with intellectual disabilities. It reports on research from the UK and overseas by authors from all relevant professional disciplines. It is aimed at an international, multi-disciplinary readership.  The topics it covers include community living, quality of life, challenging behaviour, communication, sexuality, medication, ageing, supported employment, family issues, mental health, physical health, autism, economic issues, social networks, staff stress, staff training, epidemiology and service provision.  Theoretical papers are also considered provided the implications for therapeutic action or enhancing quality of life are clear. Both quantitative and qualitative methodologies are welcomed.

Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities

The Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities is an interdisciplinary forum for original research and clinical reports drawn from a variety of fields serving persons with developmental and physical disabilities. The journal publishes research utilizing group comparisons as well as single-case experimental designs. Contents include case studies of particular clinical relevance or that describe innovative evaluation and intervention techniques as well as reviews and theoretical discussions that contribute substantially to our understanding of the problems and strengths of persons with developmental and physical disabilities. In response to the need for increased clinical and research endeavors with persons with developmental and physical disabilities, the journal is cross-categorical and unbiased methodologically.

Journal of Intellectual Disabilities

The Journal of Intellectual Disabilities is a peer reviewed journal that provides a medium for the exchange of best practice, knowledge and research between academic and professional disciplines from education, social and health settings to bring about advancement of services for people with intellectual and learning disabilities. The idea of a practice-led journal is both exciting and timely.

Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability

Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability ( formerly the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Developmental Disabilities ) is the official journal of the Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability (ASSID). JIDD is an international, multidisciplinary journal in the field of intellectual and developmental disability. The journal publishes original qualitative and quantitative research papers, literature reviews, conceptual articles, brief reports, case reports, data briefs, and opinions and perspectives. JIDD also publishes book reviews written at the invitation of the Book Review Editor.

Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

The Journal of Intellectual Disability Research is devoted exclusively to the scientific study of intellectual disability and publishes papers reporting original observations in this field. The subject matter is broad and includes, but is not restricted to, findings from biological, educational, genetic, medical, psychiatric, psychological and sociological studies, and ethical, philosophical, and legal contributions that increase knowledge on the treatment and prevention of intellectual disability and of associated impairments and disabilities, and/or inform public policy and practice. Expert reviews on themes in which recent research has produced notable advances will be included. Such reviews will normally be by invitation. Anyone expert in his/her particular field wishing to submit an uninvited review is advised to seek prior guidance from the Editor. The Journal also includes brief reports, occasional letters, and an ‘Hypothesis’ section.  All papers are assessed by expert referees.

Journal of Learning Disabilities

Journal of Learning Disabilities (LDX) provides specials series (in-depth coverage of topics in the field, such as mathematics, sciences and the learning disabilities field as discursive practice), feature articles (extensive literature reviews, theoretical papers, and position papers), research articles (reports of qualitative and quantitative empirical research), and intervention articles (overviews of successful interventions).

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

The Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies (JLCDS) focuses on cultural and especially literary representations of disability. Containing a wide variety of textual analyses that are informed by disability theory and, by extension, experiences of disability, it is essential reading for scholars whose work concentrates on the portrayal of disability in literature. More broadly, it is instrumental in the interdisciplinarity of literary studies, cultural studies, and disability studies. JLCDS was founded in 2006. It was launched at the Inaugural Conference of the Cultural Disability Studies Research Network, Liverpool John Moores University, 2007. It moved to Liverpool University Press in 2009. With an editorial board of 50 internationally renowned scholars, it is edited by Dr. David Bolt, Director of the Centre for Culture & Disability Studies, Graduate School, Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University.

Journal of Disability Policy Studies

Journal of Disability Policy Studies (DPS) addresses compelling variable issues in ethics, policy and law related to individuals with disabilities. Regular features include "From My Perspective," which discusses issues confronting a particular disability discipline or area, and "Point/Counterpoint" which addresses timely ethical issues affecting individuals with disabilities.

Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal

Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal (LDCJ), distributed to over 24,000 subscribers, is a peer-reviewed forum for research, practice, and opinion regarding learning disabilities (LD) and associated disorders. The mission of the journal is to provide the most up-to-date, accurate information on diagnosis, management and intervention. The journal intends to support, inform and challenge researchers, practitioners and individuals who have, or care for those who have, learning disabilities. The selections of the journal will be of particular interest to those involved in academia, medicine, education, psychology and related fields.

Research in Developmental Disabilities

Research In Developmental Disabilities is aimed at publishing original research of an interdisciplinary nature that has a direct bearing on the remediation of problems associated with developmental disabilities. Manuscripts will be solicited throughout the world. Articles will be primarily empirical studies, although an occasional position paper or review will be accepted. The aim of the journal will be to publish articles on all aspects of research with the developmentally disabled, with any methodologically sound approach being acceptable. A list of topics areas that is illustrative but not inclusive is applied behavior analysis, pharmacotherapy, traditional assessment, behavioral assessment, speech training and occupational therapy. Our aim is to publish the best available and most current research possible.

The Review of Disability Studies an International Journal

In order to address the need for an internationally-focused academic journal in the field of Disability Studies, in 2003 the late David Pfeiffer and the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa founded, “The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal” (RDS). The journal contains research articles, essays, and bibliographies relating to the culture of disability and people with disabilities. It also publishes forums on disability topics brought together by forum editors of international stature. Poetry, short stories, creative essays, photographs, and art work related to disability are also welcome. The journal is published four times a year, and each issue runs approximately 50 pages. We would like to invite you and people from around the world to subscribe to the journal, and we also welcome correspondence from those who would like to advertise, evaluate manuscripts, serve as anonymous peer reviewers, and contribute manuscripts. The Journal is open to all perspectives, approaches, views, and paradigms relevant to the study and experience of disability.

Sexuality and Disability

Sexuality and Disability is an international forum for the publication of peer-reviewed original interdisciplinary scholarly papers that address the psychological and medical aspects of sexuality in relation to rehabilitation. Publishing timely research articles, review articles, case studies, clinical practice reports, brief research reports, survey data reports, and book and film reviews, the journal offers the latest developments in the area of sexuality as it relates to a wide range of disabilities and conditions. Contributions address: clinical and research progress; community programs; independent-living programs; guidelines for clinical practice; special grand-rounds topics; consumer issues; and contemporary developments in special programs in sex education and counseling for people with disabilities. The journal features special issues with internationally renowned guest editors focusing on current topics in sexual health. By publishing research, best-practice, evidence-based, and educational articles, the journal seeks to contribute to the field's knowledge base and advancement. Sexuality and Disability is an essential resource for the exchange of new knowledge, issues, techniques, and available modalitites for researchers and other professionals addressing the psychological and medical aspects of sexuality in rehabilitation, medical, academic, and community settings.

Technology and Disability

Technology and Disability communicates knowledge about the field of assistive technology devices and services, within the context of the lives of end users - persons with disabilities and their family members. While the topics are technical in nature, the articles are written for broad comprehension despite the reader's education or training. Technology and Disability's contents cover research and development efforts, education and training programs, service and policy activities and consumer experiences.