About the Journal

About the Journal

Foucault Studies is the only international journal in the English language devoted to the work and influence of the thinker Michel Foucault, often listed as the most cited contemporary author within the humanities and social sciences.

Foucault Studies is committed to the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion. It welcomes submissions from all groups and scholarly fields. Contributions to Foucault Studies are not limited to the examination of his work, but advance the analytical, empirical and practical use of Foucault's thought across all disciplines.

The editorial board of Foucault Studies includes scholars across continents and disciplines. The editors are fully committed to keep promoting diversity both in the management of the journal and in the topics that it covers, to encourage the vaster possible array of scholars to contribute. The editors consider this endeavor to be in keeping with the legacy of Foucault’s work, which provides us with important tools to diagnose and fight against all forms of oppression and discrimination.


Whereas SCHIMAGO’S Journal Ranking List for Philosophy 2017 sets off Foucault Studies as number 2 out of 79 Open Access journals, it ranks Foucault Studies as number 80 out of 528 listed journals.

The former demonstrates that Foucault Studies is an international Open Access journal of the highest standing. The latter indicates that the journal makes a decisive contribution to the recognition of Open Access publishing, since the journal is here ranked in the upper 15%, over and above a number of established ‘closed’ access journals.

This outstanding position is the result of a sustained and steady but also still pointed progress.

In 2016, SCHIMAG0’S Journal Ranking list for Philosophy ranked Foucault Studies as number 124 out of 446 journals and set off Foucault Studies as number 6 out of 56 OA journals.

In accordance with the professed policy of the journal, Foucault Studies would like to continue contributing to the recognition and propagation of Open Access publishing.

While the Foucault Studies rejection rate for unsolicited articles was 68% in 2013 and 72% in 2014, it rose to 87% in 2015 and to 87.5% in 2016, and was even higher the following year


An international evaluator appointed by NordForskto assess the journal in 2014 for the NOP-HS Scientific Journal Grantgave Foucault Studies the top grade 6 (a journal at a very high international level and of great Nordic and international interest) out of 7 in all categories. With regard to "academic profile and standing," and "scientific quality," the scholar states that "the status of Foucault Studies is very high internationally. Being involved in Foucault research, I would say that scholars I know who work on Foucault desire to be published in Foucault Studies first (..). Moreover, the journal is well-known for its special issues, which make a real contribution to ongoing debates." In the overall evaluation of the journal, he stressed: "Foucault Studies is an excellent journal. I would be honored to publish in it. The strengths of the journal are its unique status. In addition, FS is a strong journal because of its interdisciplinary nature and the originality of its publications."

Another appointed evaluator confirmed grade 6 with regard to scientific standing and editorial board; and sums up by stating that "FS is an international journal of high quality."

Both evaluators laud the cross disciplinary and inclusive nature of the journal.