2018 in Review

Publications in 2018

42 Research Articles
6 Profiles and Interventions
18 Book Reviews and Review Essays

Special Issues

2018 was another very busy year at Social Movement Studies, where we received our highest ever number of submissions. Our publications continue to demonstrate the breadth of the field, as evident thematically via the word cloud below, and geographically via the map. We also received our highest JCR impact factor yet (1.581). There are multiple metrics out there, and they tend to be somewhat volatile. (This year's favourite is the Scopus Cultural Studies list, where we rank 10th from 771 journals!) As always, many thanks to all our submitting authors, advisory board and peer reviewers for hard work throughout the year.

For 2019 we have our first conference coming up and some great special issues in the pipeline, including: Weathering the Storm: Network Mobilization Dynamics in Uncertain Times in the Middle East and North Africa, Guest Eds: Frédéric Volpi & Janine A. Clark.

Note: if you want to see a comparable infographic for 2017, follow this link.

Common 2018 keywords (click terms for references)

place protest framing Occupy activism Egypt repression ideology policing Anarchism youth horizontality technology ontology feminism political violence leadership legitimacy urban movements protest camps backlash Islamist movements tactics transformative events discursive framing ISIS violence agency nationalism Northern Ireland police brutality 2011 London Riots interactionism micro-sociology Riots institutions political participation political parties Hegemony pluralism post-hegemony representation labor movement modularity revolution Europe financial crisis heterotopia occupation refrain territory Habitus Israel militarism repertoires of contention Administrative resource homology hysteresis post-Soviet Russia social mobilization Brazil education Landless movement learning Improvisation advocacy anti-corruption reconstruction of the state neo-liberalism mobilization democracy organization social network analysis The Czech Republic Transactional activism alternative media public opinion Radicalism anger Collective protest effectiveness justification anti-gentrification rent strikes segregation of cities privatization of urban space assemblage epistemology assembly controversy radical openness sound temporality Affordance dependency economic practice identity network power cyber-material autonomy REVA Brazilian Amazon data practices materiality Open data satellite-based monitoring Animals ecological struggles local movements multiplicity Bruno Latour environment social media migration collective identity Umbrella Movement alliances Anti-deportation protest right-wing solidarity typology CSO control and management diffusion mainland China nondemocratic regimes civil society geography Networks charisma collectivism commitment oppositional consciousness atheists lifestyle movements new Sceptics co-analysis workshops Collaborative ethnography epistemic partners grassroots politics knowledge-practices hierarchies Hong Kong politics individualism Post-80s Anti-tourism industry movement La CUP regional nationalism tourism apartments urban Contentious politics Jewish settlers Price Tag covert surveillance domestic extremism public inquiry post-Occupy resistance gender narratives intersectionality nudity sexual violence college and university opportunity structures Student activism transnational social spaces transnationalism boundary work Gamergate Reddit culture





Post-soviet Russia





Author affiliations (A) and geographical focus (F) of 2018 articles

Most cited (3 years) Most read (since 2011)


'Most cited' is a count of citations received in the last 3 years using CrossRef data available at Taylor & Francis Online in January 2019.


JCI Rankings, Social Movement Studies
    2015 2016 2017
JCR Categories Pol Sci 114/163 66/165 63/169
Sociology 102/142 52/143 50/147
Scopus Rankings Socio & Pol Sci 117/924 227/972 116/1029
Cultural Studies 10/671 36/697 9/771


JCR / Clarative Rankings available from Clarivate Analytics / Web of Science Journal Citation Reports.Scopus Rankings and CiteScore available from Scopus.

The SMS Editorial Board are: Kevin Gillan and Cristina Flesher Fominaya (Editors-in-Chief), Marcos Ancelovici, Gemma Edwards, Marianne Maeckelbergh, Eduardo Romanos, Clare Saunders, Luke Yates (Reviews Editor) and Hazel Burke (Managing Editor). We would like to thank all of our submitting authors, our Advisory Board and all peer reviewers for their contributions over the last year.

This infographic was created by Kevin Gillan.