Journal of Refugee Studies

Journal of Refugee Studies presents itself as 'a forum for exploration of the complex problems of forced migration and national, regional and international responses', within and beyond the legal category of refugees. It is the leading journal in its field, published in association with the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Articles in the Journal of Refugee Studies often cite, and are cited by, articles in general migration journals such as JEMS and IMR.

How established is it?

Journal of Refugee Studies is 35 years old (launched in 1988) and is published by Oxford University Press. The journal publishes about 40 articles per year. It is included in 4 of the databases used for compiling the PRIO Guide to Migration Journals (Google Scholar Metrics, Scimago Journal Ranks, Scopus, and Web of Science Core Collection).

How much are the articles cited?

The proportion of articles in Journal of Refugee Studies that are cited at least once within a few years of publication is about average for journals included in the guide. The average number of citations to each article is higher than average. See Scimago for additional information on citations.

What are the options for open access?

Journal of Refugee Studies has a hybrid publication model, meaning that only subscribers have access to all articles, but that individual articles can be made open access on the basis of paying a fee. See the journal's Sherpa Romeo page about the conditions for sharing the accepted manuscript online (Green Open Access).

How long are the articles?

Journal of Refugee Studies invites articles of up to 8000 words. For more information about submissions and access to past articles, see the journal's web site.

Examples of articles in Journal of Refugee Studies

Collyer (2010)
Stranded migrants and the fragmented journey
Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (2011)
The pragmatics of performance: putting "faith" in aid in the Sahrawi refugee camps
Turner (2016)
What is a refugee camp? Explorations of the limits and effects of the camp

PRIO Migration Centre articles published in Journal of Refugee Studies

Hassan Ahmed Aden, Abdirahman Edle Ali & Cindy Horst (2023)
From Refugees to Citizens? How Refugee Youth in the Dadaab Camps of Kenya Use Education to Challenge Their Status as Non-Citizens

Journal article in Journal of Refugee Studies

Jan-Paul Brekke, Simon Roland Birkvad & Marta Bivand Erdal (2020)
Losing the Right to Stay: Revocation of Refugee Permits in Norway

Journal article in Journal of Refugee Studies

Sarah Dryden-Peterson & Cindy Horst (2023)
Education for refugees. Building durable futures?

Journal article in Journal of Refugee Studies

Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Marcela Rubio & Marta Bivand Erdal (2024)
How do perceptions, fears, and experiences of violence and conflict affect considerations of moving internally and internationally?

Journal article in Journal of Refugee Studies

Cindy Horst (2006)
Buufis amongst Somalis in Dadaab: The Transnational and Historical Logics Behind Resettlement Dreams

Journal article in Journal of Refugee Studies

Cindy Horst & Odin Lysaker (2021)
Miracles in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt and Refugees as ‘Vanguard’

Journal article in Journal of Refugee Studies

Marte Nilsen et al. (2023)
Community-Led Education among Rohingya Refugees and the Politics of Refugee Education in Bangladesh

Journal article in Journal of Refugee Studies

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