International Security (journal)

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International Security  
DisciplineInternational and national security, International relations
Edited bySteven E. Miller
Publication details
4.135 (2017)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Int. Secur.
ISSN0162-2889 (print)
1531-4804 (web)
OCLC no.44911437

International Security is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of international and national security. It was founded in 1976 and is edited by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and published four times a year by MIT Press, both of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The current editor-in-chief is Steven E. Miller (Harvard University).

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2017 impact factor of 4.135, ranking it 2nd out of 85 journals in the category "International Relations".[1] Each issue has an average length of 208 pages.

Along with the journal Security Studies, it is the most prominent journal dedicated to security studies.[2] Articles in International Security tend to deploy qualitative methods, in particular qualitative historical analysis.[3]


  1. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: International Relations". 2017 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2018.
  2. ^ Hoagland, Jack; Oakes, Amy; Parajon, Eric; Peterson, Susan (2020-05-13). "The Blind Men and the Elephant: Comparing the Study of International Security Across Journals". Security Studies. 0 (0): 1–41. doi:10.1080/09636412.2020.1761439. ISSN 0963-6412.
  3. ^ Bennett, Andrew; Elman, Colin; Owen, John M. (2014-10-02). "Security Studies,Security Studies, and Recent Developments in Qualitative and Multi-Method Research". Security Studies. 23 (4): 657–662. doi:10.1080/09636412.2014.970832. ISSN 0963-6412.

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