Research, Policy and Planning: The Journal of the Social Services Research Group

Since its first issue in 1983 the Social Services Research Group’s Journal Research, Policy and Planning has been one of the key research journals in the personal social services. Since the merger in 2017 with the Local Area and Research Intelligence Association, the Journal continues to be devoted to publishing work by researchers and practitioners in local and central government, other statutory authorities and voluntary agencies

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Online access

The full text of Research, Policy and Planning, from 1999 onwards, can be downloaded from this webpage. Pre-1999 editions are available in PDF format – click here to access pre 1999 editions. RPP is an open access journal: all editions are immediately available to our readers and subscribers. We have taken this step in response to the recommendations of the Finch Report of 2012 which recommended open access to academic journals, and we also hope that by providing immediate access to current publications, authors may be better able to promote and disseminate their work.

Subscription rates

RPP offers free online access but printed copies are available on subscription. For UK subscribers, the cost is £60pa: for international subscribers, the cost is £70pa


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Research, Policy and Planning Vol 32(1) – Special Issue on Child Neglect


Research, Policy and Planning Vol 31(2) – Special Issue on Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP) Project