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

Since its first issue in 1986 the Social Services Research Group’s Journal Research, Policy and Planning has been one of the key research journals in the personal social services. The Journal is 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, is currently available on this website. At the present time, all but the latest three editions of RPP are freely available, with the most recent editions being available to members only. You can join us as a member of SSRG here. Members of the Editorial Board have discussed how RPP should respond to the recommendations of the Finch Report (2012) and the Government’s response to it and is keeping the question of full open access under review. If requested by authors, editors will consider requests for immediate open access if this is likely to be of benefit to the journal and SSRG.  The Editorial team would be very interested in the views of readers about how RPP should respond to the Finch Report and would welcome any feedback.

Free online access to RPP has been made available in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Articles are available as web pages (HTML) until Vol 19(2) 2000. Since that issue, articles have been made available in Portable Document Format (PDF) format.

Subscription rates

SSRG members get RPP as part of their membership of the netweork. However, it is possible to subscribe to the journal separately.

UK subscribers – £60

International subscribers – £70

Updated 21/05/2014 Martin Stevens


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Research, Policy and Planning Vol 30(3), 2013/14


Research, Policy and Planning Vol 30(2), 2013