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Home Publications Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences
Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences
About the Journal (Impact Factor: 3.006)

The Journals of Gerontology were the first journals on aging published in the United States. The tradition of excellence in these peer-reviewed scientific journals, established in 1946, continues today. The Journals of Gerontology Series B publishes within its covers the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Specifically, the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences publishes articles dealing with aging issues from the fields of anthropology, demography, economics, epidemiology, geography, political science, public health, social history, social work, and sociology. The journal publishes five types of contributions: 1) articles reporting original research; 2) brief reports; 3) letters to the editor; 4) reviews; and 5) theoretical and methodological articles.

Each issue contains an article in the Editor's Choice series, representing a paper that the editor sees as providing an especially significant contribution to the field of gerontology. These articles are available free to non-subscribers. A small collection of frequently-cited articles that have enhanced the journal's impact factor also is open to the public.

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