Now Included in the SSCI Intelligence and National Security

Intelligence and National Security

We are proud to announce that Intelligence and National Security has been accepted for inclusion in the Social Sciences Citation Index, International Relations category! 

The journal is expected to receive an Impact Factor in Summer 2019.

“We are delighted that INS is to be included in the SSCI, which confirms its standing as the leading journal in its field and recognises the wide and growing readership for the issues that our authors are at the forefront of exploring and explaining.”
—Loch Johnson and Mark Phythian, Editors

About the Journal
Intelligence has never played a more prominent role in international politics than it does now in the early years of the twenty-first century. National intelligence services are larger than ever, and they are more transparent in their activities in the policy making of democratic nations. Intelligence and National Security is widely regarded as the world's leading scholarly journal focused on the role of intelligence and secretive agencies in international relations. It examines this aspect of national security from a variety of perspectives and academic disciplines, with insightful articles research and written by leading experts based around the globe.

Among the topics covered in the journal are:

  • the historical development of intelligence agencies
  • representations of intelligence in popular culture
  • public understandings and expectations related to intelligence
  • intelligence and ethics
  • intelligence collection and analysis
  • covert action and counterintelligence
  • privacy and intelligence accountability
  • the outsourcing of intelligence operations
  • the role of politics in intelligence activities
  • international intelligence cooperation and burden-sharing
  • the relationships among intelligence agencies, military organizations, and civilian policy departments.  

Authors for Intelligence and National Security come from a range of disciplines, including international affairs, history, sociology, political science, law, anthropology, philosophy, medicine, statistics, psychology, bio-sciences, and mathematics.  These perspectives are regularly augmented by research submitted from current and former intelligence practitioners in several different nations. Each issue features a rich menu of articles about the uses (and occasional misuses) of intelligence, supplemented from time to time with special forums on current intelligence issues and interviews with leading intelligence officials. 

Peer Review 
Manuscripts submitted for publication initially undergo appraisal by the editorial staff. If found suitable for further consideration, they are sent out for further evaluation by independent, anonymous referees in various nations who are leading specialists in the subject matter. This professional process of assessment includes a standard, “blind” peer-review, involving two-to-four outside reviewers in each instance, with publication decisions made within six weeks.  Once accepted for publication, articles appear online within about ten weeks and in print as soon as possible thereafter.