Welcome to the Journal of Futures Studies

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The Journal of Futures Studies is a globally-oriented, trans-disciplinary refereed journal. Its mission is to develop high-quality, futures-oriented research and thinking, based on the evolving knowledge base of Futures Studies / Foresight.

The Journal’s approach is:

– Trans-disciplinary

– Epistemologically diverse, seeking articles from empirical, interpretative, critical and action learning research traditions, and;

– Multi-methods based, including, for example, methods such as emerging issues analysis, scenario and alternative futures development and analysis, age-cohort analysis, causal layered analysis, visioning and backcasting;

As well as refereed articles, the Journal publishes essays, book reviews, symposia and art on the following topics:

– Epistemologically focused futures studies on the construction of possible, probable and preferable futures;

– Methodological innovation in futures studies, including not only integrated, layered, and critical approaches, but also empirical, interpretive or action-learning based approaches;

– Applied Futures (for example, case studies in using and practicing futures thinking for organizational change, development and transformation);

– Alternative futures on a variety of subjects (see topic categories below).

The journal is published by the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taipei, Taiwan.


The editors invite contributors in the areas of foresight, forecasting, long-range planning, visioning and other related areas, from any of the main research frameworks of futures studies – empirical, interpretative, critical and action learning. The journal invites contributions which offer distinctive viewpoints on a broad range of futures and field-oriented issues.

Articles, essay and reports are expected to show an in-depth understanding of the field’s dimensions, content, research perspectives and methods. To stimulate the systematic use and growth of futures literature, one of the criteria for publishing in the journal is indicating how the article relates to others in the futures literature. That is, your paper should refer to material published in this journal and in the other journals in the futures field (including, the Journal of Futures Studies, Futures, Foresight, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, The European Journal of Futures Research, World Future Review, On the Horizon) as well as futures material contained in books, monographs, other field related journals, including visual resources and web resources. Editors strongly advise authors cite at least two or more works in the futures field.