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Balkan and Near Eastern Studies journal founded by UEL professor ranked top in its field


Journal articles are downloaded 32,000 times a year

An academic journal founded and edited by a UEL professor has been ranked as the most important scholarly publication in the field of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, according to Scopus, a database of peer-reviewed literature run by science technology company Elsevier 

The Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, started by UEL’s Professor Vassilis K. Fouskas in 1998, is now ranked 116 out of 858 interdisciplinary journals world-wide, and is first in Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, according to the analysis. Professor Fouskas describes the ranking as a major achievement.

The journal fosters the study of the complex historical, economic, political, diplomatic, cultural and security issues that confront the region of the Balkans and the Near East, bringing together scholarly research on the nation-states of the Ballkans, Central Asia, the Middle East and the Caucasus. It looks at events and issues from 1945 to the present day. 

The journal encourages historical research, comparative approaches, critical scholarship and a diversity of international relations, political economy, geo-political and geo-strategic views on the region.

Professor Fouskas said, “The publisher, Routledge, presented me with a report of highlights. This included a three-fold increase in the journal’s level of impact, which is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. 

“Two articles published in the journal have been cited in the EU policy document ‘From University to Employment - EU Law and Publications.’

“There are more than 32,000 Journal of Balken and Near Eastern Studies article downloads every year, of which 37 per cent are in Southern Europe; 34 per cent in Northern, Western, Eastern and Central Europe; and 12 per cent in North America, This demonstrates its international reputation and interest.”

Professor Fouskas, who is also the director of the Centre for the Study of States, Markets and People (STAMP) at UEL, said that Routledge will sponsor the 20th anniversary conference of the journal, which will take place in Banja Luka, Bosnia, in April 2018.