100 Core and Periphery Journals for Terrorism Research

100 Core and Periphery Journals for Terrorism Research

Compiled and selected by Judith Tinnes


This resource collection lists journals that are deemed to be most helpful for serious researchers. It contains both subscription-based and open-access journals, most of them peer-reviewed. These journals were identified by a variety of techniques, including citation analyses, to optimize results.


The following up-to-date (end of March 2013) resource collection lists one hundred core and periphery journals that are likely to be of significant importance for students, researchers, and professionals in the field of terrorism and counter-terrorism studies. A core journal – as defined by Avishag Gordon – is “a mainstream journal in a discipline, [that] is dedicated to the central themes of the specific scientific field. It carries the name of the field in its title (in most cases).”[1] Core journals produce a substantial percentage of the total amount of literature available in any given field. In contrast, a periphery journal “occasionally publishes articles about terrorism but is dedicated mostly to another field of study. This type of journal could be a mainstream publication in a discipline such as economy or sociology; and because it publishes material about terrorism from time to time it is considered a peripheral journal for terrorism subject-area.”[2]

Studies have shown that terrorism research has a large research periphery.[3] Therefore, relevant resources are scattered over a broad spectrum of academic journals. This makes efforts to retrieve them more laborious. The listed journals - most of them are peer-reviewed - were identified by using keyword searches on publisher homepages, scanning journal lists, bibliographies and reference lists as well as engaging in citation analyses.In addition to the division into core and periphery journals, the list is further split into subscription-based and open-access (i.e. freely available) journals. Like every hand-searched resource collection, this one reflects subjective choices. Since the information requirements of researchers differ, the present resource list should not be used as single source for journal retrieval in the wide interdisciplinary field of terrorism studies. Especially for disciplinary sub-topics, researchers are advised to search for additional journals tailored to their specific needs. The reader should keep in mind that this list is largely confined to English-language publications. However, there is a sizeable literature written in other languages; it is growing in importance and offers a valuable counter-weight to the dominance of the Anglo-Saxon literature.


Core Journals for Terrorism Research

Open-Access Journals

Combating Terrorism Exchange https://globalecco.org/journal

Counter Terrorist Trends & Analysis (CTTA) http://www.pvtr.org/ICPVTR/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=330&Itemid=245

CTC Sentinel http://www.ctc.usma.edu/publications/sentinel

Defence Against Terrorism Review http://www.tmmm.tsk.tr/index.htm

Journal of 9/11 Studies http://www.journalof911studies.com

Journal of Terrorism Research http://ojs.st-andrews.ac.uk/index.php/jtr/index

Perspectives on Terrorism http://www.terrorismanalysts.com/pt/index.php/pot

Security & Terrorism Research Bulletin [discontinued] http://www.grc.net/index.php?op_lang=&frm_action=publication_detail&publ_type=57&publ_id=65&sec=Publications&sec_type=d&override=Security+%2526+Terrorism+Research+Bulletin&frm_module=publications Spotlight on Terror [discontinued] http://www.jamestown.org/programs/gta

Terrorism: An Electronic Journal and Knowledge Base http://www.terrorismelectronicjournal.org

Terrorism Focus [discontinued] http://www.jamestown.org/programs/gta

Terrorism Monitor http://www.jamestown.org/programs/gta


Subscription-Based Journals

Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rirt20

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science http://www.liebertpub.com/bsp

Counter Terrorism http://www.iacsp.com/publications.php

Counter Terrorist Magazine, The http://www.thecounterterroristmag.com

Critical Studies on Terrorism http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17539153.asp

Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways Toward Terrorism and Genocide http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17467586.asp

inSITE https://insite.siteintelgroup.com

International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism http://www.igi-global.com/journal/international-journal-cyber-warfare-terrorism/1167

International Journal of Terrorism and Political Hot Spots https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=4705

Journal of Applied Security Research: Prevention and Response in Asset Protection, Terrorism and Violence http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/wasr20

Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rpic

Militant Leadership Monitor http://mlm.jamestown.org

Studies in Conflict & Terrorism http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/uter20

Terrorism and Political Violence http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ftpv20


Periphery Journals for Terrorism Research

Open-Access Journals

Anthropoetics http://www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu

conflict & communication online http://www.cco.regener-online.de

CyberOrient http://www.cyberorient.net

Disarmament Forum http://unidir.org/en/publications/disarmament-forum

Ejournalist http://ejournalist.com.au

Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, The [Online Edition] http://www.fletcherforum.org http://fletcher.tufts.edu/_Fletcher-Forum

Global Media Journal: Canadian Edition http://www.gmj.uottawa.ca/index_e.html

Global Media Journal: Mediterranean Edition http://globalmedia.emu.edu.tr

Global Security Studies http://globalsecuritystudies.com

Homeland Security Affairs http://www.hsaj.org

International Journal of Conflict and Violence http://www.ijcv.org/index.php/ijcv

International Journal of Safety and Security in Tourism/Hospitality http://www.palermo.edu/economicas/cbrs/ijssth.html

Internationale Politik (IP) https://zeitschrift-ip.dgap.org/de

Joint Force Quarterly http://www.ndu.edu/press/jointForceQuarterly.html

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291083-6101

Journal of Conflict Studies, The http://journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/JCS/index

Journal of International Security Affairs, The http://www.securityaffairs.org

Journal of Media Sociology http://www.marquettebooks.com/communicationjournals/jms.html

Journal of Middle East Media http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwaus/JMEM_home.html

Journal of National Security, Law and Policy http://www.jnslp.com

Journal of Strategic Security http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/jss

KAS-Auslandsinformationen http://www.kas.de/wf/de/34.5

Kriminalpolizei, Die http://www.kriminalpolizei.de

Middle East Media Educator http://ro.uow.edu.au/meme

Middle East Quarterly, The http://www.meforum.org/meq/issues

Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) http://www.gloria-center.org/publications/meria/

Military Review http://usacac.army.mil/CAC2/MilitaryReview

New Media and Mass Communication http://www.iiste.org/Journals/index.php/NMMC/index

Pakistan Journal of Criminology http://www.pakistansocietyofcriminology.com/publications.php

Parameters http://www.carlisle.army.mil/USAWC/Parameters

per Concordiam http://www.marshallcenter.org/mcpublicweb/en/nav-pubs-per-concordiam.html?view=alphacontent

Policy Review http://www.hoover.org/publications/policy-review

PRISM http://www.ndu.edu/press/prism.html

Small Wars Journal http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/recent

Strategic Insights http://calhoun.nps.edu/public/handle/10945/11071

UNISCI Discussion Papers http://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/UNIS

Wilberforce Quarterly http://www.wilberforce.edu/cdsp


Subscription-Based Journals

Aggression and Violent Behavior http://www.journals.elsevier.com/aggression-and-violent-behavior

American Behavioral Scientist http://abs.sagepub.com

Brown Journal of World Affairs, The http://www.bjwa.org/index.php

Conflict Management and Peace Science http://cmp.sagepub.com

Crime, Law and Social Change http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/criminology/journal/10611

Crime Media Culture http://cmc.sagepub.com

Democracy and Security http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/fdas20

European Journal of Cultural Studies http://ecs.sagepub.com

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs http://journal.georgetown.edu

Global Crime http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17440572.asp

Global Media and Communication http://gmc.sagepub.com

International Affairs http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0020-5850

International Communication Gazette http://gaz.sagepub.com

International Journal of Press/Politics, The http://hij.sagepub.com

International Security http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/isec

Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies (JIPSS) http://www.acipss.org/old/journal.htm

Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=148

Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/hbem20

Journal of Communication http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291460-2466

Journal of Conflict Resolution http://jcr.sagepub.com

Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jhsem

Journal of Military Ethics http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/smil20

Journal of Peace Research http://jpr.sagepub.com

Media, War & Conflict http://mwc.sagepub.com

Middle East Policy http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291475-4967 ORBIS – A Journal of World Affairs http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00304387

ORIENT http://www.deutsche-orient-stiftung.de/content/category/2/10/31/lang,de

Political Communication http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/upcp20

Political Psychology http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291467-9221

Politics, Religion & Ideology http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ftmp21

Radical History Review http://rhr.dukejournals.org

RUSI Journal, The http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rusi20

Security Dialogue http://sdi.sagepub.com

SIAK-Journal http://www.bmi.gv.at/cms/BMI_SIAK/ifwuf/SIAK_Journal.aspx

Small Wars & Insurgencies http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/fswi20

Survival http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tsur20

Third World Quarterly http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ctwq20

Washington Quarterly, The http://tandfonline.com/loi/rwaq20

About the Compiler: Judith Tinnes, Ph.D., studied Information Science and New German Literature and Linguistics at the Saarland University (Germany). Her doctoral thesis dealt with Internet usage of Islamist terrorists and insurgents. While working for several research support organisations, she has gained expertise in information retrieval, librarianship and electronic publishing. Currently she works in the Research & Development department of the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID) (http://www.zpid.de) for the open-access publishing project PsychOpen (http://www.psychopen.eu). In her spare time, she works as an Editorial Assistant for ‘Perspectives on Terrorism’.


[1] Avishag Gordon (2005, March): The Peripheral Terrorism Literature: Bringing it Closer to the Core. Scientometrics, 62 (3), 404. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11192-005-0030-8

[2] Ibid.

[3] See, for example, Daryl R. Bullis and Richard D. Irving (2013, March): Journals Supporting Terrorism Research: Identification and Investigation into their Impact on the Social Sciences. College & Research Libraries, 74 (2), 119-129. URL: http://crl.acrl.org/content/74/2/119.abstract and Avishag Gordon (2005, March), op. cit.



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