About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Research on Ageing and Social Policy (RASP) is an open access biannual Journal free of APC (article processing charges) and indexed in the Web of Sciences ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index).

It publishes research outcomes with significant contributions to the understanding and improvement of the social policies related to ageing and the life course. RASP collects research outcomes from different disciplines and methodological approaches.

In this line, different works are welcome, related to: life course and ageing policies; employment and retirement; dependence and care; age, gender and class relations; etc. RASP pretends to be an international space for discussion and critique through the presentation of theoretical and empirical evidences that could favour equity and the advancement of our societies.

Research on Ageing and Social Policy is a digital and free publication, which aims at disseminating scientific knowledge and generating debate in order to promote research that can become the grounds of effective policy making. 

RASP publishes articles in English and Spanish.

This journal includes articles about ended or in progress scientific inquiries.

Peer Review Process

Consideration: The manuscripts submitted by are first reviewed by the editorial team, who checks both if the article meets the formal criteria and the specific scope of the journal. Once this is verified, the editors assign the review of the article to two external evaluators through the "double blind peer review" system. 

Once the article has been reviewed, each external reviewer submits an evaluation report in which he/she recommends accepting the article, carrying out changes and improvements or rejecting the manuscript. At this time, the decision is sent to the author/s. If the evaluators have asked the author/s to make minor or major changes, he/she must submit a new version of the work including all the recommendations. The editorial team, according to the initial assessments made in the aforementioned reports, will evaluate this work again.

The evaluators play a central role in guaranteeing the quality and integrity of the journal. The peer review process depends largely on the trust and voluntary participation of the academic community and requires that all those involved act in a responsible and ethical manner. RASP invites its reviewers and potential reviewers to follow the guidelines published in the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.

Proofreading. The authors themselves will do the revision of the proofreading within the period indicated by the Editorial Board. In the case where the author does not respond within the stipulated period, the Editorial Team will carry out the revision.

Responsibility: RASP journal will not be responsible for the ideas and opinions expressed in the published works. The full responsibility will be of the author/s'. 

Review Policy: All research articles in this journal undergone double-blind peer review, based on initial editor screening and reviewing by two anonymous referees.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides free immediate access to its content under the principle of which to make the research freely available to the public supports a greater interchange of global knowledge.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Non­Commercial and Non­Derivative License

Publication Ethics

RASP is committed to meeting high standards of ethical conduct at all stages of the publication process. In our ethical standards and procedures, we set out general expectations for authors, editors, reviewers, publishers and society partners. RASP guarantees at all times the confidentiality of the evaluation process: the anonymity of the reviewers and the authors, the content evaluated, the rationale report issued by the reviewers and any other communication issued by the editorial and advisory boards.

Also the confidentiality will be maintained before any clarifications or complaints that an author wishes to send to the committees of the journal or to the evaluators of the article.

RASP declares its commitment for the respect and integrity of the works already published. For this reason, plagiarism is strictly prohibited in RASP and texts that are identified as plagiarism or its content are fraudulent will be removed from the journal if they have already been published or will not be published. Hipatia Press and RASP editors will act, in these cases, as quickly as possible. By accepting the terms and agreements expressed by RASP, authors must ensure that the article or review and the materials associated with them are original or do not infringe copyright. The authors also have to justify that, in case of a shared authorship, there was a full consensus of all the authors affected and that the article or book review has not been previously presented or published in other journals.

In the event that RASP editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct, these allegations would be treated accordingly. RASP editors will be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies whenever needed.