As the academic field of futures studies has developed several academic journals have been founded, the first being Futures: The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies, first published in 1968.
There are several peer-reviewed academic and professional journals dedicated to reporting, discussing and analysing issues of relevance to futures researchers, practitioners and students. There are also some futures-oriented magazines below. The lists are arranged alphabetically.
Academic Journals (peer-reviewed)
The European Journal of Futures Research provides an international platform for leading and upcoming scholarly work on possible, probable and desirable European and global futures. Envisioning a common future, the journal welcomes lively debates on European affairs – viewed against the backdrop of a shared, yet diverse and complicated history. It is a peer-reviewed open access journal published under the brand SpringerOpen.
Foresight will provide a much-needed forum for sound thinking about the future and will focus on themes and issues, which demand a strategic and long-term view. It will draw upon the established tools, techniques and methodologies of futures studies (e.g. scenario planning, Delphi, environmental scanning etc) as well as those of other social science disciplines, and will be informed by systems thinking and theories of post-modernism and complexity. Founded in 1999. Published by Emerald.
Futures® is an international, refereed, multidisciplinary journal concerned with medium and long-term futures of cultures and societies, science and technology, economics and politics, environment and the planet and individuals and humanity. Covering methods and practices of futures studies, the journal seeks to examine possible and alternative futures of all human endeavours. Futures® seeks to promote divergent and pluralistic visions, ideas and opinions about the future. The editors do not necessarily agree with the views expressed in the pages of Futures®. Founded in 1968. Published by Elsevier.
The journal will publish articles which focus on methods that aid anticipation of the future in the widest sense, that document the current status of a particular method’s application and use, and that analyze its future potential and prospects. Specifically, we invite papers that consider: Particular scenario methods, Variants of the Delphi method, Judgmental probability forecasting, Corporate and organizational foresight, The role and validity of expert judgment in anticipating the future, The combination of judgments from groups of individuals, The behavioral dynamics of using a focal method, The combination of futures methodologies, Horizon scanning methodologies and Advances in decision-aiding methods that contend with future uncertainty. Published by Wiley.
Futuribles International carries out strategic intelligence and foresight activities to aid in the decision and construction of desirable futures. Its objectives are to contribute to a better understanding of the dynamic of the contemporary world and its possible futures in the medium and long-term, notably due to a mutualized early warning system devoted to identification of potential changes in the strategic environment of businesses and organizations: the Lookout System. It provides constant indications of heavy trends (megatrends) and emergent trends (weak signals) in the strategic environment. French language journal founded in 1960. Published by the Futuribles Centre.
Published on French-language academic platform Cairn.info, Prospective et Stratégie is a future-oriented journal, which covers the fields of anticipation and foresight, of innovation policy and strategy, and of strategic management and organization studies. The journal publishes methododological, theoretical and case-based research papers exploring and discussing strategic temporal issues for private and public organizations, as well as for local and global communities. Prospective et Stratégie also issues stakeholders’ viewpoints and book reviews. Founded in 2010. Published by Apors publishing and the Institute for compared strategy.
Info brings together analysis of technological changes from a variety of perspectives (policy, management, industry structure, behavioural) drawing on concepts and models from economics, the political, social and behavioural sciences, decision analysis, engineering, and law. It provides an effective forum for debate and will help guide the policy and business decisions that are shaping the information economy and society of the 21st century. Founded in 1999. Published by Emerald.
The IJFIP has been established as a peer reviewed, international authoritative reference in the field. It publishes high calibre academic articles dealing with knowledge creation, diffusion and utilisation in innovation policy. The journal thus covers all types of Strategic Intelligence (SI). The IJFIP aims to further develop insight into the role of strategic intelligence in innovation policy and practice by acting as a scientific forum and contributing to the interaction between researchers, policy makers and actors involved in innovation processes. Founded in 2004. Published by Inderscience.
The Journal of Evolution and Technology is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. JET w elcomes submissions on subject matters that many mainstream journals shun as too speculative, radical, or interdisciplinary on all issues relating to the future prospects of the human species and its descendants. Founded in 1998. Published by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
The Journal of Futures Studies is a globally-oriented, trans-disciplinary referred journal. Its mission is to develop high-quality, futures-oriented research and thinking based on the evolving knowledge base of Futures Studies. Articles accepted for publication are expected to show an in-depth understanding of the field’s dimensions, content, research perspectives and methods. Founded in 1996. Published by Tamkang University, Taiwan.
Long Range Planning is one of the leading international journals in the field of strategic management that is published six times a year. It is the Journal of The Strategic Planning Society and of the European Strategic Planning Federation. It features articles which offer original research that bridge the gap between academia and practice. We aim to influence the behaviour of senior managers, administrators and to influence academic thinking. Founded in 1968. Published by Elsevier.
Policy Futures in Education is a peer-reviewed international journal that is futures-oriented and committed to promoting debate in education among university academics, practising policy analysts in government and local government, national and international policy advisors, politicians, members of policy think-tanks and world policy agencies such as the World Bank, OECD and the European Union. The journal has a strong experimental focus and emphasises innovative thinking in education policy and theory from a range of diverse viewpoints. A Policy statement is available. Founded in 2003. Published by Symposium.
A major forum for those wishing to deal directly with the methodology and practice of technological forecasting and future studies as planning tools as they interrelate social, environmental and technological factors. Founded in 1970. Published by Elsevier.
The International Journal of Forecasting publishes high quality refereed papers covering all aspects of forecasting. Its objective (and that of the IIF) is to unify the field, and to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The intention is to make forecasting useful and relevant for decision and policy makers who need forecasts. The journal places strong emphasis on empirical studies, evaluation activities, implementation research and ways of improving the practice of forecasting. It is open to many points of view and encourages debate to find solutions for problems facing the field. Founded in 1985. Published by Elsevier.
The Journal of Forecasting is an international journal that publishes refereed papers on forecasting. It is multidisciplinary, welcoming papers dealing with any aspect of forecasting: theoretical, practical, computational and methodological. A broad interpretation of the topic is taken with approaches from various subject areas, such as statistics, economics, psychology, systems engineering and social sciences, all encouraged. Furthermore, the Journal welcomes a wide diversity of applications in such fields as business, government, technology and the environment. Founded in 1982. Published by Wiley.
Time & Society publishes articles, reviews, and scholarly comment discussing the workings of time and temporality across a range of disciplines, including anthropology, geography, history, psychology, and sociology. Work focuses on methodological and theoretical problems, including the use of time in organizational contexts. You’ll also find critiques of and proposals for time-related changes in the formation of public, social, economic, and organizational policies. Founded in 1992. Published by Sage.
NanoEthics provides a needed forum for informed discussion of ethical and social concerns related to nanotechnology, and a counterbalance to fragmented popular discussion. While the central focus of the journal is on ethical issues, discussion extends to the physical, biological and social sciences and the law. NanoEthics provides a philosophically and scientifically rigorous examination of ethical and societal considerations and policy concerns raised by nanotechnology. Introduced in 2007. Published by Springer.
WFR seeks to encourage and facilitate communication among researchers and practitioners in all related fields and from all geographic, social, political, and economic sectors. It is also intended to promote public understanding and education in the methods and applications of futures research. The focus of the editors is not only with specific techniques and planning tools, but also with the role of futures research in the larger context of decision making in a range of settings. It began in January 2009 out of a merger between Futures Research Quarterly published from 1985-2008 and Futures Survey. Published by the World Future Society.
The Journal’s aim is to: Research, develop and articulate the new paradigm of cosmos, life, consciousness and society emerging at the cutting edge of contemporary research. The journal provides a venue for leading edge, creative, transdisciplinary contributions. It encourages the application of new ways of thinking and approaches that draw on the intersection of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. World Futures welcomes critiques of limiting assumptions, as well as the development of new perspectives, on human nature, consciousness, society, and the nature of the universe. The journal is focused on the exploration, articulation, and application of human potentialities, and the implications for building a sustainable and humanistic future. It accepts articles, research notes and book reviews and invites essays relevant to its aim in all fields of interest from the sciences to the humanities. Founded in 2002. Published by Taylor and Francis.
Magazines (non peer-reviewed)
The Club of Amsterdam Journal is a free online magazine published every two weeks and sent by email.
WFSF has produced a newsletter/magazine going by various names since 1974. The most recent name of the magazine is the Human Futures Magazine.
Content will be produced for the EFMN on a more or less continuous basis , mainly in the form of short 4 page documents that are quick and easy to read and which focus on specific foresight related topics that are noteworthy for their novelty or importance. About 40 such briefs were produced each year leading to a total of 160 over the lifetime of the project.
The Future of Children is a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution. The mission of The Future of Children is to translate the best social science research into information that is useful to policymakers, practitioners, grant-makers, advocates, the media, and students of public policy. The project publishes two journals and policy briefs each year, and provides various short summaries of our work. Founded in 1991.
The Futurist is a bi-monthly magazine published since 1967 by the World Future Society.
The Manoa Journal
The Manoa Journal of Fried and Half-Fried Ideas (about the future) is an occasional paper series published by the Hawai’i Research Center for Futures Studies (HRCFS). Established by the State Legislature in 1971. Archives are available online from 1992 to 1998.
Wired magazine is a monthly print publication of culture, opinion, and technology.