Alter, Journal

Alter, European Journal of Disability Research is a European, bilingual, peer reviewed journal of human and social sciences on disability. Alter is the journal of Alter, European Society for Disability Research / Société Européenne de Recherche sur le Handicap, hence its title.

Why Alter? Alter is a polysemic Latin word which either refers to what appears to be different or what is undergoing change, it thus leaves open the questions of nature and form of said differences or changes.

Alter addresses everyone interested in the results of research on disability and otherness: researchers, students, teachers, persons concerned by disability, political decision-makers, professionals, organisations of people with disabilities…


A scientific journal. Alter is a peer-reviewed journal. Its editorial line and activities are designed and implemented by a multidisciplinary and international Editorial Board, composed of experts engaged in research on disability and otherness.


An interdisciplinary  journal. Interdisciplinarity means first of all openness to the entire range of human and social sciences:  sociology, anthropology, ethnology, history, demography, social geography, social epidemiology, economics, law, psychology, psychoanalysis, sciences of education, sciences and techniques in sports and physical activities… It also implies connections between academic and fundamental knowledges, applied knowledges and knowledges stemming from the experience of disability.

A cross-cutting journal. Research on disability and otherness includes a multiplicity of approaches and issues. Alter’s objective is to be open to this multiplicity and in this respect to adopt a cross-cutting prospective. The scope of research covered by the journal stretches from the individual to the environment, from deficiency to participation, from discrimination to the exercise of citizenship. Alter addresses as a whole the social, economic, political, educational or health issues investigated in human and social sciences.

A European journal. The European dimension involves a multicultural outlook, argued comparisons and scientific controversies extending beyond national borders. The diversified geographical origins of the Editorial Board members, of the reviewers and authors of the papers submitted and published demonstrates that the journal is widely open to international contributions beyond Europe itself. The readership is also international in particular via the digital dissemination of the journal.


The papers are submitted and published in English or in French, with abstracts in both languages.

Journal sections

The journal publishes various types of scientific papers under the following sections:

  • Research paper | Article original de recherche

Papers published in this section are all peer-reviewed by experts in the field. The original research papers are published in varia issues, in issues with a thematic series (of two to three papers), or in special issues (five to six papers).

  • Key texts revisited | Retour sur textes 

The journal holds this section punctually. It is dedicated to “fundamental” texts, some of them already published but deserving to be discovered or rediscovered. The texts are accompanied by a preamble which introduces the main notions and prompts their (re)discovery.

  • New considerations on past experience | Retour sur expériences 

The texts published in this section retrace the research paths of significant authors, groups or networks in the area of research on disability.

  • Short report | Note de recherche  

In this section, the punctually published short reports are selected for their particular interest to the Editorial Board. Short reports present the main results of current researches or of recently attended doctoral theses.

  • Book review | Note de lecture

Every issue includes a ‘book review’ section. The reviews published in this section can have various formats, from a note to the reader to a critical essay on several books.

Partnership with IFRH

At the time of the creation of the journal, Alter ESDR partnered with the Institut Fédératif de Recherche sur le Handicap (IFRH – Federative Institute for Disability Research). IFRH support to the journal within the framework of this partnership is the national institutional basis of IFRH in France and its international academic visibility. The partnership with IFRH also secures the journal logistic and financial support.


Alter, European Journal of Disability Research is published by Elsevier Masson.

Publication and dissemination formats

The journal is available in a printed and in an electronic version. The journal is registered in the international bibliographic databases Science Direct and Scopus.

The digital dissemination of the journal is made from these supports.


How to subscribe

A reduced subscription rate to the journal is available for members of Alter ESDR.

Non-members and institutions may take out a subscription with the publisher Elsevier Masson.


How to submit a paper to the journal

Instructions for authors are available here.

Papers may be submitted to the Editorial Board on-line.

It is also possible to send the manuscripts to the Editorial office by email:


ISSN: 1875-0672

Periodicity: 4 issues per year

Format: 165 x 240

Language of publication: English and French

Publisher: Elsevier Masson