Alter – – the review

Alter, European Journal of Disability Research is a European, bilingual, peer reviewed journal of human and social sciences on disability. It depends on an association: Alter – Société Européenne de Recherche sur le Handicap / European Society for Disability Research.

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.

Alter is a…

– …scientific journal. It is a peer-reviewed journal whose editorial line and animation are based on a multidisciplinary and international Editorial Board, composed of experts conducting research on disability and otherness.

…interdisciplinary journal. Interdisciplinarity means first of all openness to the entire range of human and social sciences: sociology, anthropology, ethnology, history, political science, demography, social geography, social epidemiology, economics, law, psychology, psychoanalysis, educational sciences, techniques in sports and physical activities (STAPS). It also concerns the connection between academic and fundamental knowledge and applied knowledge derived from the experience of disability.

…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.

…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.

Languages: French and Spanich

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


The journal publishes different types of scientific texts under the following headings:

– Original research article | Research paper

The articles published under this heading are all subject, without exception, to expertise – i.e. peer-reviewing. Original research articles are published in various issues, in issues with a thematic dossier (two or three articles), or in special issues (five to six articles). The size of these articles must be between 40,000 and 60,000 all-inclusive characters.

– Back to texts | Key texts revisited

This section is devoted to “fundamental” texts, some of which have already been published but deserve to be discovered or rediscovered. The texts are accompanied by a preamble introducing the main concepts and encouraging their (re)discovery.

– Research note | Short report

This section publishes shorter texts (20,000 to 40,000 signs), which relate to either ongoing experiments or research that have not (yet) produced scientific and conceptual results that are sufficiently robust to be considered scientific articles in their own right. These texts can highlight a specific methodology, transversal reflections or synthesize a research approach. These research notes may also allow young doctors to present their recently defended PhD. It is then a question of synthesizing the problematic treated in the thesis, the approach followed, the theoretical approaches used, the main results.

– Reading note | Book review

This section contains reviews of recent publications, whether individual (a thesis, a book, a report) or collective (a collective book or several related publications). These reading notes, which must be between 10,000 and 20,000 characters in size, provide an overview of the content of the publication, with an emphasis on contextualization and critical distance.


Alter ESDR has established a partnership with the Federal Institute for Disability Research (IFRH) at the time of the creation of the journal. The support that the IFRH provides to the journal within the framework of this partnership is due to the national institutional base that the IFRH has in France and its international academic visibility. The partnership with IFRH also provides the journal with logistical and financial support.

Alter is also supported by several research laboratories: CERMES3 (Centre de recherche médecine, sciences, santé, santé, santé, santé, société; CNRS, INSERM, EHESS, Université de Paris) and ARENES (Université Rennes 1, EHESP, CNRS, Sciences Po Rennes; in partnership with Rennes 2), as well as by the PHS (Programme Handicap & Sociétés, EHESS Paris).


The magazine is edited by Elsevier Masson.

Publishing and distribution formats

Alter is published in both paper and electronic versions. The journal is referenced in the international bibliographic databases Science Direct and Scopus.

Articles over two years old are available for free download and summaries of published issues are available here.

Subscription conditions

Alter ESDR members can subscribe at a preferential rate.

Non-members and institutions will subscribe directly to the publisher Elsevier Masson.

Submit a text for review

Authors can obtain instructions for authors here.

The texts can be submitted to the Editorial Board online.

It is also possible to send manuscripts by email to the editorial secretariat:

ISSN : 1875-0672

Frequency: 4 numbers per year

Format: 165 x 240

Languages of publication: French and English

Publisher: Elsevier Masson