The Journal of Co-operative Studies is a peer-reviewed international journal which aims to promote knowledge, research and innovation within the co-operative sector. The Journal is published by the UK Society for Co-operative Studies in Manchester, England, a city strongly associated with the co-operative movement since the days of the Rochdale Pioneers. It is distributed in Canada in partnership with the Canadian Association of Studies in Co-operation (CASC),  and in Ireland with the Irish Society for Co-operative Studies.


The editors welcome contributions on co-operative education, management, governance and leadership, and related subject areas of relevance to the co-operative sector. This includes worker, consumer, retail, housing, credit, insurance, information technology, environmental and other forms of co-operative endeavour; international co-operation; and other sectors within the social economy, including mutual businesses, co-operative banks and building societies, community businesses and member-based non-profits.

While one role of the Journal is the dissemination of the results of research, we are keen to ensure that its contents also reflects the role of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies in acting as a bridge between theory and practice in advancing knowledge and understanding of co-operation. Short ‘think pieces’ and articles on ‘new developments’ from co-operative practitioners are welcome.

We operate a "green" open access policy. This allows authors to self-archive a copy of their accepted manuscript (the final, peer reviewed edit of a paper without the publisher's formatting/typeset etc) in their institutional repository. This version of the paper is subject to an embargo period of six months after it is published in the Journal. After this time, it will be made publicly available on the Journal website and can made available via the author repository. 

We do not charge authors an article processing charge. 


UKSCS members receive copies of Journals in line with their membership subscription. 

Institutions may  purchase Journals without being a member. For more information on this option contact [email protected]



Journal of Co-operative Studies, Vol 54 No 1

Current issue - Summer 2021, out soon in print and online
16 Jun 2021
Members only

Journal of Co-operative Studies Vol 51 No 2

2018 Special issue: Skills for co-operators in the 21st century - Learning to do, Learning to be (Autumn)
1 Nov 2018

Journal of Co-operative Studies Vol 50 No 3

50th Anniversary edition (Winter)
31 Dec 2017
UK Society for Co-operative Studies is registered in England and Wales as a charitable incorporated organisation Number 1175295. Our registered office is Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS.
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