This paper analyses the challenges for social science journals in current R&D systems from the point of view of research communities that work in languages other than English. Firstly, it outlines the changes taking place in the evaluation of science, digitisation and the globalisation of the publishing market. Secondly, it focuses on the effects of these dynamics on social science journals. And thirdly, it discusses the implications of several options of editorial policy: peer review, language, indexing, open access and organisation of voluntary work. In the conclusions, the need for a strategy of editorial policy is argued in order to face unintended consequences of the transformation of knowledge production affecting journals.
Parole chiave: Scientific journals, Sociology, Editorial policy, Research evaluation, R&d systems