Papers on Social Representations (PSR) is an international journal dedicated to furthering the theoretical and methodological development of the Theory of Social Representations and its application, as well as of related theorethical and methodological approaches in the social sciences. Social Representations Theory was first proposed by Professor Serge Moscovici in 1961 and is now a major theoretical perspective within Social Psychology. As such it develops a theory of social cognition, culture and communication connecting knowledge practices, identity processes, psychological processes, ideology and social change. In 1999, Papers on Social Representations became accessible online with the financial support of European Commission - D.G. XXII - CDA "European Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication" and Johannes Kepler Universität Linz.

PSR publishes original papers that advance the understanding and application of Social Representations Theory and commensurate ideas and epistemologies. The journal publishes papers across an expansive array of topics with a focus on theoretical critique and debate, methodological integration and innovation, and theoretically driven research from a diverse range of approaches and methods.

Drawing together researchers from around the world, PSR fosters a community of scholars working within Social Representations theory and related fields. The journal regularly invites the submission of special issues. If you are interested in proposing a special issue, please contact directly the editors at and . 

PSR publishes two issues per year. PSR is an Open Access Journal published by:

  • University Institute of Lisbon, ISCTE-IUL, Portugal (2018-)
  • Department of Social Psychology, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (2009 - 2017)
  • Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria (1992 - 2009)

PSR is committed to guarantee publication ethics and prevent publication malpractice. The responsibilities of PSR’s editors, reviewers and authors concerning publication ethics are described in the PSR’s Guidelines on Publication Ethics (see the 'Submissions' section).


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A half century of Social Representations

A conference to debate the future directions of Social Representations Research funded by the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) and the Institute of Social Psychology, both at the LSE.

Attendees at the 2012 PSR Conference

22-23 March 2012, Institute of Social psychologyLondon School of Economics and Political Science

2011 marked 50 years of Social Representations research and 20 years of Papers on Social Representations. To mark this momentous occasion, the Institute of Social Psychology hosted a conference to develop an agenda for future Social Representations research. 

Report on the conference by Cathy Nicholson

International Conferences on Social Representations

There has been an international conference on Social Representations held every two years since 1992. The next conference will be in Athens, Greece, in 2021 (it has been postpones due to COVID-19 pandemic's related restrictions - see the Announcements section for more information).

Previous conferences have been held around the world: 

14th, 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

13th, 2016, Marseille, France.

12th, 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

11th, 2012, Evora, Portugal.

10th: 2010: Tunis, Tunisia.

9th: 2008: Bali, Indonesia.

8th: 2006: Rome, Italy. 

7th: 2004: Guadalajara, Mexico. 

6th: 2002: Stirling, Great Britain. 

5th: 2000: Montréal, Canada.

4th: 1998: Mexico City, Mexico.

3rd: 1996: Aix-en-Provence, France.

2nd: 1994: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

1st: 1992: Ravello, Italy.


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