The Journal of Consumer Affairs is published by the American Council on Consumer Interests.

History and Information

  • First published in 1967, the Journal of Consumer Affairs features analysis of individual, business, and/or government decisions and actions that can impact the interests of consumers in the marketplace.
  • It features research topics that can be addressed from the consumer's point of view include communications, consumer education, economics, finance, law, nutrition, public policy, psychology and marketing.
  • The Journal’s Editorial Team in 2023 is led by Brenda J. Cude, Executive Editor; Lucie Ozanne, Senior Editor; Dee Warmath, Senior Editor; and Rui Yao, Senior Editor. Press Release
  • ACCI thanks our recent editor, Ron Paul Hill of American University who edited Volumes 52 through 56 (2022).
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  • One-Year (2021) Impact Factor: 2.6
  • Five-Year Impact Factor: 3.177
  • ISI Journal Citation Reports© Ranking: 2021: 146/296 (Business); 251/572 (Economics)
  • Online ISSN: 1745-6606

The ISI impact score of the Journal of Consumer Affairs places it among the leading business journals and one of the top handful of marketing-related publications. More importantly, in these difficult economic times, JCA is the leading journal whose focus for more than 50 years has been the interests of consumers in the marketplace.

History and Perspective

With the journal's origins in the consumer movement and consumer protection concerns, the focus for papers in terms of both research questions and implications must involve the consumer's interest. Topics must be addressed from the consumers' point of view. As the journal's first editor, Gordon E. Bivens, wrote in his editorial for the inaugural issue in Summer 1967, "The Journal recognizes as one of its prime functions that of making available the research findings of a number of disciplines which have a major thrust toward understanding the consumer, his behavior and the implications of his economic, social, legal, and political environment...items of interest to scholars, teachers, students, and professional activists with a major, or even minor, parts of their activities in consumer affairs."