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

History and Information

  • First published in 1967, it 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.
  • ACCI is pleased to welcome Ronald Paul Hill of the American University as new editor starting in 2018 with Volume 52. Press Release
  • ACCI thanks our recent editor, Sharon Tennyson of Cornell University who edited Volumes 46 through 51 (2017).
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  • One-Year (2018) Impact Factor: 2.038 (up from 1.860 in 2017)
  • Five-Year Impact Factor: 2.056
  • ISI Journal Citation Reports© Ranking: 2015: 79/120 (Business); 137/344 (Economics)
  • Online ISSN: 1745-6606

The ISI impact score of the Journal of Consumer Affairs now 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 over four decades has been on 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 and 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."