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This week, first time ever, a peer-reviewed publication prepared within AISSR has reached the level of 1000 citations in the Web of Science, the oldest database of peer-reviewed articles and still the most prestigious one (though Scopus has a wider coverage and contains less mistakes, for example journal impact factors are based upon WoS).

It concerns Wüstenhagen, R, Wolsink, M, Bürer, MJ (2007) Social acceptance of renewable energy innovation: An introduction to the concept. Energy Policy, 35(5), 2683-2691. The impact of 1000 citations is very rare, especially in social sciences. For example, Energy Policy (included in both ScienceCitationIndex and ScocialScienceCitaionIndex) published over 13.000 papers whereas only one achieved a higher number (Unruh, 2000, “Understanding carbon lock-in”).

The paper [Doi] elaborates ‘social acceptance’ as a research domain covering three distinct dimensions of interconnected bundles of decision-making processes involving many, diverse actors. The object of acceptance processes has since shifted from single renewable sources to all innovation needed to establish Distributed Energy Systems based on renewables (besides technologies like storage, demand-response, transmission, and intelligence, notably social innovation and institutional changes). The world-wide centrality of the paper can be found in Gaede & Rowlands (EnResSocSci 2018; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2017.12.006), although their mapping included application to acceptance issues of less innovative technologies that continue carbon-based and centralized energy provision (e.g. shale-gas, nuclear, bio-fuels/mass, CCS etc.). Beside energy, the concept has been used in other domains, such as land use, ecosystem management, water management, digitalization, genetic modification, forestry, transport, 3D-printing, food provision, etc.

dr. M.P. (Maarten) Wolsink

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

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