The ISSC will produce a new World Social Science Report (WSSR) in 2009, and will renew this report every two to three years. The WSSR is to:
- call attention to the availability of social scientific expertise on major issues
- monitor trends in the development of social scientific knowledge systems and to anticipate future developments and opportunities
- reflect on major policy and funding issues – scientific, institutional, infrastructural and ethical – facing the social sciences across the world.
- influence policy as well as research practice, and
- include recommendations for action.
A 12 member Editorial Board has been appointed to oversee the WSSR. Among its members is one from the United States: Craig Calhoun. Professor Calhoun is on the faculty of the Department of Sociology of New York University and is President of the Social Science Research Council.
The first, and only previous World Social Science Report was published by UNESCO in 1999.