The Sociological Review

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Edited By: Sarah Green, Mike Michael, Beverley Skeggs and Michael Burawoy

Online ISSN: 1467-954X

Associated Title(s): The Sociological Review Monographs

Author Guidelines


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Aims and Scope

The Sociological Review has been publishing high quality and innovative articles for over 100 years. During this time we have steadfastly remained a general journal, selecting papers of immediate and lasting significance. Covering all branches of the discipline, including criminology, education, gender, medicine, and organization, our tradition extends to research that is anthropological or philosophical in orientation and analytical or ethnographic in approach.

We focus on questions that shape the nature and scope of sociology as well as those that address the changing forms and impact of social relations.  In saying this we are not soliciting papers that seek to prescribe methods or dictate perspectives for the discipline. In opening up frontiers and publishing leading-edge research, we see these heterodox issues being settled and unsettled over time by virtue of contributors keeping the debates that occupy sociologists vital and relevant.

Papers are reviewed on the understanding that they are not under consideration elsewhere. Particularly, but not exclusively, we are interested in papers that take heed of how their topics and themes have been debated in the pages of this journal. Equally, we are likely to pass over papers that take their sociological objects for granted, or fail to acknowledge the consequences and politics of the view they are pursuing. We invite papers that are demonstrably alive to both the assumptions they are making and the wider issues they are raising.

Notes For Authors

It is helpful if authors submitting papers to The Sociological Review draw attention to the debates they seek to enter either through careful reference to work that has appeared recently in the pages of The Sociological Review or in a letter setting out their aims.

The following notes are suggestions designed to help the preparation of typescript for publication. Experience has shown that authors can be saved much inconvenience if their papers are typed in a form which the printer can deal with without substantial amendment.

Initial typescript:

1. Please would you submit your paper via the following link: or send by e-mail as a word.doc attachment to:

2. All pages should be numbered.

3. Single quotation marks should be used throughout – where applicable double quotes should be used within single quotes.

4. Sub-titles, section headings and sub-headings should be typed in lower case letters, with capitals where appropriate.

5. All titles of books should be in italics.

6. Where footnotes are used they should be numbered throughout the paper (1,2,3 etc.)and placed at the end of the article.

7. When using references, please use the Harvard system, ie cite the author's surname, the year of publication, and the page reference immediately after the quoted material. With this system it is essential that the references list every work cited in the text. Where there are two or more works by one author in the same year, they must be distinguished as 2014a, 2014b etc. The references must be typed in the order author, initials, (date), title, place, publisher. Locational references such as op.cit. and ibid. should not be used.

8. Maps, figures and diagrams should be supplied electronically and where necessary permissions obtained. The positioning of these within the text should be clearly marked. Please include any figures, maps, diagrams etc in with the text in your initial submission.

9. The typescript should be carefully checked for errors before it is submitted for publication. Please use ie and eg not i.e. and e.g.

10. We require an abstract of 100-200 words and ask that the paper is around 7-8,000 words long (in total, including references) unless otherwise agreed.

11. Please note that we hope that authors having papers accepted in The Sociological Review will be prepared to act as referees for other papers submitted.

12. It is vital that papers are anonymised. Any papers found not to conform to this requirement will be rejected.

Please use the following SocRev style for formatting your reference list.

Please ensure that all citations in the text are listed in full in the reference list, and all references included in the list are referred to in the text.

Article in journal:
Todd, S., (2008), ‘Affluence, Class and Crown Street: Reinvestigating the Post-War Working Class’, Contemporary British History, 22 (4): 501–518.

Gatens, M. and Lloyd, G., (1999), Collective Imaginings: Spinoza, Past and Present, London: Routledge.

Chapter in book:
Steedman, C., (2000), ‘Enforced Narratives: Stories of Another Self’, in Cosslett, T., Lury, C. and Summerfield, P. (eds), Feminism and Autobiography: Texts, Theories, Methods, London: Routledge: 25–40.

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Copyright Transfer Agreement
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA)
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Funder arrangements
Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.

Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website:

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

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Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley's Author Services
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Optimizing Your Article for Search Engines
Optimizing your article for search engines will greatly increase its chance of being viewed and/or cited in another work. Citation indexes already figure in many disciplines as a measure of an article's value; there is evidence that article views/downloads are also beginning to count in the same way. The crucial area for optimization is your article's abstract and title, which are freely available to all online. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximize the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article. Please see Wiley-Blackwell's recommendations on optimizing your article title/abstract for search engines:


For guidelines on proposals for special issues please see the outline here.