International Journal of Japanese Sociology

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Edited By: Daishiro NOMIYA

Online ISSN: 1475-6781

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines
Contributions are considered for publication only on the understanding that they are not simultaneously under consideration elsewhere, that they are the original work of the authors and that any previous form of publication or any current consideration in other languages is disclosed.

Authors should kindly note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.
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The International Journal of Japanese Sociology aims to contribute to an improved understanding of all aspects of Japanese society. The Journal aims to further the interests of The Japan Sociological Society and to promote and develop sociological studies in Japan. The Japan Sociological Society has been the only nationwide organization of Japanese sociology since its founding.

Parts of the Manuscript
The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; figures.

Title Page
The title page should contain:
i. A short informative containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips);
ii. A short running title of less than 40 characters;
iii. The full names of the authors;
iv. The author's institutional affiliations where the work was conducted;
v. Acknowledgements.
The present address of any author, if different from where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.

Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section. Financial and material support should also be mentioned. Thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

Main Text File
As papers are double-blind peer reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors. The main text file should be presented in the following order:  
i.Title, abstract, and key words;
ii. Main text;
iii. References;
iv. Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes);
v. Figure legends;
vi. Appendices (if relevant).
Figures and supporting information should be supplied as separate files.

Please provide an abstract of no more than 250 words containing the major keywords. Keywords Please provide three keywords.

Main Text
• As papers are double-blind peer reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.
• The journal uses US spelling; however, authors may submit using either option, as spelling of accepted papers is converted during the production process.
• Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical matter.

References should be indicated in the manuscript using the following format. The full list of references should be given in alphabetical order, on a separate sheet at the end of the article.
1. When the author’s name is in the text, indicate only the year of publication after the name: Call (1988). When the author’s name is not in the text: (Call 1988).
2. Pagination is to follow the year of publication: (Seltzer, 1991: 896).
3. If the manuscript lists more than one publication by the same author, the publications should be distinguished in the following manner: 1969a, 1969b, 1969c.
4. To list multiple authors in the same section of the text: (Dimaggio, 1991; Rohlen, 1974).
5. For Japanese book titles, capitalize only the first letter of the title. Please add a brief English translation after the title in parenthesis. For name of publishers, capitalize all beginning letters, as indicated in the examples below.
6. Titles of books and names of journals should be indicated in italic (or with an underline).
7. An online article that has not yet been published in an issue (therefore has no volume, issue or page numbers) can be cited by its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The DOI will remain valid and allow an article to be tracked even after its allocation to an issue.

Merton, Robert K. 1968. Social Theory and Social Structure. Enl. ed. New York: Free Press. Morioka, Kiyomi ed. 1977. Gendai kazohu no raifu saikuru (The Life Cycle of Contemporary Families). Tokyo: Baifukan. *Note: For certain editions and volumes of books, indicate what edition, what volume after the title (e.g., 2d ed., 3d ed., Vol. 3, Rev. ed., etc).

Institutional Authors
Somucho Seishonen Taisaku Honbu ed. 1998. Seishonen hakusho (The White Paper for Youth), 1998 version. Tokyo: Okurasho Insatsukyoku.

Journal Articles
Schooler, Carmi, and Atsushi Naoi. 1988. “The Psychological Effects of Traditional and of Economically Peripheral Job Setting in Japan.” American Journal of Sociology 94: 335–355.

Article or Chapter in Book
Wolfenstein, Martha. 1955. “The Image of the Child in Contemporary Films.” Pp. 277–293 in Childhood in Contemporary Cultures, edited by Margaret Mead and Martha Wolfenstein. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Online Article not yet published in an issue
Suzuki T (2008). "Korea's Strong Familism and Lowest-Low Fertility." International Journal of Japanese Sociology doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6781.2008.00116.x

Tables should be self-contained and complement, not duplicate, information contained in the text. They should be supplied as editable files, not pasted as images. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend, and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.

Figure Legends
Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.

Although authors are encouraged to send the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes, a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions are accepted. Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements. Figures should be submitted in black and white.

Additional Files
Appendices will be published after the references. For submission they should be supplied as separate files but referred to in the text.

Supporting Information
Supporting information is information that is not essential to the article, but provides greater depth and background. It is hosted online and appears without editing or typesetting. It may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. Click here for Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.
Note: if data, scripts, or other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper are available via a publicly available data repository, authors should include a reference to the location of the material within their paper.

If a paper is accepted for publication, the author identified as the formal corresponding author will receive an email prompting them to log in to Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be required to complete a copyright license agreement on behalf of all authors of the paper.
Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or OnlineOpen under the terms of a Creative Commons License.
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Accepted Article Received in Production
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Once the paper is typeset, the author will receive an email notification with the URL to download a PDF typeset page proof, as well as associated forms and full instructions on how to correct and return the file. Please note that the author is responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made during the editorial process – authors should check proofs carefully. Note that proofs should be returned within 48 hours from receipt of first proof.

Early View
The journal offers rapid publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Note there may be a delay after corrections are received before the article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. Once the article is published on Early View, no further changes to the article are possible. The Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.

Access and Sharing
When the article is published online:
• The author receives an email alert (if requested).
• The link to the published article can be shared through social media.
• The author will have free access to the paper (after accepting the Terms & Conditions of use, they can view the article).
• The corresponding author and co-authors can nominate up to ten colleagues to receive a publication alert and free online access to the article.

A PDF reprint of the article will be supplied free of charge to the corresponding author. Additional printed offprints may be ordered online for a fee. Please click on the following link and fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: If you have queries about offprints please e-mail:

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Measuring the Impact of an Article
Wiley also helps authors measure the impact of their research through specialist partnerships with Kudos and Altmetric.

For assistance, please contact the Editorial Office.

Author Guidelines updated April 27, 2017