Sociological Inquiry

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Edited By: Peter B. Wood

Impact Factor: 0.558

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 98/137 (Sociology)

Online ISSN: 1475-682X

Author Guidelines

Submission of a manuscript to Sociological Inquiry is taken to mean that: (1) the manuscript is not under consideration by another journal and (2) the contents of the manuscript have not been published elsewhere.  Manuscripts should be submitted via the journal’s online manuscript system at the following internet address:

The journal to which you are submitting your manuscript employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Manuscript Preparation:  The entire manuscript, including all text, references, endnotes, and tables must be double-spaced using MS-WORD, Calibri 11 point OR Times New Roman 12 point font/type, with standard 1-inch margins. Type should be left justified only (the MS-Word default). Boldface should be reserved for mathematical symbols requiring that emphasis. Please consult The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) for specific examples and directions.  Manuscripts should be no longer than 35 pages, including tables, appendices, and references. Manuscripts that exceed 35 pages will be returned to the author.

Revised Manuscript Submission: All revised submissions should follow the same preparation guidelines as above. When submitting the revised submission in ScholarOne, please ensure that Track Changes is turned off and all changes within the manuscript are accepted.

Research Notes:  Research notes should follow the same guidelines as full-length manuscripts.  Research notes should not exceed 20 pages, including tables, appendices, and references.

Abstract: The title page should not contain the authors’ names. An abstract of 150–175 words is required.

Reference Format: Sociological Inquiry follows the format adopted for use in ASA journals.

In the text: Source references should be identified by the author's last name, year of publication, and pagination where necessary.

In the bibliography: All work cited in the text should be in the bibliography, beginning on a separate sheet (headed 'REFERENCES'). References must be complete, correct, and double-spaced. If there are two or more items by the same author, list them in order of year of publication, beginning with the most recent.

Endnotes: Notes should appear at the end of the manuscript, beginning on a separate sheet (headed 'ENDNOTES'). Type the notes in numerical order, double-spaced, following the REFERENCES section. Notes are numbered consecutively in the text by superscript numerals.

Tables and Figures: All tables and figures should be numbered consecutively (e.g., Table 1, Figure 1) and include a descriptive title (for tables) or caption (for figures). Insert a note in parentheses in the text indicating placement (e.g., 'Table 1 about here'). All tables must be in an editable format (Word or Excel). Tables should not be embedded as image files within the manuscripts.

Online Tracking:  Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, online production tracking is available through Wiley-Blackwell Author Services.  Author Services enables authors to track their article through the production process to both online and print publication. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they don't need to contact the production editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission, and more.

Copyright Submission:  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
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

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 License 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:

Should authors have any questions or concerns, these may be directed to the Sociological Inquiry editorial office: