Sociological Forum

Cover image for Vol. 31 Issue 3

Edited By: Karen A. Cerulo

Online ISSN: 1573-7861

Author Guidelines

Submission Guidelines for Sociological Forum

All manuscripts should be submitted to Sociological Forum via the Journal’s online web-based submission system. This site, located at, provides detailed instructions on uploading manuscripts and following them through the review process.

Authors are urged to submit manuscripts as Microsoft Word files. (We will not accept WordPerfect files or PDF “read only” files).  Authors are also responsible for verifying that all files have uploaded correctly. If you have any difficulty with submitting your manuscript online, contact the Sociological Forum Editorial Office for assistance. For the fastest response to your questions, please email us at 

Papers must be submitted exclusively to Sociological Forum and are accepted on the understanding that they have not been and will not be published elsewhere.

There is a non-refundable $20.00 processing fee for all manuscripts. However, this fee is waived for articles written solely by students.  Checks should be made payable to the Eastern Sociological Society and the words Sociological Forum should be written in the memo line of the check.  Send all checks to:

Sociological Forum Editorial Office
Department of Sociology
Davison Hall
Rutgers University
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2882

Preparation of Manuscripts

All manuscripts should be in English.

We cannot guarantee the review or acceptance of manuscripts exceeding 40 pages in length.  This page limit includes the abstract, references, footnotes, tables, and figures. 

Footnotes should be located at the bottom of the relevant pages.

All material, including footnotes, must be in 12 point font.  All material, including references and footnotes, must be double-spaced.

Each table and figure must be located on a separate page and the tables and figures should be submitted in one file – a file separate from the article text.

A structured abstract of not more than 200 words should accompany each manuscript.

Immediately below the abstract, authors must list 3-6 keywords by which the paper may be indexed.

General Formatting

The components of the manuscript should be arranged in the following order, with each section on a new page: 

1.                  MS Title Page

2.                  Abstract

3.                  Text of article

4.                  Reference list

5.                  Appendices (if any)

6.                  Tables (if any)

7.                  Figure titles & figures (if any)

Again, footnotes should be located at the bottom of the relevant pages.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be kept to a minimum.

For each table or figure, insert a location note (e.g., Table 1 about here) at the appropriate place in the text. 

Figures must be high quality laser prints or camera-ready prints. Include one laser print or camera-ready print of each figure at the time of acceptance. 

Figures and tables should not be included within the main text document.  Rather, they should be uploaded as a separate file, with each table or figure on a separate page.


Authors will be responsible for the accuracy of references.

In the text, cite references by name and date. No more than 2 authors may be cited per reference in the narrative; if there are more than 2 authors, use ‘et al’.

In the text, references should be listed alphabetically and not chronologically.

The reference page must list all contributing authors per citation. Please use the following style:

Journal Article:

Tilly, Charles.  2007.  “Trust Networks in Transnational Migration.”  Sociological Forum 22: 1: 1-25.


Zelizer, Viviana.  2005.  The Purchase of Intimacy.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Chapters in edited books:

Wuthnow, Robert.  2002.  “Moral Inquiry in Cultural Sociology,” In Karen A. Cerulo (ed.), Culture in Mind: Toward a Sociology of Culture and Cognition: pp. 123-134.  New York/London: Routledge.


Charles, Maria. 1990. “Occupational Sex Segregation: A Log-Linear Analysis of Patterns in 25 Industrial Countries.” Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.


Hull, Kathleen E.  2006.  “Marriage Trouble: Framing and Ideology in the American Marriage Movement.”  American Sociological Association, Montreal, August.


Friedman, Thomas.  2002.  “A Failure to Imagine.”  New York Times, Week in Review, May 19, 15.

Web Sites:

Kao, Grace and Jennifer Thompson.  2003. "Racial and Ethnic Stratification in Educational Achievement and Attainment." Annual Review of Sociology 29:417-42. Retrieved October 20, 2003 (

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 trasnfer 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 certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements.

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