Chinese Journal of Sociology

Chinese Journal of Sociology

Published in Association with Shanghai University

Editorial Director
Li Youmei Shanghai University, China
Xie Yu Princeton University, USA
Vice Chief Editor
Sun Xiulin Shanghai University, China

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eISSN: 20571518 | ISSN: 2057150X | Current volume: 3 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

SAGE Publications is delighted to partner with Shanghai University to publish the new English language edition of the Chinese Journal of Sociology, co-sponsored with Princeton's Center on Contemporary China (CCC). The first issue will be published in March 2015. The well-known sociologist, Professor Yu Xie, Bert G.Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Sociology and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University, is appointed as the Editor-in-chief. Associate Professor Xiulin Sun, School of Sociology of Shanghai University is appointed as vice chief editor.

The Chinese Journal of Sociology (CJS) is a peer-reviewed, international journal issued by Shanghai University and administrated by SAGE Publications, with an aim to building an academic platform for in-depth discussion of the issues facing contemporary Chinese society from the sociological perspectives. The newly published journal strives to promote internationally academic communication, international research collaboration, and resources sharing inside and outside China. Rigorous research articles and innovative theoretical essays are highly welcomed. The topics suitable for publication include, but are not limited to the following: social stratification/social inequality; social movements; social organizations and social governance; cultural and ideological change; migration; migrant workers and urbanization; family and demographic studies; the sociological understanding of the environment; and social security and social policy.

The Chinese Journal of Sociology is a peer reviewed, international journal with the following standards:

1. The purpose of the Journal is to publish (in the English language) articles, reviews and scholarly comment which have been judged worthy of publication by appropriate specialists and accepted by the University on studies relating to sociology.

2. The Journal will be international in the sense that it will seek, wherever possible, to publish material from authors with an international reputation and articles that are of interest to an international audience.

3. In pursuit of the above the journal shall:

(i) draw on and include high quality work from the international community . The Journal shall include work representing the major areas of interest in sociology.

(ii) avoid bias in favour of the interests of particular schools or directions of research or particular political or narrow disciplinary objectives to the exclusion of others;

(iii) ensure that articles are written in a terminology and style which makes them intelligible, not merely within the context of a particular discipline or abstract mode, but across the domain of relevant disciplines.

Editorial Office
Qing Tian Shanghai University, China
Luying Wang Shanghai University, China
Editorial Board
Jeffrey Alexander Yale University, USA
Yanjie Bian Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Feinian Chen University of Maryland, USA
Deborah Davis Yale University, USA
Gary Hamilton University of Washington, USA
Emily Hannum University of Pennsylvania, USA
Dayong Hong Renming University of China, China
Ching Kwan Lee University of California, USA
Peilin Li Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China
Qiang Li Tsinghua University, China
Jingdong Qu Peking University, China
Donald Treiman University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
Xiaogang Wu Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
Guobin Yang University of Pennsylvania, USA
Xing Ying China University of Political Science and Law, China
Zhenwu Zhai Renmin University of China, China
Wenhong Zhang Shanghai University, China
Dingxin Zhao University of Chicago, USA
Feizhou Zhou Peking University, China

  1. Peer review policy
  2. Article types
  3. Authorship
  4. How to submit your manuscript
  5. Journal contributor's publishing agreement
    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
  6. Statements and conventions
    6.1 Acknowledgments
    6.2 Declaration of conflicting interests
    6.3 Funding acknowledgement
    6.4 Other statements and conventions
  7. Permissions
  8. Manuscript style
    8.1 File types
    8.2 Journal style
    8.3 Reference style
    8.4 Manuscript preparation
  9. After acceptance
    9.1 Proofs
    9.2 E-Prints
    9.3 SAGE production
    9.4 OnlineFirst publication
  10. Further information


1. Peer review policy

The journal operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer's name is withheld from the author and the author's name from the reviewer. The reviewers may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review, but our standard practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Decisions on manuscripts will be taken as rapidly as possible and generally within three months. Papers that are not considered to be within the scope of the journal or that clearly do not meet its scientific and editorial standards will not be sent for outside review.

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2. Article types

The Chinese Journal of Sociology  publishes original articles, reviews and scholarly comment on issues facing contemporary Chinese Society.

Full papers are generally restricted to a maximum of 15,000 words, including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc.). We are reluctant to burden our referees with very long manuscripts. Authors who suspect that their articles will have to be cut anyway should make the required deletions before submitting.

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3. Authorship

Papers should only be submitted for consideration once the authorization of all contributing authors has been gathered. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

  1. have made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data
  2. drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content
  3. approved the version to be published.

Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.

Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at

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4. How to submit your manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

All papers must be submitted via the online system:

If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the ‘Online Help’ button at the top right of every screen.

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5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright.  Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

Chinese Journal of Sociology and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice.  Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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6. Statements and conventions

6.1. Acknowledgements

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

6.2 Declaration of conflicting interests

Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. It is the policy of Chinese Journal of Sociology to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None Declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. 

When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

6.3 Funding Acknowledgement

To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), European Chinese Journal of Sociology additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

6.4 Other statements and conventions

Non applicable.

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7. Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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8. Manuscript style

8.1 File types

Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

8.2 Journal Style

Chinese Journal of Sociology conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

8.3 Reference Style

Chinese Journal of Sociology adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style, but with author and year in the text rather than numbers. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output file by following this link or access the EndNote Downloads page and search for ‘SAGE Vancouver’. Save the ens. file to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

8.4 Manuscript Preparation

The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

8.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

8.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

8.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

8.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

Chinese Journal of Sociology does not currently accept supplemental files.

8.4.5 English Language Editing services

Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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9. After acceptance           

9.1 Proofs

We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

9.2 E-Prints

SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

9.3 SAGE Production

At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Chinese Journal of Sociology with SAGE. 

9.4 OnlineFirst Publication

A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

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10. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

Department of Sociology
186 Wallace Hall
Princeton University
NJ 08544
United States

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