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Cultural Sociology

2016 Impact Factor: 0.964
2016 Ranking: 75/143 in Sociology
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
Published in Association with British Sociological Association

Editors
Isabelle Darmon University of Edinburgh, UK
Lisa McCormick University of Edinburgh, UK
Nick Prior University of Edinburgh, UK
American Editor
Lyn Spillman University of Notre Dame, USA
Advisory Editor
David Inglis University of Exeter, UK

Other Titles in:
Cultural Studies | Sociology

eISSN: 17499763 | ISSN: 17499755 | Current volume: 11 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

Cultural Sociology is an official journal of the British Sociological Association. It is a fully peer reviewed international journal that publishes original research and review articles concerning the sociological analysis of culture.

"With the launch of Cultural Sociology, the renewal of sociological interest in culture will finally find a central and global forum. I am convinced that Cultural Sociology will rapidly attract the best work within cultural sociology/sociology of culture, and establish itself quickly as the leading journal within the field" Prof. Rudi Laermans, Centre for Sociology of Culture, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Cultural Sociology is the first journal explicitly to be dedicated to the sociological comprehension of cultural matters. Now firmly established, it acts as a key meeting point for sociological analysts of culture coming from a wide range of theoretical and methodological positions, and from a great variety of national contexts. It is a locale where different analytical traditions in cultural sociology and the sociology of culture can engage with and learn from each other.

Topic coverage includes:

  • Cultural sociology and sociology of culture
  • Paradigms of sociological analysis of culture
  • Relations between cultural sociology, cultural studies and other disciplines
  • Methodologies of cultural analysis
  • Sociology of cultural production, distribution and consumption
  • Contemporary cultural forces and trends
  • Cultural creativity and innovation
  • Cultural reproduction
  • Sociology of historical cultures
  • Sociology of art and aesthetics
  • Visual, oral and aural cultures
  • Sociology of cultural forms and cultural media
  • Sociology of performance
  • 'Race', ethnicity and culture
  • Class and culture
  • Gendered cultures
  • 'High cultures' and 'low cultures'
  • Everyday cultures
  • Culture, globalization and globality
  • Local, regional, national, international and transnational cultures
  • Culture and the life-course
  • Tastes and lifestyles
  • Cultural power and resistance
  • Teaching cultural sociology
  • Cultural sociology of 'nature' and the 'environment'
  • Cultural sociology of sustainability
  • Cultural sociology of health and medicine

Electronic Access:

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This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Cultural Sociology publishes empirically oriented, theoretically sophisticated, methodologically rigorous papers, which explore from a broad set of sociological perspectives a diverse range of socio-cultural forces, phenomena, institutions and contexts.

The objective of Cultural Sociology is to publish original articles which advance the field of cultural sociology and the sociology of culture. The journal seeks to consolidate, develop and promote the arena of sociological understandings of culture, and is intended to be pivotal in defining both what this arena is like currently and what it could become in the future.

Cultural Sociology will publish innovative, sociologically-informed work concerned with cultural processes and artefacts, broadly defined. Papers dealing with empirically-existing cultural phenomena, analysed and researched in theoretically and methodologically sophisticated ways, are particularly encouraged. Papers that concentrate on more 'empirical', or more 'methodological', or more 'theoretical' issues in cultural sociology and the sociology of culture, are also welcomed.

The journal aims to facilitate fruitful dialogue and cooperation between scholars from different national contexts and between those working within different analytic and methodological paradigms. Although focussed on sociological contributions to cultural analysis, the journal will also encourage discussions between sociologists and others working in cognate fields such as cultural studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, art history, history, literary and film studies, human geography and so on.

The journal is keen to encourage submissions from both established and emerging scholars. Book reviews will allow readers of the journal to keep abreast of important new contributions to the area.

Book Reviews Editors
Garry Crawford University of Salford, UK
Social Media Editor
Paul Jones University of Liverpool, UK
Editorial Board
Katie Appleford Kingston University, UK
Shyon Baumann University of Toronto, Canada
David Beer University of York, UK
Andy Bennett Griffith University, Australia
Karen A Cerulo Rutgers University, USA
Laura Desfor Edles California State University, Northridge, USA
Laurie Hanquinet University of York, UK
Nancy Weiss Hanrahan George Mason University, USA
David Hesmondhalgh University of Leeds, UK
John Ewing Hughson University of Central Lancashire, UK
Paul K Jones The Australian National University, Australia
Lee Marshall University of Bristol, UK
Jason Mast University of Warwick, UK
Siobhan McAndrew University of Bristol, UK
Ella McPherson University of Cambridge, UK
Sabina Mihelj Loughborough University, UK
Kate Nash Goldsmiths College, London, UK
Agnes Rocamora University of the Arts London, UK
Maria Rovisco University of Leicester, UK
Marco Santoro University of Bologna, Italy
Philip Smith Yale University, USA
Nick Stevenson University of Nottingham, UK
Rodanthi Tzanelli University of Leeds, UK
Tomás Undurraga Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile
Eric Woods University of East London, UK
International Advisory Board
Jeffrey C. Alexander Yale University, USA
Guy Bellavance Université du Québec, Canada
Tony Bennett Western Sydney University, Australia
Michael Billig Loughborough University, UK
Bethany Bryson James Madison University, USA
Daniel Dayan Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
Tia DeNora Exeter University, UK
Ron Eyerman University of Lund, Sweden
Priscilla P. Ferguson Columbia University, USA
Gary Alan Fine Northwestern University, USA
Roger Friedland University of California, USA
Josh Gamson Unviersity of San Fransisco, USA
Wendy Griswold Northwestern University, USA
Alois Hahn University of Trier, Germany
Antoine Hennion Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Paris, France
Michèle Lamont Harvard University, USA
Jan Marontate Simon Fraser University, Canada
Chandra Mukerji University of California, San Diego, USA
Diane Reay University of Cambridge, UK
Mimi Sheller Drexel University, USA
Helen Thomas University of the Arts, London, UK
Anna Lisa Tota University of Rome III, Italy
Matthias Varul Independent Scholar, UK
Alan Warde Manchester University, UK
Helena Wulff Stockholm University, Sweden
Barbie Zelizer University of Pennsylvania, USA
Viviana Zelizer Princeton University, USA
Eviatar Zerubavel Rutgers University, USA
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  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/culturalsociology to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Cultural Sociology will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.7 Clinical trials
      2.8 Reporting guidelines
      2.9 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Cultural Sociology, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Articles must be between 5000 and 8000 words in length, including footnotes and references. Include a word count of the main article (the count including all notes and references), and put it in the same document as the abstract (see below). Articles of more than 8000 words will not be accepted into the reviewing process, and will be returned to the author.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Cultural Sociology uses double-blind peer review, which requires that manuscripts be fully anonymised. If manuscripts contain any identifying information when they are submitted, they have to be corrected before they can be sent out for review.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    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, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Cultural Sociology encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Cultural 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 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 the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Cultural Sociology offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 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.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    Harris (2000) or (Harris, 2000)

    Jones (1995, 1990)

    Anderson (2001: 55-7)

    (Smith, 1997, cited in Gibson, 2005: 41)

    Use 'et al.' when citing in the text a work by more than two authors, e.g. Roberts et al. (1991).

    Use the letters a, b, c and so on to distinguish citations of different works by the same author in the same year, e.g. Arluke (1991a, 1991b).

    All references cited in the text are to be included in a reference list at the end of the paper, which should be situated after any endnotes. References are to be listed alphabetically. They should appear in this form:

    Articles in journals:

    Erlmann, V. (1996) 'The Aesthetics of the Global Imagination: Reflections On World Music In The 1990s', Public Culture 8(3): 55-75.

    Please give page extents for journal articles.

    Books:

    Fowler, B. (1997) Pierre Bourdieu and Cultural Theory. London: Sage.

    Articles in books:

    Maier, J. B. (1984) 'Contribution to a Critique of Critical Theory', in J. Marcus and Z. Tar (eds.) Foundations of the Frankfurt School of Social Research, pp. 44-59. New Brunswick: Transaction Books.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Cultural Sociology is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/culturalsociology to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Cultural Sociology editorial office as follows:

    Editors, Isabelle Darmon, Lisa McCormick and Nick Prior EditorsCuS@ed.ac.uk

    Book Reviews Editor, Garry Crawford G.Crawford@salford.ac.uk
    Social Media Editor, Paul Jones P.Jones01@liverpool.ac.uk

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