International Journal of Comparative Sociology

International Journal of Comparative Sociology

2015 Impact Factor: 1.028
2015 Ranking: 64/142 in Sociology
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

David A Smith University of California, Irvine, USA

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eISSN: 17452554 | ISSN: 00207152 | Current volume: 58 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

International Journal of Comparative Sociology has been accepted into the Social Science Citation Index!

"We live in one world; its been that way for a long time, and the International Journal of Comparative Sociology is an important source of comparative research on the structures and processes of this world-system." Albert J. Bergesen, University of Arizona, USA

The International Journal of Comparative Sociology was established in 1960 to publish the highest quality research that is both international in scope and comparative in method. Fully peer reviewed, the journal draws articles from sociologists worldwide and encourages competing perspectives. IJCS recognizes that many significant research questions are inherently interdisciplinary, and therefore welcomes work from scholars in related disciplines, including political science, geography, economics, anthropology, and business sciences. The journal is published six times a year, including special issues on topics of special interest to the international social science community.

Electronic Access:

International Journal of Comparative Sociology is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

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

Book Reviews Editor
Phillip A. Hough Florida Atlantic University, USA
Editorial Board
Richard Appelbaum University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Nina Bandelj University of California, Irvine, USA
Catherine Bolzendahl University of California, Irvine, USA
Volker Bornschier University of Zurich, Switzerland
Joseph Borocz Rutgers University, USA
Tetyana Bureychak Ivan Franko National University of L'viv, Ukraine
William Carroll University of Victoria, Canada
Chris Chase-Dunn University of California at Riverside, USA
Mario Diani University of Trento
Henryk Domanski Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Rob Eisinga Catholic University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Kathleen Fallon McGill University, Canada
David J. Frank University of California-Irvine, USA
Loek Halman University of Tilburg, The Netherlands
Shin-Kap Han Seoul National University
Ann Hironaka University of California, Irvine, USA
K.C. Ho National University of Singapore, Singapore
Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Guillermina Jasso New York University, USA
Andrew Jorgenson University of Utah, USA
Michael Kennedy Brown University, USA
Christopher Kollmeyer University of Aberdeen, UK
Pat Lauderdale Arizona State University, USA
Stewart Lockie Australia National University, Australia
Tai-Lok Lui Hong Kong University, China
Rong Ma Peking University, China
Matthew Mahutga University of California-Riverside, USA
Robert Marsh Brown University, USA
Alberto Martinelli University of Milan
John W. Meyer University of Western Ontario
Denis O'Hearn Texas A&M University, USA
Sean O'Riain Maynooth University, Northern Ireland
Gil-Sung Park Korea University, South Korea
Charles C. Ragin University of California, Irvine
William I. Robinson University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
James Ron University of Minnesota, USA
Leah Ruppanner University of Melbourne, Australia
Matthew Sanderson Kansas State University, USA
Saskia Sassen Columbia University, USA
Evan Schofer University of California - Irvine
Moshe Semyonov Tel Aviv University, Israel
Anthony D Smith London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
John Talbot University of the West Indies, Jamaica
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    1. Editorial Policies
      1.1 Peer review policy
      1.2 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Publishing Policies
      4.1 Publication Ethics
      4.1.1 Plagiarism
      4.2 Journals contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.3 Open access and author archiving
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

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

    1. Editorial Policies

    1.1 Peer review policy

    IJCS adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    1.2 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.

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    2. Article types

    Contributions should normally be between 4,000 and 10,000 words in length. They should include an abstract of about 100 words and up to six key words. The abstract should cover the overall purpose or research problem, stated early in the abstract, the methodology used, including the research design, sample, and data collection methods, a concise discussion of a few significant research findings and an overview of the main conclusions of the paper.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    IJCS is hosted on ScholarOne� Manuscripts, a web based online submission and peer review system � SAGE track. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit 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 possible that you will have had an account created. 

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

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    4. Publishing Policies

    4.1 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

    4.1.1 Plagiarism

    IJCS 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.

    4.2 Journals 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.

    4.3 Open access and author archiving

    IJCS 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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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    IJCS 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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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. 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.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement

    IJCS requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

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    8. 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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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 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. Templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    Tables should be typed (double line-spaced) on separate sheets and their position indicated by a marginal note in the text. All tables should have short descriptive captions with footnotes and their source(s) typed below the tables.

    All line diagrams and photographs are termed 'Figures' and should be referred to as such in the manuscript. They should be numbered consecutively.

    Line diagrams should be presented in a form suitable for immediate reproduction (i.e. not requiring redrawing), each on a separate A4 sheet.

    They should be reproducible to a final printed text area of 115 mm x 185 mm. Photographs should preferably be submitted as clear, glossy, unmounted black and white prints with a good range of contrast. Slides are also acceptable. All figures should have short descriptive captions typed on a separate sheet.

    Please also refer to the additional guidelines on submitting artwork below.

    9.2 Journal Style

    IJCS conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    Articles must be written in English. Use a clear readable style, avoiding jargon. Use nonracist, non-sexist language and plurals rather than he/she.

    9.3 Reference Style

    IJCS operates a SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    9.4. 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.

    9.4.1 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.

    9.4.2 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.

    9.4.3 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.

    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    IJCS does not currently accept supplemental files.

    9.4.5 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 for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs

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

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit

    10.3 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 IJCS with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    IJCS benefits 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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    11. Further information

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

    Professor David A. Smith
    University of California, Irvine
    5291 Social Sciences Plaza B
    Mail Code: 5100
    Irvine, CA 92697
    United States.


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