The Journal of Sociology Best Paper of 2015-16 is given to the paper that the Editorial Team considers best encapsulates broad readership appeal, sound methods, and whose theory advances our understanding of sociology.
We are pleased to announce that the 2015 - 2016 Best Paper Award is awarded to Sharyn Roach Anleu and Kathy Mack for their article ‘Performing Authority: Communicating Judicial Decisions in Lower Criminal Courts', published in volume 51 issue 4, December 2015. Access the article for free today!
"Journal of Sociology not only publishes theoretical and empirical work at the international cutting edge, but also retains vital a focus on issues more specific to the Australian continent." Rosemary Crompton City University, UK
Journal of Sociology is the official journal of The Australian Sociological Association. It carries peer refereed articles of sociological research and theory on issues of interest to Australian sociology and aims to promote dialogue and exchange between Australian sociologists and the international community of sociology.
The Journal of Sociology strives to publish original, high quality sociological scholarship in all its forms. We are committed to showcasing theory as well as applied sociology, incorporating both quantitative and qualitative research. We welcome interdisciplinary pieces with concerns that are sociological in nature, in an acknowledgment that sociological thinking takes place across a range of disciplines, such as in cultural, gender and organisation studies, and outside of the academy. The Journal engages in critical debate, through the development of special editions, book reviews, a commitment to emerging scholars and commentary on pressing issues. While the Journal is based in the Southern Hemisphere, and wishes to showcase intellectual works from the Asia-Pacific region, including Indigenous scholarship, we encourage submissions from across the globe.
|Lisa Adkins||University of Newcastle, Australia|
|Peter Beilharz||Curtin University, Australia|
|Bronwyn Carlson||Macquarie University, Australia|
|Raewyn Connell||University of Sydney, Australia- Retired|
|Christopher Deeming||University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK|
|Doug Ezzy||University of Tasmania, Australia|
|Michael Gilding||Swinburne University of Technology, Australia|
|Kate Hughes||Monash University, Australia|
|Deb King||Flinders University, Australia|
|Jo Lindsay||Monash University, Australia|
|Deborah Lupton||University of Canberra, Australia|
|Alphia Possamai-Inesedy||Western Sydney University, Australia|
|Rob Stones||Western Sydney University, Australia|
|Mark Western||University of Queensland, Australia|
|Rob White||University of Tasmania, Australia|
|Dan Woodman||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Johanna Wyn||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Maria Zadoroznyj||University of Queensland, Australia|
|Margaret Abraham||Hofstra University, USA|
|Said Arjomand||Stony Brook University, USA|
|Jack Barbalet||Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong|
|Kevin Dew||Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand|
|Habibul H Khondker||Zayed University, United Arab Emirates|
|Travis S. K. Kong||University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Chang Kyung-Sup||Seoul National University, Korea|
|David Lyon||Queen's University, Canada|
|Eloisa Martin||Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Patrick Michel||Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France|
|Victoria Pitts-Taylor||City University of New York, USA|
|James T. Richardson||University of Nevada, Reno, USA|
|Linda Woodhead||Lancaster University, UK|
Peer review policy
The Journal of Sociology 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 reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Decisions on manuscripts will be taken as rapidly as possible. We aim, where possible, to return reviews to authors within approximately 12 weeks.
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.
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.
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communciations company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).
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Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
Declaration of conflicting interests
Journal of Sociology encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the
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Journal of Sociologyand 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 using 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 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.
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Submission of articles
All submissions should be made online at the Journal of Sociology SAGETRACK website http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jos
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Preparation of copy
The Journal of Sociology is a peer-reviewed publication. Articles between 6000-8000 words (double spaced pages) including tables, notes and references, are accepted for review. The Editors reserve the right to return papers to authors where they exceed this word limit. Submission of a manuscript to another journal while under review by the Journal of Sociology is unethical. Breach of this principle will result in the paper being removed from consideration for publication in the JOS. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a signed statement that it has not been published previously and that it has not and will not be sent for consideration by another journal while submitted to the Journal of Sociology.
Prepare copy as follows:
1. Manuscripts should be double spaced and should not include page numbers as the SAGETRACK system will create these automatically.
2. Manuscripts should be submitted with the name and affiliation of the author as a supplementary document to preserve anonymity. Please provide the word count on the manuscript.
3. All manuscripts should be accompanied by an abstract of 100-150 words plus 5 or 6 key words.
4. Footnotes should be numbered serially, typed double-spaced, and should be listed at the end of the article or research report, and should be kept to a minimum.
5. Each table should be typed on a separate page. Insert a guideline, e.g., [Table 1 about here] at the appropriate place in the manuscript. Complex tables can present problems in the conversion from one program to another. Please key tables into the text using one tab only between columns. Do not use spaces between columns. Do not worry about the alignment of columns, but indicate on the printout how the table should appear. Key in a return at the end of a line. Do not tab to wrap.
6. For general style conventions please consult the Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers, Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 5th Edition (revised) 1998.
7. Please provide a separate brief (no more than 50 words) autobiographical note with your contribution and ensure that a full mailing address and email address is included.
References in the text:
All references to books, articles and other sources are to be identified at an appropriate point in the text by name of author, year of publication, and pagination (within parentheses). Footnotes are to be limited to substantive observations only. There is no need for 'ibid', 'loc cit' or 'op cit'. For example:
1. If the author's name is in the text, follow it by the year of publication and a page reference: As Brown (1999: 267) has shown in her case study . . . . If the author's name is not in text, insert at an appropriate point surname, year of publication and page reference, for example: Australian research on changes to the middle class suggests …. (Solomon 1998: 135). Note that pagination, author and year are separated by a colon.
2. Where two authors are involved, cite both surnames. Where more than two authors are involved, cite the first surname followed by et al. For institutional authorship, supply only sufficient information for positive identification: The aim of this working paper is to explore the future of sociology in Australia (Department of Sociology, Flinders University, 1997).
3. Separate multiple citations by semicolons: The professions are the subject of considerable sociological attention (e.g., Chagnon 1994; Lorber 1992; Vassiliou 1999).
4. Where there is more than one reference in an article to the same author and year, use letters (a, b, etc.) to distinguish them one from the other. For example: (Roberts 1999a; 1999b).
Format of references:
List all items cited in the text alphabetically by author and for each author, by year of publication in an appendix titled References. List all authors by name - do not use et al. or ampersands (&). For example:
Burke, M. (2002) 'Global Boom and Bust Following the World Trade Centre Collapse', Journal of Sociology 38: 135-51.
Shaw, M. J. (2000) Life as a Graduate Student in Australian Universities. London: Sage.
Thompson, M. and J. Smith (1999) 'Gender and Wealth: Beyond the Patterns and the Paradox', pp. 156-87 in J. Montague (ed.) Wealth in Australia: Sociological Concepts and Issues, 2nd edn. Sydney: Prentice Hall.
If you would like to discuss your article with the editors prior to submission, please contact the managing editor: Sky Hugman E-mail: S.Hugman@westernsydney.edu.au
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