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Social Science Information

Information sur les Sciences Sociales
2015 Impact Factor: 0.473
2015 Ranking: 68/93 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary | 63/86 in Information Science & Library Science
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Editor-in-Chief
Anne Rocha Perazzo Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Collaborating Editor
Nora Scott Fondation maison des sciences de l'homme, France

Other Titles in:
Anthropology | Economics | Philosophy

eISSN: 14617412 | ISSN: 05390184 | Current volume: 55 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly
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Social Science Information is a major international forum for the analysis and debate of trends and approaches in social science research and teaching.

Fully peer reviewed, it publishes articles in both English and French, the journal offers a unique window on research currently taking place internationally and in collaboration with the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris.

Social Science Information is cross-disciplinary, presenting research from a broad range of perspectives, including:

  • anthropology
  • sociology
  • psychology
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • economics

Social Science Information aims to present new areas of study, focusing on theoretical debates, methodology and comparative and cross-cultural research. The following specialized sections regularly appear:

  • Trends and Developments
  • Theory and Methods
  • Trend Report
  • Biology and Social Life
  • Rationality and Society
  • Studies of Science

The journal also regularly publishes Symposia on specific themes and theme-oriented special issues. It wishes to encourage submission of trend reports.

"What I particularly value in Social Science Information is its sheer range, high-quality eclecticism and unpredictability. You can count on it to take you into new by-ways and across disciplines in a spirit of rigorous intellectual generalism." Professor Philip Schlesinger, Director, Stirling Media Research Institute, University of Stirling, UK

"Social Science Information gives the reader a wide overview of socialscientific research in various European countries through papers on topics dealing as well with the sociology of everyday life as with social structure or the history of the social sciences " Raymond Boudon, Académie des sciences morales et politiques, Paris, France

Electronic access:

Social Science Information is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://ssi.sagepub.com

Founding Director
Clemens Heller Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris, France
Editorial Board
Jean-Sebastien Lenfant Universite de Lille 1, Sciences et technologies, France
Gianluca Manzo GEMASS-CNRS and University of Paris-Sorbonne, France
Philippe Mongin Ecole des Hautes Commerciales (HEC), Jouy-en-Josas, France
Klaus Scherer University of Geneva, Switzerland
Peter Wagner ICREA and University of Barcelona, Spain
Fred Zijlstra Department of Experimental Psychology, Maastricht University, Netherlands
International Advisory Committee
Maurice Aymard Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Philippe Bataille Centre d´analyse et d´intervention sociologiques, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Luc Boltanski Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Jean Copans Sorbonne-Université René Descartes, Paris, France
Monique De Saint Martin IRIS, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Jon Elster Norway
Henry Etzkowitz International Triple Helix Institute, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Robert Farr London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Igor De Garine Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
Giovanni Gasparini Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
Maurice Godelier Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Benoit Godin Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Canada
Dipankar Gupta Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Dominique Lestel Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
Loet Leydesdorff University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Roger D Masters Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA
Sergio Miceli Department of Sociology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Serge Moscovici Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Valery N. Nosulenko Russian Academy of Science, Russia
Louis Quéré Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Philip Schlesinger University of Glasgow, UK
Terry Shinn GEMAS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France
Wiktor Stoczkowski LAS, Collége de France, Paris, France
Lionel Tiger Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.1.1 Plagiarism
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgments
      8.1 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      10.1 File types
      10.2 Journal style
      10.3 Reference style
      10.4 Manuscript preparation
      10.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      10.4.5 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      11.1 Proofs
      11.2 E-Prints
      11.3 SAGE production
    12. Further information

    Social Science Information is a major international forum for the analysis and debate of trends and approaches in social science research and teaching and publishes articles in both English and French.

    1. Article types

    Social Science Information is an international, interdisciplinary, generalist journal that publishes the highest quality original research in the social sciences at large with special focus on theoretical debates, methodology and comparative particularly cross-cultural research. The journal considers the following kinds of articles for publication:

    Theoretical and methodological articles in a wide range of disciplines across the social sciences: anthropology; sociology; psychology; philosophy; political sciences; economics.

    Review articles or trend reports presenting the state of the art in a given discipline or in a given research field; the journal particularly encourages the presentation and discussion of emerging original research topics across the social sciences.

    Comparative particularly cross-cultural studies in prominent research fields.
    Book reviews are occasionally published (please contact the editor in advance).

    Symposia on specific research topics appear occasionally (please contact the editor in advance).

    Special issues on a specific topic -- including contributions from a range of disciplines and authors from different countries -- with the participation of (a) guest editor(s), are invited twice a year (please contact the editor in advance).

    Full papers are generally restricted to a maximum of 12,000 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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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Social Science Information operates a strictly anonymous 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. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 8-12 weeks of submission.

    Authors must confirm that their contributions have not been published and are not under simultaneous review for publication elsewhere.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of X peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    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.

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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

    Social Science Information / Information sur les Sciences Sociales 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.

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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.

    Manuscripts should be submitted online via SAGE Track: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/SSI

    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. 

    Review copies of publications and editorial correspondence should be sent to:

    Anne Rocha Perazzo
    Social Science Information/Information sur les Sciences Sociales,
    Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme,
    Bureau 320, 54 Bd. Raspail
    75270 Paris Cedex 06
    France
    Email: arocha@msh-paris.fr

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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.

    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.

    5.2 SAGE Choice
    If you wish your article to be freely available online immediately upon publication (as some funding bodies now require), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer reviewing procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. For further information, please visit SAGE Choice.

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    6. 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. Social Science Information does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    8. 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.

    8.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Social Science Information additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:

    This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx].

    Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

    This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].

    In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:

    This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Please include this information under a separate heading entitled “Funding” directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

    Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

    For more information on the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers, please visit: http://www.rin.ac.uk/funders-acknowledgement

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    9. 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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    10. Manuscript style

    10.1 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. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting below.

    10.2 Journal Style
    Social Science Information conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    10.3 Reference Style
    Social Science Information adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. EndNote supports SAGE Harvard, download the output file by following this link.

    10.4. 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.

    10.4.1 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.

    10.4.2 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.

    10.4.3 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.

    10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    Social Science Information does not currently accept supplemental files.

    10.4.5 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 for further information.

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    11. After acceptance

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

    11.2 E-Prints
    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    11.3 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 (http://online.sagepub.com/). 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 Social Science Information with SAGE.

    12. Further information

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

    Anne Rocha Perazzo
    Social Science Information/Information sur les Sciences Sociales,
    Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme,
    Bureau 320, 54 Bd. Raspail
    75270 Paris Cedex 06
    France

    Email: arocha@msh-paris.fr

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