Sociological Methodology (SM) is the only American Sociological Association periodical publication devoted entirely to research methods. It is a compendium of new and sometimes controversial advances in social science methodology. Contributions come from diverse areas and have something new and useful--and sometimes surprising--to say about a wide range of methodological topics. SM seeks contributions to qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods that address the full range of methodological problems confronted by empirical research in the social sciences, including conceptualization, data analysis, data collection, measurement, modeling, and research design. The journal provides a forum for engaging the philosophical issues that underpin sociological research. Papers published in SM are original methodological contributions, including new methodological developments, applications of recent developments that provide new sociological insights, and critical evaluative discussions of research practices and traditions. SM encourages the inclusion of applications to real-world sociological data. In addition to full-length submissions, SM has an option for short format articles (4000 words or less with no more than 6 tables and figures) that represent methodological innovations that do not require a full-length article to describe.
The American Sociological Association (ASA), founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. With nearly 15,000 members, ASA encompasses sociologists who are faculty members at colleges and universities, researchers, practitioners, and students. About 20 percent of the members work in government, business, or non-profit organizations. ASA hosts an annual meeting with more than 6,000 participants and publishes 14 professional journals and magazines.
As the national organization for sociologists, ASA, through its Executive Office, is well positioned to provide a unique set of services to its members and to promote the vitality, visibility, and diversity of the discipline. Working at the national and international levels, ASA aims to articulate policy and implement programs likely to have the broadest possible impact for sociology now and in the future.
Sociological Methodology (SM) is the only American Sociological Association periodical publication devoted entirely to research methods. It is a compendium of new and sometimes controversial advances in social science methodology. Contributions come from diverse areas and have something new and useful—and sometimes surprising—to say about a wide range of methodological topics. SM seeks qualitative and quantitative contributions that address the full range of methodological problems confronted by empirical research in the social sciences, including conceptualization, data analysis, data collection, measurement, modeling, and research design. The journal provides a natural forum for engaging the philosophical issues that underpin sociological research. Papers published in SM are original methodological contributions including new methodological developments, reviews or illustrations of recent developments that provide new methodological insights, and critical evaluative discussions of research practices and traditions. SM encourages the inclusion of applications to real-world sociological data. SM is published annually as an edited, hardbound book. Recent volumes have included:
- A symposium by four legal scholars about some practical but remarkably complex legal and ethical issues that occur whenever researchers collect private information about individuals. Common practice may be the worst thing a researcher can do to protect data confidentiality, or it might be the right thing to do anyway, say these authors.
- Proposals by three authors for improved measures of geographic segregation. These new measures provide tools for examining increasingly-complex ethnic and racial residential patterns in the United States and elsewhere, and for exploiting recent improvements in the quantity and quality of geographic information about survey respondents.
- Contributions to the methodology of theory construction. Theory and method are often seen as polar opposites in sociology, but there are methods for theory-building and theories of how to make new methods. Four authors present new techniques for using formal logic to construct sociological theories and for using research findings to modify formal theories.
- New ideas about statistical methods, and new methods for combining qualitative analysis of field studies with quantitative analysis of survey. Three authors make significant contributions to statistical methodology, and another author presents a systematic method for combining field research methods with survey techniques.
- Tools and techniques for network research. Four authors contribute to the growing literature on network analysis methods.
In short, Sociological Methodology holds something of value - and an interesting mix of lively controversy, too - for nearly everyone who participates in the enterprise of sociological research.
|Paul D. Allison|
|Zack W. Almquist||University of Washington, USA|
|Shawn Bauldry||Purdue University|
|Jennie E. Brand||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Jonathan Daw||Pennsylvania State University|
|Tyrone A. Forman||University of Illinois-Chicago|
|Jacob Gates Foster||University of California-Los Angeles|
|Sharlene J. Hesse-Biber||Boston College|
|Lesa Hoffman||University of Iowa|
|Karin A. Martin||University of Michigan-Ann Arbor|
|Laura K. Nelson||Northeastern University|
|Kristen Olson||University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Allison Pugh||University of Virginia|
|Patrick Rafail||Tulane University|
|Laura Robinson||Santa Clara University|
|Aliya Saperstein||Stanford University, USA|
|Tom A. B. Snijders||University of Groningen, Netherlands|
|Xi Song||University of Chicago|
|Stephen Vaisey||Duke University|
|Kazuo Yamaguchi||University of Chicago|
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NOTE: Additional details on preparing manuscripts for SM are published in the ASA Style Guide (6th ed., 2019) available from the American Sociological Association.
Ethics: Submission of a manuscript to another professional journal, while it is under review by SM, is regarded by the ASA as unethical. Significant findings or contributions that have already appeared (or will appear) elsewhere must be clearly identified. All persons who publish in ASA journals are required to abide by ASA guidelines and ethics codes regarding plagiarism and other ethical issues. This requirement includes adhering to ASA’s stated policy on data-sharing: “Sociologists make their data available after completion of the project or its major publications, except where proprietary agreements with employers, contractors, or clients preclude such accessibility or when it is impossible to share data and protect the confidentiality of the data or the anonymity of research participants (e.g., raw field notes or detailed information from ethnographic interviews)” (ASA Code of Ethics, 1997).
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- When author’s name is in the text, follow it with the year in parentheses—... Duncan (1959).
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Bernard, Claude.  1957. An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine. Translated by H. C. Greene. New York: Dover.
Mason, Karen O. 1974. Women’s Labor Force Participation and Fertility. Research Triangle Park, NC: National Institutes of Health.
U.S. Bureau of the Census. 1960. Characteristics of Population. Vol. 1. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
Goodman, Leo A. 1947a. “The Analysis of Systems of Qualitative Variables When Some of the Variables Are Unobservable. Part I—A Modified Latent Structure Approach.” American Journal of Sociology 79:1179–1259.
Goodman, Leo A. 1947b. “Exploratory Latent Structure Analysis Using Both Identifiable and Unidentifiable Models.” Biometrika 61:215–31.
Szelényi, Szonja and Jacqueline Olvera. Forthcoming. “The Declining Significance of Class: Does Gender Complicate the Story?” Theory and Society.
Sampson, Robert J. 1992. “Family Management and Child Development: Insights from Social Disorganization Theory.” Pp. 63–93 in Advances in Criminology Theory. Vol. 3, Facts, Frameworks, and Forecasts, edited by J. McCord. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.
Charles, Maria. 1990. “Occupational Sex Segregation: A Log-Linear Analysis of Patterns in 25 Industrial Countries.” PhD dissertation, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
- Web sites:
American Sociological Association. 1997. “Call for Help: Social Science Knowledge on Race, Racism, and Race Relations” (ASA Action Alert, October 15). Washington, DC: American Sociological Association. Retrieved October 15, 1997 (http://www.asanet.org/racecall.htm).
Kao, Grace and Jennifer Thompson. 2003. “Racial and Ethnic Stratification in Educational Achievement and Attainment.” Annual Review of Sociology 29:417–42. Retrieved October 20, 2003 (http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.soc.29.010202.100019).
- Data Sets:
Deschenes, Elizabeth Piper, Susan Turner, and Joan Petersilia. Intensive Community Supervision in Minnesota, 1990–1992: A Dual Experiment in Prison Diversion and Enhanced Supervised Release [Computer file]. ICPSR06849-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. doi:10.3886/ICPSR06849.
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