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Sociological Theory

Sociological Theory

An official journal of the American Sociological Association
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eISSN: 14679558 | ISSN: 07352751 | Current volume: 39 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly
Sociological Theory publishes work in all areas of theory, including new substantive theories, history of theory, metatheory, formal theory construction, and synthetic contributions. Although aimed at a sociological readership, its orientation is pluralistic and it welcomes contributions by scholars in other fields. Peer reviewed and published quarterly, Sociological Theory is renowned for featuring the best international research and scholarship.


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 12,000 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.

Published for the American Sociological Association, this important journal covers the full range of sociological theory - from ethnomethodology to world systems analysis, from commentaries on the classics to the latest cutting-edge ideas, and from re-examinations of neglected theorists to metatheoretical inquiries. Its themes and contributions are interdisciplinary, its orientation pluralistic, its pages open to commentary and debate. Renowned for publishing the best international research and scholarship, Sociological Theory is essential reading for sociologists and social theorists alike.

Iddo Tavory New York University
Editorial Board Members
Ayca Alemdaroglu Stanford University
Gianpaolo Baiocchi New York University
Jack Barbalet Australian Catholic University
Stefan Bargheer University of California-Los Angeles
Emily A. Barman Loyola University-Chicago
Mathieu Berger Université Catholique de Louvain
Elizabeth Bernstein Barnard College
Max Besbris University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rachel Kahn Best University of Michigan
Catherine Connell Boston University
Muriel Darmon Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
Michael DeLand Gonzaga University
Donatella della Porta European University Institute
Emily Anne Erikson Yale University
Jason L Ferguson University of California-Los Angeles
Margaret Frye University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
James R. Jones, III Rutgers University-Newark
Jaeeun Kim University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Carly Knight New York University
Monika Christine Krause London School of Economics
Armando Lara-Millan University of California-Berkeley
Omar A. Lizardo University of California-Los Angeles
Enid Logan University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Eeva Luhtakallio University of Helsinki
Wes Markofski Carleton College
Lisa McCormick University of Edinburgh, UK
Erin Metz McDonnell University of Notre Dame
Alka Menon Yale University
Alexandra K. Murphy University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Aug Nishizaka Chiba University
Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra University of California-San Diego
Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz Northwestern University
Ori Schwarz Bar-Ilan University
Mimi Sheller Drexel University
Paige L. Sweet University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Yingyao Wang University of Virginia

As of August 1, 2020, correspondence about submissions should be sent to the new editor, Iddo Tavory, Department of Sociology, New York University, 295 Lafayette, New York, NY 10012; Manuscripts should be submitted through


Notice to Authors

Editorial Policy: Sociological Theory (ST) publishes work in all areas of theory, including new substantive theories, history of theory, metatheory, formal theory construction, and synthetic contributions. Although aimed at a sociological readership, its orientation is pluralistic and it welcomes contributions by scholars in other fields. Peer reviewed and published quarterly, Sociological Theory is renowned for featuring the best international research and scholarship.


Manuscript Submission:

Manuscripts should be submitted through the web-based tracking system The site contains detailed instructions on how to submit the manuscript and track the progression of the review process. All manuscripts will be assigned a manuscript number, and authors will receive email confirmation acknowledging receipt of submission. Authors are asked not to send hard copies of their manuscripts to the journal office.

See below for further preparation guidelines.


Manuscript Preparation:

All manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. Please use a standard font in 12-point, double-spaced, with 1.5-inch margins all around. Submitted papers are usually around 40 manuscript pages in length. This includes (1) title page, (2) abstract, (3) text, (4) references, (5) endnotes, (6) tables, and (7) figures. Manuscripts that do not conform to the desired format will be returned to the author for rectification. To insure anonymity during the review process, authors should remove from the manuscript all identifying references, including references to their own past publications.

The maximum length for all submissions is 14,500 words inclusive of all footnotes, references, tables, figures and appendices.

In general, please refer to the ASA Style Guide (6th edition) for style and formatting guidelines. Available on the ASA bookstore here.

Detailed instructions for manuscript preparation are as follows:

  • The title page should include the full title, the author's name (listed vertically if more than one), the institutional affiliation of each author, and a running head. Use an asterisk (*) to add a footnote to the title giving the full address of the author to whom communications about the article should be sent. In the same footnote, cite acknowledgements, credits, or grant numbers.
  • Type the abstract (fewer that 150 words) on a separate page headed by the title. Omit author identification.
  • The text of your manuscript should begin on a new page headed by the title. No author identification. References, footnotes, tables and figures each appear in separate sections following the text.
  • Number tables consecutively throughout the text and type each on a separate sheet at the end. Insert a note in the text to indicate the placement, e.g. , “Table 2 about here.” Each table must include a descriptive title and headings for columns and rows (no abbreviations).
  • Number figures and/or illustrations consecutively throughout. Each should be accompanied by a caption. Insert a note in the text to indicate placement, e.g. , “Fig. 1 about here.”

Statement of ASA Policy on Multiple Submission:

Submission of manuscripts to a professional journal clearly implies commitment to publish in that journal. The competition for journal space requires a great deal of time and effort on the part of editorial readers whose main compensation for this service is the opportunity to read papers prior to publication and the gratification associated with discharge of professional obligations. For these reasons the ASA regards submission of a manuscript to a professional journal while that paper is under review by another journal as unacceptable.

- Section II. B4, ASA Code of Ethics


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 unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, 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 recognized.

The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

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