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Sociological Bulletin

Sociological Bulletin

Published in Association with Indian Sociological Society, New Delhi

eISSN: 24570257 | ISSN: 00380229 | Current volume: 70 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

Sociological Bulletin, a journal of the Indian Sociological Society, was launched on 1 March 1952. The credit for founding both the Indian Sociological Society and the Sociological Bulletin goes to G. S. Ghurye, the then Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Bombay. From 2021, the journal has become a quarterly refereed journal. The journal is a powerful platform for sociologists and social scientists to share their research with the professional fraternity. Non-sociologists and non-members of the Indian Sociological Society are not prohibited from their contributions to the journal. Owing to its liberal policy of accepting contributions from all social scientists and from any region of the world, it is pertinent to inform that various articles of this journal, despite their main focus on India, have published about societies of thirty-seven different countries. Using qualitative, quantitative, textual, triangulation and historical data, the journal publishes three kinds of articles, namely discursive, empirical and historical.

Sociological Bulletin believes in broad boundaries of vision and its mission. Any article submitted with sociological inputs is given equal consideration. This practice has been fruitful in terms of diversity of fields covered in the journal. The journal follows a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy.Although two sections remain unchanged, there could be three to five sections in the journal.

Unchanged Sections
a. Reuncsearch Articles: Only the research articles are refereed.
b. Book Reviews: Vary from number to number invariably guided by limits to the size of the manuscript

Other miscellaneous sections which may not appear in every number:
a. Communication/Discussion
b. Profession
c. Review Article

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

Sociological Bulletin is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal of the Indian Sociological Society. The journal has an interdisciplinary approach with the sociological perspective. It welcomes original articles primarily based on research.

The aim of Sociological Bulletin is to offer a platform for sharing research in any area of sociology with strong grounding in the multidisciplinary perspectives. It also offers an intellectual forum to scholars to participate in critical discussion on various issues of sociological concern, with an aim to disseminate and share sociological knowledge, not necessarily confined to the Indian subcontinent but all over the world within the profession.

Although two sections remain unchanged, three to five sections can be allowed in the journal.

Unchanged Sections:
a. Research Articles: Only the research articles are refereed.
b. Book Reviews: Vary from number to number invariably guided by limits to the size of the manuscript.

Other miscellaneous sections which may not appear in every number:
a. Communication/Discussion
b. Profession
c. Review Article.
The journal follows a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy.

Managing Editor
B B Mohanty Professor, Department of Sociology, Pondicherry University, Puducherry
Editorial Advisory Committee
Madhu Nagla Formerly Professor of Sociology, M.D University, Rohtak, Haryana, India
P G Jogdand Formerly Professor of Sociology, University of Mumbai, Santacruz(E) Kalina, Maharashtra, India
Nagaraju Gundemeda Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Telengana, India
Ramanuj Ganguly Professor, Department Of Sociology, West Bengal State University, Barasat, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Shaukath Azim Professor of Sociology, Karnatak University, Pavatenagar, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
R Maruthakutti Professor and Head, Department of Sociology, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tamil Nadu, India
Ashish Sexana Department of Sociology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Sambit Mallick Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Assam, India
Editorial Board
Paramjit S Judge (President) Professor of Sociology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India
Jagan Karade (Secretary) Professor of Sociology, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
Satish K Sharma Formerly Professor of Sociology, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Meenakshi Thapan Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
Gaurang Ranjan Sahay Professor, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences,Mumbai, India
Amites Mukhopadhyay Professor, Department of Sociology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
Vibha Arora Associate Professor, Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Sociological Bulletin

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics and strictly adheres to the guidelines set forth by COPE

    Manuscripts should be submitted in soft copy (MS Word) as an attachment to mohantybb99@gmail.com

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Sociological Bulletin will be reviewed. 

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in Sociological Bulletin and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere.

    If you have any questions about publishing with SAGE, please visit the SAGE Journal Solutions Portal

    1. What do we publish?
    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper

    2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Research data

    3. Publishing policies
    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Formatting 
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplemental material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services

    5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 Information required for completing your submission
    5.2 Permissions

    6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article

    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Sociological Bulletin, please ensure you have read the ‘Aims & Scope’ of the journal.

    1.2 Article types

    There could be three to five sections in the journal, though two sections remain unchanged.

    • Unchanged Sections
    1. Research Articles: only the research articles are refereed.
    2. Book Reviews: vary from number to number invariably guided by limits to the size of the manuscript
    • Changed Sections
    1. Communication/Discussion
    2. Note
    3. Review Article

    Full-fledged papers may be of 5,000 to 8,000 words. Brief write-ups of 1,000 to 2,500 words may also be sent; these will be considered for inclusion in other sections.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Sociological Bulletin adheres to single blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is routinely withheld from the author unless the reviewer requests a preference for their identity to be revealed.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in Sociological Bulletin. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    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.

    2.3 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.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications 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. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    Sociological Bulletin 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.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Sociological Bulletin encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. 

    2.6 Research data

    The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the SAGE Research Data policy pages.

    Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

    • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
    • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
    • cite this data in your research

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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
    Sociological Bulletin
    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 Sociological Bulletin against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized 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.

    3.1.2 Prior publication
    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 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 the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Sociological Bulletin offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information on Open Access publishing options at SAGE please visit SAGE Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. A LaTex template is available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    The manuscript should be structured as follows:

    • Cover page, showing title of the paper, name of author, author’s affiliation and institutional address with pin code, email id and a 100–150 word abstract. In case there are two or more authors, then corresponding author’s name and address details must be clearly specified on the first page itself.
    • The contributors should provide 4–5 keywords for online searchability.
    • Text should start on a new page, and must not contain the names of authors.
    • References should come at the end of the manuscript. Important note: There is no limit on the number of references allowed.

    Please Note: For each text citation there must be a corresponding citation in the reference list and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding text citation.

    • Tables and figures should be provided in editable format and should be referred to in the text by number separately (e.g., Table 1) not by placement (e.g., see Table below).

    Please Note: All figures and tables should be cited in the text and should have the source (a specific URL, a reference or, if it is author’s own work, ‘The author(s)’) mentioned irrespective of whether or not they require permissions.

    • Figures, including maps, graphs and drawings, should not be larger than page size. They should be numbered and arranged as per their references in the text. All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi and 1,500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG. Permissions to reprint should be obtained for copyright protected photographs/images.
    • Mathematical formulae, methodological details, etc. should be given separately as an appendix, unless their mention in the main body of the text becomes essential.
    • The language and spellings used should be British (UK), with ‘s’ variant, for example, globalisation instead of globalization, labour instead of labor. For non-English and uncommon words and phrases, use italics throughout the text. Meaning of non-English words should be given in parenthesis just after the word when it is used for the first time.
    • Articles should use non-sexist and non-racist language.
    • Spell out numbers from one to ninety-nine, 100 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurement (e.g., China’s GDP growth rate 9.8 per cent) use numbers. Very large round numbers, especially sums of money, may be expressed by a mixture of numerals and spelled-out numbers (India’s population 1.2 billion).
    • Single quotes should be used throughout. Double quote marks are to be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text.
    • Notes should be numbered serially and presented at the end of the article. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
    • Use ‘per cent’ instead of % in the text. In tables, graphs, etc., % can be used. Use ‘20th century’, ‘the 1990s’.
    • The initials must be separated by dots and have space in between.
    • Number ranges should not be truncated, for example, 2017–2018.
    • ‘ibid.’ (roman and with a lowercase ‘i’) must be used in the main text.
    • Abbreviations are spelled out at first occurrence. Very common ones (US, GDP, BBC) need not be spelled out.

    4.2 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

    • All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi/1500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG.
    • Due permissions should be taken for copyright protected photographs/images. Even for photographs/images available in the public domain, it should be clearly ascertained whether or not their reproduction requires permission for purposes of publishing (which is a profit-making endeavour).
    • All photographs/scanned images should be provided separately in a folder along with the main article.

    Please Note: All figures and tables should be cited in the text and should have the source (a specific URL, a reference or, if it is author’s own work, ‘The Author’) mentioned irrespective of whether or not they require permissions.

    • Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplemental material

    This Journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files

    4.4 Reference style

    Sociological Bulletin adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    • References: A consolidated listing of all books, articles, essays, theses and documents referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) should be provided at the end of the article.
    • Arrangement of references: Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work. In each reference, authors’ names are inverted (last name first) for all authors (first, second or subsequent ones).
    • Chronological listing: If more than one work by the same author(s) is cited, they should be listed in order by the year of publication, starting with the earliest.
    • Sentence case: In references, sentence case (only the first word and any proper noun are capitalized—e.g., ‘The software industry in India’) is to be followed for the titles of papers, books, articles, etc.
    • Title case: In references, Journal titles are put in title case (first letter of all words except articles and conjunctions are capitalized—e.g., Journal of Business Ethics).
    • Italicize: Book and Journal titles are to be italicized.

    Please Note: For each in-text citation there must be a corresponding reference in the reference list and for each reference there must be a corresponding in-text citation.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit Sociological Bulletin’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Manuscripts should be submitted in soft copy (MS Word) as an attachment to mohantybb99@gmail.com

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.2 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication 

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Sociological Bulletin editorial office at the following address:
    E-mail: mohantybb99@gmail.com

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