Irish Journal of Sociology
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Irish Journal of Sociology

Published in Association with Sociological Association of Ireland

Regional Editors, UK
John Goodwin University of Leicester, UK
Lucy Michael University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
Book Reviews Editors
Brian Conway Maynooth University, Ireland
Editorial Assistant
Ivan Privalko Maynooth University, Ireland


eISSN: 20505280 | ISSN: 07916035 | Current volume: 24 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

We are delighted to announce that effective the 4th September 2015, this title (previously published by Manchester University Press) will now be published by SAGE. For more information on the transfer of 10 titles from MUP to SAGE please click here.

The Irish Journal of Sociology is an international peer-reviewed core journal and is the official journal of the Sociological Association of Ireland. It was established in 1991 for the purpose of stimulating, communicating, and advancing sociological research about Irish society as well as publishing high quality papers, reflecting the theoretical, substantive, and empirical range of the discipline, that are not germane to Ireland. In addition, the journal seeks submissions for its new in-brief sections: archives, databases, debates, overviews, and trends. It also publishes research notes and solicited book reviews.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Although the journal's readership is primarily sociologists, it also seeks to appeal to – and welcomes submissions from – scholars in other social science disciplines including anthropology, geography, politics, social policy, social work, and social care. The journal seeks to publish peer-reviewed quantitative and qualitative or mixed-method work. The journal is particularly interested in attracting comparative papers having to do with other small societies, but which need not necessarily be related to Ireland.

The journal's goal is to render a first editorial decision on every manuscript submitted within 5 weeks.

Editorial Board
Daniel Faas Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Bryan Fanning University College Dublin, Ireland
Niamh Gaynor Dublin City University, Ireland
Katy Hayward Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Susan Hodgett University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
Mervyn Horgan University of Guelph, Canada
Anne Kane University of Houston-Downtown, USA
Melanie Lang Edge Hill University, UK
Gregory Maney Hofstra University, USA
Bram Spruyt Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Associate Editors
Jeffrey Alexander Yale University, USA
Patrick Carroll University of California Davis, USA
Mary Daly University College Dublin, Ireland
Mary Jo Deegan University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Gerard Delanty University of Sussex, UK
Michele Dillon University of New Hampshire, USA
Gary Alan Fine Northwestern University
Kieran Healy Duke University, USA
Mary Hickman London Metropolitan University, UK
Michael Hout New York University, USA
Maciej Hulas The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
Eugene Hynes Kettering University, USA
Neil McLaughlin McMaster University, Canada
Denis O'Hearn Texas A&M University, USA
Louise Ryan University of Sheffield, UK
Saskia Sassen Columbia University, USA
Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Dorothy Watson The Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland

  1. Article types
    1.1 Book Reviews
    1.2 Archives
    1.3 Databases
    1.4 Debates
    1.5 Overviews
    1.6 Trends
    1.7 Research Notes
    1.8 Teaching Notes
    1.9 SAI News & Notes
  2. Editorial Policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgments
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Data
    2.7 Special Issue Procedures
  3. Publishing Policies
    3.1 Publication Ethics
    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    3.3 Open Access and author archiving
    3.4 Permissions
  4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Word processing formats
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Journal layout
    4.5 Reference style
    4.6 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 How to submit your manuscript
    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
    5.3 Corresponding author contact details
  6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Access to your published article
    6.3 Online First publication
  7. Further Information

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

Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mijs) to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of the Irish Journal of Sociology will be reviewed. The journal welcomes brief queries about the appropriateness of manuscripts. Please email the editor at: irishjsoc@gmail.com

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, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

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1. Article types

The journal reviews contributions that address an important topic in the sociological study of Irish society or that address theoretical, substantive, or methodological topics not related to Ireland.

Submissions should be 35 pages (original articles), 2-3 pages (book reviews), 6-7 pages (archives, databases, debates, overviews, and trends), or 10-20 pages (research notes). Page limits are inclusive of the main text, references, tables, and figures. Submissions in the Book Reviews section do not require an abstract or running head. Abstracts are required for submissions in the Archives, Databases, Debates, Overviews, and Trends sections.

1.1 Book Reviews

The journal publishes reviews of recently published books (within the last 2 years). These consist of a critical evaluation of the arguments put forward in a particular book. Occasionally, the journal publishes reviews of 2-3 books together, but the bulk of accepted reviews are for single books.  Note the following general guidelines for Book Reviews:

  • Book reviews must be submitted via the journal’s online submission site.
  • The word count for book reviews is 2,000 words.
  • The timeframe for completing a review is 2 months (from receipt of the book from the publisher).
  • Reviews should be completed within the timeframe agreed with the Book Reviews Editor.
  • The Book Reviews Editor may request revisions, edit, or reject a Book Review.
  • Personal comments about an author(s) are not allowed

Unsolicited book reviews are not accepted for publication in the IJS. If you wish to review a book for the IJS please contact the Book Reviews editor, Brian Conway (irishjsoc@gmail.com) using ‘IJS Book Review’ as the subject line of your email.

1.2 Archives

These pieces involve documents relevant to the historical origins and development of Irish sociology including letters of correspondence, syllabi, meeting minutes, etc. accompanied by a short commentary explaining their origin, meaning, and relevance.

1.3 Databases

These pieces describe the dataset(s) sociologists are working with, what is in them, and how they have been used by other researchers.

1.4 Debates

These pieces involve engaging with a current hot or urgent debate in society or in sociology, which can take the form of an essay or an interview. Debates pieces may also involve a response, reply, or reaction to an article published in a previous issue of the journal.

1.5 Overviews

These pieces provide a start-of-the-art general overview of the current situation in Ireland with respect to such things as moral values, marriage and family life, social inequalities etc.

1.6 Trends

These pieces involve analyses (including about 2-3 figures) of some macro societal/cultural/political trend, placing Ireland in comparative perspective (in relation to one other country) or in a comparative European or global context. They can look back in time or they can look forward.

1.7 Research Notes

The journal also publishes research notes. Usually, these pieces report on new directions in sociological research or present fresh ways of approaching a given subject matter. Research notes can be up to 25  double-spaced pages.

1.8 Teaching Notes

These pieces present research about pedagogical approaches that have practical use in the classroom or lecture hall.  Data or evidence is required, but not at the same level as an original article. Teaching notes can be up to 25 double-spaced pages.

1.9 SAI News & Notices

The journal publishes short (1-2 page) news pieces relating to the Sociological Association of Ireland. These may take the form of summary reports of conferences/seminars/workshops organised by SAI members or reactions of SAI members to attending international sociological conferences/meetings.

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2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editor and only those papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review. The  IJS’s goal is to render the ‘pre-review’ decision within 1 week of submission.The journal reserves the right to reject manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines. 

IJS adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least three referees, with the exception of in-brief pieces, which are reviewed by 1-2 external reviewers. As original articles and in-brief pieces are quite different, the reviewing of in-brief pieces differs somewhat to original articles. In the former, reviewers are asked to evaluate the clarity of the argument and the evidence-base to support it. The journal endeavours to render a first editorial decision on every manuscript sent for review within 5 weeks.

As part of the submission process authors may put forward the names of suggested reviewers. 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

Reviewers may or may not be selected from the list of suggested reviewers; the selection of reviewers is at the discretion of the Journal. Authors may also ask that specific potential reviewers not be invited to participate in the review process. The reason(s) why the person(s) should not be considered as a reviewer for the manuscript should be set forth in a brief statement in the cover letter during step 5 of the submission process. The Journal will give consideration to these suggestions, but reserves the right to ask such individuals to serve as reviewers.

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 in the title page separate to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

2.4 Funding

IJS 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

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

2.6 Data

SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

IJS requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles [“alongside their article submissions” or “if the articles are accepted”] to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. [The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data.] The editor(s) [can/will] also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at: irishjsoc@gmail.com.

2.7 Special Issues Procedures

About once a year, the journal publishes a special issue on a select topic (usually, but not always, edited by a guest editor(s)). The adjudication process for special issues rests with the editor and editorial board, who will meet to discuss proposals at the bi-annual Editorial Board meetings. Currently, there is a “backlog” of special issues awaiting publication. Thus, the journal is not currently accepting proposals for special issues. Future calls for special issues will be publicised on the journal homepage. The peer review process for special issues is somewhat different than for general issues. Contributions for special issues undergo external peer review individually and, if the subject matter demands it, collectively as well. In general, proposals for special issues should be 2-3 pages in length and include the following:

  • Why a particular subject matter/topic/issue is worthy of a special issue.
  • The names and expertise of the proposed guest editor(s), including a CV.
  • Why the IJS is an appropriate outlet for the special issue.
  • Draft Call for Papers for the special issue, including possible topics and deadlines.
  • List of number of contributions to the special issue and approximate page extent.
  • List of suggested reviewers.

Note that the guest editor(s) is responsible for all aspects of the special issue, including putting together and publicising the Call for Papers, communicating with the editor regarding the progress of the issue and any changes to the schedule, ensuring the timely submission of manuscripts, communicating with prospective authors, co-ordinating the reviewing of manuscripts, rendering decisions on manuscripts, ensuring manuscripts conform to the journal style, sending accepted manuscripts to production, and ensuring the timely delivery of corrections of the article proofs. To facilitate this, the guest editor(s) will be assigned as editor on the journal’s online manuscript submission and review platform, ScholarOne and will receive guidelines on how to use this online system. Completed proposals should be emailed (with ‘Proposal for Special Issue of the IJS’ as the subject line) to the editor at: irishjsoc@gmail.com.

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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.

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

3.1.1 Plagiarism

IJS 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 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.

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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

3.3 Open Access and author archiving

IJS offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

3.4 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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4. Preparing your manuscript

4.1 Word processing formats

Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. 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. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

Tables and figures should have a descriptive caption and should include details of the source and copyright owner, if not the author. They should be referred to in the text, e.g. ‘see figure 1’. Notes within tables should be denoted using a, b, c etc. For quantitative results, use asterisks to denote levels of significance.

  • Authors should submit tables and figures as separate files, not pasted into a word processing file.
  • Halftone figures (photographs) should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi and be submitted as.tif or .jpg files.
  • Graphs and charts should be submitted in their original format. For example, if created in Excel, submit as an .xls file. If an author does not wish to upload an .xls file with the data, the Journal recommends copying and pasting the figure onto a blank .xls file.
  • Maps and other line drawings should have a resolution of 1200 dpi and be submitted as a .tif or .eps file.
  • The Journal prints in black and white. Any graphs should not rely on colour to differentiate data, and should preferably use hatchings, dots, etc., if required for differentiation instead of different shadings of grey. Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
  • For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

4.3 Supplementary material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

4.4 Journal layout

IJS conforms to the SAGE house style.  View the SAGE UK House Style guidelines.

4.5 Reference style

IJS adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

4.6 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’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

5.1 How to submit your manuscript

IJS is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mijs to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

Manuscript submissions should consist of the following (in this order): (1) Title page (2) Title (3) Abstract (4) Keywords (5) Text (6) Notes (7) References (8) Tables (9) Figures and, (10) Appendices.

Before submitting the final version of your manuscript, please refer to the IJS checklist for final manuscripts.

5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

Please submit a separate title page containing the following information:

  • Title
  • Author information (position, affiliation)
  • Date
  • Word count
  • Acknowledgements (including presentation of paper at professional meetings, data sources, grants, and other credits)

Please also supply a brief abstract (150-200 words) and keywords to accompany your article. The abstract should be included in the manuscript and submitted along with it. The title of the manuscript should also be included at the top. 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 the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

5.3 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.

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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 sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

6.2 Access to your published article

SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.3 Online First publication

Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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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 IJS editorial office at: irishjsoc@gmail.com

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