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Acta Sociologica

Acta Sociologica

Published in Association with Nordic Sociological Association

eISSN: 15023869 | ISSN: 00016993 | Current volume: 64 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

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"Acta Sociologica, from its vantage point in Scandinavia, provides sociologists all over the world with a valuable outlet for promoting and publicizing the international relevance of sociological research and theory." Arne L Kalleberg University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Acta Sociologica publishes papers on high-quality innovative sociology, carried out from different theoretical and methodological starting points, in the form of full-length original articles and review essays, as well as book reviews and commentaries. Articles that present Nordic sociology or help mediate between Nordic and international scholarly discussions are encouraged.

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Acta Sociologica is a peer reviewed journal that welcomes high-quality theoretical and empirical papers in all areas of sociology, in the form of full-length original articles (including meta-analyses and reviews of fields of research), as well as book reviews, review essays and commentaries to previously published articles. Articles that present research comparing Nordic countries with one another or with other countries are particularly welcome. The same applies to articles that help mediate between Nordic and international scholarly discussions.

Jón Gunnar Bernburg University of Iceland, Iceland
Sigrún Ólafsdóttir University of Iceland, Iceland
Managing Editor
Kjartan Páll Sveinsson University of Iceland, Iceland
Book Reviews Editor
Gudmundur Oddsson University of Akureyri, Iceland
Consulting Editors
Marco Albertini University of Bologna, Italy
Thoroddur Bjarnason University of Akureyri, Iceland
Mikael Carleheden University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Gemma Edwards University of Manchester, UK
Anette Fasang Humboldt-University Berlin & WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
Bengt Furaker University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Peter Hedström Institute for Analytical Sociology, Sweden
Risto Heiskala University of Tampere, Finland
Lars Skov Henriksen Aalborg University, Denmark
Antoinette Hetzler Lund University, Sweden
Mikael Hjerm Umeå University, Sweden
Margaretha Jaervinen University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jan O. Jonsson Stockholm University, Sweden
Timo Kauppinen University of Helsinki, Finland
Lise Kjølsrød University of Oslo, Norway
Kirsti Lempiäinen University of Lapland, Finland
Torkild Hovde Lyngstad University of Oslo, Norway
Arne Mastekaasa University of Oslo, Norway
Martin D. Munk Aalborg University, Denmark
Ann Nilsen University of Bergen, Norway
Abby Peterson University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Guõbjoerg Linda Rafnsdottir University of Iceland, Iceland
Péter Róbert TÁRKI Social Research Institute, Hungary
Beverley Skeggs Lancaster University, UK
Anna Temkina European University at St Petersburg, Russia
Louis-André Vallet SciencesPo, L'Observatoire sociologique du changement, France
Herman G. van de Werfhorst University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Raivo Vetik Tallinn University, Estonia
Terhi-Anna Wilska University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Hakan Yilmaz Bogaziçi University, Turkey
Board of the Nordic Sociological Association
Christofer Edling Lund University, Sweden
Anu-Hanna Anttila University of Turku, Finland
Stefán Hrafn Jónsson University of Iceland, Iceland
Pelle Korsbæk Sørensen (President) Aalborg University, Denmark
Jørn Lundgren University of Oslo, Norway
Anne-Kirstine Mølholt Aalborg University, Denmark
Snorri Örn Árnason University of Iceland, Iceland
Eirin Pedersen Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway
Sverre Wide (secretary) Dalarna University, Sweden
Sirpa Wrede University of Helsinki, Finland
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  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site 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 Acta Sociologica 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, 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.

    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
    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 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 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 Acta Sociologica, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    1. Original research articles. Maximum total length is 8000 words, but shorter contributions are welcome.
    2. Book reviews and comments. These should preferably not exceed 1000 words.

    1.3 Writing your paper

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

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    SAGE does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication.

    Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:

    •  The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors
    •  The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper
    •  The author has recommended the reviewer
    •  The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution).

    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 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    •    Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input 
    •    Identify any entities that paid for this assistance 
    •    Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Funding

    Acta Sociologica 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

    Acta Sociologica 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 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

    Acta Sociologica 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.

    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

    Acta Sociologica 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. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway. The text should be double-spaced throughout and the font standard 12 point. The main manuscript file should contain the following information:

    (i)            Full title (and subtitle, if any)

    (ii)           Abstract of 150-200 words

    (iii)          Between 5-8 keywords

    (iv)          Body text. Maximum length for original research articles is 8000 words including the main text, references, endnotes and possible appendices. Manuscripts should normally include an introduction, review and/or a formulation of relevant empirical and theoretical background arguments and previous studies discussion, a description of methods and data, analysis sections, conclusion and bibliography.

    (v)           References should be cited in the text as (author, year: page) with an alphabetical references section following the text.

    If applicable, please notice that:

    (vi)          Endnotes should be kept to a minimum and should be signalled by superscript numbers in the main text and listed at the end of the text before the reference.

    (vii)         Tables, figures and graphics can either be included to the manuscript file or uploaded with the manuscript submission as a separate file. In both cases, their placement in the manuscript should be clearly indicated. Manuscript submission can also include supplementary files that can be either included at the end of the manuscript or uploaded separately (more information below). In order to encourage possibilities for the replication of results, we strongly encourage that the author(s) to share the relevant code for structuring data and running the analyses (i.e. syntaxes) as an online supplement. Whenever possible, this material should include links to the original data.

    In addition to the manuscript file, each manuscript should contain a title page containing the following information:

    (i)            Full title (and subtitle, if any)

    (ii)           Full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address, telephone number and academic affiliation. Title page should also contain the name and academic affiliation of possible co-authors.

    (iii)          Abstract of 150-200 words

    (iv)          Between 5-8 keywords

    Acta Sociologica uses blind peer-review process. We kindly ask you to remove any references that might disclose your identity. These include recognizable references to your previous publications, as well as biographical notes, acknowledgements and funding information. “Author A”, “Author B”, and so forth may replace identifiable author references. Please notice also that any biographical notes (50-100 words), acknowledgements or funding information should be included in the title page, not the manuscript. When preparing their manuscript submission, the authors are kindly asked to pay particular attention to the abstract and the title, as they are the sole information included in reviewer invitations letters.

    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 

    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 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. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files. In order to encourage possibilities for the replication of results, we strongly encourage the author(s) to share the relevant code for structuring data and running the analyses (i.e. syntaxes) as an online supplement. Whenever possible, this material should include links to the original data.

    4.4 Reference style

    Acta Sociologica 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.

    4.5 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

    Acta Sociologica is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit 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.

    Books for review and manuscripts of book reviews should be sent to Guðmundur Oddsson (, Acta Sociologica, University of Akureyri, Borgir við Norðurslóð, 600 Akureyri, ICELAND.

    5.1 ORCID

    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 persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher 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 recognised.

    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.

    5.2 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).

    5.3 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.p>

    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 Acta Sociologica editorial office as follows:

    Acta Sociologica, School of Social Sciences, University of Iceland, Gimli, Sæmundargata, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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    Twitter: @ActaSoc

    Books for review and manuscripts of book reviews should be sent to Guðmundur Oddsson (

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