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Journal of Applied Social Science

Journal of Applied Social Science

Association for Applied and Clinical Science

eISSN: 19370245 | ISSN: 19367244 | Current volume: 18 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: 3 Times/Year
The Journal of Applied Social Science (JASS) is the official, peer-reviewed publication of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS). JASS reflects more than 25 years of journal sponsorship by AACS and its predecessor organizations, the Society for Applied Sociology and the Sociological Practice Association. The Journal of Applied Social Science is the direct amalgamated successor of two previously published journals: The Journal of Applied Sociology and Sociological Practice: A Journal of Applied and Clinical Sociology.

The Journal of Applied Social Science publishes research articles, essays, research reports, teaching notes, and book reviews on a wide range of topics of interest to the sociological practitioner. Specifically, we encourage submission of manuscripts that, in a concrete way, apply social science or critically reflect on the application of social science.

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

The Journal of Applied Social Science publishes research articles, essays, research reports, teaching notes, and book reviews on a wide range of topics of interest to the social science practitioner. Specifically, we encourage submission of manuscripts that, in a concrete way, apply social science or critically reflect on the application of social science. Authors must address how they either improved a social condition or propose to do so, based on social science research.

We offer the following categories and formats as guides:

Application-Oriented Research
This article details the development, implementation, and evaluation of a social science application. The goal: Provide readers with concrete examples of, and practical information on, applications to inform future implementations and applications.

Reflection on Process
This article provides first-person reflection and/or critique on how we apply social science knowledge. The format is more creative. The goal: Spark discussion and debate, inspire future work in our discipline.

Engaged Scholarship
This article provides social scientific insights, interpretations of findings, concepts, etc., that can improve understanding of social processes and increase the likelihood of the reader being able to improve communications, professional outcomes, and interactions. The goal: Translate social science knowledge into action steps.

Application of Theory and Method
This article discusses how to effect social change by 1) applying a social science concept/theory/method; 2) assisting organizations; 3) empowering research or consulting; or 4) working on other relevant activities. It includes a definition, an example, and then discussion of how it could be (or has been) applied in a social setting. The goal: Generate new applications of social science tools more broadly.

Teaching Practice
This article describes best practices in informing audiences about applied social science. The goal: Improve teaching of applied social science.

Bruce Friesen University of Tampa, USA
Managing Editor
Janet Mancini Billson Group Dimensions International, USA
Book Review Editor
Miriam Boeri Bentley University, USA
Associate Editor
Miriam Boeri Bentley University, USA
John Glass Collin College, USA
Consulting Editor and Former Editor
Editorial Board
Karen Albright University of Denver, USA
Audwin L. Anderson Texas State University, USA
Johanna P. Bishop Wilmington University, USA
Joel Carr Angelo State University, USA
Gary C. David Bentley University, USA
Jawad Fatayer An-Najah National University, Nablus- Palestine, Israel
Craig J. Forsyth University of Louisiana-Lafayette, USA
Bruce Friesen University of Tampa, USA
Lindy Hern University of Hawai'i at Hilo, USA
Susan Holsapple Private Practice
James Hougland University of Kentucky, USA
Sandra Joy Rowan University, USA
Ragnvald Kalleberg University of Oslo, Norway
Steve Kroll-Smith University of NC Greensboro, USA
Elizabeth "Libby" Larsen California University of Pennsylvania
James Lee San José State University, USA
Per Magnus Maehl Oslo University Hospital, Norway
Nick Park Gavilan College, USA
Ravi K. Perry Mississippi State University, USA
Deborah L. Phelps Fontbonne University, USA
Lubomir Popov Bowling Green State University, USA
Tina Quartaroli Future Age Consulting Inc, USA
Jason Rivera Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – Camden, USA
Kathy Stolley Virginia Wesleyan University, USA
Roger A. Straus Blackstone Group, USA
Jason Sumerau University of Tampa, USA
Fatos Tarifa University of New York Tirana, Albania
Tina Uys University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Newman Wong Del Mar College, USA

All new manuscripts to JASS must be submitted using the Sage Track manuscript submission website. Books for review and manuscripts of reviews should be sent to: Miriam Boeri,, Sociology Department, Morison 193, 175 Forest Street, Bentley University Waltham MA 02452. Please read below for instructions on submitting manuscripts to JASS. Book review guidelines are also described below.

Log onto the Sage Track manuscript submission website at and click on “Create Account: New users click here.”

Follow the instructions and make sure to enter your current and correct email address. Once you have finished creating a user account, your User ID and Password will be sent via email.

Submission of a New Manuscript

Log onto the manuscript central website and select “Author Center.” Once at the Author Center, select the link “Click here to Submit a New Manuscript.” Follow the instructions on each page. Once finished with a page, click on the “Save and Continue” option at the end of each page. Continue to follow the instructions for loading a new manuscript and/or other files at the appropriate stages (e.g., abstract, title page, etc.). When loading the manuscript file, make sure to use the “Browse” function and locate the correct file on your computer drive. Make sure to “Upload Files” when you are finished selecting the manuscript file you wish to upload. NOTE: All text files must be in word format and de-identified (please also remove any identifying information from the manuscript’s properties before you upload the manuscript). The system will convert the submission to a PDF file.

After uploading your manuscript, review your submission in one of the provided formats (e.g., PDF). Once you have reviewed your submission, click on the “Submit” button. You should receive a submission confirmation screen and an email confirming submission. You can revisit the website at any time to review the status of your submission.

Submission of a Revised Manuscript

To submit a revised manuscript to JASS, log onto the Sage Track manuscript submission website at Once at your Author Dashboard, view your “Manuscripts with Decisions” and select the option to “Create a Revision.” Continue to follow the directions to upload your revised manuscript. Make sure to upload a de-identified version of your revision as with the initial submission. Also provide comments regarding changes that were made to your revised manuscript. These comments will be provided to reviewers.

Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal; simultaneous submissions are not acceptable.

All copy should be typed, double-spaced, and should follow the style of the American Sociological Association Style Guide (7th ed.). Notes and references should appear at the end of the manuscript. Each manuscript should include a brief abstract of 100-150 words describing the subject, general approach, intended purpose of the article, and findings; also include 4-5 keywords for indexing and online searching. Ordinarily, articles should be less than 35 pages in length. However, research notes should not exceed 15 pages. Please note that the number of tables and figures mentioned in the text should be submitted along with the manuscript. Tables should be in editable format.

Authors who want to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider utilizing the services of SPi, a non-affiliated company that offers Professional Editing Services to authors of journal articles in the areas of science, technology, medicine or the social sciences. SPi specializes in editing and correcting English-language manuscripts written by authors with a primary language other than English. Visit for more information about SPi’s Professional Editing Services, pricing, and turn-around times, or to obtain a free quote or submit a manuscript for language polishing.

Please be aware that Sage has no affiliation with SPi and makes no endorsement of the company. An author’s use of SPi’s services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and SPi, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.

Supplemental Materials

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.


Journal of Applied Social Science may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

Visit the Sage Journals and Preprints page for more details about preprints.

Book Review Guidelines

Length of review:  4-5 pages double spaced.

Publication information:  Title, author, publisher, date and place of publication.

Reviewer’s position: Disclose any personal information the reader should know about you in connection with this review. Are an expert in this area? Are you a researcher reviewing the book of someone from a different discipline? Do you know the author personally? Why does this book interest you? Is there is any possible conflict of interest?

Content of review: Include as many of the following topics as you can that are appropriate for this type of book:

Author: Describe the author’s background and qualifications. If the author is an academic or researcher? What is his or her present position? Are there any biases the reader should be aware of such as athe author is defending one side of an academic debate? List major contributions of the author to the field. 

Audience: For whom is this book intended? 

Overview: What are the major themes and topics of the book? How does the author organize the presentation (i.e. chronologically, by topic, etc.)?  Is the presentation clear? Comprehensive? Is the organization appropriate? 

Content: Using specific examples, discuss how the content supports and/or addresses the author’s expressed purpose. Is there new information? Are there significant errors or omissions? If the book is a research work, is the methodology appropriate? How well do the findings support the author’s conclusions? Use specific examples to illustrate your remarks.

Quality of the presentation: Is the book well written? Is the style appropriate to the topic? How well does the author flesh out his or her basic topics and themes? Use specific examples to illustrate your points.

Contribution: Does the book add to our knowledge or understanding of its subject? If so, in what ways? How does the book contribute to applied or clinical sociology?

Books for review and manuscripts of reviews should be sent to: Miriam Boeri,, Sociology Department, Morison 193, 175 Forest Street, Bentley University Waltham MA 02452

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