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Social Science Information

2016 Impact Factor: 0.490
2016 Ranking: 72/96 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary | 62/85 in Information Science & Library Science
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
Published in Association with The Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme
Information sur les Sciences Sociales

Editors
David Jaclin University of Ottawa, Canada
Peter Wagner Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) and University of Barcelona, Spain
Former Editor
Anne Rocha Perazzo Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France


eISSN: 14617412 | ISSN: 05390184 | Current volume: 56 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly
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Social Science Information is a major international forum for the analysis and debate of trends and approaches in social science research and teaching.

Fully peer reviewed, it publishes articles in both English and French, the journal offers a unique window on research currently taking place internationally and in collaboration with the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris.

Social Science Information is cross-disciplinary, presenting research from a broad range of perspectives, including:

  • anthropology
  • sociology
  • psychology
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • economics

Social Science Information aims to present new areas of study, focusing on theoretical debates, methodology and comparative and cross-cultural research. The following specialized sections regularly appear:

  • Trends and Developments
  • Theory and Methods
  • Trend Report
  • Biology and Social Life
  • Rationality and Society
  • Studies of Science

The journal also regularly publishes Symposia on specific themes and theme-oriented special issues. It wishes to encourage submission of trend reports.

"What I particularly value in Social Science Information is its sheer range, high-quality eclecticism and unpredictability. You can count on it to take you into new by-ways and across disciplines in a spirit of rigorous intellectual generalism." Professor Philip Schlesinger, Director, Stirling Media Research Institute, University of Stirling, UK

"Social Science Information gives the reader a wide overview of socialscientific research in various European countries through papers on topics dealing as well with the sociology of everyday life as with social structure or the history of the social sciences " Raymond Boudon, Académie des sciences morales et politiques, Paris, France

Electronic access:

Social Science Information is available to browse online.

Founding Director
Clemens Heller Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris, France
Editorial Board
Jean-Sebastien Lenfant Universite de Lille 1, Sciences et technologies, France
Gianluca Manzo GEMASS-CNRS and University of Paris-Sorbonne, France
Philippe Mongin Ecole des Hautes Commerciales (HEC), Jouy-en-Josas, France
Klaus Scherer University of Geneva, Switzerland
Fred Zijlstra Department of Experimental Psychology, Maastricht University, Netherlands
International Advisory Committee
Maurice Aymard Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Philippe Bataille Centre d´analyse et d´intervention sociologiques, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Luc Boltanski Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Jean Copans Sorbonne-Université René Descartes, Paris, France
Monique De Saint Martin IRIS, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Jon Elster Norway
Henry Etzkowitz International Triple Helix Institute, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Robert Farr London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Igor De Garine Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
Giovanni Gasparini Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
Maurice Godelier Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Benoit Godin Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Canada
Dipankar Gupta Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Dominique Lestel Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
Loet Leydesdorff University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Roger D Masters Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA
Sergio Miceli Department of Sociology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Serge Moscovici Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Valery N. Nosulenko Russian Academy of Science, Russia
Louis Quéré Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Philip Schlesinger University of Glasgow, UK
Terry Shinn GEMAS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France
Wiktor Stoczkowski LAS, Collége de France, Paris, France
Lionel Tiger Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Social Science Information

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/SSI 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 Social Science Information 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

    Social Science Information is a major international forum for the analysis and debate of trends and approaches in social science research and teaching.

    Fully peer reviewed, it publishes articles in both English and French, the journal offers a unique window on research currently taking place internationally and in collaboration with the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris.

    Social Science Information is cross-disciplinary, presenting research from a broad range of perspectives, including:

      • anthropology
      • sociology
      • psychology
      • philosophy
      • political science
      • economics

    Social Science Information aims to present new areas of study, focusing on theoretical debates, methodology and comparative and cross-cultural research. The following specialized sections regularly appear:

      • Trends and Developments
      • Theory and Methods
      • Trend Report
      • Biology and Social Life
      • Rationality and Society
      • Studies of Science

    The journal also regularly publishes Symposia on specific themes and theme-oriented special issues. It wishes to encourage submission of trend reports.

    1.2 Article Types

    Social Science Information is an international, interdisciplinary, generalist journal that publishes the highest quality original research in the social sciences at large with special focus on theoretical debates, methodology and comparative particularly cross-cultural research. The journal considers the following kinds of articles for publication:

    Theoretical and methodological articles in a wide range of disciplines across the social sciences: anthropology; sociology; psychology; philosophy; political sciences; economics.

    Review articles or trend reports presenting the state of the art in a given discipline or in a given research field; the journal particularly encourages the presentation and discussion of emerging original research topics across the social sciences.

    Comparative particularly cross-cultural studies in prominent research fields.
    Book reviews are occasionally published (please contact the editor in advance).

    Symposia on specific research topics appear occasionally (please contact the editor in advance).

    Special issues on a specific topic -- including contributions from a range of disciplines and authors from different countries -- with the participation of (a) guest editor(s), are invited twice a year (please contact the editor in advance).

    Full papers are generally restricted to a maximum of 12,000 words, including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc.). We are reluctant to burden our referees with very long manuscripts. Authors who suspect that their articles will have to be cut anyway should make the required deletions before submitting.

    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

    Social Science Information operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 8-12 weeks of submission.

    Authors must confirm that their contributions have not been published and are not under simultaneous review for publication elsewhere.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of X peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. 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

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    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.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    Social Science Information 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

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

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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

    Social Science Information 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

    Social Science Information 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.

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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.

    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

    Social Science Information does not currently accept supplemental files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Social Science Information 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

    Social Science Information is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/SSI 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.  

    Review copies of publications and editorial correspondence should be sent to:

    David Jaclin, Peter Wagner
    Social Science Information/Information sur les Sciences Sociales,
    Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, 
    A1-15, 54 Bd. Raspail
    75270 Paris Cedex 06
    France

    Email David Jaclin: davidjaclin@gmail.com

    Email Peter Wagner: peter.wagner@ub.edu

    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.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here

    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. 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 sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned 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. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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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 Social Science Information editorial office as follows:

    David Jaclin, Peter Wagner
    Social Science Information/Information sur les Sciences Sociales,
    Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, 
    A1-15, 54 Bd. Raspail
    75270 Paris Cedex 06
    France

    Email David Jaclin: davidjaclin@gmail.com

    Email Peter Wagner: peter.wagner@ub.edu

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