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Theory, Culture & Society

Explorations in Critical Social Science
2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
2015 Ranking: 2/38 in Cultural Studies
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Editor-in-Chief
Mike Featherstone Goldsmiths, University of London
Managing Editor
Couze Venn Goldsmiths, University of London
Standard Issues Editor
Roy Boyne Durham University, UK
Special Issues Editor
Scott M Lash Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Global Public Life Editors
Ryan Bishop University of Southampton, UK
John S. Phillips National University of Singapore
Reviews Editor
Couze Venn Goldsmiths, University of London
Social Media Editor
David Beer University of York, UK


eISSN: 14603616| ISSN: 02632764|Current volume: 33|Current issue: 5 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

Theory, Culture & Society is a highly ranked, high impact factor, rigorously peer reviewed journal that publishes original research and review articles in the social and cultural sciences.

Launched in 1982 to cater for the resurgence of interest in culture within contemporary social science, Theory, Culture & Society provides a forum for articles which theorize the relationship between culture and society.

Theory, Culture & Society is at the cutting edge of recent developments in social and cultural theory. The journal has helped to break down some of the disciplinary barriers between the humanities and the social sciences by opening up a wide range of new questions in cultural theory.

Theory, Culture & Society builds upon the heritage of the classic founders of social theory and examines the ways in which this tradition has been reshaped by a new generation of theorists.

"For more than twenty years, TCS has published some of the most innovative work in social science. It has been in the forefront of the renewal of cultural sociology." Craig Calhoun New York University, USA


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Editorial Board
David Beer University of York, UK
Ryan Bishop Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK
Lisa Blackman Goldsmiths, University of London
Josef Bleicher  
Roy Boyne Durham University, UK
Roger Burrows Newcastle University
Norman Denzin University of Illinois, USA
Stuart Elden University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Mike Featherstone Goldsmiths, University of London
Nicholas Gane University of Warwick, UK
Rosalind Gill Kings College, University of London
Thomas Kemple University of British Columbia, Canada
Scott Lash Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Adrian Mackenzie Lancaster University, UK
John Philips National University of Singapore
Rob Shields University of Alberta, Canada
Tiziana Terranova University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’
Couze Venn Goldsmiths, University of London
Associate Editors
Ien Ang University of Western Sydney, Nepean, Australia
Antonio A Arantes Campinas University, Brazil
Margaret Archer (UK )
John Armitage Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK
Ulrich Beck University of Munich, Germany
Rosi Braidotti Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Rosalind Brunt Sheffield Hallam University, UK
David C Chaney University of Durham, UK
Ira Cohen Rutgers University, USA
Klaus Eder Humboldt University, Germany
Nancy Fraser New School University, USA
Jonathan Friedman University of Lund, Sweden
David Frisby University of Glasgow
Andrew Gamble University of Sheffield, UK
David Held University of Durham, UK
Axel Honneth University of Frankfurt, Germany/Columbia University, New York USA
Huimin Jin Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, P R China
Douglas Kellner University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Richard Kilminster University of Leeds
Michèle Lamont Harvard University
Jorge Larrain University of Birmingham , UK
Donald Levine University of Chicago, USA
Sunil Manghani Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK
George Marcus Rice University, USA
Stephen Mennell University College Dublin
Carlo Mongardini University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Makio Morikawa Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
John O'Neill York University, Canada
Chris Rojek City University London, UK
Hermann Schwengel Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany
Richard Shusterman Florida Atlantic University, USA
Barry Smart University of Portsmouth, UK
Carol Smart University of Leeds
Georg Stauth Bielefeld University, Germany
Nico Stehr University of British Columbia
Alan Tomlinson University of Brighton, UK
John Tomlinson Nottingham Trent University
John Urry Lancaster University, UK
Shuichi Wada Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Rod Watson University of Manchester, UK
Elizabeth Wilson University of North London
Cas Wouters University of Utrecht
Shunya Yoshimi University of Tokyo
Editorial Assistant
Editorial Projects & Website Manager
Simon Dawes Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France
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    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http:/mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs 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 Theory, Culture & Society will be reviewed.

    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. Article types
      1.1 Standard Articles
      1.2 Special Issue/Special Section Articles
      1.2.1 Special Issue/Special Section Proposals
      1.3 Notes and Commentary Pieces
      1.4 Interviews
      1.5 Review Articles
      1.6 Book Reviews
      1.6.1 Book Series Proposals
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.1.1 Plagiarism
      3.1.2 Prior publication
      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 Reference style
      4.4.1 General
      4.4.2 Text citations
      4.4.3 Reference list
      4.4.4 Reference styles
      4.5 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 Revised papers
      6.2 Accepted with Minor Revisions
      6.3 Accepted Papers: Preparation of Manuscript for Publication
      6.4 Key to Editorial Decision Categories
      6.5 SAGE Production
      6.6 Access to your published article
      6.7 Online First publication
    7. Refereeing for Theory, Culture & Society
    8. Further Information
      8.1 Feedback/Correspondence
      8.2 Contacts

    1. Article types

    TCS operates with a range of manuscript types. All manuscripts are considered for publication on the understanding that they have not been previously published and that they are not under consideration elsewhere. Copies or similar versions of the article should not be available on the internet while the submission is under review.

    The main manuscript types are as follows:

    1.1 Standard Articles

    1. Articles published in TCS are refereed.  The refereeing process is blind, so contributors should take care to remove any obvious indications of authorship. 

    2. While contributors can submit articles in any major language, the preferred language is English.  The language of publication is English. Authors who wish to submit an article in another language should contact the editorial office (tcs@sagepub.co.uk) first. 

    3. Articles should generally contain between 6,000 and 8,000 words (including all notes and references).

    4. The refereeing process normally takes around 3-4 months.

    5. TCS receives hundreds of manuscripts every year and accepts less than 10% of the papers submitted to the journal. Those that are successful are usually accepted for publication subject to revision. Very few papers are accepted outright.

    1.2 Special Issue/Special Section Articles

    The above also applies to all special issue and section articles.  However, these articles will have been commissioned by the editors of these issues and sections.  Authors of special issue and special section pieces should carefully read the TCS Special Issue guidelines. These can found at Sage’s TCS website http://tcs.sagepub.com/ and at TCS Manuscript Central http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs. Please make sure you select the appropriate special issue or special section category from the dropdown menu in the Author Centre on TCS ManuscriptCentral before you upload your piece.

    1.2.1 Special Issue/Special Section Proposals

    TCS regularly produces special issues and sections.  We welcome proposals from prospective guest editors. Before submitting special issue and special section proposals, you should carefully read and follow the TCS guidelines for special issues and sections.  These can found at the TCS SAGE journal website http://tcs.sagepub.com/ and at on the Instructions & Forms pages at TCS ManuscriptCentral http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs. In particular, proposals should include names, affiliation and short biographical notes for each prospective contributor, and draft titles and abstracts for each proposed article. 

    Please find further information for proposing special issues or sections here

    Please email your Special Issue/Special Section Proposal to tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    1.3 Notes & Commentary Pieces

    Shorter commentaries of 4,000 to 6,000 words (including all notes and references) are also invited. Normally these are not blind refereed, but commented on by editorial board members and associate editors.

    Please make sure you select ‘Notes & Commentary’ from the Manuscript Type dropdown menu in the Author Centre on TCS ManuscriptCentral before you upload your piece.

    1.4 Interviews

    We welcome the submission of interviews with prominent figures in the social sciences and humanities. Normally these should be between 3,000 and 8,000 words (including all notes and references). Normally these are not blind refereed, but commented on by editorial board members and associate editors.

    Please make sure you select ‘Interview’ from the Manuscript Type dropdown menu in the Author Centre on TCS ManuscriptCentral before you upload your piece.

    1.5 Review Articles

    Please make sure you select ‘Invited Manuscript’ and ‘Review Article’ from the Manuscript Type dropdown menu before you upload your piece.

    Normally Review articles are 4-6,000 words long (including all notes and references). In all cases review articles must conform to the TCS house style (which is detailed below).

    Review articles can be of a single important book, or a series of books on a particular topic, or a more sweeping ‘decade review’ of a particular field or emergent area.

    They are commented on by editorial board members and associate editors and occasionally blind refereed.

    Please note that TCS does not accept unsolicited review articles.

    1.6 Book Reviews

    We now concentrate on publishing book reviews online rather than in the journal pages of Theory, Culture & Society and Body & Society. This will enable us to publish a much greater quantity of reviews much more quickly.

    A new team of website review editors will regularly commission book reviews. At the same time we are always interested in extending our panel of reviewers.  Should you wish to review books for http://theoryculturesociety.org you should write to the website review editors with your biographical details and interests along with information on the proposed book. We are also interested in reviews of books published outside the English-speaking world.

    For our full Website Review Guidelines, go to: http://theoryculturesociety.org/website-review-guidelines/

    If you are a book author or publisher and would like us to consider reviewing one of your books, we welcome email alerts and catalogues of recent and forthcoming titles. Once we have arranged for an author to write a review of a particular book, we will request that the publisher send the book direct to the reviewer. We also welcome hard copies of books for our consideration. Please contact us at:

    Theory, Culture & Society Website Review Editors
    Department of Sociology,
    Goldsmiths,
    University of London

    e-mail: tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    Please note that we do not accept unsolicited book reviews. 

    1.6.1 Book Series Proposals

    Prospective authors or editors of volumes for the Theory, Culture & Society Book Series should email their proposals to tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    The TCS Books Series editorial board do not normally wish to review complete manuscripts or theses.   A decision is normally made on the basis of a 4-6 page proposal.   It would be useful if you could address the following:

    1. A rationale for the proposed book.

    2. A contents table.

    3. A paragraph on the material to be included in each chapter.

    4. Some details of the targeted market (e.g. undergraduate, postgraduate) and subject area.  A discussion of the proposal in relation to existing or successful texts in the field would also be useful.

    5. A biographical note for the author or editor.  In the case of edited collections, a brief biographical note for each contributor, plus a short outline of their chapter, should also be included.

    The TCS Book Series currently has well over 100 titles published, many by leading figures in the social sciences and humanities.  A complete list and details of the titles in the series can be found via the links below:

    Browse it: http://www.exacteditions.com/read/theoryculturesociety2012/theory-culture-society-2012-31978/1/2/

    Download a PDF: http://www.uk.sagepub.com/repository/binaries/catalogues/2012/TCS_Catalogue.pdf

    Prospective authors should submit a proposal (4-6 pages) with a rationale for the book and a paragraph outline for each of the main chapters, along with some reflections on the market potential of the book. 

    Full guidelines for Book Series Proposals are available at the TCS website http://www.theoryculturesociety.org/ and at on the Instructions & Forms pages at TCS ManuscriptCentral http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs

    Please email your Book Proposal to tcs@sagepub.co.uk

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 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

    You will also be asked to nominate peers who you do not wish to review your manuscript (opposed reviewers).

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

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. 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.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Theory, Culture & Society 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

    Theory, Culture & Society 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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway. 

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Theory, Culture & Society 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

    Requests to reuse material from the journal should always go through RightsLink, the link to which can be found under ‘Request Permissions’ next to each article on the SAGE Journals page. Any queries when requesting permissions should be directed to SAGE at permissions@sagepub.co.uk

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    1. The article should be uploaded as the 'main document', and begin with the title, a 150 word abstract and 3-7 keywords. A brief biographical note (max. 100 words) should be included in a separate document and uploaded as the 'biographical note'. The latter document will not be sent to referees. The title, abstract and keywords should also be entered separately into the system when uploading your manuscript.

    2. Titles should clearly identify the subject of your article. This is an important strategy to increase the chance of articles coming up in Google searches and therefore improving the likelihood of your article being read and cited.

    3. The keywords must be selected from the keyword list available on the TCS Manuscript Central website. The keywords are essential in helping editors select referees from our referees’ database. If you have difficulty matching keywords, or have suggestions on ones to be added, please let us know. Choosing the most relevant keywords is again an important strategy to increase the chance of articles coming up in Google searches and therefore improving the likelihood of your article being read and cited.

    4. To protect anonymity, please make sure that you do not include your name anywhere within the main document (e.g. as a running head or at the end). When referring to your own work, you should either replace your name with ‘Author’ (both in the body of the text and in the list of references at the end) or refer to yourself in the third person (e.g. “as Featherstone (2005) has demonstrated”, rather than “as I have previously demonstrated (2005)”).

    5. The number and length of notes should be strictly limited. They should be numbered serially and included at the end of the text prior to the references section. . We do not accept footnotes.

    7. Please make sure you insert page numbers into your manuscript.

    Book Reviews and Review Articles

    Review Articles
    1. Review articles commence with a title, 150 word abstract and 3-7 keywords in the same manner as a standard article.

    2. These are followed by the book(s) listed in the following way:
    Political Machines: Governing a Technological Society
    by Andrew Barry
    London and New York: Continuum, 2001, pp. 305, ISBN 0 485 00634 0,
    Pbk £16.99

    3. References to other publications should follow the TCS house style outlined earlier in this document.

    4. Notes should be kept to a minimum.

    5. Authors should add a brief biographical note (max. 100 words) in a separate document.

    Book Reviews
    For our full Website Review Guidelines, go to: http://theoryculturesociety.org/website-review-guidelines/

    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

    Images are encouraged and should be as clear and as high a resolution as possible; preferably at 300 dpi.

    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. 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 Reference style

    Theory, Culture & Society adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    To ensure that our referencing system is consistent with other Sage journals, TCS has now switched to the Harvard system (with the exception that we ask for full first names in the reference list).

    SAGE Harvard

    4.4.1. General 
    1. Initials should be used without spaces or full points. 
    2. Up to three authors may be listed. If more are provided, then list the first three authors and represent the rest by et al. Fewer authors followed by et al. is also acceptable.

    4.4.2. Text citations 
    1. All references in the text and notes must be specified by the authors’ last names and date of publication together with page numbers if given. 
    2. Do not use ibid., op. cit., infra., supra. Instead, show the subsequent citation of the same source in the same way as the first. 
    3. Where et al. is used in textual citations, this should always be upright, not italic. 
    4. Check that all periodical data are included – volume, issue and page numbers, publisher, place of publication, etc. 
    5. Journal titles should not be abbreviated in SAGE Harvard journal references

    Note the following for the style of text citations: 
    1. If the author’s name is in the text, follow with year in parentheses: 
    ... Author Last Name (year) has argued ... 
    2. If author’s name is not in the text, insert last name, comma and year: 
    ... several works (Author Last Name, year) have described ... 
    3. Where appropriate, the page number follows the year, separated by a colon: 
    ... it has been noted (Author Last Name, year: page nos) that ... 
    4. Where there are two authors, give both names, joined by ‘and’; if three or more authors, use et al.: 
    ... it has been stated (Author Last Name and Author Last Name, year) ... 
    ... some investigators (Author Last Name et al., year) ... 
    5. If there is more than one reference to the same author and year, insert a, b, etc. in both the text and the list: 
    ... it was described (Author Last Name, yeara, yearb) ... 
    6. Enclose within a single pair of parentheses a series of references, separated by semicolons: 
    ... and it has been noted (Author Last Name and Author Last Name, year; Author Last Name and Author Last Name, year; Author Last Name, year) ... 
    Please order alphabetically by author names. 
    7. If two or more references by the same author are cited together, separate the dates with a comma: 
    ... the author has stated this in several studies (Author Last Name, year, year, year, year) ... 
    Please start with the oldest publication. 
    8. Enclose within the parentheses any brief phrase associated with the reference: 
    ... several investigators have claimed this (but see Author Last Name, year: page nos–page nos) 
    9. For an institutional authorship, supply the minimum citation from the beginning of the complete reference: 
    ... a recent statement (Name of Institution, year: page nos) ... 
    ... occupational data (Name of Bureau or Institution, year: page nos) reveal ... 
    10. For authorless articles or studies, use the name of the magazine, journal, newspaper or sponsoring organization, and not the title of the article: 
    ... it was stated (Name of Journal, year) that ... 
    11. Citations from personal communications are not included in the reference list: 
    ... has been hypothesized (Name of Person Cited, year, personal communication).

    4.4.3. Reference list 
    Brown, John (2003) 
    Brown, Trevor and Yates, Paul (2003) 
    Brown, Wendy (2002) 
    Brown, Wendy (2003a) 
    Brown, Wendy (2003b) 
    Brown, Wendy and Jones, Michael (2003) 
    Brown, Wendy and Peters, Philip (2003) 
    Brown, Wendy, Hughes, John and Kent, Tom (2003a) 
    Brown, Wendy, Kent, Tom and Lewis, Steven (2003b)

    4.4.4. Reference styles 
    Book 
    Featherstone, Mike (2007) Consumer Culture and Postmodernism (Second Edition). London: Sage.

    Book chapter 
    Friedman, Jonathan (1988) Global crises, the struggle for cultural identity and intellectual porkbarrelling. In: Werbner, Pnina and Modood, Tariq (eds) Debating Cultural Hybridity. London: Zed Books.

    Journal article 
    Pieterse, Jan Nederveen (1997) Multiculturalism and museums: discourse and others in the age of globalization. Theory, Culture & Society 14(4): 23-46.

    Journal article published ahead of print 
    Beer, David and Burrows, Roger (2013) Popular culture, digital archives and the new social life of data. Theory, Culture & Society. Epub ahead of print 16 April 2013. DOI: 10.1177/0263276413476542.

    Website 
    National Center for Professional Certification (2002) Factors affecting organizational climate and retention. Available at:www.cwla.org./programmes/triechmann/2002fbwfiles(accessed 10 July 2010).

    Thesis/dissertation 
    Clark, James (2001) Referencing style for journals. PhD Thesis, University of Leicester, UK

    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

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Theory, Culture & Society is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs 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.

    To submit your paper, please follow these steps:

    1. Go to the TCS ManuscriptCentral website and login. If you are a new user you will need to create an account.

    2. Go to the Author Centre and click the link to submit a new manuscript.

    3. Make sure you select the correct manuscript type from the drop down menu.   Normally this will be a standard article.  

    4. In some cases it could be a review article, book review, notes& commentary piece interview, or contribution for Global Public Life or another special issue or section – please make your choice carefully.

    5. Only select the special issue or special section article or a named special issue designation from the menu, if you have been invited by the editor to contribute.

    If you have problems submitting your piece, please contact tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. 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 Revised papers

    1. If you are revising a paper for publication in TCS, please could you make sure that all changes to the original article are highlighted, and that you include the words 'FIRST REVISION' on the first page of the document (or 'SECOND REVISION', and so on). The pdf proof we produce and send to referees will automatically merge your revision and your original article, so that referees can easily compare the different versions. 

    2. The best way to highlight changes is to use the Microsoft (MS) Word facility which tracks changes. The ‘Track Changes’ facility can be found in the MS Word toolbar by clicking on ‘Tools’. This will enable deletions and new material to be visible to editors and will assist referees considering the revised version.  It will also help board members check that the requested revisions have been made.

    To maintain anonymity, please ensure that any changes made do not reveal your name, abbreviated or otherwise, in the automatic tags. To do this, go into the track changes function in MS Word and either ‘remove all tags’ to make changes anonymous, or change your user name to ‘Anon’ or ‘Author, for example’. 

    If you need any advice on using this facility, please contact the TCS Editorial Office at tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    If the revisions are too extensive for track changes to be appropriate, please highlight in yellow those sections of the text that have been revised the most extensively. 

    Revised papers will be reviewed again, normally by the original set of reviewers.

    3. When you upload the revised version of your paper via ManuscriptCentral, please make sure you hit the correct button (click the ‘create a revision’ link which appears next to your original submission) to designate it as a revised version.  This will add a new suffix to the paper’s code, R1 – e.g.  08-200-TCS.R1.  Should a second round of revisions be needed, again the revised paper button needs selecting and an R2 suffix will be given. You will need to include the words 'SECOND REVISION' on the first page of the document. 

    4. The refereeing process should again take around 3-4 months.

    6.2 Accepted with Minor Revisions

    1. All minor revisions to papers should be highlighted in the same manner described above for revised papers.  This will enable deletions and new material to be visible to editors and will assist referees considering the revised version.  It will also help board members check that the requested revisions have been made.

    2. AMR papers do not normally go back to the original referees, but are commented on by editorial board members and associate editors.

    3. When you upload the revised version of your paper via ManuscriptCentral, please make sure you hit the correct button (click the ‘create a revision’ link which appears next to your original submission) to designate it as a revised version. This will add a new suffix to the paper’s code, R1 – e.g.  08-200-TCS.R1.  Should a second round of revisions be needed, again the revised paper button needs selecting and an R2 suffix will be given.

    4. The refereeing process should take around 1-2 months. 

    6.3 Accepted Papers: Preparation of Manuscript for Publication

    1. Authors should email the final version of accepted papers to tcs@sagepub.co.uk and indicate in the accompanying note that it is the final accepted version.

    2. Authors should carefully check that the final version of their manuscript conforms to the TCS house style as specified in the Notes for Contributors. These can be found by hitting the Instructions and Forms button which is available on each page of the TCS Manuscript Central website.

    3. The final version needs to be formatted in double space, with endnotes and not footnotes.

    4. Notes for Contributors are also available inside the back cover of each copy of the Theory, Culture & Society journal.

    5. A short biographical note (max. 100 words) should be included at the end of the article (this time in the same document). 

    6. Authors should include their current postal address and email, as well as any anticipated changes for the next year.

    7. Provide emails giving written permission to reproduce illustrations from copyright holders. Hard copies of signed letters may be required in some instances.

    8. Provide good quality copies of illustrations. Please provide two sets of images: a black and white one for publication in the hard copy journal and a colour one for publication in the electronic version. Details can be found by pressing the Instructions and Forms button which is available on each page of the TCS Manuscript Central website. Images should be 300 dpi.

    9. Please make sure to number the images and indicate clearly where they should go in the text.

    10. Proofs will normally be sent out to contributors approximately 2 months after the issue goes to press. Publication will be a further 3 months later. Make sure to key in any anticipated changes of address in the required fields at the Authors Centre.

    11. Offprints. On publication authors will receive a downloadable version of their TCS piece, in PDF format, that can be resent 25 times, and contact authors will also receive a hard copy of the issue in which their paper is published.

    6.4 Key to Editorial Decision Categories

    ACCEPT: Your article has been accepted.

    AMR (ACCEPT WITH MINOR REVISIONS): Your article will be accepted upon satisfactory completion of minor revisions. The revised version of the article will not be sent for peer-review, but will be considered directly by the editorial board.

    REVISE: Your article must be revised and the revision sent again for peer-review (normally to the same set of referees) before it can be considered again by the editorial board. 

    RESUBMIT: Your article has not been accepted, but requires a radical rethinking and recasting, not just major changes.  You are encouraged to rethink the paper along the lines suggested and resubmit it as a new article. It will then be sent again for peer-review (normally to a new set of referees) before it can be considered again by the editorial board.

    REJECT: Your article has been rejected.

    6.5 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.

    6.6 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.7 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. Refereeing for Theory, Culture & Society

    If you’ve been invited to peer-review an article for TCS: 

    To access the paper you’ve agreed to review, you should log on to manuscript central and then click on ‘referee centre’.  The paper for review can be found under ‘Review and Score’. Please click on the ‘view details’ icon to the right of your paper. You will then be provided with ‘Instructions for Reviewers’. Please read these instructions carefully before submitting your report and completing your score sheet.

    If you’d like to become a referee for TCS: 

    We are always interested in people who would like to referee papers for the journal. We also welcome suggestions of people we could approach to be referees or contribute manuscripts to TCS. TCS manuscript central http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcs asks authors to submit papers with 3-7 keywords that we use to identify prospective referees from our referees’ database.  If you are interested in becoming a referee please take a look at the keywords list and email some keywords to us which best reflect your interests along with a short CV and details of your current work.

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    8 Further Information

    8.1 Feedback/Correspondence

    We welcome your views on all aspects of Theory, Culture & Society  

    The quality of the journal depends upon a wide network of editors, associates, referees and readers. We are interested in broadening our network at all times.

    We welcome offers to review books and act as a referee for TCS papers.  

    We are also interested in suggestions for special issues and books.

    TCS is also involved in a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the interaction between editors, contributors, referees and readers.  Details of these can be found at the TCS website: http://theoryculturesociety.org

    General queries about the journal can be dealt with more easily and rapidly by contacting Susan Manthorpe at tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    8.2 Contacts

    Mike Featherstone – Editor-in-Chief tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    Couze Venn – Managing Editor & Reviews Editor tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    Scott Lash – Special Issues Editor tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    Ryan Bishop and John Phillips – Global Public Life Editors tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    Simon Dawes – Editorial Projects and Website Manager tcsedprojects@sagepub.co.uk

    Susan Manthorpe  – Editorial Assistant tcs@sagepub.co.uk

    Theory, Culture & Society is now based at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. 

    TCS Website: http://theoryculturesociety.org

    This provides a range of extra material for the journals Theory, Culture & Society and Body & Society, including: interviews, video-clips and podcasts with established scholars, authors and issue editors. There is also a section on key theorists and a glossary of the latest theoretical concepts.

    To subscribe to TCS, please visit: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsSubscribe.nav?prodId=Journal200853

    For details of our companion journal, Body & Society, please visit: http://bod.sagepub.com/

    Updated February 2016

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