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"At a time when many are buried in narrow crevices of knowledge, Critical Sociology has the boldness and courage to take on the ‘big questions’. For those who would break out of the straitjacket of the methodological imperative Critical Sociology is a necessary and vital forum for alternative ideas." Stanley Aronowitz, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA
"Critical Sociology provides in-depth symposia and challenging articles on current issues in mainstream and critical sociological inquiry." Robert Perrucci, Past President of SSSP and Professor of Sociology, Purdue University, USA
"Critical Sociology offers a much-needed forum for research on alternatives to our capitalist/racist system that isn't cautiously concerned with pleasing the establishment. Thank goodness it exists!" Edna Bonacich, Chair of the Political Economy of the World System section of ASA, and Professor of Sociology, University of California, Riverside, USA
"Without critique sociology is lost, and Critical Sociology delivers this in spades - it is a pillar of our discipline." Michael Burawoy, Past President of ASA, and Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, USA
"Publishing insightful and careful work from left perspectives, including those of feminists, Critical Sociology is an essential scholarly resource for sociologists and others committed to knowledge that helps to confront pervasive societal problems." Joan Acker, recipient of the ASA Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award and the ASA Jessie Bernard Award, and Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon, USA
"Critical Sociology continues in its great tradition of bringing new ideas to the forefront and keeping the mainstream on its toes." G. William Domhoff, Research Professor in Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Critical Sociology is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research. For over three decades Critical Sociology has been a leading voice of sociological analysis from a political economy perspective. This journal is a must for sociologists and anyone else seeking to understand the most pressing issues of the day as they are informed by race, class and gender.
Originally published as the Insurgent Sociologist, formed as a result of the social action of the 1960s "Sociology Liberation Movement" which erupted at the 1969 meetings of the American Sociological Association, Critical Sociology has been committed to publishing scholarship from a Marxist, post-Marxist, Feminist, and other critical perspectives. Its current editorial mission is to encourage scholarship that seeks to understand contemporary Capitalist society.
Today the journal remains one of the few sources of critical research on a wide range of topics within sociology, and increasingly from an international perspective. Recent articles on globalization, economic development, religion, the environment, labor movements, social policy, and the sociology of work reflect the journal's commitment to a broad range of topics, all linked by common goals of critically examining how society functions and of exploring the potential for progressive social change.
In addition, special issues and thematic symposia enable Critical Sociology to engage in a discussion about contemporary issues through groundbreaking and important new scholarship. Recent examples include:
- The Labor Movement in a New Globalized Environment, 2000 (26:1/2)
- Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, 2002 (28:1/2)
- Gender, Globalization and Work Restructuring, 2004 (30:1)
- Culture, Power and History, 2004 (30:2)
- Religion and Marxism, 2005 (31:1/2)
- Public Sociology, 2005 (31:3)
- Neo-liberal Crises and the Resurgent Left in Latin America, 2006 (32:1)
- Racism and Anti-Racism, 2006 (32:2/3)
- Patterns of Work and Organization in Germany, 2007 (33:1/2)
Critical Sociology is an international peer reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research. The journal seeks to engage and promote critical thinking by publishing articles from all perspectives broadly defined as falling within the boundaries of critical or radical social science. Originally appearing as The Insurgent Sociologist, it grew out of the tumultuous times of the late 1960s and was a by-product of the "Sociology Liberation Movement" which erupted at the 1969 meetings of the American Sociological Association. At first publishing work mainly within the broadest boundaries of the Marxist tradition, over the past decade the journal has been home to articles informed by post-modern, feminist, cultural and other perspectives that critically evaluate the workings of the capitalist system and its impact on the world. The journal is a platform for scholars whose work explores the relationship between race, gender and class in their quest for a deeper understanding of society writ large. It will continue in this fashion in order to preserve its position as one of a select few "alternative" journals having widespread recognition and respect within the world of social science scholarship.
|Robert Barrios||Southern Illinois University, USA|
|Eric Bonds||University of Mary Washington, USA|
|Melanie E. Bush||Adelphi University|
|Rodney Coates||Miami University of Ohio, USA|
|Waverly Duck||University of Pittsburgh|
|David Embrick||University of Connecticut, USA|
|Brian Gareau||Boston College, USA|
|Anna Guevarra||University of Illonois at Chicago, USA|
|Leontina Hormel||University of Idaho, USA|
|Dan Krier||Iowa State University, USA|
|Lauren Langman||Loyola University, Chicago, USA|
|Lisa Martinez||University of Denver, USA|
|Paul Paolucci||Eastern Kentucky University, USA|
|Jean-Pierre Reed||Southern Illinois University, USA|
|George Sanders||Oakland University, USA|
|Manjusha Sasidharan Nair||George Mason University, USA|
|Robert Mark Silverman||University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA|
|David Norman Smith||University of Kansas, USA|
|Alan Spector||Purdue University Calumet, USA|
|Edna Bonacich||University of California, Riverside, USA|
|Rose Brewer||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Val Burris||University of Oregon, USA|
|Chris Chase-Dunn||University of California at Riverside, USA|
|Richard Flacks||University of California, Santa Barbara, USA|
|Martha Gimenez||University of Colorado (Emeritus), USA|
|Martin Hart-Landsberg||Lewis and Clark College, USA|
|Andrew Jorgenson||University of Utah, USA|
|Walda Katz-Fishman||Howard University, USA|
|Jerry Lembcke||College of the Holy Cross, USA|
|Rhonda F. Levine||Colgate University, USA|
|Martin Murray||University of Michigan, USA|
|Marty Oppenheimer||Rutgers University (Emeritus), USA|
|Fred L Pincus||University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA|
|Erik Olin Wright||University of Wisconsin, USA|
|José Bell Lara||FLACSO-Cuba, University of Havana, Cuba|
|Guglielmo Carchedi||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Penelope Ciancanelli||University of Strathclyde, UK- Retired, UK|
|Raewyn Connell||University of Sydney, Australia- Retired|
|Víctor M. Figueroa||Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico|
|Alfredo Saad Filho||SOAS, University of London, UK|
|Christian Fuchs||Westminster University, UK|
|Marco A. Gandásegui, Jr.||University of Panama and CELA, Panama|
|Karin Gottschall||University of Bremen, Germany|
|Ruri Ito||Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan|
|Bob Jessop||Lancaster University, UK|
|Rebecca King-O'Riain||National University of Ireland, Kildare, Ireland|
|Michael Löwy||Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France|
|Julien Mercille||University College Dublin, Ireland|
|Leo Panitch||York University, Canada|
|Dorothy Smith||University of Victoria, Canada|
|Teivo Teivainen||San Marcos University, Peru and University of Helsinki, Finland|
|Göran Therborn||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Sylvia Walby||City, University of London, UK|
|Shen Yuan||Tsinghua University, China|
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/Critical-Sociology 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 Critical Sociology will be reviewed.
Critical Sociology prefers Book Review Essays and not simple Book Reviews. Any questions or suggestions, and all submissions of review essays, should be directed to the Book Review Editor.
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.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
2.7 Clinical trials
2.8 Reporting guidelines
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 Book Reviews and Review Essays
4.6 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- 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
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Critical Sociology, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Critical Sociology publishes original research from a political economy perspective seeking to understand the most pressing issues of the day informed by race, class and gender. These articles seek to understand contemporary Capitalist society, all linked by common goals of critically examining how society functions and exploring the potential for progressive social change.
- Articles: Theoretically informed analysis of contemporary issues.
- Review Essays: These can be about a single book (which must be very significant to warrant this much attention), about several books, or ‘state-of-the-art’ articles placed in a larger context.
- Book Reviews: A list of up-to-date books for review is available from the Journal's Book Reviews Manager.
Articles are generally restricted to a maximum of 8,000 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 should make the required deletions prior to submitting the article. Review Essays are generally kept to no more than 5,000 words, and Book Reviews are capped at 1,500 words. Articles are peer reviewed while Review Essays and Book Reviews are reviewed by the journal’s book review editor.
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.
Critical Sociology 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; a editorial decision is generally made within (eg) 4-6 weeks of submission.
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.
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.
Critical Sociology 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.
Critical Sociology encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, Critical Sociology encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.
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.
Critical Sociology 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.
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.
Critical Sociology 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.
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.
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.
This journal does not currently accept supplementary files.
Critical Sociology adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style, with an exception to style regarding citing US publications. References citing US publications should include the 2-letter US state acronym for the publisher. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
For Book Reviews, please avoid using endnotes and/or footnotes. Essential textual notes are indicated by a superscript Arabic numeral placed after the punctuation. All textual notes should be collected and placed after the text and before the reference section. For Review Essays, please suggest up to five keywords. Ideally a review of 1 book should be about 1200-1500 words in length, and a Review Essay 3500-5000 words. Review Essays should also include an Abstract. Follow SAGE house style in writing dates and listing references. Book Reviews and Review Essays must include complete bibliographical information of each item under review at the beginning of the manuscript; for example:
Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia, by Brendan Simms.
London: Penguin, 2001. 496pp. £18.99 (cloth). ISBN: 0713994258.
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.
Critical Sociology is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/Critical-Sociology 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.
Book Reviews should be sent directly to the Book Review Editor, Travis Linnemann at: Travis.Linnemann@eku.edu
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final 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.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Critical Sociology editorial office as follows:
David Fasenfest, Editor, at: email@example.com