Sociology Compass has expanded its scope to publish original research alongside its renowned program of state-of-the-art review articles.
Under its new scope, the journal has a mission to help researchers advance their careers and advance the discipline by showcasing timely and important sociological research to a wide audience. The journal welcomes submissions of empirical, theoretical, and methodological articles across the full spectrum of sociology, including, but not limited to the following topics: gender, class, social mobility, globalization, inequality, education, identity, state, family, race and Ethnicity, religion, citizenship, consumption, human rights, work and occupation, policy, economics, crime, politics, and community. We welcome replication studies and confirmatory work.
At the heart of an engaged and diverse community
Sociology Compass has an excellent reputation for publishing lively and high-quality review articles to engage research and teaching faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. We encourage submissions from those that are underrepresented in academia, due to race, ethnicity, gender identity, disability, or other protected characteristics. We encourage all Sociology Compass authors to engage with and cite sources by scholars and other writers from groups which are often excluded or marginalized within academia.
A positive publishing experience for authors
Sociology Compass is an author friendly journal. We support all members of the sociology community to get their research published, by looking for reasons to publish, via a supportive peer review process. We offer free format submission for primary research papers and work within a family of high impact journals at Wiley that want to find a home for an author’s article as quickly as possible. If you have good research in sociology, we will help you get published.
Valuing good research practice
Research should be cumulative. If research is good, the methods are sound and the conclusions are evidence based, we want to help share them. Concerns regarding novelty and significance are not reasons for us to reject good research practice. In line with this, there are no limits on the size of the primary research section of Sociology Compass.
A network of high impact journals
Sociology Compass participates in the Wiley Sociology and Social Welfare Transfer Network, the aim of which is to alleviate some of the frustrations researchers face when submitting to journals, and help authors find a home for their research quickly and painlessly. After months of hard work, the submission process should be as seamless as possible. Transfer networks can eliminate the need to search for suitable journals to submit to, reformat manuscripts, and go through peer review multiple times.
The journals participating in Wiley’s Sociology and Social Welfare Publishing Network include British Journal of Sociology, Sociology of Health Illness, Symbolic Interaction, The Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, Children & Society, Sociological Inquiry, International Social Science Journal, Canadian Review of Sociology, Sociologia Ruralis, Rural Sociology, Journal of Historical Sociology, Child & Family Social Work, and International Journal of Social Welfare. The network also extends to key related titles in public health, social policy, social psychology and education.
Our vision for sociology at Wiley is to publish robust research which responds and contributes towards matters of global social significance. Impact means many things and cannot be gauged by the single measure of citations in a two-year window. Impact happens in terms of changes to policy, social media attention, level and diversity of readership, furthering the careers of authors, as well as citations.
We aspire to lead in open research practices
Wiley is committed to leading in open research practices, enabling academic research and data to be accessible to all levels of society. We recognise the value of openness in research and are keen to be a first adopter of open practices. Open practices enable faster collaboration, and greater transparency and recognition in the research process. We believe that all researchers in the research process should be valued and acknowledged, particularly early career researchers. Examples of open research practices include data sharing policies and transparency in peer review. For more details about specific journal publishing practices and processes, visit the journal website and authors guidelines pages.
How to submit
To submit your research to Sociology Compass, under Editor-in-Chief of Dr Ali Meghji, see our Original Article Guidelines.
Sociology Compass continues to publish outstanding Review Articles under Editors-in-Chief Dr Rebecca Kissane and Dr Julie Kmec, and a team of Section Editors. For guidelines on how to contribute to the Reviews section, see the Reviews Author Guidelines.
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