ISA Digital Publications


“Living Social Science” – a new concept

Aims and Scope

Sociopedia.isa is an online journal that publishes review articles in the social sciences. Entries provide a 'state-of-the-art' review of the literature on a particular topic. Sociopedia.isa provides 'living social science' as peer-reviewed articles are published quickly after being accepted. In addition, entries are regularly updated and can be commented on. Since 2013, the 8-10 best entries of Sociopedia.isa are included in the annual review issue of Current Sociology.

Sociopedia.isa was founded in 2010 as a joint venture of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and SAGE. Since its foundation, Sociopedia.isa has published more than fifty entries on a variety of topics. Some of these entries were also published in French and/or Spanish and/or commented on. The first batch of publications was updated in 2013.

ISSN: 2056-8460


Sociopedia Colloquium

Sociopedia Colloquium compliments the regular Sociopedia entry by carefully pinpointing key debates in the social sciences and inviting scholars to participate through lead articles and accompanying critical commentaries.

In this regard, Sociopedia Colloquium offers on-line readers a cutting-edge interactive platform that explores future avenues of scholarly research. Sociopedia Colloquium invites a scholar who will present a critical overview of a globally debated field in sociology, or an overview of a lesser-known continental or regional debate that is germane for a worldwide readership.

The lead contribution will offer, through a series of scholarly reflections, new innovative interpretations, understandings and clarifications within a given arena of research. Several commentators will be invited, in advance of publication, to respond to the Sociopedia Colloquium lead article. After publication, the lead author will be invited to respond to his or her interlocutors.

A special Sociopedia Colloquium on-line responsa section will be created to further promote interactive exchanges between readers, the lead contributor and his/her commentators. Sociopedia Colloquium encourages empirical and theoretical debates.