ISA journals

Call for new editor

The present Editor of Current Sociology, Eloisa Martin, will complete her term of service at the end of June, 2017. The ISA is now seeking expressions of interest for this position. The new editor will take on responsibilities from July, 2017 for a term of three years with the possibility of renewal. Below is further information on the journal, on the tasks associated with the editorship and instructions on how to indicate your interest in the position.

Current Sociology, an official journal of the International Sociological Association, is one of the most widely cited sociology journals in the world. Published four times a year (in English with abstracts in Spanish and in French), Current Sociology is fully peer-reviewed and publishes original research and innovative critical commentary both on current debates within sociology as a developing discipline, and on the contribution that sociologists can make to understanding and influencing issues arising in the development of societies in a globalizing world. In recent years, there have also been occasional special ‘themed sub-sections’ and ‘dialogues’ within the regular/general issues. Papers are submitted by sociologists from every continent.

Note: Submissions in languages other than English (preferably in the official languages of the ISA, but not exclusively) must be accompanied by title and abstract in English. Such submissions are encouraged on the understanding that the process of refereeing and guiding the translation of non-English submissions will probably lengthen the period of time necessary for the refereeing procedure and extend the period of time that will elapse before decisions can be taken on acceptance or rejection.

The Editor's Role

  1. The editor should have a vision of the kinds of themes and debates that reflect the dynamic developments of the ISA and contribute to the advancement of sociology today. His / her main responsibility is managing the receipt and review process with the help of an Editorial Board made up of well-known sociologists from different continents, and compiling the issues of CS.

There are a number of specific tasks related to this responsibility.

  • Reading submissions to check that they are worthy of being considered for refereeing;*
  • Sending articles to referees and tracking their reviews;
  • Corresponding with authors about revisions / rejection / acceptance;
  • Ensuring that authors keep to agreed timetables of work;
  • Checking manuscript submissions when final copy is received;
  • Compiling each issue of the journal in accordance with his / her best judgment;
  • Dealing with the publisher's deadlines for receipt of copy;
  • Updating the Editorial Board every three years.

    *If the abstract of a submission in a language other than English is promising, the editor, with the help of the editorial board, the VP Publications, and / or the ISA secretariat, will seek suitable referees in the language of the submission; will correspond with the author, and will see to the process of translation into English. If the article is accepted for publication, translation will be the responsibility of the writer; but the ISA will offer support.
  1. For the annual meetings of the Publications Committee and the Executive Committee, the editor is responsible for
  • preparing a report on the publication's activities; 
  • presenting an annual budget based on financial records of income from the ISA and expenditures on secretarial assistance, office expenses, etc.

Distribution and Marketing

All matters concerning sales, distribution and marketing are handled by Sage Publications and the ISA Secretariat.

Expressions of interest

Should be submitted by January 31, 2017 to Vineeta Sinha, ISA Vice-President for Publications (socvs@nus.edu.sg), with a copy to ISA Secretariat (isa@isa-sociology.org).

In preparing the expression of interest, please include:

  • an updated CV;
  • a summary of your experience relevant to the editorship;
  • ideas for further developing Current Sociology;
  • information on the kind / level of support your institution will give you in undertaking the role of Editor;
  • a letter of confirmation from your chair or other appropriate university authority

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