ISA Journals

Guidelines for Contributors

International Sociology has a fully web-based system for the submission and review of  manuscripts. All submissions should be made online at the International Sociology SAGETRACK Website.

If you would like advice on the online submission process, please contact

Articles and reviews for the International Sociology Review of Books should be submitted electronically to

Contributions may be submitted in English, French, Spanish or other languages for which it is possible to identify suitable reviewers However, the articles will be published only in English.

  1. International Sociology adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. All submissions are reviewed initially by the Editor and only those papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review. Papers which exceed the maximum word length of 8,000 words, or which appear to be in early draft form, will not be reviewed.
  2. Contributions are considered for publication only with the understanding that they are not simultaneously under consideration elsewhere in English, original work of the author(s), and that any previous form of publication and any current consideration in other languages are disclosed. Authors assign copyright to the International Sociological Association.
  3. Standard length of papers is 6-8000 words including, abstract, text, appendices, footnotes and references, but shorter contributions are also welcomed. They should be typed, double spaced with margins of 3 cm.
  4. All papers should be submitted electronically via the International Sociology SAGETRACK If you are unable to submit an electronic version please contact the mailing address below.
  5. Title, Author’s name, full address and brief biographical note will be required, with an abstract of 150 words and about 5 key words. To ensure as wide a readership as possible for the article authors are encouraged to use titles, keywords  and text in the abstract which avoid jargon and give a clear indication of the content and contribution of the paper.
  6. Spelling should be consistent within the paper.
  7. Tables should be numbered and cited in numerical order in the text.  Appendix tables are numbered as A1, A2, etc. Titles of tables should identify the table clearly and as briefly as possible and be unique from other table titles. Any explanatory material (e.g. sample size) should be placed in a ‘note’ at the bottom of the table or within the table itself. When creating tables, do not use tabs or spaces or break contents of a cell across multiple cells. Column headings should identify the column as briefly as possible. Footnotes to Tables should only contain useful information about the table such as definitions of abbreviations used. If relevant, tables may also have a separate note labelled as ‘source(s)’ used in construction the table. Notes indicating the standard levels of significance in statistical tables should use asterisks. Decimal and other  numbers should be given in the standard English format such as 5.7% or 10,000.
  8. Figures, maps and diagrams should be precisely and boldly drawn to permit photographic reproduction. Use single quotation marks (except for quotes within quotes). In case of quotations, referencing in the text should be as follows: (Smith, 1995:234).
  9. Notes should appear at the end of the text directly after the text and before the references.
  10. References are presented in a separate Reference section. For details on referencing please see the website:
  11. Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permission for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations published elsewhere. Upon publication authors receive proofs of their articles, pdf offprints of the published version and one copy of the journal.