Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Acta Sociologica Acta Sociologica

  1. Peer review policy
  2. Article types
  3. How to submit your manuscript
  4. Publishing Policies
    4.1 Publication ethics
    4.1.1 Plagiarism
  5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
  6. 51 SAGE Choice
  7. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
  8. Other conventions
  9. Acknowledgments
    8.1 Funding acknowledgement
  10. Permissions
  11. Manuscript style
    10.1 File types
    10.2 Journal style
    10.3 Reference style
    10.4 Manuscript preparation
    10.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
    10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    10.4.5 English language editing services
  12. After acceptance
    11.1 Proofs
    11.2 E-Prints
    11.3 SAGE production
  13. Further information

Acta Sociologica welcomes high-quality theoretical and empirical papers in all areas of sociology, in the form of full-length original articles (including meta-analyses and reviews of fields of research), as well as book reviews and comments to previously published articles. Articles that present research comparing Nordic countries with one another or with other countries are particularly welcome. Maximum total length for original research articles is 8000 words, but shorter contributions are welcome. Book reviews and comments should preferably not exceed 1000 words.


1. Peer review policy

The journal operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer's name is withheld from the author and the author's name from the reviewer. The reviewers may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review, but our standard practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Decisions on manuscripts will be taken as rapidly as possible and generally within three months. Papers that are not considered to be within the scope of the journal or that clearly do not meet its scientific and editorial standards will not be sent for outside review.

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2. Article types

  1. Original research articles. Maximum total length is 8000 words, but shorter contributions are welcome.
  2. Book reviews and comments. These should preferably not exceed 1000 words.

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3. How to submit your manuscript

All papers must be submitted via the online system:

If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account
. Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the ‘Online Help’ button at the top right of every screen. 

If you have any questions, please use this e-mail address:

Address for ordinary mail: Acta Sociologica, Department of Social Research, Assistentinkatu 7, 20014 University of Turku, Finland.

Books for review and manuscripts of book reviews should be sent to Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Acta Sociologica, Department of Social Research, Assistentinkatu 7, 20014 University of Turku, Finland.

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4. Publishing policies

4.1 Publication ethics

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

4.1.1 Plagiarism

Acta Sociologica 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

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5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

5.1 SAGE Choice

If you wish your article to be freely available online immediately upon publication (as some funding bodies now require), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer reviewing procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. For further information, please visit SAGE Choice.

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6. Declaration of conflicting interests

Within your Journal Contributor's Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Acta Sociologica does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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7. Other conventions

None applicable.

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8. Acknowledgements

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.

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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

8.1 Funding Acknowledgement

To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Acta Sociologica additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

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9. Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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10. Manuscript style

10.1 File types

Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork below.

10.2 Journal Style

Acta Sociologica conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

10.3 Reference Style

Acta Sociologica operates a SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you've done this, open EndNote and choose 'Select Another Style...' from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

10.4. Manuscript Preparation

The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.
In addition to the main text each manuscript should contain:

(i) Title page with full title and subtitle (if any). For the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full address/phone/fax/email details plus short biographical note
(50-100 words) should be supplied on a separate sheet.
(ii) Abstract of 150-200 words
(iii) 5-8 key words
(iv) Word count - maximum length for original research articles is 8000 words including the main text, references, endnotes and possible appendices. Shorter contributions are also welcome.
(v) End notes should be kept to a minimum and should be signalled by superscript numbers in the main text and listed at the end of the text before the references
(vi) References should be cited in the text as (author, year: page) with an alphabetical references section following the text.

10.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE's Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

10.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE's Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

10.4.5 English Language Editing services

Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit for further information.

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11. After acceptance           

11.1 Proofs

We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

11.2 E-Prints

SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article once it has been included within an issue. For further information please visit

11.3 SAGE Production

At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Acta Sociologica with SAGE.

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12. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:
Acta Sociologica, Department of Social Research, Assistentinkatu 7, 20014 University of Turku, Finland,

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