Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Current Sociology Current Sociology

  1. Peer review policy
  2. Article types
  3. How to submit your manuscript
  4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
  5. 4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
  6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
  7. Other conventions
  8. Acknowledgments
    7.1 Funding acknowledgement
  9. Permissions
  10. Manuscript style
    9.1 File types
    9.2 Journal style
    9.3 Reference style
    9.4 Manuscript preparation
    9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    9.4.5 English language editing services
  11. After acceptance
    10.1 Proofs
    10.2 E-Prints and complimentary copies
    10.3 SAGE production
  12. Further information

Current Sociology is a fully peer-reviewed, international journal that publishes original research and innovative critical commentary both on current debates within sociology as a developing discipline, and the contribution that sociologists can make to understanding and influencing current issues arising in the development of modern societies in a globalizing world.

Contributions may be submitted in English, French or Spanish or other languages for which it is possible to identify suitable reviewers. However, the articles will be published only in English, with extended abstracts in French and Spanish. Contributors whose papers are accepted for publication are responsible for providing the final version in English


1. Peer review policy

All papers submitted to Current Sociology are acknowledged quickly and reviewed as rapidly as possible. They are initially scrutinised by the editor who decides whether they meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal. Those papers that pass this initial scrutiny are sent out to referees who are carefully selected on the basis of their expertise in the themes of the paper. All papers undergo double-blind refereeing. Normally, at least two referees are used. In the case of special issues of the journal, the invited editor shares the responsibility of administering the double blind refereeing process, using at least two referees for each paper, and submits names of the referees to the journal editor. Also in this case, papers should be submitted through SAGE Track.

In the case of papers specifically invited by the journal editor (for example, to participate in a dialogue), either one or two referees will be used. Once suitable referees are identified and accept the commission, they are normally asked to reply within a month. The editor�s target for an initial response to authors of papers that have been sent out to referees is three months, although this cannot be guaranteed in every case. Authors may contact the editor at any time for information on the progress or status of their papers.

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2. Article types

Current Sociology publishes peer-reviewed articles in all areas of sociology - theories, methods, concepts, substantive research, and national/regional developments of interest to sociologists internationally.

The journal is also soliciting articles reviewing emergent and challenging issues: substantive, conceptual, theoretical, and methodological. Its interest will be specifically in developments and controversies in fields and areas of sociological inquiry.

Current Sociology Monograph Issues of SSIS Series

CS monograph issues: these were introduced in 2001, as two extra issues per year of the journal Current Sociology; they highlight themes structuring the discipline in original and novel ways. Each issue has single or joint guest editor(s), and presents a selection of papers reflecting global concerns and critical debates within and outside ISA's Research and National Associational networks and conferences; the papers should include a strong introduction and/or conclusion exploring and developing the theme of the issue.

CS monograph issues are published in English and should include abstracts in French and Spanish. Each monograph issue is typically of 90,000 words including references; abstracts with translations, contributors list etc. and will therefore be approximately 72,000 words of actual text. Editor(s) may like to have short and long papers to ensure the maximum word length as mentioned above.

For the initial refereeing process, proposals should contain:

  • Brief Synopsis: (1000-2000 words) describing the main features of the book. A chapter by chapter synopsis is preferable.
  • Table of Contents: Please also provide the names and affiliations of the contributors.
  • Competing Titles: Please list those books currently in print which could be competing with yours.

All monograph proposals are refereed by the Editorial Board (made up of ISA Research Committee Presidents and National Association EC Members) and the series editor. Editor/s will be informed within three months of the outcome of the refereeing process.
The final manuscript will be accepted on the basis of a successful review by experts in the field. In order to ensure that the monograph issue has rigour and scientific quality of high order we would encourage editors to take the assistance of experts in assessing the papers that they are inviting and submitting the final manuscript for review.

Proposals should be submitted to:

Professor Sujata Patel
Editor: SSIS (CS Monograph Issues and SSIS Book Series)
Department of Sociology
University of Hyderabad
Hyderabad 500 046 INDIA
Tel: +91-40-3213 3261
Fax: +91-2301 1088

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3. How to submit your manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Current Sociology is hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne� Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

Proposals for monograph issues should be submitted to Professor Sujata Patel (

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4. 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.

Current Sociology 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 with 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 the 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.

4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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5. 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. Childhood 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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6. Other conventions

None applicable.

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7. 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.

7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Childhood additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:

This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx].

Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].

In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:

This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Please include this information under a separate heading entitled “Funding” directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

For more information on the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers, please visit:

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8. 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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9. Manuscript style

9.1 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 Microsoft Word or RTF.

9.2 Journal Style
Current Sociology conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

9.3 Reference Style
Current Sociology adheres to the 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.

9.4. Manuscript Preparation
Standard length of papers is 6-8000 words including, abstract, text, appendices, footnotes and references. 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.

9.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
An abstract of 100-200 words and 3-5 keywords should also be provided. 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.

9.4.2 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.

9.4.3 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.

9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
Current Sociology does not currently accept supplemental files

9.4.5 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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10. After acceptance

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

10.2 E-Prints

SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit

10.3 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 Current Sociology with SAGE. 

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11. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

Elo�sa Mart�n (Editor)

Sujata Patel (Editor � CS Monograph Issues and SSIS Book Series)
Department of Sociology
University of Hyderabad
Hyderabad 500 046 INDIA

Tel: +91-40-3213 3261
Fax: +91-2301 1088

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