“To inspire social scientists with the depth that sociological classics provide and to enrich current work with their ideas and facts, forgotten or never appropriated, it is essential to maintain access to those texts. The steady supply of articles on classic authors and their themes that the Journal of Classical Sociology provides offers a unique resource for renewing our engagement with those treasures. I learn something of value from every issue.” Donald N. Levine, University of Chicago
"Through a judicious use of individual essays, special issues, and wide-ranging reviews of works published at home and abroad, the Journal of Classical Sociology has established itself as a premier journal of social thought. It offers fresh readings and interpretations of classical sociologists as well as of their actuality to grasp contemporary intellectual debates and currents. In an age of globalization, JCS provides indispensable materials for relating the past to the present." Edward A. Tiryakian, Duke University
"The Journal of Classical Sociology has established itself as an essential resource for sociologists committed to building on the achievements of their predecessors... a must for all serious sociologists." The Times Higher Education Supplement
Journal of Classical Sociology is an essential resource that focuses on international contributions to the classical tradition. The journal elucidates the origins of sociology and also demonstrates how the classical tradition renews the sociological imagination in the present day.
The journal is a critical but constructive reflection on the roots and formation of sociology from the Enlightenment to the 21st century.
Journal of Classical Sociology promotes discussions of early social theory, such as Hobbesian contract theory, through the 19th- and early 20th- century classics associated with the thought of Comte, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Veblen. Pareto and Mosca, through to contemporary work, such as network theory and transformations in social systems theory.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
The Journal of Classical Sociology publishes peer-reviewed, cutting-edge articles that will command general respect within the academic community. The aim of the Journal of Classical Sociology is to demonstrate scholarly excellence in the study of the sociological tradition. The journal elucidates the origins of sociology and also demonstrates how the classical tradition renews the sociological imagination in the present day. The journal is a critical but constructive reflection on the roots and formation of sociology from the Enlightenment to the 21st century.
The Journal of Classical Sociology promotes discussions of early social theory, such as Hobbesian contract theory, through the 19th- and early 20th-century classics associated with the thought of Comte, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Veblen. Pareto and Mosca, through to contemporary work, such as network theory and transformations in social systems theory.
The Journal of Classical Sociology publishes papers that explore the intellectually contested nature of social theory. Although sociology is the primary focus of the journal, inter-disciplinary contributions — for instance, from psychoanalysis, economics, political theory, anthropology and cultural studies — are welcome. The Journal of Classical Sociology features special review articles on key thinkers and debates. In addition, it publishes extended review articles to encourage critical discussion of newly published work.
|Jeffrey C. Alexander
|Yale University, USA
|New School for Social Research, USA
|University of Warwick, UK
|École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France
|University of California, Berkeley, USA
|University of California, Berkeley, USA
|Berggruen Institute, USA, Global Distinguished Professor at NYU, Centennial Professor at LSE, UK
|University of Cambridge, UK / University of Southern California, USA / Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia), Spain / EHESS and University of Paris X, Nanterre, France
|Jean L. Cohen
|Columbia University in the City of New York, USA
|New School for Social Research, USA, and Collège d'études mondiales, Paris, France
|University of California, Los Angeles, USA
|J W Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
|Martin E. Jay
|University of California, Berkeley, USA
|Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
|New York University, USA
|University of California, Los Angeles, USA
|Newcastle University, UK
|London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
|Cornell University, USA
|McGill University, Quebec, Canada
|Edward A. Tiryakian
|Duke University, USA
|University of Florida, USA
|University of California, USA
|Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
|Lingnan University, Hong Kong
|Cambridge University, UK
|Australian Catholic University, Australia
|University of Potsdam, Germany
|University of Heidelberg, Germany
|Chad Alan Goldberg
|University of Wisconsin-Madison
|Boston University, USA
|University of British Columbia, Canada
|Augustana College, USA
|University of Virginia, USA
|The Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
|University College Dublin, Ireland
|Monmouth University, USA
|Lethbridge University, Canada
|Wayne State University, USA
|University of East London, UK
|City, University of London, UK
|Pennsylvania State University, USA
|University of Portsmouth, UK
|Robert A. Stones
|University of Western Sydney, Australia
|Marianne Weber Institute, Germany
|University of Western Sydney, Australia
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Classical Sociology
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/csj to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Classical Sociology will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Journal of Classical Sociology may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy. If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplemental material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 Sage Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Classical Sociology, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
The Journal of Classical Sociology publishes original research papers that are accepted subject to peer review.
The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
All articles go through a pre-review process when the editors assess whether the article is appropriate mainly in terms of content to be reviewed for the journal. We aim to have three reviewers per article. We seek to provide sound scholarly advice to authors giving detailed reasons for acceptance or rejection. Most articles that appear in the journal have been revised in the light of reviewers’ comments. We provide a list each year of external reviewers. We seek reviewers who are not Board members and who are recognized experts in their field.
The Journal encourages submission of papers from all and any of the relevant social and cultural disciplines, all papers should, however, have a methodological focus, with reference to empirical research. The manuscript should be sent as an attachment to an email to the Managing Editor.
Covering letter: please attach to every submission a letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.
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, or a department chair who provided only general support.
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.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
• Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
• Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
• Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
2.3.2 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Journal of Classical Sociology requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Journal of Classical Sociology encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.
2.6 Research data
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.
Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
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.
Journal of Classical 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
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 the Sage Author Gateway.
Journal of Classical Sociology offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.
The Journal of Classical Sociology does not currently accept supplemental files.
Journal of Classical Sociology adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. View the Sage Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Journal of Classical Sociology is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/csj 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.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.
Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of Classical Sociology editorial office as follows:
Dr Simon Susen
Reader in Sociology
Editor of the Journal of Classical Sociology
Department of Sociology
City, University of London
London, EC1R 0JD
Tel: (0) 20 7040 4555