FOOTNOTES April 2001
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Contexts Invites Ideas

Contexts, ASA’s new general perspectives journal (inaugural issue anticipated in early 2002), solicits ideas for both feature stories and short “Discoveries” notes. When proposals are accepted, editors will work with authors to develop articles that are both scholarly in substance and engaging to nonspecialists. Ideas that have broad appeal across sociology, the social sciences, and other interested publics are encouraged. To submit an idea for a feature article (2,000-4,000 words), contributors should send a proposal that includes:

    • (1) a title likely to attract general readers;
    • (2) a “context”—30-50 words that summarize the significance of the topic;
    • (3) a short summary or abstract of roughly 100-200 words—or, alternatively, an outline—of the article.

If possible at this stage, a draft of a lead paragraph that would draw in the general reader would also be helpful. We also welcome ideas for articles with suggestions of someone else who might write it.

To send in a note for “Discoveries,” please write a 200-400 word précis of a published or in-press sociological study. It should be written so that non-field specialists in sociology as well as non-sociologists would both understand the research and care to read about it. Suggest, also, a title that would engage non-sociologists.

Send these proposals to Contexts@socrates.berkeley.edu, or to Editor, Contexts, Department of Sociology #1980, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1980.