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ASA Open Access Journal Socius Is Accepting Manuscripts
Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World is the ASA’s first general sociology, open-access journal. Covering all areas of the discipline, ASA and inaugural editors Lisa A. Keister and James Moody (Duke University) are pleased to announce that Socius is now accepting manuscripts. The journal will be funded through support from the ASA and SAGE Publications, as well as article processing charges (APCs), although waivers are offered for at least the first 12 months for any author unable to pay an APC for any reason.
Footnotes is reprinting the inaugural editorial below. For additional information and to find out how to to submit an article, visit www.asanet.org/journals/socius.cfm.
Welcome to Socius, the open-access journal of the American Sociological Association. The goal of Socius is to make new research readily available by providing an online forum for the rapid dissemination of high-quality, peer-reviewed research, produced in time to be relevant to ongoing research and public debates. Socius will feature original research that is relevant to sociologists of all subfields, and we are committed to an efficient peer-review process and broad accessibility.
We have several specific goals for the journal:
- Publish high-quality, innovative, rigorously reviewed scientific research online: Similar to other top sociology journals, the aim of Socius is to publish cutting-edge research across sociological subfields. Papers will contribute to expanding current knowledge and be reviewed by experts in the field. Online publication will make the findings available worldwide and at no cost to users.
- Quick turnaround: Unlike traditional print journals, an important objective of Socius is quick turnaround. The rate of turnaround (from submission to publication) will vary with paper length because review times will necessarily vary; however, our goal is that turnaround will be faster for all submissions to Socius than to traditional journals.
- Limited R&Rs: Revise-and-resubmit decisions will be rare, allowing authors to publish their work more rapidly and to have greater impact.
- The number of published papers will not be restricted by printed page limits: Print-journal page limits necessitate ranking submissions and allow the publication of only a tiny fraction of submitted papers. This heavy ranking risks substituting quality for matters of taste. Socius will feature all papers of acceptable quality, as determined by peer reviewers, without a need to reject good papers solely because we lack the space to publish them. This will provide a forum for riskier and more speculative work.
- Papers are not restricted by traditional structure or page limits: The online format facilitates the publication of papers that do not conform to traditional journal article structure (i.e., introduction, theory, methods, results, and conclusion) and length (i.e., longer or shorter papers than are published in traditional journals will be accepted). We welcome traditional papers, but we also encourage authors to submit innovative, high-quality papers using novel formats. Examples include the following:
- Focus on findings and discoveries: Papers that follow the traditional paper structure but have limited, very concise, or no literature reviews and theory sections. These papers present sociologically relevant, scientifically important findings from any data form (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, simulation) but are not accompanied by elaborate theoretical development. These papers likely pose new questions on the basis of data-driven discovery that can help push future work.
- Pure theory, formal theory: Papers that develop sociologically relevant theory but are not accompanied by empirical tests of those theories.
- Qualitative: Papers that use qualitative data either inductively or deductively and that might be longer than papers published in most sociology journals.
- Visualizations and simulations: Papers of any format could include visualizations and simulation models, including dynamic and interactive visualizations and simulations, that are readily accommodated by the online format, including code or data repository functions.
- Accompanying materials: Papers may include (but would not be required to include) data and/or code for replication, full interview transcripts, survey instruments, additional tables, and other materials.
We think sociology is ripe for a journal like Socius; a journal that is open access and has quick turnaround allows our work to be relevant and accessible. The inclusion of speculative theory, new data-based discovery, and a code and data repository are features that take seriously a dynamic, interactive model of science that is forward focused.
Lisa A. Keister and James W. Moody, Editors
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