Publication Policies and Information for Authors
1. Sociological Perspectives, the official journal of the Pacific Sociological Association, is published quarterly by the University of California Press for the purpose of advancing research, theory, scholarship, and practice within sociology. Preference is given to articles that are of general interest to members of the discipline and that advance the accumulation of knowledge about social processes.
2. Submission of a manuscript to Sociological Perspectives clearly implies a commitment to publish in it. Articles previously published or copyrighted and those under consideration by another journal will be disqualified as unacceptable.
Submission and Preparation of Manuscripts
1. New submissions to the journal are processed electronically through Manuscript Central. Manuscripts must be formatted in accordance with the guidelines here and in points 5 through 11, below. The submitted manuscript must include at least the following three files:
By submitting through Manuscript Central you will be able to keep track of your manuscript as it proceeds through the review process. To submit through Manuscript Central, new authors will be required to create an account. Information on creating an account is supplied at the login page. Please use your professional (e.g., campus or institute) email address when creating an account. Also, note your password in a secure location so that you can follow the status of your manuscript. The Manuscript Central website for Sociological Perspectives is at:
2. The fee for submitting a new manuscript is $20 (U.S.) Please make the check or money order payable to “Pacific Sociological Association” and mail it to the address below. The submission fee is waived for manuscripts submitted where all authors on the manuscripts are students. To request the student waiver, email the journal (see #3).
Submission fees should be mailed to:
Department of Sociology
1291 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1291
3. Other correspondence to the editors can be mailed to the above address or sent via e-mail to: email@example.com.
4. The peer review process at Sociological Perspectives is anonymous. Therefore, files intended for reviewers should be free of self-identifying references, acknowledgments, and other clues indicating the name or identity of the author(s).
5. All elements of the manuscript, including abstract, text, notes, references, excerpts, extracts, and tables, must meet the following format specifications: (a) standard 12 pt. font, (b) 8.5" * 11" paper, (c) 1" margins on all sides, (d) be left-justified (do not use full-justification), (e) double spaced, and (f) have pages numbered. The entire manuscript (excluding title page) should not exceed 40 pages (roughly 10,000 words) when formatted according to these standards. Do not submit manuscripts as PDF files, Manuscript Central will handle the conversion to PDF. If problems arise in conversion of files to PDF, authors will be contacted to make the necessary modifications.
6. Tables and Figures: Each table, diagram, or figure should appear on a separate page. Indicate its approximate location in the text (e.g., INSERT TABLE 1 ABOUT HERE). Each table must include a descriptive title and column headings. Footnotes to tables should be headed "Note:" or "Notes:" and specific notes referred to with a, b, c, etc. Use asterisks to indicate levels of significance; for example: * must be camera-ready, not needing further artwork or typesetting.
7. Notes: Notes should be sequentially numbered in the text with superscript arabic numerals and all appear, doublespaced, as endnotes in a separate section titled: NOTES. Notes should be kept to a minimum and used only for substantive observations. Source citations are made in the text, not in the Notes.
8. In-text citations: Citations in the text of a submission are made within parentheses at every point where those citations are relevant. (1) Standard citation format for Sociological Perspectives must be followed; for example (Mencken, Bader, and Embry 2009). Please note that: (a) the last names of each author are listed, beginning with the last name of the first author. (b) When there is more than one author "and" should be used instead of "&" before the name of the last author. (c) The last (or only) author name in a citation is followed (by one space without any punctuation and then) by the year of publication. (2) When page number(s) are included in a citation to mark the specific pages where something can be found, (a) a colon follows immediately after the year of publication, (b) page numbers follow immediately after the colon, without any space, and (c) continuing page numbers are truncated, for example (Rippeyoung 2009:243-6). (3) When citing more than one source for the same point at the same place in the text of a paper, the different sources cited should be separated using ";" (Kalogrides 2009; Collins 1979). (4) When citing more than one work published in the same year by the same author(s), the date should be modified by adding "a" or "b" to the end of the year (Blau 1981a; 1981b). (5) In the case of citations to any work having several authors, the journal regards it as important that last names of all co-authors should appear within the citation on the first occasion when that multi-authored work is cited in the paper. The et al. form can be used only in the second and subsequent citations to a particular work. The ibid and op cit forms are not used by this journal.
9. References: (1) Submissions to the journal must include a double spaced "References" section following the main body of text. (2) The first line of each reference should be left justified, and subsequent lines of each reference should be indented by half an inch. (3) All sources cited in the submission (body of paper, footnotes, tables) must be included in the reference section. (4) The reference section should not include any sources unless those sources are specifically cited somewhere in the paper. (5) All references must be organized alphabetically by the last name of the first author. (6) Provide the full and proper names of all authors; not simply nick names or initials. However, in the case of an edited volume, the first initial(s) of the editor(s) will suffice. (7) Where an individual is the sole author or first author of more than one source listed in the references, the name of the first author (but only the first author) should be replaced by a series of five dashes in all but the first source where the same person is sole or first author. (8) Multiple references to different works by the same author(s) should be listed chronologically beginning with the earliest source first. (9) When a journal article is referenced, (a) please include issue numbers for journal articles in the reference section. The issue number should be placed in parentheses immediately following the volume number. Also, (b) remove extra spacing from the volume/issue/page information. For instance, if someone were to cite the Menchen, Bader, and Embry paper which is found on pages 23-38 of the first issue of volume 52 of Sociological Perspectives the volume/issue/page number would be noted in the following form; 52(1):23-39. (10) When page numbers are part of a reference, please truncate continuing numbers. For example: 529-59 instead of 529-559. (11) The titles of articles and chapters should appear in quotation marks and in non-italicized form, unless italics are actually parts of those titles. The names of the journals and books in which those articles/chapters appear should appear in italics and without quotation marks unless quotation marks are officially a part of the name/title of the journal or book. (12) Common examples follow, but when uncommon cases arise, authors are advised to follow as closely as possible the form they understand to be used in current issues of Sociological Perspectives or the American Sociological Review.
Examples of Journal Articles
Feliciano, Cynthia. 2009. "Education and Ethnic Identity Formation
Mencken, F. Carson, Christopher Bader, and Elizabeth Embry. 2009.
Examples of Authored Books
Turner, Jonathan H. 1988. A Theory of Social Interaction. Stanford, CA:
-----. 1998. The Structure of Sociological Theory. Sixth Edition. Belmont,
An Example of a Chapter in an Edited Collection
Emerson, Richard. 1981. "Social Exchange Theory." Pp. 30-65 in