How to contribute

We accept submissions from sociologists, graduate students, and multidisciplinary practitioners with an interest in sociology and its issues. Writing should be clear, precise, grounded, and accessible. Since the goal is to communicate sociological research to as wide an audience as possible, submitting authors should avoid jargon, long sentences, overly complex grammatical structures, and extended and confusing explanations. As a guideline, submissions to the Socjourn should generally be between 600 and 2400 words (2-6 pages) depending on the section. Longer or shorter pieces may be acceptable depending on the content. Please have your copy proofed prior to submission. All submitted papers are subject to editorial review and may be turned down if they fail to meet the editorial or scholarly standards of the Socjourn.

Please submit your paper in one of the following Socjourn categories.

  • Teaching Sociology -> 1200 to 1600 word essays about specific sociological concepts or ideas, like social class, or hegemony. Articles should be grounded in logic and/or research, well written, easy to read, and aimed at your average senior high school student or higher.
  • Did you know? -> Did you know that it was a sociologist by the name of Edward Carpenter who coined the term cosmic consciousness? It’s true! And there’s lot of other interesting facts about sociology and the world we live in that other mights be interested in knowing. 600- 1200 words.
  • Addressing the Academy -> Got something to say to other Sociologists and/or academics that you can put in more traditional and conservative outlets, then this is your space. Write what you want and address it to you want. Essays should be no longer than 2400 words and should be polite and respectful even if critical. Feel free to ruffle some feathers, but don’t be mean about it.
  • And just to make sure you’re listening…

Please do not:

  • Submit unmodified term papers. We do accept student submissions, but we will not publish your term paper
  • Submit a journal article. The Socjourn does not publish journal articles.
  • Submit badly written work.  If you suspect you are guilty of writing badly, consult our “how to write badly” section.  If you’ve added verb strings, used unnecessary terminology, written in the passive voice,  obfuscated, or otherwise taken simple concepts and ideas and turned them into EPMO,  try the American Journal of Sociology.

Please Do:

  • Submit your own personal thoughts, ideas, and opinions, as long as they are grounded in sociological fact, research, or opinion.
  • Rewrite and shorten your research or paper to make it palatable, meaningful, and useful for a general audience.
  • Take an active role in bringing the depth, breadth, and social and political wisdom of Sociology to the world
  • Be proud of the work you do.
  • Have fun; change the world; change our thinking.

Submit to Dr. Sosteric at [email protected]