The daunting demand to publish in journals with an arcane peer-review system is a common pain point for many academics. The traditional model’s lengthy review process and expensive subscriptions also make interesting and impactful findings generally inaccessible to the public. But a Stanford-led group of professors is giving social scientists another option.
“Sociological Science” is a newly-launched, online peer-reviewed journal open to submissions worldwide. The journal is published by the non-profit Society for Sociological Science and commits to reviewing submissions within just 30 days. Other, for-profit journals typically take many months.
Graduate School of Business Professor Sarah Soule (Photo by Gabriela Hasbun)
Other novel approaches include:
• The cost for submissions is much lower than the rates charged by most academic journals. Tenured professors pay more to be published in Sociological Science than associate and assistant professors, while students, post-docs and non-tenure track faculty pay nothing up to a certain word count.
• Sociological Science “emphasizes speed and brevity,” meaning the longer the submission, the higher the cost charged to authors.
• Final versions of articles are published immediately upon receipt.
• All articles are open-access, which means authors retain the underlying copyright, but anyone is free to read, re-publish and modify the original work with attribution.
• Responses to articles can be expressed in a moderated comments section under each published piece on the site.
• Authors can write in the style they feel best suits their work, rather than the more opaque prose typical of traditional academic journals.
Graduate School of Business professors Jesper Sørensen and Sarah Soule are two of the founders of Sociological Science. Soule, also an advisor to the d.school fellows program, recently talked about the use of a design thinking approach in the journal’s creation. Continue Reading