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Social Analysis

The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice



Information for Authors

Manuscript Submission

Before submitting articles to Social Analysis, authors are advised to read the Editor’s detailed advice as to what makes a good submission, as well as the journal’s submission and style guide.

Article submissions should be sent to the editor at SA@berghahnjournals.com. All contributions are externally refereed by scholars of international repute. We place a premium on the rapid processing of manuscripts, and contributors can expect to be appraised of their manuscript’s progress at every stage. For further information, please contact the Editor.

When considering whether to submit an article to Social Analysis, authors should take into account the journal's Aims and Scope.

General Guidelines

Articles should be submitted by e-mail as word attachments, formatted as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format files. Submissions should be 6,000 to 8,000 words (including endnotes and references) and include an abstract of not more than 125 words and 5 to 8 keywords.

The journal's style guide is available in PDF format: Social Analysis Style Guide. This includes submission requirements of artwork (illustrations, maps, tables, and figures). The guide is based on The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), 16th edition, and uses US punctuation and spelling, following Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Manuscripts accepted for publication that do not conform to the Social Analysis style guide will be returned to the author for amendment.

Please refer to the Berghahn journal contributors' page for general information and guidelines regarding topics such as article usage and permissions for Berghahn journal article authors.

Special Issues

Social Analysis publishes up to two Special Issues per year. These are selected through an annual Call for Special Issue Proposals.

Our current call is for proposals to be submitted to the Editor at SA@berghahnjournals.com by 15 January 2017. The guest editors of shortlisted proposals will then be invited to submit the complete manuscript of the Special Issue by 1 April 2017. The manuscripts will then go to peer review, and the final selection will be announced no later than July 2018. The selected Special Issue will be published in 2018.

Special Issue proposals should be up to 2,000 words and include (a) a brief description of the theme and focus, including an explanation of the rationale for its selection of articles; (b) an account of its contribution to the existing literature; (c) an explanation of how the Special Issue addresses the journal's Aims and Scope; (d) abstracts of no longer than 125 words for each article, indicating expected word length (including endnotes and references); (e) an indication of the state of the manuscript at the time of proposal (e.g., whether drafts of the articles are already available, whether the introduction has been written, whether an afterword is pending).

Please note that Special Issues can have a total word count of no more than 66,000 words (including endnotes and references). So, including the introduction, this would typically include 7 articles of up to 8,000 words each, or 8 to 9 substantially shorter articles.

Manuscripts should be submitted following the journal's style guide, which is available in PDF format: Social Analysis Style Guide.


Ethics Statement

Authors published in Social Analysis certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While every effort is made by the publishers and the editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete Social Analysis ethics statement.


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