The Official Journal
The North Carolina
George H. Conklin,
Chien Ju Huang,
North Carolina Central
North Carolina Central
N.C. State University
(Board as of
Goals, Objectives and Author's Submission Guidelines
The goal of Sociation Today is not to replicate the standard
journal article of 25 pages, with references going all the way back to
Durkheim. Rather, our model will be short articles with one or two
tables which will be accessible to professionals, students and the general
A model for style can be found by examining a current issue, but see below
for how to do references.
Work submitted for publication should be original. Articles aimed at core
concepts in sociology are favored, since our audience will extend beyond
the usual academic institutions.
Please e-mail your submissions to the editor. The new e-mail address as
of 8 March 2007 is firstname.lastname@example.org. The old e-mail
address (email@example.com) is no longer available exept on campus, and
thus cannot be answered quickly.
Note: by appearing on the Web, students, faculty and the public can easily
search it out. People today seem to avoid going to the library, but
are willing to spend hours searching for information on the Internet.
Sociation Today is abstracted in Sociological Abstracts.
It is also listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, which
provides for on-line searching. See the current issue for the link.
Starting with the Spring 2006 issue Sociation Today is a member
of the EBSCO Publishing Group.
Each submission to Sociation Today is peer-reviewed (refereed) by
sociologists. Since referees are volunteers, the speed of reviews has ranged
from several weeks to several months.
Sociation Today is the first web-based sociological journal
sponsored by a professional society. At a time when established journals
such as Science are facing challenges from the scientific community
who wish to publish quickly with a refereed publication on the Web.
We feel that Sociation Today will set the tone for future publishing
in the social sciences. Sociation Today charges neither the author
for publication, nor the reader to access our publication.
Updated for Authors
Based on the experiences over the
past years, please note the following helpful hints about submitting articles
for possible publication.
Most authors submit their work using
Word. Please do not submit
HTML files. Please: NO
FOOTNOTES, especially those at
the bottom of the page. Integrate footnotes into the text.
In HTML, footnotes go at the end of the article, where most readers will
In order to maintain some uniformity
across different articles, simply type your tables, not using complex table-making
formats in Word. The editor will then retype your tables. Keep
tables short enough to fit onto one computer screen so the reader can actually
use the screen to view your work. More and more, readers are NOT
You may submit any Excel work within
Word. But keep in mind that the images need to be narrow enough to
fit into the current format without automatically pushing the margins.
Shrinking a large .gif chart or graph causes a drastic less of quality
if done with the size commands.
Since Sociation Today will be
available for many years, we must anticipate browser changes without having
to constantly rework past issues. By limiting the width of
articles in current issues, it is possible to have a readable page regardless
of screen width. For best printing,
set Internet Explorer to small type and print.
Here is a sample reference for a book:
Gurr, T. R. 1976. Rogues,
Rebels, and Reformers: A Political History of Urban Crime and Conflict.
Beverly Hills, CA.: Sage.
Here is a sample reference for an article:
Stack, Steven. 1983. "The Effect
of Religious Commitment on Suicide: A Cross-National Analysis." Journal
of Health and Social Behavior 24: 362-74.
Here is a sample reference to a cited
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benefits accruing to individuals by virtue of participating in groups (Portes