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Aims & Scope

SBG seeks to publish submissions, including critical reviews of the literature, which add important and/or new insights into neglected fields or sub-fields of sociology. This journal is available electronically at no cost to enable a diverse U. S. and international readership to have access to the work it publishes. Authors who submit work are also not charged a submission fee. Volumes are organized on a rolling basis which allows for electronic submission of work to the Editor-In-Chief throughout the calendar year. This process ensures that papers can be reviewed and, if accepted for publication in SBG, added to a volume with a minimum of delay between the receipt of a submission and its publication.

Who May Submit Work to SBG

Professionals in sociology and related fields, graduate students working toward an M. A. or Ph. D. in sociology, and undergraduate students working on a topic of sociological relevance to SBG, may submit their work.

Student Submissions: Papers written by students may be submitted either by the author(s) of the paper or by their faculty advisor/mentor. Undergraduate student submitters are NOT required to be sociology majors.

The Editor-in-Chief of SBG expects students and faculty advisors/mentors to review the relevant Submission Guidelines together and to make sure the submission follows all of them. Doing this in advance should produce a strong, well-written submission and reduce revisions required of the author(s) after the submission is reviewed. The faculty advisor/mentor is also expected to send an email supporting the student’s (or students') submission to the Editor-in-Chief at jruggier@providence.edu at the same time the submission is sent to her.

The Faculty advisor/mentor's name, academic affiliation, and contact information must be included on the Cover Page of the submission along with the title of the submission, author's name and contact information. On the Cover Sheet of the paper, authors are also expected to include a brief Bio statement of four to six sentences about themselves and their goals.

If you have any additional questions about the submission process, please contact the Editor-in-Chief at jruggier@providence.edu.

Types of Submissions SBG Publishes

1. Articles
2. Book and Film Reviews
3. Point of View Essays
4. Opportunities to Comment on/Discuss Opposing Viewpoints

See SBG's Submission Guidelines for details on each type of submission. Authors should also consult and follow current ASA publication guidelines. We encourage student authors to review important tips here.

The Review Process

After an initial screening by the Editor-In-Chief, each submission will be sent to at least two peer reviewers using a double-blind procedure. Reviewers will send their written reviews to the Editor-In-Chief in a timely fashion. The Editor-In-Chief will contact the lead author providing to her/him with a copy of each review and the Editor’s decision regarding publication of the submitted paper.

Papers which are accepted for publication may be accepted in their current form with only minor changes OR with a provisional acceptance based on the author(s) completing specific revisions (Revise and Re-submit).

The Editor-In-Chief reserves the right to refuse any manuscript submitted to SBG and to make suggestions and/or modifications to an accepted submission before it is published. Submitted papers must be in final form when submitted. Submissions sent to SBG may be returned for reworking or retyping if they do not conform to ASA style and formatting requirements.