Submit a Paper

See instructions below for how to submit an article or book review to Social Thought and Research.

 

Submit An Article

 

Multiple Submission Policy: No manuscript may be submitted for review to Social Thought and Research that is currently under review by another journal.

Editorial Policy: Social Thought and Research publishes work in all areas of social inquiry. We encourage theoretical, historical, and empirical contributions that attempt to bridge disciplinary boundaries and grasp social phenomena from a holistic perspective. While each volume has a theme, STAR also invites work that explores other topics, along with book reviews, research notes, teaching articles, critical literature reviews (that contribute to scholarship), and other original research. Submissions should be a maximum of 25-30 pages long, or can be longer if they avoid overextending the substantive potential of their manuscript.

Please send additional questions to starjournal@ku.edu.

Submissions should include the following:

  • Cover letter and author contact information, including a current e-mail address.

  • A cover page, including the title of your submission, keywords, and a 200 word abstract.

  • One (1) electronic version (Microsoft compatible .doc) of your submission attached to an email to starjournal@ku.edu.

Manuscript Preparation

All submissions and correspondence should be in English (British spellings are acceptable). Please follow the formatting guidlines of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for references and in-text citations. Please do not include any additional documents than listed above. Additional explanations and questions should be sent separately unless they will be immediately vital to our assessment of the manuscript.

All copies must be typed (12 point font) and double spaced on 8½ by 11 inch pages. Margins should be at least 1 inch on all four sides. Footnotes and references do not require double spacing. Please do not include a header on each page.
 

Detailed Instructions for Text Preparation

1. The cover letter should include the title, author's name, institutional affiliation, address, telephone number, fax number (if applicable), and e-mail address for correspondence.

2. The title page should include the title, author's name, a 200 word abstract, and keywords.

3. The text of the manuscript should begin on a new page with the title at the top of the paper. Author's identifying information should not appear on any page except for the title page. References will appear at the end of the manuscript under the heading "References." Footnotes (no endnotes please) will appear at the bottom of the pages (see point 6 below for further clarification). Tables and figures may appear at the end of the manuscript as an appendix or within the body of the text. If tables or figures are provided in an appendix, their applicability must be indicated at appropriate points in the text.

4. If applicable, please use headings and subheadings in the text to indicate the organization of your paper.

5. References in the text: cite the last name of the author, the year of publication, and where applicable, the page number(s). Please use ASA formatting.

6. Footnotes in the text should be numbered consecutively throughout the article with superscript Arabic numerals. Footnotes should be used sparingly and only to make substantive elaborations or clarifications that are directly relevant to your argument.

7. References follow the text in a section headed "References." All references used in the text must be listed in this section, and vice versa. Publication information for each must be complete and correct. Type references alphabetically by author(s); use first and last names for all authors. If there are two or more items by the same author(s), list them in the order of publication date. If two or more works are by the same author(s) within the same year, distinguish them (in the order published) by adding the letters a, b, etc. to the year (or to "Forthcoming" or "Unpublished"), and list them in a, b, etc. order. For multiple authorship, only the name of the first author is inverted. List all authors; the use of "et al" in the bibliography is not acceptable (within citations, however, "et al" is acceptable if the article being referred to is clear).

Examples:

Durkheim, Emile. [1912] 1995. The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, translated by Karen E. Fields. New York: The Free Press.

Kalberg, Stephen. 1996. "On the Neglect of Weber's Protestant Ethic as a Theoretical Treatise: Demarcating the Parameters of Postwar American Sociological Theory." Sociological Theory. 14(1): 49-70.

Wood, Allen. 1993. "Hegel and Marxism." Pp. 414-44 in The Cambridge Companion to Hegel, edited by Frederick C. Beiser. New York: Cambridge University Press.

 

We give our reviewers a deadline of one month to review the articles and return their comments. It is our goal to return comments to authors as quickly as possible. Factoring in the amount of time that it takes manuscripts to travel in the mail and to identify available reviewers means that it may take three to four months to return our decision and comments to authors. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

 

 

Submit A Book Review

Guidelines for Writing Reviews:

If you wish to review a book that you already own or have access to for Social Thought and Research, feel free to submit your review to us as an email attachment to starjournal@ku.edu. Please consult our Submit an Article page for ASA format information and what to include in the submission packet.

If you would like to review a new book for STAR, please let us know and we will send for a review copy from the publisher. Should multiple persons request a copy of the same text, the person selected to review the book will be at the discretion of the editors.

The invitation to review a book assumes that the prospective reviewer has not reviewed that book for another scholarly journal. We reserves the right to edit and reject all book review essays and notes.

We intend review essays to be patterned after the New York Review of Books. Review essays should go beyond typical scholarly reviews. Your book review should be informative and engaging. It should outline the book's main arguments, draw out central themes, and offer an evaluation and critique.

Submissions should include the following:

  • Cover letter and author contact information, including a current e-mail address.
  • One (1) electronic (Microsoft compatible .doc) version of your submission attached to an email to starjournal@ku.edu.

Guidelines Specifically for Book Reviews

Use the format of the review note if you are reviewing a single book:

Length: Five (5)to seven (7) double-spaced pages (700-900 words) is preferred, although we will consider longer reviews.

Review Headings: Provide a title for your essay that communicates the central themes that you explore in your essay, followed by the subtitle "A Review Essay." Incorporate a heading that provides information about all reviewed books in the same format as a standard book review heading. Please prepare your heading in the following format:

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. By Max Weber. Translated by Talcott Parsons. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977, 292 pages, $19.95 Cloth, $9.95 Paper.

The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis. Edited by Walter M. Powell and Paul J. DiMaggio. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1991, 478 pages, $24.95 Paper.

Citations: Book reviews may not have footnotes listed separately at the end of the review. References are permitted at the end of the review-please keep these to a limited number and follow our general reference format. If you quote from the book under review, give the page number. If you cite a source other than the book under review, use our general citation format.


Use the format of the review essay if you are reviewing 2 or more books:

Length: For two books: 10-12 double spaced pages (approximately 1500 words). For three books: 15 double-spaced pages. For four or more books: 20 double-spaced pages.

Review Title and Headings: Provide a title for your essay that communicates the central themes that you explore in your essay, followed by the subtitle "A Review Essay." Incorporate a heading that provides information about all reviewed books in the same format as a standard book review heading. Please prepare your heading in the following format:

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. By Max Weber. Translated by Talcott Parsons. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977, 292 pages, $19.95 Cloth, $9.95 Paper.

The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis. Edited by Walter M. Powell and Paul J. DiMaggio. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1991, 478 pages, $24.95 Paper.

Citations:Book reviews may not have footnotes listed separately at the end of the review. References are permitted at the end of the review-please keep these to a limited number and follow our general reference format. If you quote from the book under review, give the page number. If you cite a source other than the book under review, use our general citation format


It is an honor to be working with STAR. Looking forward to a great Volume 35! Lukas Szrot, Editor, V.35. #sociology #academicjournal


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