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The Journal of Sociology publishes peer-reviewed articles from all areas of sociology, aiming to represent both the diversity of empirical research as well as the plurality of theoretical traditions. Founded in 1971, the journal aims to represent the discipline as comprehensively as possible, inviting contributions from sociologists regardless of their conceptual affinities and orientations. By dissociating the editorial process from institutional affiliations and sub-disciplinary networks as thoroughly as possible, and by affording a complex process of peer review, the ZfS is set up to operate as an "authors 'journal" instead of an "editors' journal" .

1. Aim of the Journal

The Zeitschrift für Soziologie publishes peer-reviewed articles from all areas of sociology, aiming to represent both the diversity of empirical research as well as the plurality of theoretical traditions. Founded in 1971, the journal aims to represent the discipline as comprehensively as possible, inviting contributions from sociologists regardless of their conceptual affinities and orientations. By dissociating the editorial process from institutional affiliations and sub-disciplinary networks as thoroughly as possible, and by affording a complex process of peer review, the ZfS is set up to operate as an "authors 'journal" instead of an "editors' journal" .

2. Organization

The editorial office of the ZfS is located at Bielefeld University. The Faculty of Sociology in Bielefeld delegates supervision of the journal to an executive board of five editors. Members of this executive board are recruited from different universities and institutes, and at any time, only one of the five editors may be from Bielefeld faculty. The neutralization of institutional and personal interests within the editorial process is further safeguarded by the formal organization of the editorial process:

3. Rotation of Editors

All editorial decisions are taken collectively by the five editors of the journal. A gradual turnover of editors, each of them serving a four-year term of office, allows to preserve the continuity of the editorial process. In addition to the executive board, the publication of the ZfS is also being assisted and supervised by an expanded editorial board. Members of this board generally serve a six-year term, and, unlike members of the executive board, they can be re-elected.

4. Organization of the Peer Review Process

The peer review process of the ZfS is particularly elaborate. As a rule, at least seven colleagues become involved in the evaluation of a manuscript. Each paper is read and evaluated individually by both the five members of the executive board and two additional reviewers. One deliberate side-effect of this process is to bring about and organize scientific communication prior to the publication of findings. Ideally, our reviewers and editors do not only serve as judges and critics, but also as mindful readers, valuable givers of advice and potential multipliers in communicating and discussing research findings of sociological interest.

5. Articles Selected for Publication

The ZfS publishes articles (about 80,000 characters incl. Spaces) from all fields of sociological research. The journal aims to recognize and represent the full range of approaches, schools and traditions both within sociological theory and empirical research. Authors receive a detailed explanatory statement of the editors' decision to publish or reject a paper. Even if an author is not being encouraged to redraft and resubmit a paper in one form or another, he or she is guaranteed to receive substantial feedback.

6. Literature about the ZfS

Best, Heinrich & Renate Ohly, 1994: Development tendencies in German-speaking sociology as reflected in their leading specialist journals - results of a correspondence analysis. Pp. 575-592 in: H. Best et al. (eds.): Information and knowledge processing in the social sciences, Opladen.

Glatzer, Wolfgang, 1993: Colorful bouquets from a confusing meadow - The 1990 year of the magazine for sociology. Sociological Review 16: 349-355.

Hirschauer, Stefan & Matthias Winterhager, 1995: The journal for sociology: history, authors, reception. Pp. 100-113 in: F.X. Kaufmann & R. Korff (eds.) Sociology in Bielefeld. A look back after 25 years. Bielefeld: Publishing house for regional history.

Hirschauer, Stefan, 2004: Peer review process on the test bench. Journal of Sociology 33: 62-83.

Schäfers, Bernhard, 1991: Volume 17/1988 of the journal for sociology. Sociological Review 14: 287-294.

Sahner, Heinz, 1982: On the selectivity of editors: An input-output analysis of the 'Zeitschrift für Soziologie'. ZfS 11: 82-98

7. The ZfS in the Press

  • The boy is going to high school!
    FAZ 23.06.2017 (link)
  • Students without a high school diploma fail more often
    The Süddeutsche Zeitung of 9.2.2016 about Tobias Brändle & Holger Lengfeld in ZfS 44 (6), 2015
    (Link)

  • Out of the way! Behavior on the escalator
    The Süddeutsche Zeitung of July 12, 2012 & 252; about Wolbring et al. in ZfS 42 (3), 2013.
    (Link)
  • Grading: By mutual agreement
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, April 18, 2012 about Müller-Benedict & Tsarouha, ZfS 40 (5), 2011.
    (Link)
  • The mosque as a permanent castle?
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, August 30, 2009 (print) about Diehl & Koenig, ZfS 38 (4), 2009.
  • Promising utility, usefulness. Every researcher has two laboratories: a case study
    FAZ, 25.3.2009 (print) about Baumeler, ZfS 38 (1), 2009.
  • Can you see layering? Weddings are fancy dress parties. Do you have to expect that wedding photos show little of the sitter? A sociological experiment aims to prove the opposite.
    FAZ, April 2008 (print) about Pape et al., ZfS 37 (1)
  • The research style as a trap for women. A Study of Personalization in Science
    FAZ about Heintz et al., ZfS 36 (4), 2007.
    (Link)
  • More and more men are marrying women from poorer countries
    Aachener Zeitung about Glowsky, ZfS 36 (4), 2007.
    (Link)
  • If it does not work. Childless and contractually secured - this is how marriages fail
    Tagesspiegel about Wagner & Weiß, ZfS 32 (1), 2003.
    (Link)

8. Prizes and Awards

  • Petra Böhnke, Janina Zeh and Sebastian Link:
    "Atypical employment in the course of employment: Course types as an expression of social division?" (ZfS 44 (4), 2015: 234-252). Third prize Fritz Thyssen Foundation for essays in social sciences in 2015.
  • Marion Müller:
    "The evils of racism and the wealth of diversity" - On the change in the meaning of the race category at the UN world conferences against racism "(ZfS 43 (6), 2014). First prize Fritz Thyssen Foundation for essays in social sciences in 2014.
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