Sociology (journal)

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Sage Publications on behalf of the British Sociological Association (United Kingdom)
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ISSN0038-0385 (print)
1469-8684 (web)
OCLC no.1765950
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Sociology is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by SAGE Publications on behalf of the British Sociological Association.

Sociology is the highest impact ranked journal in the UK for the subject area. Sociology is regarded as one of the three "main sociology journals in Britain," along with The Sociological Review and the British Journal of Sociology.[1]

The journal was established in 1967 as "the clearest intellectual representative of the social aspirations of the Butskellite era,"[2] with Michael Banton serving as its first editor. It was formerly published by Cambridge University Press and has been published by Sage Publications since 2002. Shortly after its establishment, it became the official journal of the British Sociological Association, replacing the British Journal of Sociology.[3]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

Sociology is abstracted and indexed in Scopus and the Social Sciences Citation Index. According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2017 impact factor is 2.537, ranking it 18 out of 147 journals in the category "Sociology".[4]

Former editors[edit]

  • Michael Banton 1967–1970
  • John Goldthorpe 1970–1973
  • Gordon Horobin 1973-
  • Philip Abrams
  • Joan Chandler
  • David S. Byrne
  • Martin Albrow 1981–1984
  • Jennifer Platt 1985–1987
  • David Morgan 1992–1993
  • Stephanie Lawlor 2003–2006

Notable articles[edit]

According to Google Scholar, the most-cited articles published in Sociology are:

  • John Scott, "Social network analysis", Sociology 1988 vol. 22 no. 1 109-127
  • John Child, "Organizational Structure, Environment and Performance: The Role of Strategic Choice", Sociology 1972 vol. 6 no. 1 1-22
  • Sylvia Walby, "Theorising patriarchy", Sociology 1989 vol. 23 no. 2 213-234
  • Bryan S. Turner, "Outline of a Theory of Citizenship", Sociology 1990 vol. 24 no. 2 189-217
  • John Goldthorpe, "Women and Class Analysis: In Defence of the Conventional View", Sociology 1983 vol. 17 no. 4 465-488

As of April 2012, the most highly cited article, "Social network analysis" by John Scott, had been cited over 5500 times.


  1. A. H. Halsey, A History of Sociology in Britain, Oxford University Press, 2004, p. 183
  2. Nikolai Genov, National Traditions in Sociology, Sage, 1989, p. 204
  3. A. H. Halsey, A History of Sociology in Britain, Oxford University Press, 2004, p. 183
  4. "Journals Ranked by Impact: Sociology". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2016. Search this book on Logo.png

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