Social Currents, the official journal of the Southern Sociological Society, is a broad-ranging social science journal that focuses on cutting-edge research from all methodological and theoretical orientations with implications for national and international sociological communities. The uniqueness of Social Currents lies in its format. The front end of every issue is devoted to short, theoretical, agenda-setting contributions and brief, empirical and policy-related pieces. The back end of every issue includes standard journal articles that cover topics within specific subfields of sociology, as well as across the social sciences more broadly.
The journal welcomes and will review:
Standard Journal Articles. These ideally range from 8,000-10,000 words, and entail a more tradition format, including an abstract, introduction, literature review and extension, data, analysis and conclusions.
We also welcome and will review short pieces (1,500-4,000 words) surrounding:
Data, Methods, and Empirical insights. Such manuscripts pertaining to data and/or methodological advances should make a case that there is a data or methodological innovation, or in the case of an empirically focused submission, a trend, pattern, or relationship that sociologists should take note off, that is important yet understudied, and/or that has potential to either inform a core area of the field and/or demarcate a research agenda that others in the field might find interesting and worth pursuing. We encourage authors interested in submitting such pieces to keep in mind broader relevance and the general readership of the journal. An abstract should be included.
Clear-Cut Policy Implications. Such submissions should highlight an important policy-relevant topic, finding, orientation, or approach, or a pattern that has quite clear-cut and explicit policy implications about which sociology can contribute. We encourage authors interested in submitting such pieces to keep in mind broader relevance and the general readership of the journal. An abstract should be included.
Theoretical Agenda Setting. Manuscripts in this vein entail concise contributions that challenge theoretical traditions, develop interesting theoretical questions relative to sociology in general or a specific substantive area, and/or that sets an agenda for future work based on novel, integrative or developmental theoretical insights. Some reference to existing literature and review is, of course, fine, but not to the point where the theoretical focus and contribution itself is obfuscated by or becomes secondary to literature review. Like other short formats noted above, we encourage authors interested to keep in mind broader relevance and the general readership of the journal. An abstract should likewise be included.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).