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Author Guidelines

The aim of the Journal is to provide a medium for the publication of original papers covering the entire span of sociological thought and research. The editors are particularly keen to publish work on current developments in research and analysis. 

Authors should follow the guidelines set down below to ensure their submission is in the correct format for the submission process.

Guidelines for articles 

Manuscript: min 35000 – max 60000 characters, spaces included 

Layout page: sup: 2,5; inf: 2,5; int; 2,5; ext: 3; Ril.:0 

Title: Times New Roman 16, italic 

Author(s) name: Times New Roman 11, italic 

Author(s) name and affiliation: Times new roman 11 (Full name of authors: First name and Family name - Department, University, City, Country – telephone number – e-mail) 

Abstract: Garamond 10 (max 1500 characters, spaces included) 

Keywords: max 3 keywords 

Text: Garamond 11. The text is single-spaced; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); 

Headings of Paragraphs (level one): Garamond 11, bold 

Headings of Paragraphs (level two): Garamond 11, italic 

Text in Tables: Garamond 8. 

All illustrations, figures, images and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. It is strongly recommended to send also a separate file with figures and data necessary to create each figure 

Footnotes: Garamond 10

References: Garamond 11

Citations and References should adhere to the guidelines below.

The Journal uses the version of the author-date system for bibliographical references where the author and year of publication appear in the text and the full reference appears in a 'References' section at the end of the article.


In text citations:

‘The contrast between white and red’ (Stoichita, 2006: 19)     [Page numbers are required for in-text citations only when quoting] 

As wrote Stoichita ‘the contrast between white and red’ (2006: 19) 

For example, Stoichita (2006) affirms that


When several works are cited at the same time, list them in alphabetical order (not chronologically).

For example: A new view of Capitalism (Davigo, 1999; Habermas, 1994; Watson, 1999)


Order a list of two or more works by the same author(s) in different years chronologically according to the year of publication with the earliest work coming first.

For example, Smith (1999, 2000) affirms that


If more than one article by the same author(s) in the same year is cited, use the letters abc, etc. after the year.

For example: Smith (1990a, 1999b).


For articles by two to three authors, name all the authors.

For example: Emotion regulation during the COVID-19 pandemic (Restubog, Ocampo, Wang, 2020) or as wrote by Restubog, Ocampo, Wang (2020).


For articles by more than three authors, use the first author’s surname plus et al.

For example: (Brooks et al., 2020) or as wrote by Brooks et al. (2020).


For mention of first editions and translations within the text, authors should cite the edition to which they are referring followed by the original publication date placed in square brackets e.g. (Marx 1970[1844]: 333).



All references cited in the text – and only those – are to be listed at the end in alphabetical order by surname.

References by the same authors are to be in chronological order with the earliest work listed first.

Alphabetize authors with identical surname by their first initial name (e.g., Viviani, A. before Viviani, D.).

If at least one of several works by the same author was co-authored by additional authors, the single-author entry precedes the multi-author entry.



Stoichita, V.I. (2006), The Pygmalion Effect. Towards a Historical Anthropology of Simulacre, Chicago, University Press of Chicago.



Jackson, L.M. (2019), The psychology of prejudice: From attitudes to social action (2nd ed.), American Psychological Association.


Book chapter

Hill, J.L., Reiter, J., Zanutto, E. (2004), A comparison of experimental and observational data analyses, In A. Gelman, X.L. Meng (ed.), Applied Bayesian and Causal Inference from an Incomplete Data Perspective, pp. 49–60, New York, Wiley.


Book with an editor

Fermann, G. (ed.) (1997), International politics of climate change: Key issues and critical actors, Oslo, Scandinavian University Press.

Hardy, M.A., Bryman, A. (eds.) (2004), Handbook of Data Analysis, London, Sage.


Journal article

Viviani, D. (2011), Change and social forms, Italian Sociological Review, 1(1), 25–33.

Spagnola, M., Fiese, B.H. (2007), Family routines and rituals: A context for development in the lives of young children, Infants & Young Children, 20, 284–299.

Restubog, S., Ocampo, A., Wang, L. (2020), Taking control amidst the chaos: Emotion regulation during the COVID-19 pandemic, Journal of vocational behavior, 119, 103440.


Conference paper

Storleer, R. (2004), The new UBiT Web: A better way to organize and retrieve information, in M. Hummelshøj (ed.), Knowledge and change: Proceedings of the 12th Nordic Conference for Information and Documentation, September 1–3, 2004, Hotel Hvide Hus, Aalborg, Denmark (pp. 62–67), Royal School of Library and Information Science.


Web page

Giovanetti, F. (2019, November 16), Why we are so obsessed with personality types, Medium,


Web page (organization as author)

World Health Organization, (2018, May 24), The top 10 causes of death.


First editions and translations

Goethe, J.W. (1983), La metamorfosi delle piante, Guanda, Milano [ed.orig. 1790, Versuch die Metamorphose der Pflanzen zu erklären].

Esping-Andersen, G. (1999), Social foundations of Postindustrial economies, Oxford University Press, trad. it. I fondamenti sociali delle economie postindustriali, Bologna, il Mulino, 2000.


To ensure that the text citations correspond exactly with the reference list, authors are urged to use a reference management programme. 

Manuscripts with incorrectly formatted references will be returned to the author(s) for correction.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Authors will be requested to send their contributions in English.
    [Authors who do not have native or equivalent proficiency in English are encouraged to have the manuscript read by someone with this proficiency prior to submission - Articles submitted for publication in ISR are subject to a double-blinded peer review system]
    The submission file format must be in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect.
    Any enquiries concerning the submission process should be directed to

Manuscript style

Formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are: doc, docx, otf, rtf, txt. Any supplementary files should be in Microsoft Word,RTF or Excel Format. PDFs are not acceptable. Articles failing to conform to the editorial norms may not be considered for publication.



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Authors who publish in this journal agree to the following points:

  1. Authors retain the rights to their work and give to the journal the right of first publication of the work, simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons License. This attribution allows others to share the work, indicating the authorship and initial publication in this journal.
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