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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.
  • 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.
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  • Authors acknowledge:
    - that they have read and accepted the journal’s “Author Guidelines”,
    - that the text is not currently under submission to another publication,
    - that all the research meets the ethical guidelines,
    - that all authors have approved the content of the submitted manuscript.

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

Layout page: Top: 5.5; Bottom: 6.2; Left: 4.6; Right: 4.6; Gutter: 0

Article length/word count: the article should be between 6000 and 8000 words in length, including references.


Abstract: All submissions must include an abstract. The maximum length of the abstract should be 250 words in total. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

Keywords: All articles must include three appropriate and short keywords - separated by a comma - that capture the principal topics of the paper (e.g., Keywords: social capital, trust, sustainability.)

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

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

Headings of paragraph (level two): Garamond 11, bold-italic 

Headings of paragraph (level three): Garamond 11, italic

Add paragraph numbers


Table/Figure header: Garamond 10, italic. Above the table/figure (e.g., Table 1. Structure of the questionnaire. Or Figure 1. The elements of resiliency in enterprise networks. ) 

Text in tables: Garamond 8.


Number all tables and figures with Arabic numerals in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Place the notes (or table source) below the body of the table/figure.

All tables, figures, images and illustrations 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 the figures and data necessary to create each figure. 

Footnotes: Garamond 10. Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article. Footnotes should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables. Do not include footnotes in the Reference list.

Quotations in text

Use double quotation marks to enclose quotations in the text. Use single quotation marks within double quotation marks to set off material that in the original source was enclosed in double quotation marks. Long quotations are included in the main text.

Example: Miele (1993) found that “the ‘placebo effect,’ which had been verified in previous studies, disappeared when [only the first group’s] behaviors were studied in this manner” (p. 276).

References: Garamond 11


Citations and References should adhere to the guidelines below.

All references in your manuscript must be formatted using one of the recognised APA styles. Please ensure you check all your citations for completeness, accuracy and consistency.

Italian Sociological Review does not permit the use of Ibidem (or Ibid.), Ivi and Id. 


In-text citations:

One author

For example, Stoichita (2006) affirms that …

As wrote Stoichita "the contrast between white and red" (2006, p. 19)

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


When referring to pages in a publication, use 'p. (page number)' for a single page or 'pp. (page numbers)' to indicate a page range.

Page numbers should always be written out in full, e.g. 175-179, not 175-9.


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)

(Durie, 2003; McShane & Travaglione, 2007; Ministry of Education, 1996)


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: Todres (2011, 2012) or (Todres, 2011, 2012)


If more than one book/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); Derryberry and Reed (2005a, 2005b) or (Derryberry & Reed, 2005a, 2005b)


Two authors

As wrote Di Nicola and Ruspini (2020) …

For example, Di Nicola and Ruspini (2020) affirm that …

At a macro level, globalisation – is seen as a process or set of processes that transform the spatial organisation of social relations and transactions (Di Nicola & Ruspini, 2020).


Three and more authors

As wrote Caselli et al. (2022) …. ‘et al.’ not-italics

These policies can be improved (Caselli et al., 2022)

“It is therefore important to reflect on how these policies can be improved” (Caselli et al., 2022, p. 431).


Reference with single page number: Hedetoft (2013, p. 2) or (Hedetoft, 2013, p. 2)

Reference with page range: de Haan (2005, pp. 36-37) or (de Haan, 2005, pp. 36-37)


Secondary source:

Wright (as cited in Bragdon, 2013, p. 223) or (Wright as cited in Bragdon, 2013, p. 223) 




Each reference cited in the text must appear in the reference list and vice-versa.

References must be listed 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 surnames 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.
  • Where a DOI is available, this should be included at the end of the reference.



Lastname, A. (year). Title of the book. Location: Publisher.

Editor, A. A. (Ed.). (1986). Title of the book. Location: Publisher.

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



Rabinowitz, F. E. (2019). Deepening group psychotherapy with men: Stories and insights for the journey. American Psychological Association.

In text: (Rabinowitz, 2019)


Book chapter

Lastname, A. (year). Title of the chapter. In B. Lastname, C. Lastname & D. Lastname (Eds.), Title of the book (Volume, pp. firstpage-lastpage). Location: Publisher. Doi

Bergquist, J. M. (1992). German Americans. In J. D. Buenker & L. A. Ratner (Eds.), Multiculturalism in the United States: A comparative guide to acculturation and ethnicity (Vol. 3, pp. 53–76). New York, NY: Greenwood.

Author, A. A. & Author, B. B. (1995). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. xxx–xxx). Location: Publisher.

Author, A. A. & Author, B. B. (1993). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. xxx–xxx). http://www.xxxxxxx

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.


Journal article

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

Marshall, M., & Clark, A. M. (2010). Is clarity essential to good teaching? Teaching Philosophy, 33(3), 271-289.

Frischlich, L., Hahn, L., & Rieger, D. (2021). The promises and pitfalls of inspirational media: What do we know, and where do we go from here? Media and Communication, 9(2), 162-166.

Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8, 207–217.


Conference paper

Whipple, S. (2018, March 6-9). Control beliefs as a moderator of stress on anxiety [Paper presentation]. Southeastern Psychological Association 64th. Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, United States.

Maddox, S. Hurling, J., Stewart, E., & Edwards, A. (2016, 30 marzo-2 aprile). If mama aint happy, nobodys happy: The effect of parental depression on mood dysregulation in children [Paper presentation]. Southeastern Psychological Association, 65th. Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Stati Uniti.

In the text: (Maddox et al., 2016) 



Cain, K. (2012). The negative effects of Facebook on communication. Social Media Today.

Nevitte, N. (1996). The decline of deference: Canadian value change in cross-national perspective.


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.



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