About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Italian Sociological Review is as an academic journal for the dissemination of theoretical reflections and results of empirical research on social science, conducted with scientific methodologies and made available to a wider audience. The research results may have an impact on policy-makers, on the processes of formation of the students and the development and integration of theories and paradigms. It is therefore important that the journal maintains a high level of quality and transparency in the process of publication. This responsibility lies with all those involved in the publishing process: Chairman, Board of Editors, Reviewers.

Peer Review Process

Responsibilities of Reviewers

The review by independent researchers and scholars of manuscripts submitted to scientific journals is an essential component of the scientific practice. All scientists have the obligation to participate in the process.

The Italian Sociological Review, use the double-blind method: each article, without the name of the author, is sent to two reviewers. The two revisions, anonymous, are sent to the Author for the final review. In case of conflicting judgments, the article is sent to a third reviewer: the prevailing choice (acceptance or rejection) is the majority.

Open Access Policy

ISR provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

This journal is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence 3.0 (CC-BY).

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the final version of the papers. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the Journal Board for every reuse of the papers. (BOAI – Budapest Open Access Initiative’s definition of Open Access)

Authors who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.

Duties of the Director

The tasks of the Director:

- Direct the journal with the support and guidance of all members of the Editorial Board;

- Encourage the members of the Editorial Board to promote the journal as a vehicle for the dissemination of research results;

- Consult and seek the support and assistance of the publisher to play its role and improve the quality of the journal;

- Indicate, with the support of the Editorial Board, the reviewers to be involved in the process of evaluation of each article;

- Indicate, in consultation with the Editorial Board, the guidelines for the reviewers, with clear and precise criteria;

- Periodically, the Director verifies the review process, to improve it and make it more efficient;

- Assess promptly and impartially all the manuscripts submitted for publication and re-judge the merits of each individual, respecting the intellectual independence of the authors, without distinction of sex, religious belief, ethnic origin or nationality, or concerning theoretical approaches and political orientation of the authors. The Director shall have sole responsibility for the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript. The Director may reject contributions only for specific reasons (inadequate content for the journal, clearly poor quality, content previously published elsewhere, etc.). In this decision, the Director may ask the advice of the editorial staff;

- Promote the publication of a correction or denial, in the case of evidence that the substance or conclusions of a published article are incorrect;

- Do not accept articles that present data, comments, interpretations and conclusions influenced by the Coordinator of the research;

- Ensure that all articles evaluated 'publishable' are subject to a double-blind revision, even those written by staff members or members or the Scientific Committee;

- Verify that the reviewers do not have family relationship or scientific collaboration with the author of the article;

- Allow the author, whose contribution in the journal has been copied or plagiarized from another author, to publish a note on the journal;

- Allow or invite an author, which has published voluntarily or involuntarily incorrect data on the journal (data processing, data evaluation), not detected either by the Director or by the Reviewers, to make appropriate adjustment;

- Ensure that all communications and conversations that occur within the members of the Editorial Board , the Authors, the Reviewers and any other person involved in the process of revision, before and after publication, remain private;

- Ensure that none of the editorial staff and reviewers may use the information, data, theories, or interpretations of the article submitted to the journal, until the manuscript is published, unless the author gives permission to do it.

(APC) Article and submissions processing charges

ISR does not ask for articles and submissions processing charges APC