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Zeitschrift für Soziologie

Edited by: Katrin Auspurg, Herbert Kalthoff, Karin Kurz, Annette Schnabel, Rainer Schützeichel and Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer

Welcome! As of 2016 the Zeitschrift für Soziologie as well as all other journals of Lucius & Lucius Verlagsgesellschaft are published by De Gruyter Oldenbourg.

The Zeitschrift für Soziologie publishes peer-reviewed articles from all areas of sociology, aiming to represent both the diversity of empirical research as well as the plurality of theoretical traditions. Founded in 1971, the journal aims to represent the discipline as comprehensively as possible, inviting contributions from sociologists regardless of their conceptual affinities and orientations. By dissociating the editorial process from institutional affiliations and sub-disciplinary networks as thoroughly as possible, and by affording a complex process of peer review, the ZfS is set up to operate as an "authors' journal" instead of an "editors' journal".

1. Aim of the Journal

The Zeitschrift für Soziologie publishes peer-reviewed articles from all areas of sociology, aiming to represent both the diversity of empirical research as well as the plurality of theoretical traditions. Founded in 1971, the journal aims to represent the discipline as comprehensively as possible, inviting contributions from sociologists regardless of their conceptual affinities and orientations. By dissociating the editorial process from institutional affiliations and sub-disciplinary networks as thoroughly as possible, and by affording a complex process of peer review, the ZfS is set up to operate as an "authors' journal" instead of an "editors' journal".

2. Organization

The editorial office of the ZfS is located at Bielefeld University. The Faculty of Sociology in Bielefeld delegates supervision of the journal to an executive board of five editors. Members of this executive board are recruited from different universities and institutes, and at any time, only one of the five editors may be from Bielefeld faculty. The neutralization of institutional and personal interests within the editorial process is further safeguarded by the formal organization of the editorial process:

3. Rotation of Editors

All editorial decisions are taken collectively by the five editors of the journal. A gradual turnover of editors, each of them serving a four-year term of office, allows to preserve the continuity of the editorial process. In addition to the executive board, the publication of the ZfS is also being assisted and supervised by an expanded editorial board. Members of this board generally serve a six-year term, and, unlike members of the executive board, they can be re-elected.

4. Organization of the Peer-Review Process

The peer review process of the ZfS is particularly elaborate. As a rule, at least seven colleagues become involved in the evaluation of a manuscript. Each paper is read and evaluated individually by both the five members of the executive board and two additional reviewers. One deliberate side-effect of this process is to bring about and organize scientific communication prior to the publication of findings. Ideally, our reviewers and editors do not only serve as judges and critics, but also as mindful readers, valuable givers of advice and potential multipliers in communicating and discussing research findings of sociological interest.

5. Articles Selected for Publication

The ZfS publishes articles (about 80,000 characters incl. spaces) from all fields of sociological research. The journal aims to recognize and represent the full range of approaches, schools and traditions both within sociological theory and empirical research. Authors receive a detailed explanatory statement of the editors' decision to publish or reject a paper. Even if an author is not being encouraged to redraft and resubmit a paper in one form or another, he or she is guaranteed to receive substantial feedback.

6. Literature about the ZfS

Best, Heinrich & Renate Ohly, 1994: Entwicklungstendenzen der deutschsprachigen Soziologie im Spiegel ihrer führenden Fachzeitschriften - Ergebnisse einer Korrespondenzanalyse. Pp. 575-592 in: H. Best et al. (eds.): Informations- und Wissensverarbeitung in den Sozialwissenschaften, Opladen.

Glatzer, Wolfgang, 1993: Bunte Sträuße von einer unübersichtlichen Wiese - Der Jahrgang 1990 der Zeitschrift für Soziologie. Soziologische Revue 16: 349-355.

Hirschauer, Stefan & Matthias Winterhager, 1995: Die Zeitschrift für Soziologie: Geschichte, Autoren, Rezeption. Pp. 100 - 113 in: F.X. Kaufmann & R. Korff (eds.) Soziologie in Bielefeld. Ein Rückblick nach 25 Jahren. Bielefeld: Verlag für Regionalgeschichte.

Hirschauer, Stefan, 2004: Peer Review Verfahren auf dem Prüfstand. Zeitschrift für Soziologie 33: 62-83.

Schäfers, Bernhard, 1991: Der 17. Jahrgang/1988 der Zeitschrift für Soziologie. Soziologische Revue 14: 287-294.

Sahner, Heinz, 1982: Zur Selektivität von Herausgebern: Eine Input-Output-Analyse der 'Zeitschrift für Soziologie'. ZfS 11: 82-98

7. The ZfS in the Press

  • Der Bub geht aufs Gymnasium!
    FAZ 23.06.2017 (Link)

  • Studenten ohne Abitur scheitern häufiger
    Die Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 9.2.2016 über Tobias Brändle & Holger Lengfeld in ZfS 44 (6), 2015

  • Aus dem Weg! Verhalten auf der Rolltreppe
    Die Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 12.7.2012 über Wolbring et al. in ZfS 42 (3), 2013.

  • Notenvergabe: In beiderseitigem Einvernehmen
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 18.4.2012 about Müller-Benedict & Tsarouha, ZfS 40 (5), 2011.
  • Die Moschee als feste Burg?
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, 30.8.2009 (print) about Diehl & Koenig, ZfS 38 (4), 2009.
  • Vom Nutzen, Nützlichkeit zu versprechen. Jeder Forscher hat zwei Labors: Eine Fallstudie
    FAZ, 25.3.2009 (print) about Baumeler, ZfS 38 (1), 2009.
  • Kann man Schichtung sehen? Hochzeiten sind Kostümfeste. Muss man erwarten, dass Hochzeitsfotos nur wenig von den Porträtierten erkennen lassen? Ein soziologisches Experiment will das Gegenteil beweisen.
    FAZ, April 2008 (print) about Pape et al., ZfS 37 (1)
  • Der Forschungsstil als Frauenfalle. Eine Studie über Personalisierung in der Wissenschaft
    FAZ about Heintz et al., ZfS 36 (4), 2007.
  • Immer mehr Männer heiraten Frauen aus ärmeren Ländern
    Aachener Zeitung about Glowsky, ZfS 36 (4), 2007.
  • Wenn es nicht klappt. Kinderlos und vertraglich abgesichert – so scheitern Ehen
    Tagesspiegel about Wagner & Weiß, ZfS 32 (1), 2003.

8. Prizes and Awards

  • Petra Böhnke, Janina Zeh and Sebastian Link:
    „Atypische Beschäftigung im Erwerbsverlauf: Verlaufstypen als Ausdruck sozialer Spaltung?" (ZfS 44 (4), 2015: 234-252). Third prize Fritz Thyssen Stiftung for essays in social sciences in 2015.
  • Marion Müller:
    „The evils of racism and the wealth of diversity" – Zum Bedeutungswandel der Rassenkategorie bei den UN-Weltkonferenzen gegen Rassismus" (ZfS 43 (6), 2014). First prize Fritz Thyssen Stiftung for essays in social sciences in 2014.
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The Zeitschrift für Soziologie was founded in 1971. First editor was Rolf Klima.

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Our journal invites authors to submit manuscripts in German or in English. Papers submitted to the ZfS are subject to a process of peer review by the five editors of the journal and usually at least two additional reviewers.

Occasionally, authors may wish to ask the editorial office not to involve certain reviewers in the process, or suggest names of colleagues they would like to see included. A respective note sent in by an author will be considered by the editorial office.

Once a paper has entered the peer review process, authors are informed about the approximate date at which the editors will discuss and evaluate the manuscript. This evaluation takes place during a meeting in which the editors debate the paper based on their individual assessments and the reviews the paper has by then received. After the editors have reached a decision, authors obtain a detailed explanatory statement. On average, it takes about three months before authors are told whether their paper has been accepted or rejected, and (in the latter case) if they are being encouraged to revise and resubmit their work.
The ZfS asks its authors to ensure that the use of language is gender-appropriate. The manner in which this is done is optional.

There are four possible outcomes of the editorial process:

  • An article is accepted and will be published with minor revisions.
  • An article gets conditionally accepted and will be published after an additional review.
  • An article is rejected in its current form, but authors are advised to resubmit their work once it has been re-drafted according to the recommendations provided by the editors and reviewers.
  • An article is rejected.

A special service of the ZfS is the "sponsoring" of articles, especially those submitted by younger colleagues. In sponsoring an article, the editors of the ZfS more closely supervise the revision of a manuscript.

If an article is accepted, our bimonthly publication schedule usually allows for a speedy publication.

Manuscripts offered for publication are to be submitted to the editorial office:

Faculty of Sociology
University of Bielefeld
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld

Formal Requirements

No double submission: Manuscripts which have previously been published or are simultaneously being offered to other publishers are generally not considered for publication. Republishing ZfS articles at a later date is permissible, as long as the ZfS is credited with initial publication.

Length of manuscripts: Articles submitted for publication should not exceed 80.000 characters (including spaces). The number of characters is to be noted on the manuscript's cover sheet.

Number of copies: Our editorial process requires an electronic copy (MS-Word compatible) of an anoymous version of the article. All authors must be named on a separate cover page (to be submitted electronically in an additional file). Changes in authorship during the process of revising a manuscipt have to be reported to the editorial office.

Anonymity: Authors are required not to reveal their identity within the paper submitted for peer review. Respective references, acknowledgements etc. have to be consistently avoided.

Summary: A summary of the article (no more than 150 words) should be included.

Readability and formatting requirements: Before being sent in, manuscipts should be checked thoroughly for any restrictions on readability, including grammar, orthography, text formatting, page numbers. Please use American spelling and punctuation throughout. A line spacing of 1.5 and a font size of 12 pt is recommended.

Transparent use of empirical data: Articles which employ standardized data have to include a tabular appendix. Data sources, original items and codifications should be made as transparent as possible. Means and standard errors are to be listed for metric variables, proportional values for categorial variables. If multivariate statistics are employed, please specify rated regression coefficients and standard errors.

Articles based on "qualitative" (unstandardized) data also have to include adequate information about the number of cases, the sites and practices of data collection, and an appropriate specification of the methodological approach. This information is to be given within the main text. In order to represent complex qualitative data comprehensively, an additional tabular appendix may sometimes be useful.

Footnotes should be used sparingly and only for substantive commentary. Mere bibliographical statements are to be avoided.

Tables and figures should be placed in those sections of the text in which they are being referred to. Regarding the presentation of empirical data, authors are specifically urged to take note of the above requirements (tabular appendix, appropriate specification).

References to literature are to be placed within the text and should indicate the author, the year of publication and (preferably) specific page numbers of the works being cited. References within the text should take the form of author (year: page numbers), e.g.: White (2008: 13).

Special cases:
- For multiple citation of a source, please avoid abbreviations like "op. cit." or "ibid.".
- When citing collaborations by two authors, state both names and connect by using "&" (e.g. Meyer & Rowan 1977), in the case of three and more authors, state the name of the first one and abbreviate by using "et al." (e.g. Jahoda et al. 1975)
- If two authors bear the same name, specify first names by initials.
- In the case of institutional authors, state the name of the institution as briefly as possible while still enabling identification (e.g. Basel Committee on Banking Supervision 2001: 12).
- Distinguish publications by the same author by adding an a, b, c etc. after the year of publication (e.g. Luhmann 1975a: 12, 1975b: 236). Put multiple references in common brackets and separate by semicolon (e.g. Holzkamp 1983; Negt & Kluge 1972; Fricke 1975).

Bibliography: All references should be listed by author and year of publication at the end of the paper. At this point, please name all authors individually and do not use "et al.". State the name of the publisher in as brief a form as is still intelligible. Please use headline style capitalization, but do not use underlining or italics. There is no need to fully adjust the bibliography to our formal standards when initially submitting a paper, but the respective bibliographical information should be comprehensively included.

Luhmann, Niklas, 1995: Social Systems. Stanford, Cal.: Stanford University Press

Journal articles:
Sztompka, P.H., 1993: Civilizational Incompetence: The Trap of Post-Communist Societies. Zeitschrift für Soziologie 22: 88-95
Friedrichs, J., M. Stolle & G. Engelbrecht, 1993: Rational Choice-Theorie: Probleme der Operationalisierung. Zeitschrift für Soziologie 22: 2-15.

Book chapters:
Mulkay, M.J., 1977: The Sociology of Science in Britain. Pp. 224-257 in: R.K. Merton & J. Gaston (eds.), The Sociology of Science in Europe. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.

Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP  may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter’s OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland:  https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463

Editorial Board

  • Katrin Auspurg, München
  • Herbert Kalthoff, Mainz
  • Karin Kurz, Göttingen
  • Annette Schnabel, Düsseldorf
  • Rainer Schützeichel, Bielefeld (Editor in Chief)
  • Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer, Berlin

Executive Editors

Date: January 2019

Martin Abraham, Nürnberg; Jutta Allmendinger, Berlin; Ruth Ayaß, Bielefeld; Johannes Berger, Mannheim; Jörg Bergmann, Bielefeld; Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Bamberg; Ralf Bohnsack, Berlin; Alfons Bora, Bielefeld; Josef Brüderl, München; Günter Burkart, Lüneburg; Andreas Diekmann, Zürich; Claudia Diehl, Konstanz; Jürgen Gerhards, Berlin; Hans Geser, Zürich; Karin Gottschall, Bremen; Bettina Heintz, Luzern; Thomas Hinz, Konstanz; Stefan Hirschauer, Mainz; Hans Joas, Berlin; Frank Kalter, Mannheim; Susanne Karstedt, Brisbane; Karin Knorr Cetina, Konstanz; Matthias Koenig, Göttingen; Martin Kohli, Florenz; Hans-Joachim Lauth, Würzburg; Martina Löw, Berlin; Kai-Olaf Maiwald, Osnabrück; Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhofer, Siegen; Richard Münch, Bamberg; Bernhard Nauck, Chemnitz; Gertrud Nunner-Winkler, München; Ilona Ostner, Göttingen; Gunnar Otte, Mainz; Franz U. Pappi, Mannheim; Detlef Pollack, Münster; Peter Preisendörfer, Mainz; Werner Rammert, Berlin; Andreas Reckwitz, Frankfurt (Oder); Jörg Rössel, Zürich; Edeltraud Roller, Mainz; Hartmut Rosa, Jena; Uwe Schimank, Bremen; Gert Schmidt, Erlangen; Wolfgang Ludwig Schneider, Osnabrück; Thomas Schwinn, Heidelberg; Hans-Georg Soeffner, Essen; Ilja Srubar, Erlangen; Rudolf Stichweh, Bonn; Wolfgang Streeck, Köln; Helmut Thome, Halle (Saale); Hartmann Tyrell, Bielefeld; Hendrik Vollmer, Coventry; Theresa Wobbe, Potsdam; Monika Wohlrab-Sahr, Leipzig; Stephan Wolff, Hildesheim

Editorial Office

Editorial Office of the Zeitschrift für Soziologie
Editorial Manager: Prof. Dr. Rainer Schützeichel
Administrative Support: Sabine Adam, Petra Borgsen

Bielefeld University
Faculty for Sociology
P.O. Box 10 01 31
D-33501 Bielefeld
Phone: +49 521 106-4626


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