Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Canadian Journal of Sociology publishes rigorously peer-reviewed research articles and innovative theoretical essays by social scientists from around the world, providing insight into the issues facing Canadian society as well as social and cultural systems in other countries. The journal also features a lively debate/commentary section encouraging the intensive exchange of ideas, along with regular sections such as "Notes on Society" that address topical issues of the day from a social science point of view and "Notes on the Discipline" designed to discuss a variety of issues encountered in the course of the sociological analysis of modern society.

Each issue of the journal also has a comprehensive book review section.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Note on Society/Réflexion sur la société

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Notes on the Discipline

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Review Essay/Essai bibliographique

  • Tara Milbrandt
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Book Reviews/Comptes rendus

  • Tara Milbrandt
  • Marta-Marika Urbanik
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Books Received/Livres réçus

  • Laura Botsford
  • Kevin Haggerty
  • Tara Milbrandt
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Note from the Editor

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Peer Review Process

The CJS relies on its eminent group of associate editors who represent a wide range of intellectual orientations and every region of Canada, with some in the United States and in Europe. Associate editors provide reviews of manuscripts in their area of expertise and overall advice on intellectual content.
Submitted manuscripts are first reviewed by the editor to ensure that style guidelines, word count, and subject matter are in accordance with the journal’s general guidelines. Manuscripts that pass the internal review are then sent to three external reviewers for assessment. Within one month these reviewers submit an evaluation, which addresses such points as: 1) significance/timeliness; 2) appropriateness for the journal; 3) quality of the research; 4) quality of writing (clarity, style, and organization); 5) theoretical contribution; 6) methodological contribution; 7) importance to sociologists, and 8) integration into the relevant literature. The reviewer makes one of five recommendations:
Publish with minor revisions supervised by the editor;
Request minor modifications (as per comments);
Request major revisions (i.e. the piece needs major revisions, data needs to be updated, sections need to be expanded or contracted significantly, conclusions need rewriting, etc.). Such manuscripts, once revised, are returned to the editor who determines whether all of the reviewer’s queries/suggestions/criticisms were addressed adequately. In most cases, the revised manuscript is then returned to the initial reviewer for reevaluation; Reject; Recommend the author submit the piece to a different (specified) journal.

NOTE: Please do NOT include in the body of your review an assessment as to whether or not this piece should be published in the CJS. You can convey your opinion on this matter in your note to the editor or in the pull-down box where you will be offered a range of different decision-options.

Every attempt is made to provide authors with prompt and useful comments on their manuscripts. When the editorial decision is to revise and resubmit, CJS policy is to make a decision after the second set of reviews. When manuscripts are rejected, every effort is made to provide the author with constructive suggestions regarding how they might revise the paper for submission to another journal.


Publication Frequency

The Canadian Journal of Sociology is a quarterly publication. Journal issues are published collectively as part of a single issue, each with a unique Table of Contents.


Open Access Policy

This journal 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 utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Submission Instructions


If you have not already "registered" with the Canadian Journal of Sociology, the journal requires you to do so. You can do so by entering your data in the fields found at the link below


To do so, follow the steps on the CJS website homepage (also described below).

CJS website hompage link:


Uploading Procedure

Ensure that you have registered and selected the role of "author". This will allow you to obtain a username and set a password, both of which are necessary for log in and submission.
Click on the "Log In" button found on the menu bar at the top of the CJS home page, and log in using your user name and password. This will then take you to the "User Home" page.
Click on the "[New Submission]" button (on the right side of this "User Home" page).
Select "Article" from the "Journal Section" menu.
Click on each check box listed (a check mark should appear)
Click on the "Save and continue" button at the bottom of the page and complete the subsequent procedures.
When all steps have been completed, click on the “Log Out” button found under the “USER” box along the right-hand side of the webpage.

If you are having difficulty with any of the above steps, please email Michelle Peters-Jones at petersjo@ualberta.ca.