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Author Guidelines

Submission of a manuscript to a professional journal implies commitment to publish in that journal. The competition for journal space requires a great deal of time and effort on the part of editorial readers whose main compensation for this service is the opportunity to read papers prior to publication and the gratification associated with discharge of a professional obligation. For these reasons, the Canadian Journal of Sociology/Cahiers canadiens de sociologie regards submission of a manuscript to a professional journal while that paper is under review by another journal as unacceptable.

Manuscripts can be submitted in French or English.
- All copy including footnotes and references should be double-spaced.
- Contributors should also supply an abstract in English or French of approximately 100-150 words each. If a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author will be asked to submit abstracts in both English and French.


Manuscripts should be approximately 7000 to 8000 words (including referencing)


All references in the text should refer to the last name of the author or authors (if more than two, use et al.), year of publication, and, in the case of citations, pagination, enclosed in a single pair of parentheses, e.g., (Clark 1974: 23).

If the author’s name is used in the text, follow it with the year of publication (in the case of translations or new editions, the year of the original publication in square brackets is desirable) and pagination if necessary, e.g., Kuhn (1962: 12) observes:

More than one reference to the same author and year should be distinguished by letters attached to the year of publication, e.g., (Fischer 1973a: 113).

A number of references in the text or in the footnotes may be enclosed within a single pair of parentheses, separated by semi-colons, e.g., (Kuhn 1962; Fischer 1973a).

Quotations in the text should be enclosed in double quotation marks. Extensive quotations should be indented in the text without quotation marks.

The ONLY time when single quotation marks should be used is to indicate a quote within a quotation. You should use double quotation marks for "scare quotes."

Your references must be complete. Please give all author names, first names, date, place of publication, publisher, and page numbers where required (i.e. for citations). Check to ensure that references you make within the text correspond to your list of references.

If you cite an Internet address please indicate in parenthesis (access date: month day, year).


List all references alphabetically, with full publication information and without any abbreviations. Where more than one reference is given for an author, they should be arranged by year, from earliest to most recent.

References to books and journal titles should be in headline style. References to titles (in journals or edited collections) should be presented in sentence case:

Haraway, Donna J. 1991. Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. New York: Routledge.
Lander, Eric. 1992. DNA fingerprinting: Science, law, and the ultimate identifier. In The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project, edited by D. Kevles and L. Hood, 191-210. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
Smith, Dorothy. 1974. The social construction of documentary reality. Sociological Inquiry 44 (4):257-268.

Note that, despite what we are able to show here, all references of more than one line should be indented 7 spaces from the second line on.

The general orientation should be that if if material is important enough to note, it should be included in the body of the text. Otherwise strive to keep the use of footnotes to an absolute minimum.

When references within footnotes are required they should be typed following the format used for the text itself.

Must be supplied electronically in camera-ready format. Please provide figures in a PDF file and prepare them according to the following specifications:

1. At least 1" of white space between the heading (i.e. title and caption) and the figure
2. Dimensions no larger than 11 cm x 17.5 cm (26 picas by 42 picas)
3. The use of colour is encouraged. Shading is accepted but must be between 20% and 80% to reproduce effectively.


Send illustrations as a black and white image saved as a PDF file. Clearly indicate captions and credit lines.


All tables should conform to a basic format. Please fit text and figures between three horizontal lines (no vertical lines, please). The title should be typed above the top horizontal line. The source and any notes should appear below the bottom horizontal line. Align decimal points and commas. Do not use space bar to align columns; please use proper tab settings.


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. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

1. The CJS will perform the usual functions of copy-editing on the article. The Author(s) will be given an opportunity to read and correct proofs, but if they fail to return them by the date set on the proofs, production and publication may proceed without the Author(s)'s approval of proofs.
2. The CJS will publish this article pursuant to this contract at its cost. CJS has the exclusive right to determine how the article will appear in the journal and elsewhere.
3. The Author(s) warrant that permission to publish the article has not been previously assigned elsewhere. The Author(s) further warrant that the contribution is original to them, except for any copyrighted material of others incorporated in it, and that the Author(s) will advise us of any material, either text or illustration, the rights for which are controlled by others. Where necessary, the Author(s) will obtain, before publication and at their expense, permission in writing from the owner of the copyright in that material for publication by us. Copies of any such permission must be submitted to CJS for our files.
4. The Author(s) further warrant that the article contains no defamatory or otherwise unlawful matter and that it makes no improper invasion of the privacy or personal rights of anyone. The Author(s) undertake that all statements in it purporting to be facts are true; and that they will advise us of any statements that might be construed as defamatory or otherwise unlawful. We may require substantive revision of the manuscript to avoid including material that may infringe rights or be defamatory or otherwise unlawful.
5. In the unlikely event of any claim, action, or proceeding based on an alleged violation of any of these warranties, we shall have the right to defend the same through counsel of our own choosing. The Author(s) agree to pay all resulting costs and damages, except that this indemnity shall not apply to any changes in the manuscript by us that were not approved by the Author(s) in advance of publication, or to any material that the Authors had warned us in advance of publication might be construed as defamatory or otherwise unlawful.
6. In order to protect both Author(s) and CJS from unauthorized use of the article, the Author(s) agree to refer to us any subsequent requests to publish it or a substantial portion thereof. If we choose to grant any such request, we will normally exact a standard fee for reprinting, the amount of this fee to be fixed by us from time to time; this fee will be divided equally with Author(s). We will accede to any request by the Author(s) to use part or all of their article in a article published under either Author(s)’s exclusive authorship or editorship, provided that acknowledgment of its first appearance is made in a manner approved by CJS, and in such cases no fee for reprinting shall be payable to us.
7. Subject to the above conditions, and in consideration of CJS undertaking to subsidize costs of publication of the article, the Author(s) assign to CJS the exclusive world rights to the article in its present, or substantially its present, form, and the parties hereto agree upon the foregoing terms for themselves and their respective executors, administrators, assigns, or successors. The Author(s) herby waive any claim for royalties and reprint fees arising from the use of their article. CJS hereby obtains the right to use the article in any future publication, including, but not limited to, publication in electronic media, issued under its auspices and to authorize others, including reproduction rights organizations such as CanCopy, to do the same.


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