Sociology (journal)

This article is about the journal. For the discipline, see Sociology.
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline Sociology
Language English
Edited by Andrew King, Karim Murji, Sarah Neal, Sophie Watson, Kath Woodward
Publication details
Sage Publications on behalf of the British Sociological Association (United Kingdom)
Publication history
Frequency Bimonthly
ISSN 0038-0385 (print)
1469-8684 (web)
LCCN 73012649
OCLC no. 1765950

Sociology is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by SAGE Publications on behalf of the British Sociological Association. The journal's editors-in-chief are Andrew King, Sarah Neal (both University of Surrey), Karim Murji, Sophie Watson, and Kath Woodward (all Open University).

Sociology is regarded as one of the three "main sociology journals in Britain," along with the The Sociological Review and the British Journal of Sociology.[1]

The journal was established in 1967 as "the clearest intellectual representative of the social aspirations of the Butskellite era,"[2] with Michael Banton serving as its first editor. It was formerly published by Cambridge University Press and has been published by Sage Publications since 2002. Shortly after its establishment, it became the official journal of the British Sociological Association, replacing the British Journal of Sociology.[3]

Abstracting and indexing

Sociology is abstracted and indexed in Scopus and the Social Sciences Citation Index. According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2013 impact factor is 1.348, ranking it 28 out of 137 journals in the category "Sociology".[4]

Former editors

Notable articles

According to Google Scholar, the most-cited articles published in Sociology are:

As of April 2012, the most highly cited article, "Social network analysis" by John Scott, had been cited over 5500 times.


  1. A. H. Halsey, A History of Sociology in Britain, Oxford University Press, 2004, p. 183
  2. Nikolai Genov, National Traditions in Sociology, Sage, 1989, p. 204
  3. A. H. Halsey, A History of Sociology in Britain, Oxford University Press, 2004, p. 183
  4. "Journals Ranked by Impact: Sociology". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014.
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