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Aims and Scope: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie

Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie


Zeitschrift für Soziologie in Österreich mit Beiträgen und Forschungsinformationen aus allen Bereichen der Soziologie

Die ÖZS ist das Fachorgan der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Ihr Ziel ist, den Austausch neuester Entwicklungen und Erkenntnisse der soziologischen und sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung zu fördern. In den Beiträgen wird die gesamte Vielfalt soziologischer Fragestellungen und wissenschaftlicher Standpunkte, einschließlich solcher mit interdisziplinärer Ausrichtung, berücksichtigt. Publiziert werden deutsch- und englischsprachige Texte aus allen Bereichen der Soziologie: theoretische, empirische und methodologische Artikel, Forschungsnotizen, Berichte von wissenschaftlichen Veranstaltungen, Buchbesprechungen, Stellungnahmen zu bisherigen Veröffentlichungen. Zielgruppe der Zeitschrift sind SoziologInnen und WissenschaftlerInnen angrenzender Fachgebiete.

Editor, Publisher, Academic Advisory Committee

The Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie (Austrian Journal for Sociology, ÖZS) is edited by the board of the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Soziologie (Austrian Society for Sociology, ÖGS) and published by Springer VS in both print and online versions. It has been published since 1976, and is available worldwide in major libraries and meta-databases.

The Academic Advisory Committee of the ÖZS is internationally staffed; currently, it includes Marek Czyzewski (Lodz), Stephen Kalberg (Bamberg), Jan Spurk (Paris), Loïc Wacquant (Berkeley), Kurt Imhof (Zurich), William Outhwaite (Newcastle), Frédéric Vandenberghe (Rio de Janeiro), and Claire Wallace (Aberdeen).

Focus and Frequency of Publication

The ÖZS is an academic journal with the goal of promoting an exchange of the latest developments and insights in sociology and social science research. Its contributions cover the entire range of sociological issues and scientific viewpoints, including those with an interdisciplinary approach.

German and English articles from all areas of sociology may be published, including theoretical, empirical, and methodological articles as well as research notes (short representations of unpublished, completed projects of broad interest), reports from academic events and initiatives, book reviews, and contributions in response to previous publications in the ÖZS. Generally, only articles that have not been published elsewhere will be accepted. The journal’s target audience encompasses sociologists and social scientists in related fields. The editors support young sociologists in the publication of their empirical research through the preliminary evaluation of submitted manuscripts.

The journal is published in four regular issues per year; these are designed either as open issues or themed issues. While the open issues deal with the greatest possible variety of subjects, the contributions to a themed issue focus on a problem area from several perspectives. An issue contains three to five main contributions, with a length of approximately 60,000 characters.

In addition to the regular issues, special issues are published on specific topics on the initiative of sociologists who are not necessarily part of the editorial staff. The planning and publication of these special issues are carried out in consultation with the editors, who also check the issue’s compliance with quality standards.

Quality Standards

Manuscripts submitted to the ÖZS are subjected to a double-blind peer review process. Two evaluations are solicited for each submission. The final decision on publication is made in an editorial meeting on the basis of the evaluations received. Approximately 40 percent of all contributions received appear in print.

Titles, abstracts, and keywords for the German contributions are also given in English. The bibliography follows the Chicago Manual of Style.

Editorial Staff

The editorial staff of the ÖZS is elected by the general assembly of the ÖGS for a term of two years. It consists of at least nine, but not more than eleven, members. The editorial team is assembled in such a way as to ensure a balanced gender representation and a solid connection to the existing academic sociology programs and non-university research institutions in Austria. It is also important to ensure that all sociological research areas are represented.

Special Considerations

­The themed issues and special issues enable a comprehensive and intensive examination of some of the more empirically and theoretically challenging topics in sociology.

­Contributions from all over the German-speaking world are published in order to promote contacts and exchanges between sociologists from that language area; about half of the published contributions come from sociologists working in Germany or Switzerland.

­Young sociologists submitting their first publications are supported through preliminary assessments.

Future Development of the Journal

­Our plan is to promote contributions in English: Future themed issues will include at least one English-language article, and the editorial will be written in English.

­Contacts with sociologists from Austria’s Southeast European neighbors will be strengthened and the number of contributions from these countries will be increased.