Sociology Lens aims to offer a lively and informative venue for faculty, graduate students and the wider public to discuss current issues in sociology. The site is a companion to the online review journal, Sociology Compass and linked to the associated industry leading Twitter profile Sociology Lens which is followed by over 24,500 researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, students and professional organizations globally.
Sociology Lens publishes posts in any and all of the following areas:
- Sociology and Current Events, e.g. the role of sociology in public discourse and mainstream media, placing a contemporary issue in sociological context.
- Discipline-specific news, e.g. changes in teaching curricula, textbook controversies, new sources of funding, job search issues, upcoming conferences, post-conference reports
- Digital Sociology, e.g. reviews of new online collections, declassified documents, databases etc., or even an interview with the project’s founder.
- Recent Publications – less formal than a review, a perspective on a new book or article and what it offers for your field.
- Any other topics that the News Editors will develop over the coming time.
We’re looking for new contributors! To submit an article to Sociology Lens or become a News Editor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your CV and details about your area of research.
Sociology Lens encourages authors to write about their research interests with the idea of Sociology as broadly defined; this means we are open to posting articles about anything from Sociological Theory to Star Wars. Sociology Lens is ultimately a forum open to public discussion, which can be accessed by the academic and professional community, and members of the public.
Although this forum can be relatively free and experimental, it is still a public forum and so the usual academic guidelines about not infringing copyright, publishing libelous material and so on still apply.
All opinions on Sociology Lens are those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the Sociology Lens editors, Wiley, or the authors’ respective employers.
- Title – make sure your title is descriptive, and uses keywords that readers might search on. Catchy and enticing titles always work well.
- Blog Type – please choose ONE blog type for your post, ‘Opinion, ‘People’, or ‘Books and arts’ (see details on article types, below)
- Topic – please choose no more than FIVE topics for your post. Please see the list of subjects, below.
- Length – we recommend that the word count be between 500-1000 words. If you have a longer post, consider breaking it into two parts
- Style – the content should offer academic substance, but your tone can be more informal. Try to be crisp, direct, and accessible – remember your forum and audience
- Acknowledgement of sources and links – make sure any sources you use are cited, with links to the relevant sites. We particularly encourage linking to news and journal articles.
- Images – images can really help attract readers, the key thing is to make sure there is no copyright infringement. There are a number of places you can find non-copyrighted images, including Wikimedia Commons or by using the filter on Google Image search.
- Start a conversation – ensure your post has a way for readers to join the discussion and contribute, pose a question or write your post to encourage comment.
Sociology Lens content is organized into three broad categories. When submitting, please indicate clearly which ONE content type your post relates to.
Most of the blog posts on Sociology Lens will fall under the category of ‘Opinion’. Opinion pieces should provide substantive commentary of contemporary issues in the context of sociology. This may include recent public events and trends, as well as discipline specific issues and other topics which are relevant to the academic and professional sociology community, and members of the public.
Blog posts under the ‘People’ category will include profiles, biographies, and interviews of key figures within Sociology research. Full consent from those interviewed or profiled will need to be provided prior to publication.
Books & arts
Blog posts in the ‘Books and arts’ category include perspectives on a new book or article and what it offers for your field. Commentaries relating to film, music, arts, and events such as festivals may also be included.
Content published on Sociology Lens are organized by topic. Please select no more than FIVE key topics from the following list to which your post applies:
- Class & Stratification
- Feminist Theory
- Gender & Sexuality
- History of Sociology
- Peace, War & Social Conflict
- Political & Economic Sociology
- Population & Demography
- Race & Ethnicity Studies
- Research Methodologies
- Science & Technology
- Social Identity
- Social Movements / Social Change
- Social Theory
- Sociology of Children
- Sociology of Culture
- Sociology of Globalization
- Sociology of Health & Illness
- Sociology of Language
- Sociology of Law
- Sociology of Media & Communications
- Sociology of Organizations & Work
- Sociology of Religion
- Sociology of the Family
- Urban Sociology