Social Problems Submissions
Preparing Manuscripts For Social Problems
Social Problems publishes original empirical research that makes a strong theoretical contribution to general sociological questions and issues. Papers should be a maximum of 35 pages (approx.10,000 words) plus references, tables, etc. Submissions should be uploaded to: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ucpress-sp. Please direct questions to Becky Pettit, at . All copy should be typed in 12 point font and doublespaced (including indented quotes, footnotes, and references) on 8 1⁄2 by 11 inch white paper. Pages must be numbered consecutively, including references. Leave one inch margins. Avoid the generic use of male nouns or pronouns.
To ensure anonymity in the review process, remove all identifying material from your manuscript. This includes: authors' names, institutional affiliations, and contact information, self-identifying references to previous work, self-identifying footnotes, and acknowledgements. Papers that do not meet these requirements will be returned without review to the author.
After acceptance, agreement must be reached between author and editor on all matters concerning the manuscript before it goes to the printer. Authors will receive page proofs, but only printer errors may be changed at that time.
Please note that there is a non-refundable manuscript submission fee of $25, payable as you submit your manuscript. Consideration of the manuscript cannot proceed until payment is received. To pay by check or money order, please make it payable to SSSP and mail to:
Becky Pettit, Editor
University of Washington
Department of Sociology
Seattle, WA 98195-3340
Papers accepted for publication are subject to a fee of $100, which is waived for members of SSSP. The publication fee is also waived for graduate students or unemployed persons who are sole authors of accepted papers.
Abstract. Include a short summary of the problem, procedures, and findings, and five keywords.
Footnotes. Avoid footnotes if possible by incorporating footnote information into the text. When absolutely necessary, they should be numbered consecutively and attached as a section titled "Notes."
Tables. Type each table on a separate page and append at the end of the manuscript. Insert a location note at the appropriate place in the text (e.g., Table 1 about here).
Figures. Figures should suitable for clear reproduction. Retain the originals (for transmission to editor upon acceptance) and append copies at the end of the manuscript.
Symbols. Clarify symbols with notes in the margin. Encircle the notes to show they are not intended for printing.
Citations In Text
1. Authors' names and publication dates used in the text should be enclosed by parentheses. Cite pages only in the case of a direct quotation, as shown below.
2. Alphabetize multiple references. Separate with semicolons.
3. For dual or triple authorship, give all last names; for more than three authors, use "et al." (but include all names in the references following the text).
4. For authors with more than one citation in the same year, designate by "a," "b," etc.
1. Gubrium (1993) suggests that "life narratives are not personality profiles" (p. 15).
2. . . . in various related projects (Berbrier 2000; Lowney 1998; Marvasti 2003).
3. . . . (Miller et al. 2002; Spencer and McKinney 1997).
4. . . . (Hondagneu-Sotelo 2001a, 2001b)
References Following Text
List all sources alphabetically by author, and within author chronologically by year of publication, in a section entitled “References,” following the main text. Please use referencing conventions established in the ASA Style Guide, 2nd ed. (1997). Examples appear in February and August issues of the American Sociological Review.
Gamson, Joshua. 1998. Freaks Talk Back. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Spector, Malcolm and John I. Kitsuse.  2001. Constructing Social Problems. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.
U.S. Bureau of the Census. 1998. Statistical Abstract of the United States. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
Jenness, Valerie. 1999. “Managing Differences and Making Legislation.” Social Problems 46:548–71.
Schmid, Thomas J. and Richard S. Jones. 1990. “Experiential Orientations to the Prison Experience.” Perspectives on Social Problems 2:189–210.
Emerson, Robert M. and Melvin Pollner. 2001. “Differences and Dialogue.” Pp. 177–89 in Qualitative Research Methods, edited by D. Weinberg. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Loseke, Donileen R. and Joel Best, eds. 2003. Social Problems: Constructionist Readings. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter.
Loseke, Donileen R. and Spencer Cahill. Forthcoming. “Publishing Qualitative Manuscripts.” In Qualitative Research Practice, edited by C. Seale, G. Gobo, J. Gubrium, and D. Silverman. London: Sage.