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Preparation and Submission of Manuscripts in English

General conditions


• The Journal neither favors nor excludes any research orientation. Manuscripts may be submitted in German, French or English. Articles are considered on their merits and in relation to the overall suitability of the journal. All manuscripts are subject to review by the editorial committee and by independent experts, whose names are not disclosed.


• It is understood that manuscripts accepted for publication are subject to editorial revision.


Guidelines for redaction


• Articles should not exceed 50’000 characters or 8’000 words. They should be accompanied by an abstract of approximately 650 characters or 100 words, and by five keywords. Abstract, keywords and the main title of the contribution should be delivered with a translation in German, French and English.


• Titles within the text have to be hierarchically numbered (1.1 Title). A title should introduce the first paragraph of the text.


• Footnotes (no Endnotes) are to be used sparingly and they should not be used for references. Any notes should be numbered consecutively throughout the article, except those in tables and figures.


• Tables should be numbered consecutively and presented separately, one to a page, at the end of the text. The data on which diagrams and figures are based must be provided (preferably in MS Excel format). No text should be included within diagrams. Tables and diagrams should bear a descriptive title and any notes should be numbered. The locations where tables and figures are to be inserted are marked as follows: # table 1 about here #. Number and dimensions of tables and diagrams should remain reasonable and their layout should be adapted to the SJS layout.





IMPORTANT: Contributions should be accompanied by a statement that they have not already been published, and that they will not be submitted for publication elsewhere without the agreement of the Editor-in-Chief.


• Manuscripts submitted for publication should include a cover page (full name of all authors, institutional affiliations, as well as the full mailing address and e-mail address of the corresponding author). The authors should not be identifiable in the body of the manuscript.


• Authors must observe the usual rules and practices regarding the reproduction of copyright material in their articles, assuming responsibility for obtaining permission where appropriate.


Manuscripts should be addressed by e-mail to:


e-mail: >socio.journal[at]



Responsibility and Copyright


• The responsibility for opinions expressed in signed articles rests solely with the authors. The Swiss Journal of Sociology and the Swiss Sociological Association owns the copyright for the published articles.


• The publication rights in print, electronic and any other form and in any other language is reserved by the Swiss Journal of Sociology and the Swiss Sociological Association.



Guidelines for text layout


General layout


Manuscripts should be typed in double-line spacing, without empty section mark between divisions.


Quotation marks


US style and “double” quotation marks should be used for quoted material in the text, with ‘single’ quotation marks for quotes within quotes. Double quotation can also be used for titles, trade names, products, organizations.




Use italic type – and only italic type – for emphasis. Bold and quotation marks, underline, color or any kind of capital should not be used for emphasis.




Use a single space after a full point, and after commas, colons, semicolons, question mark etc. Do not put a space in front of any punctuation mark.



Citations within the text


For referencing cite author’s surname, the year of publication and (in case of direct quotation) the page reference in parentheses. If the author’s name is in the text, include only the year of publication (and page number) in parentheses. In case references concern more than two authors, only include the first author followed by “et al.” References to the same author(s) in the same year should be distinguished by use of letter (a, b, etc.). Enclose a series of references with a single pair of parentheses, separated by semicolons, and ordered by year of publication.




… Durkheim (1930, 23–24) … (Phelan et al. 1995) …

… (Roussel et al. 1975; Castiglioni und Dalla Zuanna 2008; Forney 2009) …

… (OECD 2009a; OECD 2009b; OECD 2010) …



References (Bibliography)


The bibliography lists every work cited in the text (and every work listed in the bibliography must be cited in the text). References are listed in alphabetical order by authors’ last names. Please include full names of all authors. For multiple authorships, only the name of the first author is inverted. Two or more entries by the same author(s) should be listed in chronological order of the year of publication. Use italic type for main titles (like titles


of book or journal). Use headline style capitalization (capitalize all words except articles, coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions), except in titles in German (Capitalization for nouns following German Typography).





Book – one author


Offe, Claus. 2006. Strukturprobleme des kapitalistischen Staates: Aufsätze zur politischen Soziologie. Frankfurt a.M.: Campus.


Book – two or more authors


Berger, Peter L. and Thomas Luckmann. 1966. The social construction of reality: A treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge. Garden City, NY: Anchor.


Chapter in book


Höpflinger, François, and Pasqualina Perrig-Chiello. 2008. Junges Erwachsenenalter: Auszug aus dem Elternhaus und Familiengründung. Pp. 145–164 in Generationen – Strukturen und Beziehungen. Generationenbericht Schweiz, edited by Pasqualina Perrig-Chiello, François Höpflinger, and Christian Suter. Zurich: Seismo Press.


Edited Book


Commaille, Jacques, Patrick Festy, Pierre Guibentif, Jean Kellerhals, Jean-François Perrin, and Louis Roussel (Eds.). 1983. Le Divorce en Europe Occidentale. La Loi et le Nombre. Geneva: Centre d’Etude de Théorie et d’Evaluation Législatives.


No author


Manual of Style. 1993. 14th ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago.

(List texts with no author alphabetically by the first significant word in the title.)


Journal article – one author


Levy, René. 1991. Discours sur la Différenciation Structurelle ou Différenciation du Discours sur les Structures? Swiss Journal of Sociology 17(3): 618–626.


Journal article – two or more authors


Bollen, Kenneth A., James B. Kirby, Patrick J. Curran, Pamela M. Paxton, and Feinian Chen. 2007. Latent Variable Models Under Misspecification: Two-Stage Least Squares (2SLS) and Maximum Likelihood (ML) Estimators. Sociological Methods & Research 36(1): 26–47.


Magazine article


Jana, Reena. 2000. Preventing Culture Clashes – As the IT Workforce Grows More Diverse, Managers Must Improve Awareness Without Creating Inconsistency. Pp. 95–96 in InfoWorld 22(17). San Francisco: Reuters.


Newspaper article


Kramer, Pirmin. 24.10.2010. In Appenzell Innerrhoden halten die Ehen am längsten. Pp. 10 in Der Sonntag. Aarau: Der Sonntag.




Dacome, Lucia. 2000. Policing bodies and balancing minds: Self and representation in eighteenth-century Britain. PhD dissertation, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, UK.


Conference paper


Kaa (van de), Dirk. 2002. The idea of a second demographic transition in industrialized countries. Paper presented at the Sixth Welfare Policy Seminar of the National Institute of Population and Social Security. Tokyo, Japan, January 30, 2002.


Working paper (retrieved in Electronic Format or not)


Dahinden, Janine. 2010. Cabaret dancer’s transnationality. Working paper MAPS 3. University of Neuchâtel,,44,4,20100311173422-YM/Dahinden_Janine_-_La_circulation_des_personnes._Cabaret_Dancer_s_20100311.pdf (14.03.2011).


Article retrieved in Electronic Format – Journal


Hitzler, Ronald. 2002. Sinnrekonstruktion. Zum Stand der Diskussion (in) der deutschsprachigen interpretativen Soziologie. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung 3(2), (18.08.2007).


Article retrieved in Electronic Format – Newspaper


MacAskill, Ewan. 18.09.2007. Rice apologizes for US security firm shootings. The Guardian,,,2171324,00.html (29.09.2007).


Information posted on a Web Site


FSO (Federal Statistical Office). 2010. Enquiries, Sources – 01 – Population and Households Statistics (STATPOP). Overview. Neuchâtel: FSO, erhebungen__quellen/blank/blank/statpop/01.html (09.05.2011).


Information posted on a blog


Don Pedro. 16.09.2008. 66% of economists are economists for Obama, in Economists for Obama, (08.03.2010). (Author. Date of posted comment. Comment title, in blog title, URL (Access date).)




FSO. 2010. Journée portes ouvertes à l’Office fédéral de la statistique. Flyer. Neuchâtel: FSO.


Preparation and submission of Book Reviews

Any intention of reviewing a book has to be organized directly with the book reviews editors


Dietmar Wetzel for reviews in German (or English): dietmarjuergen.wetzel[at]

Julie Falcon for review in French (or English):


Lausanne, March 2017