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Information for Authors

New for 2010 – Please note that the journal now encourages authors to complete their copyright licence to publish form online.



The Editors will for the time being only consider for publication papers written in acceptable English. It will be the sole responsibility of the authors to ensure good linguistic quality. The European Sociological Review can provide some help with English language editing, but a check of the text by a native speaker is strongly recommended.
Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here.

Submissions should be no longer than 7,000 words, including footnotes and references, but not including tables and figures. Tables and figures should be restricted to essential information, and additional elements should be presented as supplementary material (see below).

Please read our Online Submission Instructions and then submit via our Online Submission Website.


We aim to publish accepted articles online within four weeks of acceptance. The latest ESR publications can be viewed on our Advance Access page. Articles published on Advance Access can be cited using the date of online publication, and the article's DOI number (printed on the first page of the article).

Articles will appear in a print issue approximately 10-12 months after online publication.


Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.


All material should be typed double spaced, and on one side of the page only. Ample margins should be left. The pages should be numbered serially.

An abstract of the paper of not more than 200 words should be supplied. A short biography of each contributing author should also be included, approximately 50-100 words. These can list affiliations, career history, interests, and any relevant publications.

Up to two levels of sub- or cross-heads are permitted as a means of dividing up the text and indicating to the reader the structure of the article.

Each article should have a list of references of items cited in alphabetical order in the following style:

  • Gans, H. J. (1962). The Urban Village: Group and Class in the Life of Italian-Americans. New York: The Free Press.
  • Gerth, H. H. and Wright Mills, C. (Eds.) (1948). From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Spate, O. H. K. (1952). Tonybee and Huntingdon: a study in determinism, The Geographical Journal, 118, 406-428.

References should include only authors' initials, not full first names. Republished works (e.g. classics) should be referred to both by year of original publication and by year of publication of the edition quoted. All citations should then be placed within parentheses in the text, e.g.

  • (Gans, 1962)
  • (Gerth and Mills, 1948, ch. IV)
  • (Spate, 1952: 415-16).

The list of references should be typed on separate pages.

Notes, when necessary, should be numbered continuously and will be printed as end notes. They should also be typed on separate pages. Acknowledgements should be placed at the end of the Notes.

All artwork (graphs, figures, diagrams, etc.) must be provided by authors in electronic format, as high-resolution (300 dpi) tif, eps, ps or jpg files.

Articles submitted for publication must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Authors are requested to provide full information on any prior publication in a non-English language.

Reasons for the rejection of articles will only be given if revisions are being recommended. Rejected manuscripts will not be returned to authors.

For guidance on setting mathematics, please see our short guide.


Beginning for all articles accepted after 27 January 2011, all figures submitted to the journal in colour will be published in colour online at no cost (unless the author specifically requests that their figures be in black and white online). Authors may choose to also publish their figures in colour in the print journal: you will be asked to approve this cost after your article is accepted for publication. Black and white figures will be printed without additional cost, but figures that may be converted from colour to black and white should be well prepared with high contrast, and must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch at their final size. Figure captions must be suitably worded to apply to both the print and online versions of the article. If applicable, you will be issued an invoice at the time of publication.

Note: Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge. Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number.


Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.

The following rules should be followed:

• The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’

• The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health’ or simply 'National Institutes of Health' not ‘NCI' (one of the 27 subinstitutions) or 'NCI at NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies).

• Grant numbers should be complete and accurate and provided in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number ABX CDXXXXXX]’
• Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers ABX CDXXXXXX, EFX GHXXXXXX]’
• Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
• Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [P50 CA098252 and CA118790 to R.B.S.R.]
and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [HFY GR667789].

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


Supporting material that is not essential for inclusion in the full text of the typescript, but would nevertheless benefit the reader, can be made available by the publisher as online-only content, linked to the online typescript. The material should not be essential to understanding the conclusions of the paper, but should contain data that is additional or complementary and directly relevant to the article content. Such information might include more detailed analysis, extended data sets/data analysis, lists of related materials, or colour versions of/additional figures.

All text and figures must be provided in suitable electronic formats on which the journal’s Commissioning Editor or Production Editor can advise. All material to be considered as Supplementary data must be submitted at the same time as the main typescript for peer review. It cannot be altered or replaced after the paper has been accepted for publication. Please indicate clearly the material intended as Supplementary data upon submission. Also ensure that the Supplementary data is referred to in the main typescript where necessary.


Authors of full articles can opt-in to receive one gratis copy of the issue when signing their license on the Oxford Journals Author Services site. The corresponding author will also be sent a free-access URL to the online article once it is published in Advanced Access. Offprints of articles may be obtained by authors at their own expense by using the Oxford Journals Author Services site.

Note: Orders from the UK will be subject to a 17.5% VAT charge. Please be aware that from 4 January 2011 the UK Standard VAT Rate will be increasing from 17.5% to 20%. Should you wish to avoid these changes please ensure that your payments are sent in time for us to receive them prior to 31 December 2010.

For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge. Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number.


European Sociological Review authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in European Sociological Review can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1850/ $3000/ €2450
Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225
Free Developing country charge * - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers
If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.

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