Writing Guidelines for Peer-Reviewed Submissions

These instructions apply to peer-reviewed submissions to Working Notes or to articles including academic references. If you have any further questions or you’d like to submit your article with Sociology at Work, please contact the editor, Dr Zuleyka Zevallos.

How to Prepare Your Document

The article should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document.

At the beginning of the article, include the author’s name, affiliation (if relevant), correspondence and email addresses, and a brief biographical note about the author of no more than 200 words on a separate .

Manuscripts should use Times New Roman size 12 font and be double-spaced, including all indented material, endnotes and references.

Do not use abbreviations or symbols anywhere in the body of the manuscript, such as etc., e.g, &, i.e.

Refereed papers should include an abstract of no more than 200 words and indicate up to six keywords.

Save all tables and figures in a separate file.  Insert a note signalling the relevant location in the text where the table and figure should appear, such as [Table 3 about here].

Footnotes are not accepted and endnotes should be kept to a minimum. Type endnotes serially at the end of the article. The authors must follow the Harvard System for referencing (see some examples below).

Referencing in the body of the paper

Author profiles and general articles do not require references.

Scholarly articles submitted for peer review should follow these conventions:

  • In-text within the body of the paper: the author’s last name, year of publication and page numbers. For example: (Berger 1963: 87).
  • When the author’s name is in the text: Berger (1963).
  • When the author’s name is not in the text: (Berger 1963).
  • Do not use abbreviations such as ibid., op cit., or op cit.
  • The abbreviation ‘et. al.’ should only be used in citations where there are more than three authors, but not in the body of the paper. For example, do not write: ‘Braga et. al. (2008) argue…’. Instead, write: Braga and colleagues (2008) argue…
  • When using direct quotes, use single quotes, except for quotes within a quote. For example: ‘Stephen Crook writes that the idea of ‘“sociology in crisis” is as old as the discipline itself’ (2004: 8).
  • Always include page numbers for direct quotes and statistics
  • Iindent quotes longer than three lines.
  • For institutional authorship, only the minimum information of the complete citation is needed, such as: (ASA 2006: 8).
  • When making more than one reference to an author in the same year, distinguish by using letters (a, b, c) attached to the year of publication. For example:  (Burawoy 2005a, 2005b).
  • When making a number of references within a single pair of parentheses, use semicolons and list these alphabetically: (DeMartini 1979, 1982; Germov and Poole 2006; Mills 1959).
  • When quoting from an article accessed online, provide approximate pagination in square brackets, according to a printed copy from your browser for example: Sorensen (2007: [1]).

Reference List

All sources cited in the text should appear at the end of the manuscript, beginning on a new page titled ‘References’.  All references should be listed alphabetically by author(s) and for each author provide year of publication, in chronological order, from oldest to most recent.  For multiple authors or editors, list all authors, do not use ‘et. al.’ or symbols such as ‘&’.  Use italics for titles of books and journals.  For an article accessed online, include web address and last date accessed.

Journal article:

Braga, R., S. Gemignani Garcia, E Silva, L. M. (2008) ‘Public Sociology and Social Engagement: Considerations on Brazil’, Current Sociology 56(3): 415-424.


Berger, P. (1963) Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective. New York: Anchor Books.

Chapter in an edited text:

Gouldner, A. W. (1965) ‘Explorations in Applied Social Science’, pp. 5-22 in A. W. Gouldner (Ed) Applied Sociology: Opportunities and Problems. New York: Free Press.

Report by an organisation:

ASA (American Sociological Association) (2006). ‘What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology?’: A National Survey of Seniors Majoring in Sociology: First Glances: What Do They Know and Where are They Going? Washington: American Sociological Association, Research and Development Department.


Sorensen, R. (2007) ‘Arts Failed Demand Test’, The Australian, Higher Education, 30 May.  Last accessed online 26 May 2008.

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