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American Journal of Sociology

Editor: Elisabeth S. Clemens
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    Volume 128, Number 1
    July 2022

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    Volume 128, Number 1
    July 2022

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AJS Announces New Editor: John Levi Martin' Black and white photo of Roger V. Gould. The text reads, 'Roger V. Gould Prize 2020 winner: Argun Saatcioglu and Thomas M. Skrtic, 'Categorization by Organizations: Manipulation of Disability Categories in a Racially Desegregated School District,' AJS 125, no. 1 (July 2019): 184–260.'
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Frequency: 6 issues/year
ISSN: 0002-9602
E-ISSN: 1537-5390
2020 JCR Impact Factor*: 4.688
Ranked #10 out of 149 in "Sociology" journals
2020 CiteScore*: 6.9
Ranked #33 out of 1,269 in "Sociology and Political Science" journals

Established in 1895 as the first US scholarly journal in its field, the American Journal of Sociology (AJS) presents pathbreaking work from all areas of sociology, with an emphasis on theory building and innovative methods. AJS strives to speak to the general sociology reader and is open to contributions from across the social sciences—sociology, political science, economics, history, anthropology, and statistics—that seriously engage the sociological literature to forge new ways of understanding the social.

AJS offers a substantial book review section that identifies the most salient work of both emerging and enduring scholars of social science. Commissioned review essays appear occasionally, offering readers a comparative, in-depth examination of prominent titles.

Although AJS publishes a very small percentage of the papers submitted to it, a double-blind review process is available to all qualified submissions, making the journal a center for exchange and debate "behind" the printed page and contributing to the robustness of social science research in general.

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*Journal Impact Factors courtesy of the 2020 Journal Citation Reports (JCR) (Clarivate Analytics, 2021). Scopus CiteScore (Elseview B.V.). Retrieved June 2021, from Scopus.

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