New journal speeds access to sociology research
A new, innovative, open-access online journal for sociological research launched in February, with the help of Cornell sociologists Kim Weeden and Stephen Morgan, the Jan Rock Zubrow ‘77 Professor in the Social Sciences.
“Sociological Science aims to be the flagship journal for social scientists who are committed to advancing a general understanding of social processes,” says Weeden, a co-founder and deputy editor for the journal. “It provides a platform for the sociological community to engage in meaningful public debate about cutting-edge sociological research.”
“The social sciences are key to addressing critical public issues like obesity, immigration and educational attainment,” says Gretchen Ritter, the Harold Tanner Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “This journal provides an important new way for the research of social scientists to be shared.”
Weeden says the nonprofit journal’s main goal was to shake up top-tier sociological publishing by offering an alternative to the standard editorial model. The journal takes advantage of low-cost, open-access publication platforms, an approach that gives sociologists a forum for public engagement and a way to help shape public discussion and policy debates.