American Journal of Sociology

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American Journal of Sociology  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Am. J. Sociol.
Discipline Sociology
Language English
Edited by Andrew Abbott
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Bimonthly
ISSN 0002-9602 (print)
1537–5390 (web)
LCCN 05031884
OCLC no. 42017129
JSTOR 00029602

The American Journal of Sociology was established in 1895 by Albion Small and is the oldest academic journal of sociology in the United States. The journal is attached to the University of Chicago's sociology department and it is published bimonthly by The University of Chicago Press. Its editor-in-chief is Andrew Abbott (University of Chicago). The journal presents work on the theory, methods, practice, and history of sociology. It also publishes sociology-related papers by scholars from outside sociology, speaking to sociologists, social scientists, and the general sociological reader. According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2009 impact factor is 3.476, ranking it 2nd out of 114 journals in the category "Sociology".[1]

Past editors

Past editors-in-chief of the journal have been:

From 1926 to 1933, the journal was co-edited by a number of different members of the University of Chicago faculty including Ellsworth Faris, Robert E. Park, Ernest Burgess, Fay-Cooper Cole, Marion Talbot, Frederick Starr, Edward Sapir, Louis Wirth, Eyler Simpson, Edward Webster, Edwin Sutherland, William Ogburn, Herbert Blumer, and Robert Redfield.

Roger V. Gould Prize

In 2002, the American Journal of Sociology created the Roger V. Gould prize in memory of its former editor. The $1,000 prize is awarded annually at the American Sociological Association annual meeting to the paper from the previous volume of the journal that most "clearly embodies Roger’s ideals as a sociologist: clarity, rigor, and scientific ambition combined with imagination on the one hand and a sure sense of empirical interest, importance, and accuracy on the other."[2] Winners include Peter Bearman, John Levi Martin, Michael J. Rosenfeld, Elizabeth E. Bruch, Robert D. Mare, Shelley Correll, and Roberto Garvía.


  1. "Web of Science". 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Abbott, Andrew (March 2002). "Roger V. Gould, 1966–2002". American Journal of Sociology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 107 (5): ii–iii. JSTOR 10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Abbott, Andrew (1999). Department and Discipline: Chicago Sociology at One Hundred. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-00099-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Shanas, Ethel (May 1945). "The American Journal of Sociology Through Fifty Years". American Journal of Sociology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 50 (6): 522–533. doi:10.1086/219693. JSTOR 2771397.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Tienda, Marta (July 1994). "Editor's Note". American Journal of Sociology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 100 (1): vii–viii. doi:10.1086/230496. JSTOR 2782534.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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