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American Sociological Review

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American Sociological Review
Edited byDavid Cort, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey
Publication details
SAGE Publications (United States)
9.1 (2022)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Am. Sociol. Rev.
ISSN0003-1224 (print)
1939-8271 (web)
OCLC no.38161061

The American Sociological Review is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed academic journal covering all aspects of sociology. It is published by SAGE Publications on behalf of the American Sociological Association. It was established in 1936.[1] It is along with American Journal of Sociology considered one of the top journals in sociology.[2]

The editors-in-chief are David Cort (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Laurel Smith-Doerr (University of Massachusetts Amherst), and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (University of Massachusetts Amherst).[3]



For its first thirty years, the American Sociological Society (now the American Sociological Association) was largely dominated by the sociology department of the University of Chicago, and the quasi-official journal of the association was Chicago's American Journal of Sociology. The creation of the American Sociological Review has been seen as a rebellion against the dominance of the Chicago School in sociology.[4]

In 1935, the executive committee of the American Sociological Society voted 5 to 4 against disestablishing the American Journal of Sociology as the official journal of society, but the measure was passed on for consideration of the general membership, which voted 2 to 1 to establish a new journal independent of Chicago: the American Sociological Review.[4]

Early history[edit]

Over the period 1948–1968, more than 60% editors of the ASR earned their doctorate at University of Chicago, Harvard University or Columbia University.[5] Over the period 1955–1965, four out of ten articles in the ASR were by individuals with doctorates from Chicago, Columbia, Harvard or the University of Michigan.[6]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2019 impact factor is 9.1, ranking it 3rd out of 149 journals in the category "Sociology".[7]

Past editors[edit]

The following persons have been editors-in-chief:


  1. ^ Elisabeth Gayon (1985). "Guide documentaire de l'étudiant et du chercheur en science politique". In Madeleine Grawitz [in French]; Jean Leca [in French] (eds.). Traité de science politique (in French). Presses Universitaires de France. p. 305. ISBN 2-13-038858-2.
  2. ^ Jacobs, Jerry A. (2016). "Journal Rankings in Sociology: Using the H Index with Google Scholar". The American Sociologist. 47 (2): 192–224. doi:10.1007/s12108-015-9292-7. ISSN 1936-4784.
  3. ^ "ASR Editorial Transition". American Sociological Review. 88 (5): 781–781. 2023. doi:10.1177/00031224231199585. ISSN 0003-1224.
  4. ^ a b Lengermann, Patricia Madoo (1979). "The Founding of the American Sociological Review: The Anatomy of a Rebellion". American Sociological Review. 44 (2): 185–198. doi:10.2307/2094504. JSTOR 2094504.
  5. ^ Yoels, William C. (1971). "Destiny or Dynasty: Doctoral Origins and Appointment Patterns of Editors of the "American Sociological Review", 1948-1968". The American Sociologist. 6 (2): 134–139. ISSN 0003-1232.
  6. ^ Wanderer, Jules J. (1966). "Academic Origins of Contributors to the "American Sociological Review", 1955-65". The American Sociologist. 1 (5): 241–243. ISSN 0003-1232.
  7. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Sociology". 2022 Journal Citation Reports (Social Sciences ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2023. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)

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