Electronic Journal of Sociology

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Electronic Journal of Sociology  
Discipline Sociology
Language English
Edited by Michael Sosteric, Adam Rafalovich
Publication details
Publication history

The Electronic Journal of Sociology (EJS) was an online open access academic journal of sociology. It was established in 1994 by Michael Sosteric.[1] Andreas Scheider was editor-in-chief until 2004, when Sosteric returned and Adam Rafalovich became co-editor-in-chief.[2] The journal implemented a new approach in 2004 whereby it decided to publish three tiers of articles: fully reviewed original articles at tier 1, editorially-reviewed reviews and commentaries at tier 2, and editorially-reviewed other works, including original papers, at tier 3. Although the journal "achieved international recognition", as an electronic journal it faced barriers.[3]

In 1996, the journal was criticized by its rival Sociological Research Online, who suggested that their conventional approach to reviewing articles was more rigorous. EJS had adopted a forum with which an author could respond to the feedback or criticism of the reviewer. The EJS editorial board responded, speculating that the rival journal, which was affiliated with SAGE Publishing, might feel threatened by the EJS's open access and lack of traditional publishing ties.[4] In 2008 the EJS broke its affiliation with Scholarly Exchange and is now independently hosted and funded.

In 2010 the EJS changed its format and name (becoming the Socjournal), dropped the peer review format altogether, and aimed towards an open access and open publication model in an effort to help popularize Sociology and sociological research.

The Electronic Journal of Sociology is indexed in SocINDEX.[5]


  1. ^ Schneider, Andreas. (2001). The Electronic Journal of Sociology: Seven Years of Electronic Publishing. ASA Footnotes. http://www.asanet.org/footnotes/septoct01/fn21.html
  2. ^ Sosteric M. (2004). Science, Scholarly Communication, and Access: Open is Better. Electronic Journal of Sociology.
  3. ^ Sosteric, Mike. (1999b). At the Speed of Thought: Pursuing Non-Commercial Alternatives to Scholarly Communication. Association of Research Libraries Newsletter. Available:http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/sosteric.pdf
  4. ^ EJS Collective. (1996). To Sociological Research Online.
  5. ^ < "Database Coverage List". SocINDEX. EBSCO Publishing. Retrieved 13 March 2013.