Electronic Journal of Sociology

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Electronic Journal of Sociology  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Electr. J. Sociol.
Discipline Sociology
Language English
Edited by Michael Sosteric, Adam Rafalovich
Publication details
Publication history

The Electronic Journal of Sociology (ELS) 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, which 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 EJS‍ '​ open access and lack of traditional publishing ties.[4] In 2008, EJS suspended publication.

The journal was 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.