Letter from the Editor

Welcome to Blackwell Publishing’s Sociology Compass—an electronic journal that seeks to survey our entire discipline.

Sociology—like other scholarly disciplines—has subdivided into specialties and subspecialties, each devoted to some different substantive topics, theoretical orientations, or methodological approaches. Most journals reflect these divisions, and address of sociologists. Too often, we seem to write for—and find our readers among—those who share our presumptions. Moreover, sociological prose has long been notorious for being impenetrable to those outside these specializations. No wonder we worry that others often aren’t listening.

Sociology Compass seeks to avoid these problems. Its domain is the entire discipline; it is open to discussions of all subjects, from all theoretical and methodological points of view. It welcomes contributions that seek to span divisions within the discipline, and presents the views of scholars from different countries. And it strives to be readable, so that its contents are of interest to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals. The articles survey current thinking and seek to clarify contentious issues.

Articles are peer-reviewed by at least two experts, as with most conventional journals. However, as an electronic journal, Sociology Compass can be more nimble. Final versions of accepted articles should appear on-line within sixteen weeks after they have been accepted. Readers can search the entire journal by keywords, so that they can locate relevant material quickly.

Sociology Compass’s editorial structure includes eleven sections, each with its own editor(s) and advisory board. We invite authors to submit their work, but we also encourage people to use Sociology Compass in their teaching and research. The journal provides a valuable tool for finding one’s way through a complex and wide-ranging discipline.

Scott R. Harris
Sociology Compass