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Sociological Research Online to be published by SAGE Publishing in partnership with The British Sociological Association

August 23, 2017

London, UK. SAGE Publishing today announces that it is to publish Sociological Research Online (SRO) in partnership with the British Sociological Association (BSA). 

Published quarterly since 1996, SRO is an online only journal publishing high-quality research pertaining to sociological enquiry. It is a vital space revealing the importance of how sociological research is crucial to understanding contemporary social issues.

Since the 1990s the journal has been published on a stand-alone website by a consortium of the universities of Surrey and Stirling, SAGE and the BSA. The two universities have stepped down and the journal will now be published on SAGE Journals. SAGE and the BSA will work with the Editors and Editorial Board to develop and support the journal’s growth moving forwards.

The co-editors of SRO, Charlie Walker and Steven Roberts, commented:

"We are both proud and excited that the transition of SRO to a new platform with SAGE and the BSA is taking place under our editorship. Due to its online-only format, SRO since its inception has been able to act both as a mainstream journal covering the full breadth of sociological inquiry and as a platform for special collections on emerging areas, rapid response articles on topical issues, and sub-disciplines such as visual sociology. We are confident that the new platform will enable us to take this unique offering to a wider audience in the coming years."

John Horne, Chair Board of Trustees, British Sociological Association, stated:

"Support for sociologists and the promotion of sociological research and insight are central to the mission of the British Sociological Association. Working in partnership with SAGE, the enhanced SRO offers an exciting development in publishing for sociologists at all stages of their careers."

The acquisition of SRO marks the fourth journal published by a partnership of SAGE and the BSA which includes the titles: Sociology; Work, Employment and Society; and Cultural Sociology. 

Miranda Nunhofer, Executive Director, Humanities and Social Science Journals, SAGE Publishing further commented:

“Having worked with SRO since its inception, alongside the universities of Surrey and Stirling and the BSA, it has been a pleasure to see the journal evolve to be the key space for the exchange and debate of sociological research that it is today. By transitioning onto the SAGE Journals platform SRO will benefit from the full range of our publishing services, ensuring that its high-quality content will reach an even wider audience globally.”

Find out more about the journal here.


Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE is a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing more than 1000 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. Our growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne.

Sociological Research Online is an international, peer reviewed journal published in English that promotes rapid communication among sociologists without limitation of topic or approach. It publishes high quality applied sociology, focusing on theoretical, empirical and methodological discussions that engage with current political, cultural and intellectual topics and debates. Articles published by Sociological Research Online are concerned with the application of sociological forms of analysis to a wide range of public issues and private concerns, thereby demonstrating the wide social relevance of sociological research and theory to understanding contemporary social issues.

Founded in 1951, the British Sociological Association (BSA) is the national subject association for sociologists in the UK and its primary objective is to promote sociology. The BSA is the largest sociological network in the UK and is the public face of sociology in Britain.

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