American Journal of Sociology


The American Journal of Sociology is a peer-reviewed bi-monthly academic journal that publishes original research and book reviews in the field of sociology and related social sciences. It was founded in 1895[1] as the first journal in its discipline. The current editor is Elisabeth S. Clemens. For its entire history, the journal has been housed at the University of Chicago and published by the University of Chicago Press.

American Journal of Sociology
Edited byElisabeth S. Clemens
Publication details
University of Chicago Press for The Department of Sociology at The University of Chicago (United States)
3.232 (2019)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Am. J. Sociol.
ISSN0002-9602 (print)
1537-5390 (web)
OCLC no.42017129
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Past editorsEdit

Past editors-in-chief of the journal have been:

From 1926 to 1933, the journal was co-edited by a number of different members of the University of Chicago faculty including Ellsworth Faris, Robert E. Park, Ernest Burgess, Fay-Cooper Cole, Marion Talbot, Frederick Starr, Edward Sapir, Louis Wirth, Eyler Simpson, Edward Webster, Edwin Sutherland, William Ogburn, Herbert Blumer, and Robert Redfield.

Abstracting and indexingEdit

According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2019 impact factor is 3.232, ranking it 8th out of 150 journals in the category "Sociology".[2]

Roger V. Gould PrizeEdit

In 2002, the American Journal of Sociology created the Roger V. Gould prize in memory of its former editor. The $1,000 prize is awarded annually at the American Sociological Association annual meeting to the paper from the previous volume of the journal that most "clearly embodies Roger’s ideals as a sociologist: clarity, rigor, and scientific ambition combined with imagination on the one hand and a sure sense of empirical interest, importance, and accuracy on the other."[3] Winners include Peter Bearman, John Levi Martin, Michael J. Rosenfeld, Elizabeth E. Bruch, Robert D. Mare, Shelley Correll, and Roberto Garvía.


  1. ^ Elisabeth Gayon (1985). "Guide documentaire de l'étudiant et du chercheur en science politique". In Madeleine Grawitz; Jean Leca (eds.). Traité de science politique (in French). Presses Universitaires de France. p. 305. ISBN 2-13-038858-2.
  2. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Sociology". 2019 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2020.
  3. ^ Abbott, Andrew (March 2002). "Roger V. Gould, 1966–2002". American Journal of Sociology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 107 (5): ii–iii. doi:10.1086/344090. JSTOR 10. S2CID 143122272.

Further readingEdit

  • Abbott, Andrew (1999). Department and Discipline: Chicago Sociology at One Hundred. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-00099-2.
  • Shanas, Ethel (May 1945). "The American Journal of Sociology Through Fifty Years". American Journal of Sociology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 50 (6): 522–533. doi:10.1086/219693. JSTOR 2771397. S2CID 145413721.
  • Tienda, Marta (July 1994). "Editor's Note". American Journal of Sociology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 100 (1): vii–viii. doi:10.1086/230496. JSTOR 2782534. S2CID 222441272.

External linksEdit

  • Official website
  • American Journal of Sociology at The Department of Sociology at The University of Chicago
  • American Journal of Sociology at the HathiTrust
  • The American Journal of Sociology, 1896-1916