Earlier this year, the BSA journal Sociological Research Online (SRO) launched an innovative new article type titled ‘Sociology in Action’ and we are delighted to announce that the first Sociology in Action paper has now been published.

Sociology in Action papers are shorter, peer-reviewed pieces which present emerging evidence in embryonic or experimental research – research which is too early in its process for a full research article, but which nevertheless presents interesting data and discussion. Papers published in this new section of the journal are suitable to for CVs, support promotion prospects, and satisfy funding requirements. Their premise and short format make them particularly suited to early career researchers, those with caring responsibilities, precarious workers and others who may have been negatively impacted by the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new article type was proposed by the journal Editors at an Editorial Board meeting in November 2020, and shortly afterwards a working group was formed to take the project forward. The BSA, SAGE, and the journal Editors would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of the group members in seeing Sociology in Action through to launch. We extend our sincere thanks to:

  • Kahryn Hughes, SRO Editor-in-Chief
  • Julia Carter, SRO Editorial Board member
  • Rafaella Monia Calia, SRO Editorial Board member
  • Yuwei Lin, SRO Editorial Board member
  • Daniel Nehring, SRO Editorial Board member
  • Irene Zempi, SRO Editorial Board member
  • Sophie Belfield, BSA Publications and Social Media Coordinator

Watch the video abstract for the first Sociology in Action paper by author Des Fitzgerald below. You can read Des’ paper, ‘Normal Island: COVID-19, border control, and viral nationalism in UK public health discourse’ here:

To submit a Sociology in Action paper, or to read more about the innovative developments in Sociological Research Online, visit our website.