Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal

The Association of Black Sociologists is pleased to announce the launch of

Issues in Race & Society:

An Interdisciplinary Global Journal


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Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal

Scope and Focus of the Journal

Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal published through a partnership between the Association of Black Sociologists (ABS) and Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. As the official journal of ABS, Issues in Race & Society is produced bi-annually (each spring and fall) and emphasizes sociological interpretations of race as one of the fundamentals of societal universal processes. The journal distinguishes itself as an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and global examination of the increasingly racial and racialized world that connects us all. The journal also provides a space where all voices can be heard and diverse conversations can occur about the relationships and interconnections between race, power, privilege, and location operating across cultures and societies. We encourage submissions that are multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, theoretically diverse, informed by empirical data (both qualitative and quantitative), innovative, and respectful of diverse perspectives. This will allow writers access to the latest, most creative debates, trends, and issues for and about communities of color and the Black Diaspora. Each issue includes the following types of works organized around specific themes:

  • Major articles and/or theoretical perspectives that deal with issues that advance critical thinking and knowledge about race and multicultural issues;
  • Research reports that advance fresh and uncommon analyses of data, based upon rigorous and logical research designs and methodologies;
  • Book reviews/essays (about two each issue) that summarize, evaluate, and critique recent seminal books and/or publications concerning issues relevant to the study of race, ethnicity, culture and society; and,
  • Special issues covering topics of contemporary intellectual interest.


Issues in Race & Society is printed by Arawak Publications.


Preparing Manuscripts for Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal

Submission Format

Papers should be a maximum of 9,000 words including text, references, tables, and appendices. Research notes should be half this length. Manuscripts submitted to Issues in Race & Society must be original, previously unpublished, and not under review for publication elsewhere (no simultaneous submissions). Submissions should be typed using 12 point font, double spaced (including indented quotes, endnotes, and references), and with one inch margins. Submissions should adhere to the American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide, 4th edition (2010). Pages should be numbered consecutively, including references, tables, and appendices. Inclusive language should be used. Submissions should reflect Microsoft Word format, Times New Roman font, and, if needed, include endnotes. Clear section and sub-section titles should be provided. To ensure anonymity during the review process, eliminate all self-identifying information from the submission such as author’s names, contact information, and institutional affiliations. Be sure to disable the “Track Changes” feature if used. Author’s must secure the copyright-holder’s permission for all previously published tables, poems, figures, tables or other verbiage prior to submission. Authors are responsible for insuring proper manuscript submission and that their manuscript meets the submission guidelines. The submission format should be adhered to strictly. Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements will be returned without review.

Submission Process and Fee

There is a non-refundable manuscript submission fee of $25 payable during the on-line submission process. The fee applies to all submissions. Manuscripts will not be considered unless the payment is received.  Submissions should be uploaded through the above portal. Contact Zandria Robinson at with submission problems. Direct journal questions to Editor Sandra L. Barnes at and book review requests to the Book Review Co-editors, Regina Dixon-Reeves at or Art Paris at

Review Process

All submissions are initially reviewed by the Editor. Manuscripts that do not fit the scope of the journal or meet the submission guidelines may be rejected at this initial stage without peer review. Submissions that pass the initial review stage are sent out electronically for peer review to 2-3 independent reviewers. Based on reviewer feedback and the Editor’s discretion, a decision is made about the submission. Most submission decisions for manuscripts that pass the initial review stage will be made in 4-6 months. After a manuscript is accepted, the author must sign the Consent to Publish Form and the Editor and author must agree upon all matters regarding the manuscript. Page proofs are provided via email. Authors are expected to respond to page proofs within 5 business days of receipt. Authors must review and approve page proofs (only printing errors can be corrected) before the manuscript’s official review process is complete. It is the author’s responsibility to thoroughly check page proofs. Delays in receipt of approved page proofs, Consent to Publish Forms, or copyright agreements may result in publication delays or removal of the manuscript from the publication cycle. Persons interested in becoming reviewers for Issues in Race & Society should contact Editor Sandra L. Barnes at sandra.l.barnes@vanderbilt.

Formatting Information

Authors should refer to the American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide, 4th edition (2010) when preparing submissions. Two ASA guideline tutorials are located at and Manuscripts that do not reflect these guidelines will be returned without review.

Cover page. Include manuscript title, author(s) names, affiliations, date, word count, 3-4 keywords that summarize the manuscript, and acknowledgements.

Abstract.  Include a short summary of the research issue, procedures, and results (about 250 words).

Footnotes.  Footnotes should not be used. Use endnotes sparingly and only when information cannot be incorporated directly into the manuscript. They should be numbered consecutively and included in a section titled “Endnotes”.

Tables.  Type each table on a separate page and append it to the end of the manuscript. Insert a location holder in the body of the manuscript (i.e., Table 1 about here). Tables should include titles, information keys at the bottom of the page, and be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Authors should confirm the accuracy of all table data.

Figures. Only include figures that are critical to the submission. Figures should be black and white, clear, photo-ready, and include clear captions. Authors should retain all originals and secure copyrights for all photographs and figures. Figures should be appended to the end of the manuscript.

Symbols.  All symbols should be clear and easily reproducible.
Citations and Examples

  1. Authors’ names and publication dates used in the text should be enclosed in parentheses. Cite pages only when referencing a direct quotation.

Scott (2005) contends that “race is a multi-dimensional social construct” (p. 23).

  1. Distinguish authors with more than one citation in the same year using “a”, “b”, and “c”.

. . . . (Morris 2010a, 2010b, 2010c)

3. Alphabetize multiple references and separate them with semicolons.

Additional sources support these results (Brooms 2010; Robinson 2005; Wright 1998).

4. For references with two or three authors, provide all last names. Use “et al” for references with more than three authors (however, include all authors’ names in the Reference section).

…caused the nation to galvanize (Lincoln and Mamiya 1990; Rowe et al 2009).

References Following Text

All references should be provided in alphabetical order by author and within author chronologically by publication year in a section titled, “References” that immediately follows the main text. Refer to ASA Style Guide, 4th edition (2010) for details.



Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. 2010. Racism Without Racists : Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States. Lanham, NJ: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Feagin, Joe R. 2010. The White Racial Frame: Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-Framing. New York, NY: Routledge.

Morris, Aldon D. 1984. The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change. New York: The Free Press.

Periodical Articles

Gilkes, Cheryl Townsend. 1998. “Plenty Good Room: Adaptation in a Changing Black Church.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 558: 101-21.

Pattillo-McCoy, Mary. 1998. “Church Culture as a Strategy of Action in the Black Community.” American Sociological Review 63: 767-84.


Cavendish, James. 2001. “To March or Not to March: Clergy Mobilization Strategies and Grassroots Antidrug Activism.” Pp. 203-23 in Christian Clergy in American Politics, edited by Sue S. Crawford and Laura R. Olson. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Wilmore, Gayraud , ed. 1995. African American Religious Studies: An Interdisciplinary Anthology. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 


The author must secure any and all permissions to reproduce copyrighted material and pay any corresponding fees. Written copyright permissions must be provided to the Editor before manuscripts can be published using the Consent to Publish Form. Authors must also include any acknowledgements stipulated by contributing institutions. Delays in securing copyright permission will result in publishing delays. By signing the Consent to Publish Form the author grants ABS and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development an exclusive license to publish and distribute their manuscript. However, authors may use their own material in other publications they write provided that Issues in Race & Society is acknowledged as the original place of publication and ABS and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development as the publishers. Copyright of the article is retained by the author.

Contact Us At:

Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal

Sandra L. Barnes, Editor
Vanderbilt University

Peabody College of Education and Human Development

Department of HOD

Peabody #90

230 Appleton Place

Nashville, TN 37203-5721

615-322-8714 (telephone)

615-322-1141 (fax)

Editorial Board


Sandra L. Barnes

Vanderbilt University: Peabody College of Education and Human Development


Executive Officer:

BarBara Scott

Northeastern Illinois University (Professor Emerita)   


Editorial Assistant:

Amaka Okechukwu

New York University


Book Review Co-Editors:

Regina Dixon-Reeves, University of Chicago   

Art Paris, Syracuse University                            


Editorial Board:

Michael Barnett, University of West Indies              Barnett37@hotmail.

Rutledge Dennis, George Mason University   

Regina Dixon-Reeves, University of Chicago   

Hayward Derrick Horton, SUNY-Albany      

Akil Kokayi Khalfani, Essex County College  

Aldon Morris, Northwestern University        

Zandria Robinson, Rhodes College                 

Judith Rollins, Wellesley College                     

Michael Royster, Prairie View A&M University

BarBara M. Scott, Northeastern Illinois University

Dorothy Smith-Ruiz, UNC Charlotte                          

Sherrill Sellers, Miami University                    

Clovis Semmes, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Orville Taylor, University of West Indies       

Sandra Taylor, Clark Atlanta University         

Antonio Tillis, College of Charleston               

Alford Young, Jr., University of Michigan               ayoun@umich.ed


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