Edition Sigma

Our chosen emphasis is represented by the sibilance of the Greek letter ‘Sigma’ – the Social Sciences. Since 1984, edition sigma has been publishing academic works in the field of Social Sciences, be they introductions, overviews of specific subject areas or special areas of research. As of 2015, edition sigma is proud to count itself as part of the Nomos Publishing Group in Baden-Baden.

Edition Sigma
Edition Sigma
Target Audience
Our books are especially popular with sociologists, academics and students who depend on reliable, definitive research. We also have a large base of non-academic readers who seek an understanding of society and are interested in resolving contemporary social problems. We currently have 500 academic books in publication and publish 25-30 new titles per annum.
Better Books for a Better Society
Critics often claim that the subject of sociological research is misplaced. They believe that sociologists ought to be intent on creating a better society by prioritising the resolution of social problems and finding answers to social change. We believe that change starts with knowledge: in order to create a better society, we must first publish better books. It is this motto that guides our publishing every step of the way.
Areas of Emphasis
Our publishing programme covers a wide array of subject areas with especial emphasis on:
  • Sociology
    particularly Work and Industry, Sociotechnology, Social Structure, Advocacy Groups and Citizen Participation
  • Political Science
    particularly Labour Markets, Social Policy, Technology Assessment, Sustainability and Development, Health Politics and Geopolitics
  • Governance and Public Sector research
    as illustrated by two of our most acclaimed edited collection series,The Modernisation of the Public Sector (in German) and E-Government.
  • Educational Research and Sociology of Scientific Knowledge (SSK)
    particularly research on vocational education and training, qualifications and higher education
  • Gender Studies
    particularly Gender Equality in the workplace
  • Journal Publications
    Academic journals are a strong suit in our publishing programme. Readers can look forward to the following publications:
  • Technikgeschichte
  • Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie (in German)
  • WSI Mitteilungen
  • SEER
  • Verwaltung und Management (in German)
  • Gelbe Reihe (in German)
  • Lexikon der Arbeits- und Industriesoziologie (in German)

  • Collaborations and Partnerships
    Academic publishing involves working closely with numerous researchers and research facilities, both international and local. We are privileged to count many renowned research facilities and scientific organisations as part of our team. Amongst others, these include:
  • the Hans Böckler Foundation and the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI), Düsseldorf
  • Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB), Berlin
  • Institute for Technology Assessment and System Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe
  • Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR), Berlin