Soziale Welt (SozW)

Zeitschrift für sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung


Soziale Welt is one of the leading sociology journals published in German. It is characterised by its clear focus on empirical studies and publishes contributions that aim to describe, explain and understand social conditions, relations and changes using qualitative and quantitative data. This journal, which is steeped in tradition, aspires to provide the field of sociology with new impetus and actively shape its development by publishing programmatic contributions, such as those by renowned authors like Hans Albert, Ralf Dahrendorf, Karl-Dieter Opp, Renate Mayntz and Helmut Schelsky that it has published in the past.

Soziale Welt will appeal to academic institutes at universities; domestic and foreign research institutions; administration, economics and education academies; schools; libraries; ministries; administrative bodies, especially welfare and youth welfare offices, health authorities, employment authorities, church and charity organisations as well as civil society lobby groups.

Soziale Welt is included in the Social Sciences Citation Index and in Scopus.

ISSN Print 0038-6073
ISSN Online 2942-3414
Published quarterly


Editorial Staff

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Lehrstuhl für Empirische Wirtschaftssoziologie
Findelgasse 7/9
90402 Nürnberg


Manuscripts are welcome.

Online Appendix

Annual Tables of Contents

Special Editions

Manuscript Submission

Templates for Manuscript Submission

Publishing Open Access

Soziale Welt is not an open access journal. However, it is possible to publish individual articles in the journal open access by making the digital version freely available under a Creative Commons license chosen by the respective author(s). The publisher requires a fee to cover the publication costs (Article Processing Charge – APC) in the amount of 1,990.00 EUR (plus VAT). Many scientific institutions and science funding bodies provide corresponding funds for the publication of research results.

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Review Process

Academics from the fields of sociology and the social sciences, predominantly from German-speaking countries, review articles submitted to the journal Soziale Welt. These reviewers are not only selected in terms of their content-related and methodological expertise but also their heterogeneity. The partiality of the editors and reviewers towards each submission is considered according to the guidelines stipulated by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and individuals who are biased towards any contribution will be excluded from the review process.

Abstracting & Indexing

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