The Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) has published an official journal since 1964. Originally titled ‘Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology’, it was renamed to ‘Canadian Review of Sociology’ in 2008.
The journal is published 4 times per year (February, May, August, and November) and as of August 2021 has 58 volumes.
Administration and Publication
Prior to 2007, the Executive Committee (EC) of the CSA was responsible for journal finance, operations, and oversight. Approximately 50% of membership fees were allocated to the journal, and CSA staff coordinated, marketed and secured advertising in conjunction with Service d’Édition Guy Connelly, which published the journal in Montréal.
In 2008, the CSA contracted Wiley-Blackwell to print, globally market and distribute electronic and paper copies of the CRS. The objective with this move was to ensure a more secure financial base and increase journal distribution and impact. The Association retains complete ownership of the journal and control over editorial decision-making and pricing. Wiley manages permissions and citation royalties.
As of January 1, 2019, the journal was made available in digital copy only. Members were invited to request a continuation of print copies for 2019 if they met the specified criteria. These criteria included maintaining membership in good status for 3 or more years. Only 35 members took advantage of this offer.
Members in good standing are able to access the latest issue of the journal as well as the online library of all issue from 1964 onwards.
The definitive statement on CRS management structure is included in section 6 of the Association By-Laws.
The Board may consist of a Managing Editor, Academic Editor, Book Review Editor, Committing Sociology Editor, and up to 12 Associate Editors. There are also several Consulting Editors (typically 10 – 15) who are not full members of the Editorial Board, although they are invited to attend annual board meetings. Members are appointed by the CSA EC in consultation with incumbent editors and recommendations from Editorial Board and Association members.
The Association should endeavour to balance Editorial Board membership in terms of gender, language, region, discipline, and types of employing institutions. Associate Editors are appointed for staggered three-year terms (renewable once) and Consulting Editors are appointed for five-year terms (renewable). The rotation of Editors and Associate Editors helps ensure representation across the full range of research interests and theoretical perspectives in the discipline.
The Editorial Board meets annually in conjunction with CSA conference to deal with policy and operational issues. The Editor and the Editorial Board have editorial autonomy within the policy framework established by the CSA.
The mandate of Editorial Board is to provide a forum for the publication of a high quality academic and policy relevant research that reflects the full range of substantive issues, theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches characteristic of Canadian sociology, and to ensure that the journal’s operating procedures are consistent with the highest academic and ethical standards of scholarly objectivity and excellence.
Managing Editor: Responsible for administration, finances, and supervision of production and holds a director position on the CSA Executive Committee. Candidates are appointed by the EC of the Association. The Managing Editor is chair of the Editorial Board and reports to the CSA EC at meetings and to the membership at the Annual General Meeting.
Academic Editor: Manages manuscript submissions, coordinates reviews (matching manuscripts with reviewers), finalizes decisions about acceptance or rejection of a manuscript, and determines the contents for each issue.
Book Review Editor: Solicits and receives books from publishers, and requests and edits reviews from qualified experts in the field. This position and journal section are currently inactive.
Committing Sociology Editor: Newly established in 2017, the section is utilized to publish short, timely pieces, addressing current debates, social concerns, and recent publications in sociology and its subfields.
Associate Editors: Recommends potential reviewers to the editors and may be asked to review articles in their fields of expertise.
Consulting Editors: Senior academics with extensive research and publication experience who are selected so as to be broadly representative of the major research orientations and developments within the discipline in Canada. They may include non-Canadian scholars who are highly engaged with the international sociological community in order to enhance the journal’s broader visibility and connections with the discipline.