Sociological Research Online (SRO) was launched in March 1996 and is the result of a consortium chaired by Professor Nigel Gilbert at the University of Surrey, and included the Universities of Surrey and Stirling, the British Sociological Association and SAGE Publishing. The journal is now published by the British Sociological Association and SAGE Publishing.

Editors Steven Roberts (University of Monash, Australia) and Charlie Walker (University of Southampton) are supported by an Editorial Board and an Associate Board reflecting a wide range of sociological interests and representing a number of sociological departments.


Initially, SRO was funded by the Electronic Libraries Programme. This programme was set up as a direct result of the Follett Report, chaired by Sir Brian Follett (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick), which studied the continuing revolution in electronic information. The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), which established and oversees the Electronic Libraries Programme, called for expressions of interest in 1994. SRO was one of nearly 40 projects which won funding. Many of the bids were for parallel publishing projects, to reproduce established journals electronically, but SRO is an online-only journal which could publish papers making use of the visual advantages of an online format as well as more conventional papers.  Additional benefits included faster times to publication and lower costs without any print and post to undertake.

The benefits of online publishing that were so innovative for SRO at its launch have now been widely adopted by journals worldwide.  SRO is proud to have been among the pioneers of online academic journal publishing.

Aims of the Journal

The journal was very much involved in research into how electronic journals are best created, used and financed.  This innovative journal used new technologies to publish quality sociological research and has established itself as a siginficant contributor to the sociological publications landscape. it continues to publish sociological research on a wide range of topics and methodologies.

Articles in SRO apply sociological analysis to a wide range of topics in order to demonstrate the value and relevance of sociology today. In particular, the journal encourages articles which take advantage of the possibilities of multimedia. Articles are fully peer reviewed.  We maintain competitive turnaround times and welcome a variety of article types from research articles to special sections and rapid responses. We welcome submissions and ideas from sociologists at all stages of career.

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