About the Journal

Clinical sociology is a creative, interdisciplinary, humanistic and rights-based field that focuses on analysis and intervention to understand social phenomena by taking into account social and psychological dimensions and contributing to better individual and collective living on our planet. The journal welcomes accessible and engaging contributions from a variety of disciplines that will help us examine, and understand, and thus will give us keys to reduce and resolve problems at all intervention levels, from individual through global.

The Clinical Sociology Review (CSR) was the official journal of the Clinical Sociology Association.  It first was published in 1982 and the final issue, Volume 16, was published in 1998.  The 16 volumes are all available on Wayne State University’s website at https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/   The new CSR is being published by UJ Press and the current issue is available at https://journals.uj.ac.za/index.php/csr          

The CSR has been relaunched, beginning with Volume 17, as an open-access journal by the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg and the Clinical Sociology division (RC46) of the International Sociological Association.  Collaborating organizations in this effort are the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (United States), Nodo Sur- América Latina – RISC (Uruguay), Réseau International de Sociologie Clinique - RISC (Paris, France), Research Committee « Sociologie clinique » (CR19) of the Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langue Franҫaise (AISLF) and Thematic Network « Sociologie clinique » (RT16) of the Association Française de Sociologie (AFS).

The new Clinical Sociology Review is a peer-reviewed and open-access journal that publishes contributions in English, French and Spanish.  The author submits in one of the three languages and translation of the contribution in the other two languages is available on the website.  There is no fee for submission or publication. Submissions are accepted throughout the year. There is no specific deadline for submissions.

The Clinical Sociology Review publishes contributions in three main sections: History of Clinical Sociology, Articles, and Resources.  The History section has articles about the history of the field as well as introductory pieces to past publications written by clinical sociologists.  The Articles section contains short and long submissions such as research articles; essays; discussions of teaching or training; and discussions of intervention work. The Resources section can include many kinds of submissions. It could, for instance, provide reviews of one or more films or books as well as invited pieces about clinical sociology membership organizations, programs or services (such as program accreditation or individual certification). 

Author’s Fees

There are no fees for submission or publication.

Peer-Review Process

The following details outline the peer-review process for publishing submissions that are deemed suitable to the scope and objectives of the Clinical Sociology Review:

  • The journal uses a double-blind peer-review process.
  • Submissions are assessed by the Editors for suitability given the scope and objectives of the journal.
  • Suitable manuscripts are assigned to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the quality of the manuscript and indicate whether the style guidelines have been followed.
  • The reviewers are asked to state whether a submission should be accepted, accepted after minor or major revisions, or not accepted for publication.

Note: An Editor is not involved in making decisions about papers that have been written by the Editor or written by the Editor's colleagues. Such submissions are peer-reviewed independently of that Editor’s input.    


The Journal publishes contributions in French, Spanish and English.  If the submission is in English, either American English or British English can be used, but it must be consistently used throughout the contribution.


The Clinical Sociology Review allows authors to deposit versions of their work in repositories of their choice.  A full reference for the publication in the Clinical Sociology Review must be indicated on the first page of the submitted document.


This journal is an open-access journal, and the authors and journal should be properly acknowledged when works are cited.

Authors may use the publisher's version for teaching purposes, in books, theses, dissertations, conferences and conference papers. 

A copy of the publisher's version may also be hosted on the following websites:

  • Non-commercial personal homepage or blog.
  • Institutional webpage.
  • Authors Institutional Repository. 
  • ResearchGate.

The following notice should accompany such a posting on the website: “This is an electronic version of an article published in the Clinical Sociology Review, Volume XXX, number XXX, pages XXX–XXX”, DOI.  Authors should also supply a hyperlink to the original paper or indicate where the original paper (https://journals.uj.ac.za/index.php/csr) may be found. 

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