Contributing to Contexts

Contexts, the public face of sociology, makes sociological ideas accessible to non-specialists. Our audience includes professional sociologists, university students, educated “lay” readers, policy professionals, activists and anyone else interested in contemporary social analysis. Published quarterly, the magazine includes feature articles as well as shorter pieces. We welcome contributions from social scientists and others who write incisively and accessibly, free of jargon and in an engaging style. Please download our submissions guidelines. Contexts accepts proposals for full-length features as well as for our departments: mediations, photo essays, pedagogies, trends, book reviews, and in brief. Please direct your submissions and inquiries to the following email addresses:

Please see our website for sample articles.

Letters to the Editor

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Photo/Image Submissions Information

We are always on the lookout for images for our front and back covers, and to accompany articles, essays and commentaries. Single images will be considered, as well as pairs, trios or sequences that represent related and contrasting elements. Most photographs and illustrations are printed in black and white, except for the front cover, which is in full color. If you would like to submit an image to Contexts, please contact:

Guidelines for Contexts Photo Essay Submissions

  • Please edit your images prior to submission
  • Propose a selection of 8 to 12 images that are placed into a suggested sequence
  • Provide captions for each image (even if you envision a final piece without
  • Submit images via a website that can be reviewed online, or as high-resolution
    jpeg files sent through the mail on CD or DVD
  • Include a written introduction to your images in either of the following ways:
    • Summarize your project’s context, scope and sociological themes.
      (Please do not send a related publication in lieu of your proposal).
    • Draft a short essay (up to 1000 words and written with Contexts style
      elements in mind) to accompany your visual essay
  • Include, if applicable, a separate file or album of additional (alternate) images for
    consideration. These should also be captioned for the review process.


Contributors are responsible for securing permission from individuals who own (or are identifiable in) the photographs and other images they submit to Contexts.

Recognition and Compensation

Copyright for images is retained by contributors. All photographs selected for publication in the journal will appear with full credit to the individuals who have provided them. Individuals whose work is published in Contexts will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears. Unfortunately, Contexts cannot compensate contributors whose texts or images are selected for publication.