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Theory & Science welcomes the submission of papers from practitioners of any scientific discipline whose work comments on the nature of theory, science, and social change. While papers on abstruse and specialized theoretical topics are encouraged, the editor also requests that authors attempt to develop interdisciplinary "common ground." Thus, Theory & Science is intended to serve as an outlet for ground-breaking ideas, while it also serves as a forum for broadened theoretical dialogue in the sciences.

Because Theory & Science is a multidisciplinary journal, submissions should be written in a manner that can be readily understood by people from a variety of fields, or by individuals who do not have knowledge in the author's area of specialty. Thus, wherever possible, overly technical terminology should be avoided or at least explained clearly. An article's content and argument should be rendered clearly for all readers.

Submission Criteria*

Theory & Science is a peer reviewed, academic journal that is devoted to the discussion of theory, science, and social change. Articles are published on a per-issue basis with regular volume numbers and authors are invited to submit their work at any time throughout the year. All submissions will be peer reviewed in a timely and critical (but constructive) manner. The submission of articles implies a commitment on the part of the author to publish in this journal. Thus, authors who submit articles to this journal should not simultaneously submit their manuscripts to other journals.

Articles can be sent directly over the Internet as attachments to email messages (preferably as MSWord documents, although other formats are acceptable as well), or mailed on a 3 1/2 inch disk to the Editor. Articles should be double-spaced and employ a 12 point font throughout--including quotations, references and notes. Each article should be accompanied by a title page that includes: all authors' names, institutional affiliations, addresses, telephone numbers and (if applicable) email addresses. There are no stringent limitations upon the length of submissions. As a general framework, articles should be between 4,000-10,000 words, however, longer and shorter works will also be considered.

Referencing Format for In-Text Citations

When referencing an another author's work in the text cite the last name of the author, the year of publication and place these references in parentheses. For example:

1. If the author's name is in the text, then follow it with the year in parentheses, e.g., "...Foucault (1980)."
2. If the author's name is not in the text, then enclose the last name and year in parentheses, e.g., "...(Richardson, 1997)"
Pagination should follow the year of publication after a colon, e.g., "...(Orwell, 1984: 44)." Separate a series of references with semicolons, e.g., (Baudrillard, 1997; Collins, 1998; Smith, 1983)


References should follow the text in a section titled "References." All references used in the text should also be listed in the references section and vice versa. List the references alphabetically by author. If there are two or more items by the same author, then list them in order of the year of publication. If two or more works cited are by the same author within the same year, then distinguish them by adding letters (e.g., a, b, c, etc.). Examples of various referencing formats follow:

Gussow, Zachary (1964). The Observer-Observed Relationship as Information About Structure in Small-Group Research: A Comparative Study of Urban Elementary School Classrooms. Psychiatry 27: 230-247.

Bourdieu, Pierre (1984). Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. Trans. Richard Nice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Lincoln, Yvonna S. and Norman K. Denzin (1994). The Fifth Moment. Pp. 575-586 in the Handbook of Qualitative Research. Denzin, Norman K. and Yvonna S. Lincoln (Eds.). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Online Articles
Jacobson, J. W., Mulick, J. A., & Schwartz, A. A. (1995). A history of facilitated communication: Science, pseudoscience, and antiscience: Science working group on facilitated communication. American Psychologist, 50, 750–765.

Online Review Process

Our online review produces very fast turn around in decisions and publication. We pride ourselves on an open, transparent, and democratic review procedure. Being freely available on the Internet, authors are assured that their works have a global audience. Anyone with a computer, modem and Internet access can read or download articles and notes published in Theory & Science.

If you have any questions or concerns about where, or how to submit a manuscript to Theory & Science, then please contact the Editor:

Timothy McGettigan, Managing Editor
Department of Sociology
Colorado State University-Pueblo