Coronavirus: sociological and social policy perspectives

Call for papers for: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

In the early months of 2020, a new respiratory virus (COVID-19) became a global issue. On the 30 January, the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency and on 11 March, a pandemic. A continuously growing share of the global population is living with new rules on the restriction of movement and new norms are beginning to emerge.

We are seeking papers on any sociological or social policy topic related to the impacts of COVID-19 and the expected changes that will result. We are interested in reflective articles on the social implications of COVID-19.

Given that there are multiple topics and issues related to this pandemic, we are open to receiving papers on any topic in the field of sociological and social policy enquiry widely defined, and all perspectives are welcome. The following suggestions are intended merely as prompts and do not constitute an exhaustive list:

  • Changing norms, values and beliefs
  • Social distancing
  • Public trust in governments
  • Implications for/impacts on:
    • Vulnerable groups (for example informal workers)
    • Workplaces
    • Work
    • Home
    • Family
    • Inter-generational interaction
    • Education (e.g., home-schooling, distance learning)
    • Health services
    • Caring labour and care services
    • Social interaction
  • What does the future hold in terms of social change (for example localisation, new norms of behaviour, basic incomes)?  

To reiterate, these are merely possible topics. It is not an exhaustive list.

When submitting papers, during the online submission process, please select the journal special issue section ‘Covid-19’. You may submit either a full-length research article (up to 8000 words, including references, tables and figures) or shorter commentaries (maximum 4000 words, including references).

Deadline and submission details

The submission deadline for all papers is:

31 July 2020

To submit your research, please visit Scholar One manuscript portal 

To view the author guidelines for this journal, please visit the journal's page.

Contact the editor:

Professor Colin Williams, University of Sheffield

[email protected]

We sincerely hope this will become a service effort to help and aid practitioners and researchers, through the contribution of the substantial knowledge and expertise of those in our community. The research will be published as a full special issue, free of the payment barrier for 3 months.