Time & Society is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles, reviews, and scholarly comment that make original contributions to our understandings of the relationships between time, temporality, and social life. We welcome work that contributes to research across the arts, humanities, and social sciences (including interfaces with the sciences). We are particularly interested in multi- and inter- disciplinary work which seeks to bring different approaches, methods, theories, and/or empirical work into conversation. Critiques of, and proposals for, time-related aspects of public, social, scientific, economic, environmental, and organisational policies are also of interest. Our Letters to the Editor section provides a place for the informal exchange of topical ideas, provocations and musings related to the above. Time & Society strives to be international in scope, and independent of the interests of particular schools or directions of research, or particular political or narrow disciplinary objectives. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
"Time has become one of the central topics of the social sciences. Time & Society symbolises this development and has played a major role in forming this new field of study." John Urry
"Time & Society opens up the horizon for a necessary multidisciplinary discourse between social and natural scientists, historians and psychologists, technical experts and politicians for answers to the urgent questions concerning our future." Ulrich Beck
Time & Society is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles, reviews, and scholarly comment that make original contributions to our understandings of the relationships between time, temporality, and social life. We welcome work that contributes to research across the arts, humanities, and social sciences (including interfaces with the sciences). We are particularly interested in multi- and inter- disciplinary work which seeks to bring different approaches, methods, theories, and/or empirical work into conversation. Critiques of, and proposals for, time-related aspects of public, social, scientific, economic, environmental, and organisational policies are also of interest. Our Letters to the Editor section provides a place for the informal exchange of topical ideas, provocations and musings related to the above. Time & Society strives to be international in scope, and independent of the interests of particular schools or directions of research, or particular political or narrow disciplinary objectives.
|Cardiff University, UK
|University of Melbourne, Australia
|University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
|Cardiff University, UK
|Central Michigan University, USA
|Rabat University, Morocco
|City University of New York, USA
|University of Newcastle, Australia
|Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Germany
|University of Bristol, UK
|Sorbonne Université, France
|Michael G Flaherty
|Eckerd College, USA
|University of California, USA
|Technical University Chemnitz, Germany
|University of Haifa, Israel
|Australian Catholic University, Australia
|Robin A. Harper
|City University of New York, USA
|Athabasca University, Canada
|University of Leeds, UK
|University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
|University of Nottingham, Malaysia
|University of Oslo, Norway
|Tanya Ann Kennedy
|University of Maine-Farmington, USA
|Pitzer College, USA
|University of Kent, UK
|University of Western Ontario, Canada
|Southern Methodist University, USA
|Robert Gordon University, UK
|University of Windsor, Canada
|Helga Nowotny, Vice President
|ETH Zurich, Switzerland
|College of St. Scholastica, USA
|University of Florence, Italy
|University of Melbourne, Australia
|Universidad Mayor, Chile
|Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands
|University of Applied Administrative Sciences NRW, Germany
|University of Toronto, Canada
|University of Edinburgh, UK
|Haverford College, USA
|University of Sussex, UK
|Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
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Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Time & Society
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tasj to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Time & Society will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Time & Society may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy. If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplemental material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 Sage Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Time & Society, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Time & Society publishes articles, reviews, book reviews and scholarly comment for a wide multi-disciplinary readership. We welcome work that discusses the social workings of time and temporality from disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives across the arts, humanities and social sciences. The journal also considers proposals for special issues and special sections.
Guidelines for the main manuscript types are as follows:
1.2.1 Standard Articles
- Articles should generally be between 6,000 and 9,000 words (including all notes and references)
- Articles are double-blind peer reviewed by at least two peer reviewers and/or editorial board members.
- When submitting your article select ‘original manuscript’ from the options
1.2.2 Review Articles
- Normally review articles are 4,000 to 6,000 words long (including all notes and references).
- Review articles can be of a single important book, or a series of books on a particular topic, or a more wide-ranging review of a particular field or emergent area.
- They are commented on by editors and editorial board members and occasionally blind-refereed.
- When submitting your review select ‘review’ from the options available.
1.2.3 Commentary/ Letters to the Editor
- We are keen to encourage dialogue about recent directions in time studies, including scholarly comment on recent publications, trends or issues that are being overlooked.
- Comment pieces should be between 3,000 to 5,000 words (including notes and references).
- They will receive feedback from the editors and may be sent to select editorial board members for further comment.
- When submitting select ‘letter to the editor’ manuscript type.
1.2.4 Special Issue/ Special Section Articles
- These should follow the guidelines for standard articles as set out above.
- Be sure to select the appropriate special issue or special section category before you upload your submission in the Author Centre on Manuscript Central
1.2.5 Special Issue/Special Section Proposals
Please note: we are no longer accepting special issue proposals until 2025.
To propose a special issue/section of Time & Society please create a proposal that addresses the points below and submit it to email@example.com. All special issue/section proposals are considered on the understanding that they are not under consideration elsewhere.
- Editors of special issue/section: please include names, university affiliations, and email addresses. Please nominate one key contact with an asterisk (*).
- Title of special issue/section
- Abstract for special issue/section: please provide a general overview of the focus of the collection in 300 words or fewer.
- Proposed number of articles and total word count: this may change during the editorial process, but please provide your best estimate, along with details about a proposed introduction, afterword, etc. A special issue would normally contain between 7-10 articles, while a special section would normally consist of 4-6 articles. A review article may be included as one of this number. We expect editors of special issues and sections to also include an introduction of 3000-5000 words.
- Delivery plan: please set out your delivery plan for the special issue, including when you expect all papers to be submitted and ready to begin the peer-review process, periods for article revisions, and when you plan for all final articles to be submitted. All articles published in Time & Society are double-blind peer-reviewed. Please write out the date in full to avoid confusion between various date formats.
- Article titles, authors and abstracts: include the titles, author names, abstracts (250–300 words) and short author bio (100 words) for all articles in the proposed special issue/section.
The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Time & Society operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
2.3.2 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Time & Society requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Time & Society encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.
2.6 Research data
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.
Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.
Time & Society and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the email address given below.
Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway.
Time & Society offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
Please prepare a 300 word abstract to be uploaded as part of the submission process. When uploading your manuscript itself you will need to upload a manuscript file with no identifying author information (designate as ‘Main Document’) and a separate title page with author details (designate as ‘Title Page’).
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files
Time & Society adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. View the Sage Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Time & Society is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tasj to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details at the end of these Guidelines.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.
Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Time & Society editorial office as follows:
Editorial Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org