1. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ISSR
Pi Gamma Mu’s commitment to scholarship in the social sciences is manifested most tangibly through the publication of our peer-reviewed journal, the International Social Science Review. An edition of the ISSR appears each summer and another appears each winter. Each edition contains about four peer-reviewed articles. Each edition also contains about 15 book reviews, which are written by scholars and carefully polished for publication by the book-review editor and the editor-in-chief.
Pi Gamma Mu has two compelling reasons to publish an outstanding journal.
- The flagship honor society of the social sciences ought to encourage outstanding scholarship, and showcase it as an example for others.
- Our honor society can encourage the production of excellent scholarship by our members‑‑professors and students alike‑‑by providing an outlet for their research products.
We encourage our members to expose their research to public view by presenting papers at our triennial international conventions and by submitting them to the ISSR for peer review. We hope that this activity might encourage our student members to write not just papers that will placate their professors but to write inspired papers that will enlighten others. We hope that this activity might encourage our members‑‑professors and students alike‑‑to undertake research that will result in manuscripts that the peer-review process will find to be acceptable for publication.
2. SUBMITTING A MANUSCRIPT
The International Social Science Review invites the submission of manuscripts in history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, international relations, criminal justice, social work, psychology, social philosophy, history of education, and human/cultural geography.
Articles must be based on original research and be well-written. They must be word-processed in Times New Roman 12 font and double-spaced, and will preferably not exceed 30 pages (including endnotes). Endnotes and style must conform with Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (7th ed.) and Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.), respectively.
We accept articles on a rolling basis but the deadline for submissions for publication in the spring edition is January 15 and for the fall edition is June 15.
An author who is interested in publishing in the ISSR should email a finished manuscript, contact information (phone number, mailing address, and E‑mail address), and an abbreviated C.V. to:
Dr. Candice Quinn at [email protected]. Feel free to contact the editor with paper ideas or questions.
Dr. Candice Quinn
Editor, International Social Science Review
3350 Whilabout Terrace,
Oakville, Ontario L6L 0A8
3. WRITING A BOOK REVIEW
The International Social Science Review invites the submission of book reviews in anthropology, archaeology, criminal justice, economics, history of education, human/cultural geography, history, international relations, political science, psychology, public health, social work, social philosophy, and sociology.
Book reviews must be based on original research monographs and be well-written. They must be word-processed in Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced, and they will not exceed 1,000 words (including endnotes). Endnotes and style must conform with Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (7th ed.) and Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.), respectively.
Typically, there are six basic features of a suitable book review:
- SCOPE: The topic addressed in the book should be stated.
- THESIS: The author's main argument(s) should be identified.
- CONTENT: A 'brief' summary of the content (facts, empirical evidence and other content) should be provided. Please limit the use of direct quotations.
- CRITIQUE/EVALUATION: This is the reviewer's evaluation/analysis, both positive and negative, of the author's arguments, evidence used by the author in making her or his argument, the author's conclusions, and the author's style of writing. This feature is the heart of the book review.
- OTHER LITERATURE IN THE FIELD (or HISTORIOGRAPHY): This is a description of the relationship of the book being reviewed to other literature previously published about the topic or closely related topics.
- CONCLUSION: At the end of the book review, the reviewer should offer a summarized positive or negative assessment of the book.
At the top of the book review, the reviewer should reproduce the book's bibliographic entry (author's name, book title, edition if any, place of publication, publisher, year, number of pages, and price of the book).
At the bottom of the book review, the reviewer should provide his or her name, title and institution, for example:
J. Laurence Hare, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Department of History
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
Typically, the book review editor possesses a number of books that publishers have sent to her or him in the hope that a book review will eventually appear in the ISSR. Therefore, twice a year, an email is sent out seeking reviewers. If you would like to be added to this email distribution list, please email the editor.
The editor will consider book suggestions by a reviewer, but please contact the editor before undertaking the work involved in preparing the review. Ordinarily, the editor will not be interested in a review of a book that has been published more than 1½ years earlier.
Book reviews are accepted on a rolling basis, but the deadline for submissions for publication in the Spring edition is January 15th and for the Fall edition is June 15th. Once a reviewer has accepted a book review assignment, the reviewer is expected to read the book and submit the review by the next deadline date. The reviewer should email the following to Dr. Linda Ullman-Petrash at [email protected]:
- The finished book review;
- His or her contact information (phone number, mailing address, email address); and
- An abbreviated C.V.
Feel free to contact the editor with any book review questions. Please use the above email address or the following:
Dr. Linda Ullman-Petrash
Book Review Editor, International Social Science Review
1327 Deerwood Trail
4. ACCESSING THE ISSR
In 2014, the journal was moved to an open-access digital format and no longer requires a subscription. It can be accessed by using the following link digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/issr
5. HISTORY OF THE ISSR
Pi Gamma Mu began to publish a journal in November 1925. The journal was originally entitled Social Science. Dr. Leroy Allen, Pi Gamma Mu’s founder, was the editor of this quarterly publication until his death.
At the 1981 Board of Trustees meeting, the description of Pi Gamma Mu was changed from "National Social Science Honor Society" to "International Social Science Honor Society" at the request of the Philippine Alpha chapter at the University of the Philippines. The honor society had outgrown the borders of the United States in 1932, when Dr. W. Leon Godshall, who would later serve as Pi Gamma Mu’s fourth international president, organized a chapter at the University of the Philippines. Also, at the 1981 meeting, Pi Gamma Mu’s journal was renamed from Social Science to International Social Science Review to reflect the international reach of the society.
In 1994, the Board of Trustees decided for financial reasons to publish two double-issue editions per year.
In 2014, the Board of Trustees decided to move the journal to an open-access digital format. The journal no longer requires a subscription and can be accessed by following this link digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/issr