Call for Papers – English

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The new sozusagen is on its way and we are looking for your contributions! In the summer semester 2018 an exciting new edition of the sozusagen awaits you. It will be about the terms „decision“ and „coercion“. How do we make decisions? Are you forced to make decisions? Is it possible to make a decision without coercion?

When are we controlled by others or self-determined? When and why do social norms limit our choices? In how far can you resist coercion? People are often forced to decide in society. For example, to identify with a certain gender. Data is also stored without consent. And try taking your bag into the library.

Society is full of decisions and constraints. You can find them everywhere: in political freedom ideals and elections, consumption and the mass of opportunities, student life and work, travel and internationality, life and love.

We welcome any kind of contribution, including scientific essays, contributions from university groups, book reviews, poems, comics and cartoons. And also anything else that you can think of. We are not only looking for scientific contributions, but also opinion pieces and journalistic essays! You can write a piece in English or German. Depending on the format you want to submit, the desired number of words varies. For example, we are looking for essays with around 1,500 words. Please submit your first draft by the 18th of December 2017.

We are also looking forward to receiving contributions that do not fit the topic „Decision“ and „Coercion“.

Please send us your first draft by e-mail:
Also send us an e-mail if you have any questions or ideas!

Guidelines for contributions in sozusagen

Language use

All contributions should use non-discriminatory language that is gender inclusive. This means writing both female and male pronouns  (“he” and “she” or a neutral pronoun such as “they”).

Citations and references

Please the American Sociological Association (ASA) style for citing sources and referencing.

When there are two authors name both authors. If there are three authors, name all three the first time you cite them. For all following citations use the first name and et al.

Multiple citations are separated with a semicolon. You can choose whether to sort the references by date or alphabetically as long as you are consistent.

In-text citation:

Template Example
One author (Author Year: page number) (Beck 2007: 55)
Author (Year: page number) Beck (2007: 55)
Several authors (Author1 and Author2 Year) (Fitzenberger and Schulze 2013)
(Author1, Author2 and Author3 Year), then (Author1 et al. Year) (Jones, Smith and Johnson 2017) , thereafter (Jones et al. 2017)
Multiple citations (Author1 Year; Author2 Year) (Beck 2007; Fitzenberger und Schulze 2013)

Reference list: 

In case of multiple authors the first author is written as “Surname, First name” whilst all following authors are written as “First name Surname”.  (See journal example).

Source Template Example
Book Surname, First name. Year. Title.  City: Publisher. Beck, Ulrich. 2007. Generation Global. Ein Crashkurs. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.
Journal Surname, First name. Year. “Title”. Name of Journal. Volume number (issue number): page numbers Fitzenberger, Bernd and Ute Schulze. 2013. “Up or out. Research incentives and career prospects of postdocs in Germany”. German Economic Review. 15(2): 287-328
Website Surname, First name. Year. “Title. City: Publisher. Retrieval date (URL). Example: Bielefeld University. 2017. “14 zusätzliche Professuren für die Universität Bielefeld”. Bielefeld: Bielefeld University. Retrieved September 27, 2017 (ätzliche_professuren_für_die)

Types of contributions

We accept a wide range of formats. The following is a suggestion for different types of contributions that we accept including a description and guideline for each.  The guideline of roughly 15,000 characters for a scientific essay also applies to the other formats.

Type Description
Scientific Essay 13,000 – 18,000 characters (including spaces), which is around 1,500 words
Journalistic essay
Comics and cartoons
Book review
University group contribution
Research report

This list is not exclusive. Other types are welcome as well.

Criteria for good essays

Distinction between an essay and a term paper: 

Essays published in the sozusagen differ from term papers in several points:

  • For scientific essays it is important to briefly explain ideas and concepts. However, it is not necessary to provide a complete overview of the state of the art. Therefore, you should manage with a select amount of scientific literature.
  • To make your essays more accessible you should apply the concepts and theories to a specific example.
  • Assume that not every reader has prior sociological knowledge. If you use technical terms, please explain them in an understandable way.
  • You are not addressing an expert audience. Essays may be written in an interesting, amusing etc. manner.
  • Feel free to take a look at essays in previous sozusagen issues for inspiration.


Ideally, your article fulfils the following content criteria and is structured accordingly:


  • (empirical) hook, which clearly fits the question.
  • Clear sociologically grounded question or hypothesis, that either results from the hook or leads to it

Main part

  • Clear, comprehensible argumentation, which aims to answer the question (and not everything else at the same time). Common theme.
  • Limited to a few theories: one or two sociological concepts (which must be cited!) are usually enough to answer a question.
  • Illustrative examples.


  • Finish with a conclusion that links back to the question, gives a summarised answer or raises new questions.


  • Structure of the text: the question (according to the intended answers) is the basis for the structure of the text. It is the common theme.
  • Not mandatory: subheadings (please do not use “introduction”, “main part”, “conclusion”)  →  not too many subheadings, they should be based on the content and be well structured
  • Short and concise: Let your question and line of argumentation determine what is relevant and what is not. Try to avoid digressing from your question.

If your contribution is not in accordance with these guidelines please contact us. We will then investigate the objections for your contribution individually.

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