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Archives - July 2015

July 31, 2015

Online AM registration closes at midnight (EDT) on Friday, July 31.

Online AM registration closes at midnight (EDT) on Friday, July 31.

Reminder: SSSP online registration closes at midnight (EDT).  Register here:

07/31/2015, 01:01 PM


July 28, 2015

SSSP Urges Governors and Legislators to Remove the Confederate Flag

SSSP President Marlese Durr, Executive Officer Héctor Delgado, and Vice-President Nancy Mezey wrote on behalf of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) to commend governors and legislators who have advocated removing the confederate flag and urge those opposed to its removal to consider seriously and humanely what that flag represents to so many people in the country, but especially African Americans.

Click here to read the full letter.

07/28/2015, 01:18 PM

Annual Meeting Events You Don't Want to Miss

Be sure to join us on Saturday, August 22, for the SSSP Business Meeting, Presidential Address, Awards Ceremony, and Division-Sponsored Reception!  Attend the Business Meeting for an update on the status and future of SSSP from 4:15pm-5:25pm.  The Presidential Plenary will feature the formal address of President Marlese Durr from 5:30pm-6:15pm.  The SSSP Awards Ceremony, conferring the 2015 major SSSP awards will follow from 6:30pm-7:15pm.  You don’t want to miss the Division-Sponsored Reception from 7:15pm-8:15pm.  All registrants are invited to attend these events.

07/28/2015, 10:46 AM


July 21, 2015

African Independence Film Exhibit

The Program Committee is proud to exhibit AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE on Friday, August 21 from 4:15pm-6:30pm.  This award winning film by Dr. Tukufu Zuberi highlights the birth and problems confronted by Africans to win independence.  This story is related through the voices of freedom fighters and leaders who achieved independence, across four pivotal events—World War Two, the end of colonialism, the Cold War, and the era of African Republics.  This film offers a unique perspective designed to enlighten audience’s insights about Africans into the continent’s past, present, and future.  The film will be hosted by Dr. Zuberi, Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations and Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

07/21/2015, 10:03 AM


July 14, 2015

Welcome to Chicago! - A Guide by the Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Chicago!  To help you decide how you’d like to spend your time exploring the city, Nancy Michaels, Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, put together this guide, which includes some of Chicago’s most well-known and a few more obscure attractions.  The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel is centrally located, making any of these suggestions easy to access using public transit; several are located within a few blocks of the SSSP conference hotel.!/

07/14/2015, 10:34 AM


July 07, 2015

Accessibility Guidelines

Ensuring that your presentation is accessible allows for the greatest involvement for all participants at the Annual Meeting.  Program participants are reminded to make their presentations accessible.  Here are some helpful Accessibility Guidelines that are important to incorporate into your presentation as well the Accessibility Services available to all conference registrants.


07/07/2015, 12:52 PM


July 02, 2015

2015 Social Problems ISI Ranking

In June 2015, the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) released its annually compiled citation rankings for journals in the physical and biological sciences, medicine, technology, and social sciences for the 2014 publishing year. Each year, ISI ranks journals according to the number of citations each receives in other journals. Librarians, researchers, and tenure committees consider ISI rankings among the factors that determine a journal's benefit to and cache within the scholarly community.

We are pleased to announce that Social Problems continues to demonstrate and increase its influence and importance within the discipline of sociology. The 2014 ISI ranking for Social Problems placed it in the 89th percentile of all journals in the discipline—among the top 15 journals in all of sociology—with an impact factor of 1.729. The 5-Year impact factor of 2.669 speaks to the enduring quality of the journal and the lasting importance of its content to the field, especially as the number sociology journals continues to grow over time. In celebration of this accomplishment, a collection of highly cited articles is now freely available.

While these ISI rankings do not provide the entire picture of a journal, including its peer-review process, its history, or value to a niche audience, they do relay a journal's overall discoverability, relative significance in the field, and timeliness of content—aspects that result from the hard work and foresight of its editorial office, a healthy society membership and reader base, and a diligent publisher able to utilize every means possible to enhance visibility in a digital environment. Social Problems’ ongoing ranking among the highest-cited journals warrants hearty congratulations to the Editors of Social Problems -- past and present -- and their teams, whose efforts have ensured that Social Problems remains one of the most influential outlets in our discipline!

07/02/2015, 01:52 PM