Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

’Studies of Transition States and Societies’ (STSS) aims to promote interdisciplinary exchange between scholars in all major field of the social sciences with emphasis to sociology and political science. The journal is published biannually whereas the spring issue combines articles of political science and papers in sociology are published in the fall. In addition, collections of articles about a common theme or debate are welcome and will be published as short symposia.

The substantive focus of the journal is on the transitional societies, particularly on the societal and political changes in the post-socialist region. Still articles on other regions are welcome as well when they contribute to the debate about transition in social sciences.


Section Policies


We welcome high standard academic articles on transition societies. Papers that have been published articulate both theoretical and comparative, as well as quantitative and qualitative approaches.

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Review Articles

Review Articles are detailed discussions over the state of affairs in a certain discipline or overviews of one’s own work in a specific domain.

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Book Review

Book Reviews are discussions of a single or several book(s) that are highly relevant to the readers of STSS. When considering submitting a book review to us you are encouraged to read this article by Benjamin Peters for guidance on how to write great book reviews.

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Research Notes

Research Notes are short descriptions of ongoing research that has some highly valuable preliminary findings to share with the community.

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Peer Review Process

All submissions are evaluated by the editor in chief of either of the two major fields (sociology and political science) and a decision is made on whether the piece is thematically suitable and in accordance with academic expectations.
Those selected articles are sent to two experts for blind reviewing. The reviewers are asked to assess the paper with regard to the review guidelines. When the editors in chief see it fit the process is repeated until the paper is accepted for publishing or rejected.


Publication Frequency

STSS is published biannually in November and June. The spring issue combines articles of political science and papers in sociology are published in the fall. Submissions in both disciplines are welcome all year round and are processed in the order of arrival.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Indexing of STSS

ProQuest ScopusCEEOL Ebsco*   DOAJSSOAR


*EBSCO Publishing/EBSCOhost is the registered trademark of EBSCO Publishing



Special Issues and Guest Editing

Special issue is an issue dedicated to a specific field in sociology, political science or governance. The proposal will be made by the potential guest editor (applicant) and (s)he is responsible for the academic excellence of the issue.
- The proposal includes statement of rationale, contribution and significance of the proposed issue and abstracts of the articles. The proposal will be accepted or declined by the editorial board.
- The applicant will be responsible for organising double blind reviews and for other activities to edit the issue.
- The Editor in Chief reviews the draft version of the issue. If needed review forms will be revised and additional reviews requested.
- All expenses related to the special edition will be covered by the applicant (including editing and layout. Printing is optional).


Editorial board

Rico Isaacs - Oxford Brookes University, UK
Jeremy Morris -University of Arhus, Denmark
Attila Ágh - Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of Political Science, Emeritus
Ilkka Alanen - University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Airi-Alina Allaste - Tallinn University, Estonia
Roland Axtmann - Swansea University, UK
Carlo Barone - Sciences Po, France
Hans-Peter Blossfeld - European University Institute, Italy
Colin Copus- De Montfort University, UK
Jochen Franzke - Potsdam Univeristy, Germany
Catherine Hakim -  Civitas, UK
Leif Kalev- Tallinn University, Estonia
Michael D. Kennedy -  Brown University, USA
Hans-Dieter Klingemann - Social Science Reasearch Centre Berlin, Germany
Irena Kogan - Universität Mannheim, Germany
Jyrki Käkonen - Tallinn University, Estonia
Noemi Lendvai - University of Bristol, UK
Paul Lewis,
Karl Ulrich Mayer - Yale University, USA
David Ost - Hobart and William Smith Colleges, USA
Hilary Pilkington - University of Manchester,UK
Pirkko Pitkänen- University of Tampere, Finland
Rein Ruutsoo - Tallinn University, Estonia
Georg Sootla - Tallinn University, Estonia
Christian Toft- Universität Kassel, Germany
Anu Toots -Tallinn University, Estonia
Raivo Vetik - Tallinn Univeristy, Estonia
Rein Vöörmann- Tallinn University, Estonia

ISSN: 1736-8758