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

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*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

• Airi-Alina Allaste - Tallinn University, Estonia

• Roland Axtmann - Swansea University, UK

• Edoardo Baldaro, Università “L’Orientale” Naples, Italy

• Carlo Barone - Sciences Po, France

• Ilona Baumane - University of Latvia, Latvia

• Hans-Peter Blossfeld - European University Institute, Italy

• Jurga Bučaitė-Vilkė, Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas, Lithuania

• Colin Copus - De Montfort University, UK

• Jochen Franzke - Potsdam Univeristy, Germany

• Catherine Hakim - Civitas, UK

• Rodica Ianole - University of Bucharest, Romania

• Rico Isaacs - Oxford Brookes University, UK

• Leif Kalev - Tallinn University, Estonia

• Robert Kevlihan - Kimmage Development Studies Center, Ireland

• Michael D. Kennedy - Brown University, USA

• Hans-Dieter Klingemann - Social Science Reasearch Centre Berlin, Germany

• Irena Kogan - Universität Mannheim, Germany

• Rajan Kumar - Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

• Jyrki Käkonen - Tallinn University, Estonia

• Alexandros Kyriakidis - University of Macedonia, Greece

• Noemi Lendvai - University of Bristol, UK

• Junpeng Li - Central China Normal University, China

• Karl Ulrich Mayer - Yale University, USA

• Marcello Mollica - University of Messina, Italy

• Jeremy Morris -University of Arhus, Denmark

• Alice Moscaritolo - University of Toulouse, France

• Giulia Prelz Oltramonti - Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

• David Ost - Hobart and William Smith Colleges, USA

• Hilary Pilkington - University of Manchester,UK

• Pirkko Pitkänen - University of Tampere, Finland

• Cristina Plamadeala - Concordia University, Canada

• Abel Polese – Tallinn University, Estonia

• Péter Róbert - TÁRKI Social Research Institute, Hungary

• Rein Ruutsoo - Tallinn University, Estonia

• Ellu Saar – Tallinn University, Estonia

• Georg Sootla - Tallinn University, Estonia

• Christian Toft - Universität Kassel, Germany

• Anu Toots - Tallinn University, Estonia

• Jurij Toplak - University Maribor, Slovenia

• Ahsan Ullah - University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei

• Marge Unt - Tallinn University, Estonia

• Rustamjon Urinboyev - Lund University, Sweden

• Raivo Vetik - Tallinn Univeristy, Estonia

• Rein Vöörmann - Tallinn University, Estonia

• Sven Daniel Wolfe - University of Zurich, Switzerland

• Rok Zupančič - University of Graz, Austria


Work order

Two issues of STSS are published per year (plus special issues that are guest-edited), each with specific focus and managed by one of the two editors appointed by the editorial board.

The June issue explores governance in its widest form (local, national, global) and from a variety of disciplinary approaches. The December issue explores societies in its widest understanding of the word and from a variety of disciplinary approaches.

The editors in chief work to guarantee the scientific excellence of the journal and to ensure that articles  find reviewers. Each issue has one primary editor and all the articles that are submitted are divided thematically (societies and governance) to be considered for either of the editors’ issue. The editors in chief represent the journal in contracts (e.g. with databases) that do not bear financial burdens.

In broader matters relating to strategic planning the members of the editorial board are consulted. The main mean of contact is the mailing list of those members but when necessary meetings are held. At meetings all decisions are decided by the majority of vote when at least half of the members are present or have delegated their vote. For example this body decides whether the journal should accept a special issues application and also whether the journal should accept a new member to the board.

The international board is composed of experts from around the world (the current board is listed above). All members of the board are expected to contribute to the journal incl. reviewing articles and suggesting reviewers, submitting papers and advocating for the journal in their networks.

The managing editor deals with day-to-day management. She/he updates the webpage and keeps up contacts with the databases, also arranges the reviewing process and the formatting of papers before layout as well as checking layout. The managing editor deals with budgeting and marketing.

Filling the positions

The two editors in chief are elected for the period of two years in consultation with the editorial board. The mandate is renewed automatically at the end of the second year. Editors in chief can be replaced in two cases:

1. They decide to leave the position of editor-in-chief

2. The editorial board suggests a new editor-in-chief or requests a given editor to leave the position

In the first case a written request should be sent from the editor-in-chief to the editorial board at least 60 days before the date when the editor wants to leave the journal.

In the second case a request should be sent by a representative of the editorial board to the whole editorial board for approval at least two months before the new editor takes up their position. Shorter delays are possible in case of serious breach of the journal code of conduct.

To be valid, the request to replace the editor should be endorsed by at least 2/3 of the board.

The managing editor is elected by the editors in chief firstly discussing possible cooperation with the standing managing editor.

The book review editor(s) are selected by the editors in chief in consultation with the editorial board and the current book review editor.