About the Journal of Applied Social Science (JASS)

The Journal of Applied Social Science is the official, peer-refereed publication of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS). JASS reflects more than 25 years of journal sponsorship by AACS and its predecessor organizations, the Society for Applied Sociology and the Sociological Practice Association.

SAGE publishes JASS.  Please submit all manuscripts on-line at Sage Manuscript Central, https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jass 

Please visit Sage’s website for more information about JASS.

The Journal of Applied Social Science publishes research articles, essays, research reports, teaching notes, and book reviews on a wide range of topics of interest to the social science practitioner. Specifically, we encourage submission of manuscripts that, in a concrete way, apply social science or critically reflect on the application of social science.  Authors must address how they either improved a social condition or propose to do so, based on social science research.

We offer the following categories and formats as guides:

Application-Oriented Research

This article details the development, implementation, and evaluation of a social science application. The goal: Provide readers with concrete examples of, and practical information on, applications to inform future implementations and applications.

Reflection on Process

This article provides first-person reflection and/or critique on how we apply social science knowledge. The format is more creative. The goal: Spark discussion and debate, inspire future work in our discipline.

Engaged Scholarship

This article provides social scientific insights, interpretations of findings, concepts, etc., that can improve understanding of social processes and increase the likelihood of the reader being able to improve communications, professional outcomes, and interactions. The goal: Translate social science knowledge into action steps.

Application of Theory and Method

This article discusses how to effect social change by 1) applying a social science concept/theory/method; 2) assisting organizations; 3) empowering research or consulting; or 4) working on other relevant activities. It includes a definition, an example, and then discussion of how it could be (or has been) applied in a social setting. The goal: Generate new applications of social science tools more broadly.

Teaching Practice

This article describes best practices in informing audiences about applied social science. The goal: Improve teaching of applied social science.


Length may vary from 5 to 35 pages. Use more of the pages in the outcomes, evaluation, and discussion sections (as applicable). Write in present tense, first person, with action verbs. Use parenthetical citations, with an alphabetical reference list. Avoid extended, direct quotes. In the abstract, identify the goal of the work, the target audience, main methods (if applicable) and key conclusions.

Please submit inquiries to the JASS editor

Dr. James Lee james.lee@sjsu.edu

How to access JASS:

  • Please visit Sage’s website HERE!
  • All 2019 AACS members whose dues are current, will receive the biannual journal. To renew your 2019 membership, click HERE!