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The Canadian Graduate Journal of Sociology and Criminology/Revue canadienne des études supérieures en sociologie et criminologie (CGJSC/RCESSC) is a bilingual, peer-reviewed academic journal organized and maintained by graduate students in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Founded in 2012, the CGJSC remains committed to providing Canadian graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral students, and emergent scholars the opportunity to disseminate their work to a wide and diverse audience, including both academic and non-academic readers, through its open-access platform.
The Canadian Graduate Journal of Sociology and Criminology/Revue canadienne des études supérieures en sociologie et criminologie (CGJSC/RCESSC) welcomes publications that make an original empirical, theoretical, or artistic/creative contributions to the fields of sociology, criminology, and other related disciplines. This journal accepts submissions employing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methodologies. We encourage submissions from a broad range of theoretical approaches and place special emphasis on interdisciplinary engagement, critical analysis, and innovative scholarship. In line with this mission, we also invite alternative and non-traditional submissions that extend beyond academic articles, such as: visual and textual media, critical commentaries, policy briefs, reflective essays/position papers, book or film reviews, poems, comics, short stories, and photographic essays.
The CGJSC is published annually and is hosted through the University of Waterloo Library’s Open Journal System (OJS). The CGJSC’s devotion to interdisciplinary research and inclusion means that we seek to advance ideas and debates which help foster intellectual exchange and critical discussion among the social sciences. In particular, we encourage submissions that engage with topics in sociology and criminology at the intersection of the following areas of focus (amongst many others):
Critical Race Theory
Indigenous Studies and Decolonization
Gender and Feminist Theory
Postcolonialism and Transnational Studies
Critical Health and Disability Studies
Social Justice and Education
Critical Praxis, Activism, and Knowledge Mobilization
Critical approaches to criminal justice and social policy
The CGJSC is committed to promoting and amplifying the work of graduate and undergraduate students, emerging scholars, and researchers. Though we prioritize contributions from Canadian graduate students, we also invite submissions from all post-secondary students, post-docs, independent scholars, academics, activists, and artists from around the world.
As a graduate student-driven initiative, the CGJSC endorses the participation of both Masters and PhD level students on the editorial board and in the administration of the journal. This provides graduate students with valuable work experience and the opportunity to collaborate and design a student-run journal. The CGJSC is meant to be a first step for graduate students attempting to learn the culture surrounding academic publishing, such as learning how to review papers, preparing work for publication, and developing project management and editorial skills. Our peer-review and selection process is akin to those found in leading journals. All submissions are reviewed to ensure highest research quality and rigour. Our goal is to be didactic and provide constructive feedback to all submitted articles whether accepted for publication or not
Not only is CGJSC a journal for graduate students and emergent scholars to publish their research, but also a chance to connect with other students and early career researchers across Canada and internationally. We encourage collaboration and open communication among our readers and our authors. The CGJSC is dedicated to enhancing the academic experience for all graduate students. We believe that this can be accomplished not only by providing a forum with which graduate students can publish their research, but by encouraging networking among graduate students across various universities and departments.
To provide opportunities for graduate students to publish their work in an academic peer-reviewed journal and contribute to the advancement of sociological knowledge
To support the open access distribution of graduate student research to both academic and non-academic audiences interested in the social sciences
To build a strong public profile for contributing graduate students, and more generally, the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo
To foster dialogue about pressing sociological issues between scholars from multiple social science disciplines within Canada and abroad
To encourage authors to engage in critical scholarship through the submission of innovative, non-traditional, and radical pieces of work that challenge normative methodological approaches to research
To facilitate graduate student participation in the publishing process and allowing them to acquire skills important within academia, such as gaining knowledge about the technical aspects of publishing, acting as peer reviewer, being part of an editorial team, and developing networking, leadership, and project management skills
The CGJSC/ RCESSC and the University of Waterloo acknowledge that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office