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Lin Freeman founded Social Networks in 1978 as the main forum for social network analysts. It has become the main journal for Social Network Analysts. Lin edited it for many years before Ron Breiger joined him in carrying the editing load. They stepped down in early in 2006 as Tom Snijders and I have taken over the reins of editing this journal. This has been, for both Tom and me, an exciting but time-consuming activity. Information about the journal can be found at

Part of what you will find is a statement of the journal mission.

“Social Networks is an interdisciplinary and international quarterly. It provides a common forum for representatives of anthropology, sociology, history, social psychology, political science, human geography, biology, economics, communications science and other disciplines who share an interest in the study of the empirical structure of social relations and associations that may be expressed in network form. It publishes both theoretical and substantive papers. Critical reviews of major theoretical or methodological approaches using the notion of networks in the analysis of social behaviour are also included, as are reviews of recent books dealing with social networks and social structure.

The editorial criteria for acceptance will be based on the degree to which a paper makes a broad theoretical or methodological, and empirically relevant, contribution to the study of social networks. Acceptable papers may range from abstract, formal mathematical derivations to concrete, descriptive case studies of particular social networks. The editors are therefore particularly interested in papers that attempt to uncover the processes by which social networks emerge, evolve and have consequences for other aspects of behaviour.”

Tom and I request that interested authors not send us manuscripts outside of the EES system set up for the journal to see if we would be interested in having them submitted. Nor do wish to receive abstracts, descriptions or summaries with the same general query.