From a section on concerns raised in the Annual Report of the American Sociological Association’s methodology section (Ross Stolzenberg of the University of Chicago, author):
First, the American Sociological Review is widely believed by section members to have an explicit policy against publication of methodological articles, and to be further biased against papers with advanced methodological content. Section members point out that the ASR has no policy against publication of papers from any other topic area in the discipline, that papers in other topic areas of sociology are published in both the ASR and topic-oriented ASA journals, and that influential methodological articles are among the most widely-cited papers in the discipline. Exclusion of widely-cited papers from publication in a journal is self-destructive for the journal, of course, because those papers contribute positively to the journal’s so-called impact score, which is now so popularly used to evaluate journal quality.
Second, section members voiced distress at an apparent decline in the quality of journal evaluations of the methodological content of papers submitted to ASA journals. Members recited lurid tales of rejection letters or editorial demands for revision based on the evaluations that denied facts of simple algebra and elementary statistics, as well as more advanced topics. Some members expressed embarrassment for their discipline, and described the frustration of colleagues whose papers had been rejected for bad cause.