IntroductionThe Institute for Sociology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences is the largest and most prominent basic research organization in the field of Sociology in Slovakia. The Institute was established in 1965.
The Institute for Sociology is a representative of Slovakia in prestigious international comparative research programs. It is member of the ISSP (International Social Survey Programme) which is carried out annually in more than forty countries worldwide since 1995. Since 1998 the Institute is responsible for the European Values Study (EVS) in Slovakia which is carried out every nine years.
Since 1969 the Institute publishes Sociológia – Slovak Sociological Review - the most important sociology journal in Slovakia. Since 1997 a volume includes four Slovak and two English issues. The journal is covered in the Current Contents database and had an impact factor of 0.275 (120 out of 142 in Sociology) in 2015.
The Institute (together with the Department of Sociology at the Comenius University) initiated the creation of the Slovak Archive of Social Data which it currently also maintains. The Archive stores data from quantitative surveys carried out in Slovakia and provides public access to the data files to researchers and public. The Institute has also a library with an on-line accessible catalog.
In the long term, besides Slovak research projects, the Institute for Sociology participates in projects in respected international grant schema and is actively involved in international cooperation. Besides national publications, the Institutes's researchers publish their work in respected international publishing houses and world-class social science journals. They are also active in teaching activities in the field of Sociology as well as in neighboring sciences.