July-August 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 6

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ASA’s Rose Series
Continues Award-Winning Ways

by Matthew Mahler, Rose Series Fellow

The American Sociological Association’s Rose Series is rapidly becoming one of the premier publishing outlets for scholarly books. Yet, being published through the Rose Series is not easy. Only a few select Rose volumes are added each year. They are evaluated through a meticulous review process and are chosen for their quality, sophistication, and policy relevance. Increasingly recognized for their scholarly excellence, their ability to challenge prevailing paradigms and offer fresh views on enduring controversies, almost two-thirds of the Rose volumes published over the past decade have won major awards. Recent prize winners include:

This success is the result of the mandate given to the Series as well as the hands-on attention and financial resources provided by the ASA-appointed editors and its publisher, The Russell Sage Foundation. Established in 1967 by a bequest to ASA from Arnold and Caroline Rose to support innovations in scholarly publishing, the Series combines the intellectual rigor associated with refereed journals, the visibility of publishing with a major press, and the benefit of a sustained marketing campaign that extends beyond sociology into cognate disciplines and relevant policy circles.

Rose books receive the most thorough editing available in academic book publishing. Authors are signed to contracts (with payment of an advance) on the basis of a book proposal reviewed by editors, often after several substantive exchanges about how the book will be constructed. A mid-course review (scheduled once drafts of the core of the book are complete) includes careful reading by at least two editors, a one-day conference including a seminar in which the draft is presented to a qualified professional audience, and a detailed and critical review of the manuscript provided by the editors. The final draft is sent to two eminent scholars in the field who are compensated for a detailed, lengthy, and timely review. The finished manuscript is painstakingly edited by professional copy editors. In addition to the national and international marketing that Russell Sage undertakes, many titles are also the subject of special "Author Meets Critics" sessions at the ASA annual meeting. This year, for example, the editors will be hosting a session dedicated to Gay Seidman’s Beyond the Boycott: Labor Rights, Human Rights, and Transnational Activism.

The editors are always looking for exciting new manuscripts or proposals and invite submissions from senior scholars who are ASA members and have either written or are thinking about writing synthetic works based on original research. For guidelines and more information on the Rose Series, see asanet.org/cs/root/leftnav/publications/rose_series/homepage.

Currently the Rose Series is housed at Stony Brook University.
Its editors, Diane Barthel-Bouchier, Cynthia Bogard, Michael Kimmel, Daniel Levy, Tim Moran, Naomi Rosenthal, Michael Schwartz, and Gilda Zwerman, are affiliated with three different institutions in the New York metropolitan area: Stony Brook University, Hofstra University, and SUNY Old Westbury. Much of the success of the Series is also a result of the work of the previous editors: Douglas L. Anderton, Dan Clawson, Naomi Gerstel, Joya Misra, Randall G. Stokes, and Robert Zussman, from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, who recruited all of the Rose volumes published between 2001 and 2007.

 

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