Call for Papers and Conferences
Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSSS) welcomes proposals for papers, roundtables, workshops, poster exhibits, and plenary sessions for the 16th biennial meeting, November 14-18, 2001, San Antonio, TX, Hyatt Regency Riverwalk. E-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website http://www.acsus.org.
Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS). Annual Meeting, November 14-18, 2001. The Hotel Viking, Newport, RI. Theme: “Making Critical Connections: From the Local to the Global.” Present a paper, organize a session or a special event, or participate in a panel. Presentations do not need to be directly related to conference theme. Send a one-page proposal to Kathryn Gaianguest, AHS 2001 Program Chair, 32 Sunrise Terrace, Orono, ME 04473; (207) 866-3883; fax (207) 581-2640; e-mail Kathryn_ Gaianguest@umit.maine.edu. Submissions deadline, June 30, 2001.
Head Start, 6th National Research Conference, presented by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Society for Research in Child Development, June 26-29, 2002, Washington, DC. Theme: “The First Eight Years, Pathways to the Future.” Proposals are due June 15, 2001. Direct all inquiries about submissions to Faith Lamb-Parker, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health/CPFH, 60 Haven Avenue, B-3, New York, NY 10032; (212) 305-4154; fax (212) 305-2015; e-mail flp1@columbia. edu. They are recruiting reviewers to assist in reviewing submissions for the conference. If you are interested, please contact: Bethany Chirico, Ellsworth Associates, Inc., 1749 Old Meadow Road, Suite 600, McLean, VA 22102; (703) 821-3090 ext. 233; fax (703) 821-3989; e-mail email@example.com.
International Sociological Association. Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy. Annual Meeting, Oviedo, Spain, September 6-9, 2001. Theme: “Old and New Social Inequalities: What Challenges for the Welfare State?” Deadline for submissions and abstracts March 15, 2001. For more details contact organizer Ana M. Guillen, Area de Sociologia, Facultad de Economicas, Universidad de Oviedo, Aveneda del Cristos s/n, 33071 Oviedo, Spain; 34 985 103727; fax 34 985 105050; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http/www.uniovi.es/Vicest/Congresos/2001/RC19.
International Sociological Association. Research Committee on Social Practice and Social Transformation. Midterm conference, July 12-15, Krakow, Poland. Theme: “Social Transformations and Globalization.” Send proposals for sessions and papers to Colin Mooers, Secretary; e-mail email@example.com.
International Sociological Association. Research Committee on Social Stratification. Summer meeting, Berkeley, CA, August 14-16, 2001. Theme: “Inequality: Global and Local Perspectives.” Submit abstracts (100-1500 words) before May 1, 2001 to Mike Hout, Survey Research Center, 2538 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720-5100; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Sociological Association. Joint session of the Research Committee on Sociology of Health and the Research Committee on Mental Health and Illness, at the ISA 15th World Congress of Sociology, July 7-13, 2002, Brisbane, Australia. Theme: “The Influence of Globalization of Economy on Physical and Mental Health and Health Care.” Members of both committees and other interested members of ISA who would like to contribute to the session, contact Jerzy Krupinski, 33 Campbell Street, Bentleigh, Victoria, Australia, 3204; fax 61-3-9557 5956; e-mail email@example.com before March 31, 2001.
International Sociological Association. Research Committee on the Sociology of Migration, May 17-19, Liege, Belgium. Theme: “Migration Between States and Markets.” Send abstracts of papers, up to 300 words, by March 16, 2001 to Marco Martiniello, Fac.de Droit, Bt. 31 Bte. 43, University of Liege, 7 Boulevard Du Rectorat, 4000 Liege, Belgium; 32-4-3663040; fax 32-4-3664557; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.ucm.es/info/isa/cforp103.htm.
International Visual Sociology Association. Annual Conference, July 11-15, 2001, University of Minnesota. Theme: “Boundaries, Bytes and Ballyhoo: Visual Sociology, New Media, and Public Information.” Proposals for papers, sessions, and media screenings should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com or by postal mail to Dona Schwartz, University of Minnesota, 111 Murphy Hall, 2206 Church Street, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Abstracts and proposals for papers, sessions, and films must be received by March 15, 2001.
Small States in World Markets, Conference, Goteborg, Sweden, September 27-29, 2001. The aim of this international multidisciplinary conference is to contribute to a broader understanding of how small states manage to adjust their economies according to the structural changes in international economy without losing their distinctive political-institutional character. Deadline for submitting abstracts is April 15, 2001. Contact Small States Conference, CEFOS, Goteborg University, Box 720, 405 30 Goteborg, Sweden; 46-31-7735165; fax 46-31-7734480; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; http://econhist.gu.se/smallstates.
State University of New York-Farmingdale. A conference sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, April 26, 2001. Theme: “Diversity in Research and Society: A Conference for Long Island Area Sociologists and Social Scientists.” Submit proposals before March 30 to Angela D. Danzi, Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, SUNY-Farmingdale, Farmingdale, NY 11735; (631) 420-2669.
Communication Review seeks a synthesis of concerns traditional to the field of communication and humane studies scholarship. Submit three copies of manuscripts to: Andrea L. Press and Bruce A. Williams, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 228 Gregory Hall, 810 South Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801; e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org;
Journal of Poverty: Innovations on Social, Political and Economic Inequalities. A refereed journal designed to provide an outlet for discourse on poverty and inequality welcomes manuscripts that sensitize social scientists and practitioners to the varied forms and patterns of inequalities, new developments in cultural diversity, and interventions promoting equality and social justice. Four copies of the manuscript following the APA style should be sent to the Editors, Journal of Poverty, P.O. Box 3613, Columbus, OH 43210-3613; (614) 292-7181; fax (614) 292-6940; e-mail email@example.com; http://www.journalofpoverty.org.
Political Power and Social Theory is an annual review committed to advancing interdisciplinary and critical understanding of the linkages between class relations, political power, and historical development. Make direct inquiries or send manuscripts to Diane E. Davis, Editor, Department of Sociology, New School University, 65 5th Avenue, Room 333, New York, NY 10003; e-mail ppst@newschool. edu; http://homepage.newschool.edu/~ppst. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2001.
Race, Racism, and Resistance: Essays in Honor of Joe R. Feagin. A Festschrift edited by Bernice McNair Barnett, et al. Those interested in submitting an essay or commentary for review and consideration should submit: name, address, phone, e-mail, fax, paper’s title (pointing to aspect of Professor Feagin’s work interpreted); abstract of 150-250 words (1-page maximum) directly describing how Professor Feagin’s scholarship is analyzed; and a 50-75 word biography to Bernice McNair Barnett et al, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1310 South 6th Street MC-708, Champaign, IL, 61825; (217) 333-7658; fax (217) 244-7064; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions March 30, 2001.
Studies in Communications. Volume 6 on the theme of Human Rights and Media, a series published by Elsevier Science invites papers by May 1, 2001. The dynamics of human rights activity and media representation in global society provide a frame for this volume. Contact the series editor Diana Papademas, Department of Sociology, SUNY-Old Westubry, 3 Anchorage Lane 7B, Oyster Bay, NY 11771; (516) 922-3047; e-mail
DianaPapademas@worldnet.att.net. General guidelines for authors for hard copy and electronic submissions are available from email@example.com.
Substance Use & Misuse. Researchers are invited to submit papers for review and possible inclusion in a special issue of the journal concerned with the social epidemiology of substance use and homelessness. Submit manuscripts in triplicate to special issue Guest Editor: Timothy Johnson, Director, Survey Research Laboratory, University of Illinois-Chicago, 412 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607; (312)-996-5310. Submissions must be postmarked by July 1, 2001.
Survivor Lessons: Communication Issues Under a Watchful Eye. This volume edited by Matthew J. Smith and Andrew F. Wood invites manuscripts highlighting scholarly approaches to the interpersonal dynamics and media issues raised by the CBS television series and other forms of reality-based entertainment. The deadline for manuscripts is March 31, 2001. Send five copies to Matthew J. Smith, Communication Arts, Indiana University-South Bend, 1700 Mishawaka Boulevard, South Bend, IN 46634-7111; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
April 26, 2001. The Center for Global Studies of St. John’s University Conference. Theme: “Poverty and Globalization.” Contact Azzedine Layachi, The Center for Global Studies, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY 11439; (718) 390-4585; fax (718) 390-4347; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 28, 2001. New England Sociological Association Spring Conference, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. Theme: “Responding to SocioTechnical Revolutions.” For more information, contact Stephen Lilley, Sociology Program, Sacred Heart University; (203) 371-7761; e-mail email@example.com.
April 27-29, 2001. Council on Contemporary Families 4th Annual Conference, New York, NY. Theme: “What’s Marriage Got to Do With it? Rethinking Debates over Research, Practice, and Policy.” For more details see www.contemporaryfamilies.org.
June 13-16, 2001. Feelings and Emotions: The Amsterdam Symposium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The goal of this international symposium is to review, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the state of the art of scientific research on emotions. All available information, including registration forms, are at
September 10-11, 2001. 5th International Workshop on Teamworking, Leuven, Belgium. For more information on the workshop see http://www.kuleuven.ac.be/hiva/.
July 20-24, 2001. First World Congress of Sociology of Sport, Yonsei University, Seoul Korea. Theme: “Sociology of Sport and New Global Order: Bridging Perspectives and Crossing Boundaries.” For additional information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Program on Europe and Central Asia, International Division, announces its’ Women’s International Science Collaboration (WISC) Program 2001-2002. Men and women scientists with PhDs or equivalent research experience are eligible to apply. Only fields funded by the National Science Foundation and interdisciplinary research cutting across these fields are eligible. Both the grant application form and the proposed budget form are found at http://www.aaas.org/international/eca/wisc.html. Mail original plus seven copies of the entire application package to: Karen Grill, American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Directorate, Program on Europe and Central Asia, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, 7th floor, Washington, DC 20005; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Institute of Indian Studies announces its 2001 fellowship competition and invites applications from scholars from all disciplines who wish to conduct their research in India. Junior fellowships are given to doctoral candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months. Senior long-term (up to nine months) and short-term (four months or less) fellowships are available to scholars who hold a PhD. Performing and creative arts fellowships are available for accomplished practitioners of the arts of India. Eligible applicants include U.S. citizens no matter what their employment status, and citizens of other countries who are students or faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities. The application deadline is July 1, 2001. For applications, contact American Institute of Indian Studies, 1130 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637; (773) 702-8638; e-mail email@example.com.
Center on Violence and Human Survival at John Jay College, in collaboration with the Office of Continuing Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, funded by the W. Alton Jones Foundation, announces eight fellowships of $2,500 each for younger professors to teach a new course in the general area of nuclear threat. No discipline is excluded from consideration, and they encourage young faculty from all the arts and sciences to think about issues of ultimate destruction from within their traditions. They are especially committed to courses that examine nuclear threat from a humanistic and ethical perspective. Applications are being accepted until the end of March 2001, and consist of a letter describing a proposed course, along with a draft syllabus, to be taught in the academic year 2001-2002 at some American college or university. Contact Charles B. Strozier, Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College, 555 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019.
National Institute on Aging (NIA). The following links will connect you to information about specific announcements from the four NIA extramural programs. General information about the NIA grant application, review and funding processes, as well as a history of active funding announcements, is available on the NIA home page at: http://www.nih.gov/nia/funding/. For additional information, contact the NIA Office of Extramural Activities at (301) 496-9322. Trans-NIA Announcements NIA Pilot Research Grant Program (R03) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-037.html. Behavioral and Social Research Planning Grants for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Intervention in Middle-Aged and Older Populations http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-01-004.html. Planning Grants for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Intervention in Middle-aged and Older Populations (R21)
Biology of Aging New Research Strategies in Osteogenesis Imperfecta
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AR-01-001.html. Geriatrics Bioengineering Research Partnerships
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-024.html. Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Aging Tools for Insertional Mutagenesis in the Mouse (R01, R21) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/rfa-da-01-011.html. Tools for Insertional Mutagenesis in the Mouse: SBIR/STTR Initiative (R41,R42, R43, R44) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/rfa-da-01-012.html. Vaccine and Immune Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease
Sociological Initiatives Foundation provides grants of $5,000 to $15,000 to support research and social action projects. Areas of interest include but are not limited to social welfare, human rights, literacy, language learning and use, dialect use, and curricular issues in teaching second languages and non-native languages. The Foundation is also interested in supporting research by sociologists and linguists whose work may provide practical documentation of initiatives useful to communities. Guidelines are available at http://www.grantsmanagement.com/sifguide.html. For more information, contact Prentice Zinn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 426-7172.
In the News
Margaret Abraham, Hofstra University, was quoted and her work with SAKHI profiled in the October 16th issue of the New York Times “Metro” section.
Steven E. Barkan, University of Maine, was interviewed on Maine Public Radio about his recently published study on “Household Crowding and Aggregate Crime Rates.”
Dan Cook, University of Illinois-Champaign, was quoted in a New York Times “Circuits” article on the social uses of new technology, November 16, 2000.
John T. Crist, U.S. Institute of Peace, authored a column on the global status of civil disobedience for a special issue of the “Sunday Review” section of the Philadelphia Inquirer, January 14, 2001.
Mathieu Deflem’s, Purdue University, website campaign against commercial lecture notes companies was featured in a variety of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, New York Times “Educational Supplement”, Rice Thresher, Minnesota Star Tribune, Denver Post, Village Voice, and USA Today. He also published related letters to the editor and op-eds in several college papers, including the Harvard Crimson, Badger Herald, Stanford Daily, Yale Daily News, Daily Pennsylvanian, Brown Daily Herald, and Michigan Daily.
Steve Derne, State University of New York-Geneseo, had a letter discussing the life and thought of W.E.B. DuBois appear in the Washington Post “Book World” section, January 7, 2001.
Peter Dreier, Occidental College, was quoted in the AFL-CIO’s America@Work magazine describing Occidental College’s “no sweatshop” policy. It is also on the AFL-CIO website and has been picked up by other websites and listserves.
Riley E. Dunlap, Washington State University, had interviews dealing with the American election and environmental issues carried in two Finnish newspapers, Kaleva, November 22 and Vihrea Lanka, November 25, while in Finland for a conference and lectures last November.
Donna Gaines, was interviewed on the Discovery channel, November 5, 2000 for a documentary, “Satan in the Suburbs” about the 1980’s Ricky Kasso murder case on Long Island, NY.
Charles Kurzman, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was misquoted on Iranian national television in December 2000 as saying that the 2000 U.S. presidential elections were “the most shameful moment in American history.”
Ross Macmillian, University of Minnesota, had his research on the long-term costs of criminal victimization in adolescence featured in the Washington Post, July 23, 2000.
Milton Mankoff, Queen’s College, City University of New York, wrote a letter to the editor that was published in the December 11, 2000 New York Times, titled “A Nader Benefit.”
J. Timmons Roberts, Tulane University, was featured in a Q&A style interview in the Brazilian publication Jornal Seguaranca & Saude No Trabalho, December 2000, on issues related to Brazilian worker health and safety.
David Swartz, Boston University and Loïc Wacquant, University of California-Berkeley, were quoted in a New York Times article “The Intellectual Class Struggle”, January 6, 2001 on noted French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu.
Carol Seron, Baruch College, was featured in the January 2, 2001 New York Times about her research on what New Yorkers of different race and ethnicity see as the threshold for police brutality.
Wendy Simonds, Georgia State University, was quoted in a front-page story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 24, 2001, on high-tech gadgets that help parents tract far-flung kids.
Karen Sternheimer, University of Southern California, had an editorial, “Blaming Television and Movies is Easy and Wrong” appear in the Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2001.
Lewis Yablonsky, California State University-Northridge, Emeritus, was the subject of a feature article in the Los Angeles Times, December 11, 2000, on his work as an Expert-witness in over 40 cases involving gang homicides, death-row appeals, and violence cases in the criminal justice system.
John Angle, Economic Research Service, USDA, received the “Best Paper Award” for “Contingent forecasting of the proportion with small incomes in a vulnerable nonmetro population” from the Organizing Committee of the 2000 Federal Forecasters’ Conference.
Murat Ergin, University of Minnesota, was awarded a MacArthur Programme Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.
Maureen T. Halinan, University of Notre Dame, received a Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Titles award for the past year for her edited book Handbook of Sociology of Education. The Handbook is the third volume in the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research Series, edited by Howard B. Kaplan.
Judith Lorber, Brooklyn College and the Graduate School, City University of New York, Emerita, was honored on January 17, 2001 by the first of an endowed lecture series at Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Lewis Yablonsky, California State University-Northridge, Emeritus, received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Grand Valley State University.
Margaret Abraham, Hofstra University, was appointed Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology fall 2000.
Zaheer Baber, National University of Singapore, was promoted to Associate Professor of Sociology.
Mounira M. Charrad, has joined the faculty of the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas-Austin.
Gloria Jones Johnson, Iowa State University, was promoted to Full Professor of Sociology, fall 2000.
James E. Newby, Howard University, Emeritus, has retired after a 25-year career in Education at Howard University. Before going to Howard, he taught at California State University-Long Beach, Los Angeles Harbor College, El Carmino College, and Pepperdine University.
Derek V. Price, Morehead State University, was appointed Director of Higher Education Research of the USA Group Foundation.
Members' New Books
Margaret Abraham, Hofstra University, Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among South Asian Immigrants in the United States (Rutgers University, 2000).
Steven E. Barkan, University of Maine, Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, 2nd ed. (Prentice-Hall, 2001) and with Lynne K. Snowden, Collective Violence (Allyn and Bacon, 2001).
Dean Champion, Texas A&M International University, Corrections in the United States: A Contemporary Perspective, 3rd ed. (Prentice-Hall, 2001) and The Juvenile justice System: Delinquency, Processing, and the Law, 3rd edition (Prentice-Hall, 2001).
Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, The Road to the Good Society (Basic Books, 2001) and The Monochrome Society (Princeton, 2001).
Susan J. Ferguson, Grinnell College and Anne S. Kasper, editors. Breast Cancer: Society Shapes an Epidemic (St. Martin’s, 2000).
Jurg Gerber, Sam Houston State University and Eric L. Jensen, University of Idaho, eds. Drug War, American Style: The Internationalization of Failed Policy and Its Alternatives (Garland, 2001).
Phillip B. Gonzales, University of New Mexico, Forced Sacrifice as Ethnic Protest: The Hispano Cause in New Mexico and the Racial Attitude Confrontation of 1933 (Peter Lang, 2001).
Richard F. Hamilton, Ohio State University, Mass Society, Pluralism, and Bureaucracy: Explication, Assessment, and Commentary (Praeger, 2001).
Merrijoy Kelner and Beverly Wellman, University of Toronto, Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University, and Mike Saks, DeMontfort University, editors, Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Challenge and Change (Harwood Academic, 2000).
Michèle Lamont, Princeton University, The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration (Harvard University and Russell Sage Foundation, 2000) and with Laurent Thévenot, eds. Rethinking Comparative Cultural Sociology: Repertoires of Evaluation in France and the United States (Cambridge University and Presses de la Maison des sciences de l’homme, 2000).
Daniel B. Lee, Pennsylvania State University, Old Order Mennonites: Rituals, Beliefs, and Community (Burnham, 2000).
Elizabeth W. Markson, Boston University, and Lisa Hollis-Sawyer, Northern Illinois University, editors. Intersections of Aging (Roxbury, 2000).
Clifton E. Marsh, Morris Brown College, The Lost-Found Nation of Islam in America, (Scarecrow, 2000).
Ralph B. McNeal, Jr., University of Connecticut, and Kathleen A. Tiemann, University of North Dakota, editors, Intersections: Readings in Sociology (Pearson, 2001).
Barbara Katz Rothman, City University of New York, The Book of Life: A Personal and Ethical Guide to Race, Normality and the Implications of the Human Genome Project (Beacon, 2001).
Barbara Leigh Smith, and John McCann, eds. Reinventing Ourselves: Interdisciplinary Education, Collaborative Learning, and Experimentation in Higher Education (Anker, 2001).
Daphne Spain, University of Virginia, How Women Saved the City (University of Minnesota, 2001).
William G. Staples, University of Kansas, Everyday Surveillance: Vigilance and Visibility in Postmodern Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).
Stephen Steinberg, Queen’s College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Turning Back: The Retreat from Racial Justice in American Thought and Policy, expanded 2nd edition (Beacon, 2001) and The Ethnic Myth, 3rd edition (Beacon, 2001).
Nancy Theberge, University of Waterloo, Higher Goals: Women’s Ice Hockey and the Politics of Gender (SUNY Press, 2000).
Lewis Yablonsky, California State University-Northridge, Juvenile Delinquency: Into the 21st Century (Wadsworth, 2000).
Ethnicities, a new journal from Sage Publications, will publish its first issue April 2001. Stephen May and Tariq Modood, University of Bristol, UK, are the editors. For more information visit www.sagepub.co.uk.
Caught in the Web
Christian Sociological Society announces their new website, www.christiansociology.com.
Ohio State University, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences announces new PhD and MS degree programs in Rural Sociology. The Rural Sociology program prepares students for both academic and applied positions in both domestic and international settings. For more information, contact Don Thomas, Program Coordinator; e-mail email@example.com.
University of Windsor now offers a PhD in Sociology with a specialization in Social Justice. For further information about admissions contact Alan Sears, Chair, Graduate Committee, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Psychological Association, Advanced Training Institute in Longitudinal Methods, Modeling, and Measurement, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, June 4-8, 2001. Applications are available at www.apa.org/science/ati-info.html. For more information, contact APA’s Science Directorate (202) 336-6000; e-mail email@example.com.
American Psychological Association, Advanced Training Institute in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MGH-NMR Center, Charlestown, MA, June 24-29, 2001. Applications are available at
www.apa.org/science/ati-info.html. For more information, contact APA’s Science Directorate (202) 336-6000; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Association for Institutional Research (AIR), offers three opportunities for enhancing skills in institutional research (IR). July 7-11, 2001, University of California-Los Angeles, Foundations for the Practice of Institutional Research Institute. July 28-31, 2001, Hilton, University Place, Charlotte, NC, Institute on Enrollment Management. August 11-15, 2001, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Applied Statistics for Institutional Research, Management, and Planning Institute. For more information contact AIR, 114 Stone Building, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4462; (850) 644-4470; fax (850) 644-8824; e-mail email@example.com; www.airweb.org.
Katrina M. Galli, died November 17, 2000, in Denver.
M. Powell Lawton, died January 29, 2001. Anyone wishing to make a contribution in Powell’s memory should send it to the Gerontological Society of America, 1030 15th Street, NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005.
Charles E. Starnes, Oregon State University, died recently.
Official Reports and Proceedings
American Sociological Review
In mid 1999, the editorial office of the American Sociological Review moved from The Pennsylvania State University to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2000 was the journal’s first full year under the new editorship.
The philosophy of the new editors was outlined for readers in an editorial in the April 2000 issue of ASR, which states: “We are greedy. Distinguished sociological journals exist by the score. But we want the American Sociological Review to display the intellectual vitality of all substantive, theoretical, and methodological areas of sociology and to publish far more than its fair share of the best contemporary work that all these areas have to offer.” An editorial in the October issue described our flexibility as to the form and length of ASR articles. It is according to these editorial principles that the journal has operated in the past year and will continue to operate. It is by the same principles that we have organized the journal’s review process, in ways spelled out in our April 2000 editorial, as well as in our previous annual report in Footnotes.
We have been pleased with the results, as manuscript submissions have come from a wide variety of areas. During the past year, the top areas of submission, comprising roughly 50% of total submissions, were (in descending order) as follows: (1) race and ethnicity; (2) family and marriage; (3) complex/formal organizations; (4) political; sex and gender; stratification/mobility (three-way tie); (7) comparative/historical; (8) work; (9) collective behavior/social movements; criminology/delinquency; economic sociology (three-way tie). A diversity of quantitative and qualitative methods has also been evident in recent submissions. These are healthy signs, and we hope this pattern continues in future years with submissions coming from all areas of sociology and relevant related fields and representing all methodological and theoretical approaches.
Turning from submissions to published articles, we should acknowledge that, with only two exceptions, the papers appearing in the first five issues of volume 65 of ASR—the year 2000 volume—were accepted for publication by our predecessor, Glenn Firebaugh, and bequeathed to us. We are deeply grateful for this inheritance of strong manuscripts, which considerably eased the routine logistical problems associated with editorial transitions and postponed until the December issue of volume 65 the production of an issue composed mainly of papers that we ourselves accepted. All of volume 66—the 2001 volume—will contain articles we have selected for publication. Among these will be found important new scholarship in all of the areas mentioned in the preceding paragraph, and a number of other areas as well.
In the process of evaluating manuscripts, we have been enormously helped this year by our five continuing Deputy Editors, Denise B. Bielby (University of California-Santa Barbara), Evelyn Nakano Glenn (University of California-Berkeley), Judith A. Howard (University of Washington), Andrew G. Walder (Stanford University), and David L. Weakliem (University of Connecticut), by outgoing Deputy Editor John Allen Logan, and by incoming Deputy Editor Charles N. Halaby (University of Wisconsin-Madison). We also benefited from the work of the more than 750 external reviewers in our expanding reviewer pool (the names of these scholars are acknowledged in the December 2000 issue) and by the dedicated efforts of the members of our Editorial Board (listed on the inside cover of each issue). With the close of 2000, the terms of ten Board members regrettably came to an end, and we thank them for their three years of service to the profession: Richard Alba, Alan Booth, Noah Friedkin, Jim Holstein, Nancy Landale, Wendy Manning, Irene Padavic, Mark Warr, Lynn White, and Xueguang Zhou.
At this time, we also welcome onto the Editorial Board, the following scholars, whose terms run from 2001 to 2003: Julia Adams (University of Michigan), Elijah Anderson (University of Pennsylvania), Karin Brewster (Florida State University), Clem Brooks (Indiana University), Kathleen Carley (Carnegie Mellon University), Mark Chaves (University of Arizona), Jo Dixon (New York University), Eric Fong (University of Toronto), Rosemary Gartner (University of Toronto), Jennifer Glass (University of Iowa), Bert Klandermans (Free University-Netherlands), Michele Lamont (Princeton University), J. Miller McPherson (University of Arizona) Judith Stacey (University of Southern California), Katherine Trent (State University of New York), France Winddance Twine (University of California-Santa Barbara), Diane Vaughan (Boston College), and Amy Wharton (Washington State University). As a result of these additions, ASR’s current Editorial Board has 58 members, 52% (n=30) of whom are women, 48% (n=28) of whom are men, 29% (n=17) of whom are minority scholars, and 10% (n=6) of whom are from outside the United States.
In publicly thanking this broad range of scholars, we also want to express appreciation for the hard day-to-day work of Karen Bloom, our Managing Editor, Sarah Barfels, our former Editorial Associate, and Allison Durocher, our new Editorial Associate.
ASR considered a total of 523 manuscripts in 2000 (see Table 1). Of these, 85 were already in review when the year began. So, 438 new or revised manuscripts were submitted in 2000; 375 of these were first submissions; 63 were resubmissions. These annual figures have been approximately stable under recent editorships.
The mean time for an editorial decision time on ASR manuscripts was 12.3 weeks in 2000. This is a modest increase from previous years that is due to two factors: first, an increase in the number of reviewers assigned to each manuscript (most papers were read by three or four reviewers, rather than by two or three); second, the involvement of Deputy Editors, most of them located at other institutions, in the reviewer-assignment process. Because authors report to us that they gain from each additional review and that they benefit substantially from the Deputies’ ability to match reviewers closely to the content of manuscripts, we feel the advantages of this organization of the review process considerably outweighs the slightly greater time it takes.
In comparison with previous years, the percentage of submitted manuscripts rejected at the end of the review process remained essentially constant, though offsetting changes occurred in two other related statistics. Throughout the recent history of ASR, virtually all accepted papers have originated out of the pool of manuscripts resubmitted after revisions. Because of the very small size of this “revise and resubmit” pool at the start of our editorship (as at the beginning of most editorships), the 2000 acceptance rate was necessarily depressed in the comparison with immediately preceding years. This temporary dip was counterbalanced, however, by a substantial increase in the percentage of papers whose authors were invited to “revise and resubmit”; this figure was 13.7% (62 revise and resubmit invitations/453 editorial decisions) in 1998, 13.3 % (59/443) in 1999, and 19.6% (82/419) in 2000 (see Table 1 for 2000 data). From this enlarged pool of invited revisions, we look forward to a steady stream of innovative and exciting articles, representing a wide range of areas, in the pages of the journal during the coming year.
Charles Camic and Franklin D. Wilson, Editors
The editorial office for Contemporary Sociology completed its transition in September 2000.
An exchange of campus visits made the transition smooth and problem-free. The incoming editors met with the outgoing editors. The editors and their staff, at North Carolina State University, detailed each task associated with planning and producing six issues per year.
Martha Dimes, the outgoing managing editor, worked on the Purdue campus for two days. She taught the incoming staff how to use all the dimensions of the tracking database that was developed by David Jencks specifically for Contemporary Sociology. She also worked with the incoming managing editor, Barbara Puetz, on the preparation of manuscripts for Boyd Printing Company.
The incoming editorial staff met the Boyd deadlines for producing the first
issue of Volume 30 on time. In addition, the staff created a potential reviewer data base, and has abstracted more than 150 books for the purpose of obtaining reviewer suggestions from the Editorial Board members.
In our judgment, the exchange of campus visits was the key to a smooth and successful transition. We encourage the Publications Committee to continue its generous support of the transition period for Contemporary Sociology in the future.
Contemporary Sociology is a journal that appeals to sociologists who work in a variety of occupations and whose interests represent most or all of the discipline’s special fields. It is our understanding that most regular ASA members subscribe to the journal. The journal’s ‘house ad,’ prepared for publication in sociology and related journals, was updated to reflect the editorial office change.
The editors project that approximately 1,500 books will be processed to prepare materials to publish in the 2001 volume. At least 500 book reviews and 20 review essays will be published.
Prospective reviewers and essayists are asked to complete their work in approximately two months. Although we have been editors for a brief time, it appears most work is returned to the editorial office in approximately three months.
The proposed editorial board submitted to the ASA Publication Committee for its approval consists of 19 men and 18 women. We believe 12 individuals are African American, Latino, or Asian.
The editors attempt to secure reviews of books that represent the diversity of work and workers in sociology. They also value the importance of diversity when selecting reviewers and essayists to write work for publication in Contemporary Sociology.
JoAnn Miller and Robert Perrucci, Editors
In 2000, the American Sociological Association initiated a bold experiment in public sociology: a magazine-format quarterly in which sociologists will write for all sociologists, for the larger social science community, and for interested publics. Currently, it appears that the first issue will appear in early 2002. As Contexts’ mission statement reads, it is: directed to anyone interested in the latest sociological ideas and research [and] seeks to apply new knowledge, stimulate fresh thinking, and disseminate information. Its articles synthesize key findings, weave together diverse strands of work, draw out implications for policy, and debate issues of controversy. The hallmarks of Contexts are accessibility, broad appeal, and timeliness. By design, it is not a technical journal, but a magazine for diverse readers who wish to be current about social science knowledge, emerging trends, and their relevance. It regularly publishes letters and opinions, brief notes on recent findings, feature articles with comments, and essay reviews of books. While significant as scholarship, articles published in Contexts are prepared in an easy and engaging style. Contexts aspires to be a meeting place for discussion among social scientists and the public.
During 2000, we made critical decisions about the goal and functioning of the magazine, assembled a board of consulting editors, undertook steps to arrange for a co-publisher, and to hire staff. The editor began soliciting articles and over a dozen were in draft or in process.
In 2001, we anticipate finalizing a publishing agreement, including making decisions about format. We will continue to solicit and edit articles with the goal of having a year’s worth of content ready to go before the first issue is published in 2002.
We eagerly appeal to sociologists to send us their ideas for articles that will both excite lay readers and communicate the best of sociological research.
Claude Fischer, Editor
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Transition. The transition of the editorial operations of JHSB from Ohio State University to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) occurred on July 15, 2000. The transition went very smoothly, due in no small measure to the work of the previous Editor, John Mirowsky, and his staff at Ohio State, in organizing all the files, records, and software, and carefully instructing the incoming editor in the operations of the journal. Virginia Tech provided office space, furniture, two computers, software, a printer, office support to administer the journal’s financial affairs, an e-mail address, and space on a server for a web page.
Personnel. Michael Hughes, the Editor, was very fortunate to be able to hire two very able persons as co-managing editors, Christopher McDermott, who previously served as Managing Editor of the science studies journal Science, Technology, and Human Values, and Heather Harris, who has previous management experience working with the Writing Program at Virginia Tech. Andrew Cognard-Black, who had worked as copy editor under John Mirowsky’s editorship, was retained as copy editor. We plan to hire another person to work as editorial assistant.
Editorial Board. JHSB has 16 new members of the editorial board whose terms run from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2003: Diane R. Brown (Wayne State), Susan Cochran (UCLA), Peter Conrad (Brandeis), Ann Berry Flood (Dartmouth), Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good (Harvard), Walter R. Gove (Vanderbilt), Virginia Aldige Hiday (North Carolina State), Verna M. Keith (Arizona State), Ronald C. Kessler (Harvard), Nancy Gates Kutner (Emory), Nan Lin (Duke), Jack Martin (Kent State), Joseph P. Morrissey (UNC-Chapel Hill), Harold W. Neighbors (Michigan), Christian Ritter (Kent State), and Robin Simon (Iowa). Of these, Nancy Gates Kutner and Ann Berry Flood have agreed to serve as Deputy Editors.
Activities. The main task during the editorial transition period has been to develop a set of procedures to process manuscripts, generate decisions, and produce issues of the journal. The Editor and Deputy Editors, with the assistance of the Managing Editors, assign reviewers. The Editor makes decisions on manuscripts and writes memos and letters to authors after reading submitted papers and reviews. The Deputy Editors read submitted papers and reviews, make recommendations to the editor, and write memos to authors. The Managing editors log in manuscripts, create and keep the manuscript files, correspond with authors, reviewers, Boyd Printing Company, and the copy editor, and produce monthly expense reports. The Managing Editors and the Editor have a weekly editorial meeting, discuss problems, modify procedures, and deal with anomalies.
Current problems and issues. We have sent some manuscripts out for review that were clearly not appropriate for JHSB. We are now paying more careful attention to this problem and are working to ensure that we do not burden reviewers with these manuscripts. We have also found that some manuscripts have remained in review longer than is appropriate. The main reason for this is that we have not intervened early enough when reviewers initially assigned to review the papers fail to respond to reminder letters and messages. We are working to correct this situation as well by assigning new reviewers earlier and by making decisions on the basis of two reviews, if that is appropriate.
A continuing problem is finding reviewers who are competent and willing to review submissions. We inherited an excellent reviewer data base from the Ohio State operation. However, people sometimes retire, become unwilling to review, and change their areas. In addition, new scholars come into the field every year. We plan to use our new web site to help us update our reviewer data base. Once our website is up and operational at Virginia Tech, we will send e-mail to the members of the Medical and Mental Health sections of ASA asking them to visit our site and respond to a short web questionnaire and indicate areas in which they are competent to review.
Audience. According to research done by the prior Editor of JHSB, John Mirowsky, the audience for JHSB is primarily medical sociologists, health psychologists, public health researchers, health policy researchers, gerontologists, family researchers, social psychologists, and psychiatric epidemiologists. I think that this is the primary audience that we should be reaching. However, I think that JHSB could increase its efforts to get more publicity for JHSB articles. JHSB publishes research on topics that are central to human well-being. Policymakers and the educated public are two audiences that I think we can do more to reach. Currently our main task is to send advance copies of abstracts of articles to be published to the Center for the Advancement of Health, an organization that sends out press releases on articles of general interest. We also have sent material on upcoming articles of general interest to ASA for inclusion on the ASA website.
Diversity. In my Editorial Board selections I added three African American board members and one Asian American board member. Of the 15 new members, 8 are female, and 7 are male. Using the standard definitions of racial and ethnic categories, the current board has 20 whites, 3 African Americans, and 2 Asian Americans. In addition, 12 of the board members are female, and 13 are male.
I indicated in my initial editorial statement, published in the March 2000 issue, that JHSB has a continuing interest in publishing articles that deal with causes and consequences of gender, racial, ethnic, and class inequality in health, medical treatment, and the medical professions. I also indicated that among the most pressing sets of issues in medical sociology are those involving global inequality in health and health care. I believe that this statement will increase the numbers of papers submitted in these areas, and will result in more articles being published that deal with understanding the sociology of health and medicine in diverse societies.
Manuscript Flow. The number of submissions in 2000 was a little lower than it was in 1999. We are not sure if this is correct because previous analyses were based on data from the computer program, “Tracker,” that is used by ASA journals to keep data on submissions. Our “Tracker” data file has incorrect entries that cannot be corrected, and thus the program yields incorrect totals. The previous editor noted likely errors in “Tracker” numbers in previous reports to the Publications Committee. The numbers we report here come from an actual count of the submissions and a tallying of data from the physical files in our file cabinet. Since it is unclear if submissions are actually down, I will refrain from speculating on a reason. I hope that my editorial statement in the March issue will stimulate more submissions that have to do with the social organization of health care and global issue in health. If so, the submissions should increase for 2001.
Michael D. Hughes, Editor
Over the past nine months, the new ASA Rose editors have completed a successful transition of the series to its new offices at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Books in the Rose Series are meant to address broad issues of social policy. The books are intended to reach policymakers as well as scholars across the social sciences. As the first of the new Rose series monographs is yet to appear, it is far too early to judge how successful we will be in meeting this intention.
Two books, both commissioned by the previous editor, George Farkas, are now moving into production by the Russell Sage Foundation: Anthony Bryk and Barbara Schneider’s study of the role of “relational trust” in Chicago school reform and Valerie Jenness and Rykien Grattet’s study of hate crimes (the latter with the editorial guidance of Felice Levine and Michael Schwartz). We expect that several more books commissioned by the previous editor will also appear over the next few years. The new editors have recently offered their first book contract, to Scott Feld and Katherine Rosier for a study of covenant marriage in Louisiana.
Because of the ASA Rose’s distinctive character as a book series, the flow of manuscripts is more difficult to describe than for journals. Leaving aside more casual inquiries, initiated both by the series editor and by potential authors, we have received twelve manuscripts and full proposals. Of these, we have accepted one (Feld and Rosier) and rejected seven. We believe the remaining four all have strong potential but are waiting additional material before offering contracts.
All of the editors continue actively to solicit manuscripts and have had many discussions with potential authors. Because these discussions have varied from the formal to the highly causal, it is difficult to specify either an exact number or even to speculate about how many will result in actual submissions.
The Rose series is likely to depend primarily on commissions solicited either by the editors or by members of the Editorial Board. However, we are also committed to maintaining an open submission process. Toward this end, we arranged for an announcement and call for submissions to appear in Footnotes. We continue to encourage both inquiries and the submission of proposals, sample chapters, or complete manuscripts.
Beginning in May, Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel will replace Douglas Anderton and Robert Zussman as rotating Executive Editors.
Douglas Anderton and Robert Zussman, Executive Editors; Dan Clawson, Naomi Gerstel, and Randall Stokes, Editors
Social Psychology Quarterly
This has been a transition year for Social Psychology Quarterly. Linda Molm and Lynn Smith-Lovin completed their highly successful terms as co-editors of SPQ with the publication in December of a Special Millennium Issue on “The State of Sociological Social Psychology.” In the meantime, new submissions began coming to me as incoming editor on July 1 and I took over the handling of revisions on September 1. Throughout the transition process, Linda, Lynn, and their able graduate Editorial Assistants, Dina Okamoto and Gretchen Peterson, have worked closely with me and been enormously helpful.
As of the end of the year, all editorial functions were transferred to the new SPQ office at Stanford. That office is run by an exceptionally able Managing Editor, Dr. Kristan G. Erickson. Dr. Erickson is herself a sociological social psychologist who received her doctorate with distinction recently from Stanford. Aiding her is a graduate Editorial Assistant, Chris Bourg. You can reach us at the Department of Sociology, Building 120-Room 160, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2047, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, (650) 725-6793 or check out our web page at www.stanford.edu/group/spq.
I am pleased to report that Lynn and Linda have turned over to me a healthy and well-established journal. Despite some yearly fluctuations, the manuscript flow at SPQ has been fairly stable over the period of Lynn and Linda’s editorship. In the years from 1996-1999 they considered between 182-198 manuscripts a year while in 2000 we considered 181 manuscripts. In 2000, however, the number of these manuscripts that were carry-overs from a previous year was slightly higher (54 in 2000 compared to 42 for 1999) and the percentage of the remaining manuscripts that were new submissions was slightly lower (about 60% in 2000 compared to about 70% in 1999). The lower number of new submissions in 2000 may simply reflect yearly fluctuations on a small base since new submissions were also in the 60% range in 1998. Nevertheless, I would like to see an increase in the number of new submissions that SPQ receives.
The official acceptance rate for SPQ, which is acceptances as a percentage of all decisions, was 21% in 2000. This compares with 16% in 1999 and 17% 1998. When calculated as a percentage of all final decisions on papers (i.e., accepts /accepts+rejects), however, the acceptance rate in 2000 was 34%. The comparable figure for 1998 was 30%, while in 1999 it was 28% and in 1997 it was 32%.
Time between receipt of a manuscript and an editorial decision in 2000 was 10.6 weeks which is comparable to previous years despite some occasional delays caused by the need to forward files from one office to another due to the transition process. In 1999 the editorial lag was 10.3 weeks and in 1998 it was 10.7 weeks. The production lag in 2000 remains fairly constant at 6.0 months, compared to 5.7 months in 1999, and 5.4 months in 1998.
Although the change in editorship at SPQ will not result in any dramatic changes in policies or procedures, I do have two general goals as the new editor. First, I intend to continue and intensify the previous editors’ efforts to ensure that SPQ publishes the best work from the full range of intellectual perspectives and methodological approaches that make up sociological social psychology. This includes but is not limited to papers within the perspectives of social structure and personality, of self, identity, and symbolic interactionism, and of group processes. The empirical methods in these papers may vary from survey to qualitative to experimental analysis. The outgoing editors took a number of steps, such as a special issue on qualitative social psychology, to ensure intellectual diversity in SPQ. I intend to keep up the effort by actively soliciting social psychological research from a variety of theoretical perspectives, problem areas, and methodological approaches. I will also continue the practice of using special issues to signal openness to various kinds of work and increase submissions in underrepresented areas. As a first step, I would like to increase submissions on race, identity, and social structure with a special issue on that topic.
In addition to soliciting a diversity of manuscripts, I intend to pay careful attention to the assignment of reviewers to ensure that, in as much as is possible, papers are reviewed by scholars who are knowledgeable about and sensitive to the issues raised by the paper’s perspectives. In recent years, survey, qualitative, and experimental manuscripts have all been accepted in roughly similar proportions to their submission which suggests that SPQ has done fairly well in this regard. To give me the requisite expertise to continue in this manner, I intentionally chose three able Deputy Editors from diverse intellectual perspectives and methodological approaches. Douglas Maynard is an interactionist with skills in qualitative and linguistic analysis. Marylee Taylor is a survey researcher within the general social structure and personality approach who studies racial attitudes. Karen Hegtvedt focuses on group processes, justice, and social exchange and has expertise in experimental methods. The journal’s Editorial Board is also constructed to represent the diverse perspectives, theoretical approaches, and methodologies that fall within SPQ’s distinctive intellectual niche. Most importantly, however, the journal is fortunate to have a substantial and diverse pool of highly competent and committed reviewers. As a new editor, I have been impressed by the constructive expertise of these reviewers and the loyalty they show to the journal through their excellent and largely unrewarded work.
My second goal as editor also follows on those established by the recent editors of SPQ. I want SPQ to continue its preference for top quality, idea driven research regardless of the social psychological perspective or problem area it addresses. The journal will continue to publish systematic theoretical papers as well as empirical papers. The journal is also open to shorter “theory notes” as well as more standard empirical research notes. The journal, however, will continue the recent policy of not publishing comments.
Finally, Linda, Lynn, and I would all like to thank the outgoing members of SPQ’s Editorial Board for their invaluable advice and service. These include Duane Alwin, Richard Bagozzi, Philip Bonacich, Toni Falbo, Richard Serpe, Paul Amato, James Balkwell, John Dovidio, Neil MacKinnon, Shalom Schwartz, and Jan Stets. In addition, I would like to welcome to the Editorial Board Peter Burke, Karen Cook, John Delamater, Naomi Ellemers, Steven Gordon, David Heise, Brian Powell, Donald Reitzes, Catherine Ross, and Lisa Troyer. Finally, I would like to personally thank Linda, Lynn, and the full staff of the Arizona office for the first rate job they have done with SPQ and the enormous help they have given me in the transition.
Cecilia L. Ridgeway, Editor
Sociological Methodology will undergo an editorial transition in 2001, and as such, this marks the final editor’s report for Michael Sobel and Mark Becker. Sobel and Becker expect to close SM 2001 early this year, and intend to follow the journal through production, at which point all materials associated with the journal will be transferred to the new editor, Ross Stolzenberg, located at the University of Chicago. Ross Stolzenberg’s editorship will commence with the 2002 issue of Sociological Methodology.
The number of submissions to Sociological Methodology has decreased since last year. For the 2000 reporting period 25 submissions were considered, and for the 1999 reporting period 34 submissions were considered.
Regarding the number of manuscripts accepted on the condition that the author(s) makes certain specific revisions, please note that only one of the manuscripts was accepted after the initial review process. The remaining manuscripts were accepted only after revisions had been made to the original manuscript, and the reviewers had the opportunity to review the revised version(s), at which time, following the advise of the reviewers, the manuscript was accepted for publication in Sociological Methodology.
The primary audience of the journal includes those sociologists within the United States, whose interest is in methodological issues. More broadly, the journal appeals to empirical sociologists as well as social scientists in related disciplines, such as, political science, criminology, psychology, social work, education, and especially those in the field of statistics.
Regarding the issue of diversity of material published in the journal, editors can only consider for publication articles that are submitted to the journal. All articles that are submitted to Sociological Methodology, be they quantitative or qualitative methodology, are given equal consideration and are subject to peer review. Any manuscript which is recommended to us by the reviewers is then published in the journal.
We continue to have difficulty procuring reviews promptly from reviewers. Though we have several timely reviewers, the majority need several written reminders followed by an e-mail or phone call as a last resort. We have been using e-mail as an option for reviewers who reside out of the country as a more expedient method of obtaining their reviews. Upon receipt, the reviews themselves have proven overall to be thoughtful and reflect a thorough and considered reading of the manuscripts. Those reviewers who decline have been helpful in suggesting alternate reviewers, but the major problem continues to be the lack of timely response from reviews.
Following previous experience concerning the effort and time required to trouble-shoot the Tracker software program, our offices have decided to forego the use of the Tracker software program. Instead the Managing Editor utilizes MS Word for all correspondence, and maintains a manual calendar for all issues relating to the status of submitted manuscripts. Statistical analysis is performed manually based on the information kept within the manual calendar.
The budget for 2000 came in slightly lower than expected, no doubt because of the continued use of e-mail in lieu of postage and long distance telephone calls as an option for reviewers residing outside of the United States.
We continue to have the same editorial board as last year, which is composed of ten members, three of which are women. The ethnic makeup of the editorial board consists of nine white members, and one Japanese member.
Michael Sobel and Mark Becker, Editors
2000 marks my first full year as editor, having assumed full-time duties in July of 1999. This year, the journal considered 79 articles, with 74 of these being new submissions and with five representing carryovers from 1999. The total number of submissions is down, a most discouraging development. When I took over the journal as editor, there was a considerable backlog, but today this backlog from the first half of 1999 will be eliminated with issue # 2 of 2001. Today, the journal has the opposite problem of a relatively small backlog but one sufficient for the remainder of the current volume. This dramatically-reduced backlog will be perceived, I hope, as an opportunity by authors to submit articles to a journal very much desiring more submissions.
The journal published 32 articles in 2000, about twice as many as in previous years. This rate of publication involved expanding the journal to accommodate the backlog carried over from 1999, but with the reduced number of submissions, we will publish far fewer articles in 2001. Still, the journal is very anxious to increase both its submission and publication rates; and indeed, I hope that the journal can move to a quarterly format once we begin to receive more submissions. Of the 79 articles considered in 2000, 13 were accepted outright, one was accepted on the condition of significant revisions, and three were rejected on revise and resubmit status. The acceptance rate was 17% which is roughly the same as last year. At present, it takes about seven weeks to complete the review process, and try as I might, I have not been able to reduce elapsed time between submission and an editorial decision.
The nature of submissions varies widely, from commentaries on existing theories, theorists, and schools of thought through epistemological analyses to explanations of empirical events. I have tried to publish a diverse assortment of articles reflecting the practice of theory today, although my sense is that the proportion of articles offering actual explanations (as opposed to commentary) is not as high as it should be. I hope that authors developing explanatory articles in various substantive fields of sociological inquiry will consider the journal as a potential outlet for their work. Of course, I will continue to consider all other forms of theoretical inquiry and analysis.
Over the course of the last year and one half, new members to the Editorial Board include: Albert Bergesen, Judith Blau, Janet Saltzman Chafetz, Christopher Chase-Dunn, Patricia Ticineto Clough, Karen S. Cook, Michelle Dillon, Gary Alan Fine, Stephan Fuchs, Douglas Kellner, Douglas Heckathorn, Karin D. Knorr, Lauren Langamn, Alexandra Maryanski, George Ritzer, Alexandra Maryanski, Linda Molm, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Bryan S. Turner, Walter Wallace, and Morris Zelditch. I also asked that Robert Antonio and Charles Lemert to serve a second term. I was sorry to lose Michele Lamont to ASR; and I want to thank Joan Always, Karen Cerulo, Harry Dahms, Troy Duster, Roger Friedland, and Alford Young who rotated off the Editorial Board this year. I also want to thank David Boyns who has served well as the Managing Editor. I am happy to have him back for 2001.
In the future, I hope that the number of submissions will increase substantially, and if more theorists will consider the journal, it may be possible to move to a quarterly format. Thus, I hope that theorists will see 2001 as an opportunity to publish in Sociological Theory.
Jonathan H. Turner, Editor
Sociology of Education
Editorial office operations. The editorial office of Sociology of Education moved from the College of Education at Michigan State University to Teachers College, Columbia University in August, 2000. Such transitions are never as seamless as an editor might wish, as there are transaction costs at both institutions. Because the editorial move was well-publicized, there has been a minimum of disruption in the flow of manuscripts to the journal.
Manuscript flow. The efforts to increase the flow of manuscripts to Sociology of Education have born fruit. In the 1999 calendar year, the journal received 75 initial submissions. The number of initial submissions in 2000 was 100, an increase of 33%. Some of this increase can be attributed to the call for papers issued for the extra issue described below. Even taking into account the nearly 20 submissions generated by the extra issue, initial submissions increased by nearly 10%. I am also pleased to report that the number of resubmissions increased substantially over the past year. Whereas 19 revised manuscripts were submitted in 1999, a total of 27 revised manuscripts were submitted during the 2000 calendar year. This represents an increase of nearly 50%. Since revised manuscripts are the source of virtually all manuscripts accepted for publication, this is an encouraging trend.
The number of manuscripts rejected without review increased sharply from 1999 to 2000. I attribute this primarily to the impact of the call for papers for the extra issue, which prompted a number of submissions that did not match the request for topical review essays. The number of authors invited to revise and resubmit manuscripts did not increase appreciably, but a higher proportion of such authors is choosing to resubmit manuscripts to Sociology of Education.
The time between manuscript receipt and editorial decision remains uncomfortably long, and I am aware that it has increased over the past year. I typically seek three reviews for each manuscript, with at least one reviewer from the editorial board. As often as not, the board member will not be an expert on the topic of the manuscript, but rather will serve as a “generalist” gauging the overall quality of the manuscript and its appeal to the broad readership of the journal. For the most part, members of the editorial board have been responsive to the demands we place upon them.
Most delays are attributable to reviewers who are not members of the editorial board. Increasingly, it seems to me, the manuscripts submitted to the journal demand highly specialized knowledge on the part of reviewers, some of whom have not reviewed previously for the journal. Rather than sending manuscripts to such reviewers “cold,” we typically send a brief e-mail inquiring about a reviewer’s availability to review, indicating the title of the manuscript and a timetable of approximately four weeks. Such potential reviewers have competing responsibilities that lead them either to decline to review, or to request substantial additional time to complete a review. In either event, the review process is delayed, and additional reviewers must be identified. This is a difficult trend to document, and we look forward to enhancements in the manuscript processing software that will allow us to identify the source of the delays more precisely.
Diversity in Sociology of Education. Diversity takes many forms, including the representation of individuals who historically have been excluded from full participation in the academy and the discipline on the basis of ascribed characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender, disability, and sexual orientation. The journal has reached out to women and minorities, and this is reflected in its pages. The authors of the 14 articles published in 2000 included 12 men and 11 women. Four are international scholars. I am not aware of any domestic members of racial/ethnic minority groups among the pool of authors, which is unusual for SOE. The composition of the editorial board roughly mirrors the composition of the pool of authors, but with greater representation of scholars of color. The 2000 editorial board consisted of 34 members, of whom 15 were women, and 9 members of racial/ethnic minority groups. The number of special reviewers (i.e., reviewers not on the editorial board) increased 10%, from 138 to 152, in the past year. This increase is paralleled in the greater numbers of women and minorities who served as special reviewers.
Diversity also can be assessed by examining the array of substantive topics and theoretical and methodological perspectives represented in the pages of the journal. The articles appearing in the current volume include topics as diverse as the impact of organizational practices on curricular change in urban school systems; the social determinants of entry into law and medical schools; the consequences of Communist Party membership for educational attainment in Eastern Europe; and the effects of students’ peer status on group problem-solving in school mathematics classes. These manuscripts, and the others published in the journal, draw on diverse literatures: status attainment, contextual effects, cultural capital, and globalization theory, to name but a few.
Having said this, I am still dissatisfied with the diversity of methodological approaches appearing in Sociology of Education. The journal has a longstanding reputation as a stronghold for the quantitative analysis of large-scale social surveys, and there is little in the current volume that challenges this historic understanding. Interestingly, I believe that the mix of submissions shows a more diverse array of methodological approaches than the mix of accepted manuscripts. Deputy Editor Annette Lareau and I have seen an upturn in submissions that rely on field methods, often situated in a single school or institution of higher education. Our sense is that promising manuscripts that rely on field methods often require extensive revisions, leading authors to elect not to resubmit, or to delay resubmission substantially. We continue to discuss this phenomenon.
Extra issue. Sociology of Education received approximately 20 submissions for the “millennial” extra issue funded by a grant from the Spencer Foundation. Manuscripts under consideration for the extra issue, which will be sent to all current subscribers to Sociology of Education at no additional charge, have undergone initial review, and authors are in the process of revising them. The issue will consist of approximately ten articles, with commentary from a mix of junior and senior scholars. We hope to publish the issue late in the second quarter of 2001.
Editorial support. I would be remiss if I did not thank Deputy Editor Annette Lareau for the seriousness with which she pursues her role, and her willingness to pitch in at all times to keep the journal moving forward. I also wish to recognize a group of outgoing editorial board members who have offered timely and thoughtful advice on an array of manuscripts: Richard Arum, Pamela Bettis, Scott Davies, Floyd Hammack, Sylvia Hurtado, David Karen, Alan Kerckhoff, Margaret Mooney Marini, Suet-ling Pong, Ricardo Stanton-Salazar, and Gail Thomas. And a belated thanks to those members of the board whose terms ended in the preceding year: Jaap Dronkers, Bruce Fuller, Guang Guo, and Roslyn Mickelson. Their scholarly advice greatly enriched the editorial process.
Aaron M. Pallas, Editor
Year 2000 was our first full year of publication and we are gratified by the high quality of articles, notes and reviews generated by our contributors and enhanced by our reviewers. This year we launched two special issue initiatives: (1) “Teaching Sociology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Case Studies in Pedagogies” Dr. John Stanfield II, Professor and Chair, Morehouse College and (2) “Teaching Sociology with a Purpose: Curriculum Design and Outcomes Assessment” with Dr. Bruce Keith, Associate Professor of Sociology and Assistant Dean for Academic Assessment, United States Military Academy.
We are participating in several projects to enhance the scholarship on teaching and learning in the discipline. The first of these was a collaboration with Carla Howery at the ASA office and six other co-facilitators of a national conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning which was held at James Madison University from July 20-23, 2000. Each of some 45 participants wrote orienting memos reviewing the research and theory in one of six areas of focus. Working manuscripts are in development to identify gaps and opportunities in research in the discipline on teaching and learning. Some of these may appear in the journal or other ASA publication venues in the future. In addition, we are reviewing some manuscripts that resulted from the ASA Carnegie Scholar initiatives.
A second project we have undertaken with cooperation from the ASA office is a survey of the Teaching Sociology subscribers which is currently being coded as a third wave of letters that has been sent to the respondent pool. We are assessing different elements of the journal and their value to pedagogical and scholarly work in the field, as well as seeking input on directions for change. Laurie Scheuble, Deputy Editor, has taken the lead on this project and we look forward to sharing the views of the readership with our Board members and the Publication Board this summer. At that point we will be better able to address the Publication Board’s interest in the topic of “Audience.”
This year we considered 187 manuscripts, with a rejection rate of 78%. This rejection rate is fairly consistent across the past five years, and the number of manuscripts submitted is up slightly from last year. The editorial lag has risen slightly to 15 weeks average turn around, with a median of 13.6 weeks. Manuscripts published in the January to October 2000 issues included 17 Articles and 14 Notes. We also publish approximately a dozen video and book reviews each issue. The average production lag continues to be three months, as all articles or notes accepted are published within the next cycle of the issue. We have very little advance material from issue to issue. However, we have been pleased with the quality of the manuscripts submitted and published. Only 10 manuscripts were rejected by me without sending them out for peer review.
I am pleased to report that Dr. John Stanfield II, Professor and Chair of Sociology at Morehouse College has initiated a call for manuscripts for the special issue on “Teaching Sociology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Case Studies in Pedagogies.” A small grant from the ASA Teaching Endowment Fund enabled us to support his outreach at the Association for Black Sociologists and ASA annual meetings this past summer.
We continue to seek diversity in our appointments to the Editorial Board. This year we have maintained our gender and racial/ethnic diversity of the past, with nearly one in four members from a racial/ethnic minority group and one half of the board is female. We have reached out to regions of the country which have not been well represented in the past, particularly the Pacific and Pacific Northwest regions (Washington, California, Arizona and Montana). We are also seeking board members who reflect a range of theoretical and methodological strengths. As of January 1, 2001, we have 16 Editorial Board members from universities with graduate programs, 18 from comprehensive liberal arts universities and 3 from community colleges.
For the Teaching Sociology journal editorial board, we have the following Associate Editors who completed terms as of December 31, 2000: Catherine White Berheide, Skidmore College; Elaine Hall, Kent State University; Anne Eisenberg, North Texas State University; Anna Karpathakis, Kingsboro College - City University of New York; Suzanne Maurer, Syracuse University; Jodi O’Brien, Seattle University; Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University (who completed her term early due to election to the ASA Committee on Publications); Jim Rothenberg, Ithaca College; Kim Schopmeyer, Henry Ford Community College; Susan Takata, University of Wisconsin-Parkside; Morrison Wong, Texas Christian University.
New (and extended) associate editors whose terms begin January 1, 2001 and end December 31, 2003 are: Adalberto Aguirre, University of California, Riverside; Maxine Atkinson, North Carolina State University; Anne Eisenberg, North Texas State University; Sheryl Grana, University of Minnesota, Duluth; Peter Kaufman, State University of New York at New Paltz; Mary Kelly, Central Missouri State University; Bruce Keith, West Point Academy; Anne Martin, Edmonds Community College; Margaret Sandifer, University of St. Thomas; John H. Stanfield II, Morehouse College; Morrison Wong, Texas Christian University.
We acknowledge and thank the occasional reviewers who served in 2000. Their names are published in the October, 2000 issue.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have worked with me and Laurie Scheuble on the journal, including our managing editor, Bennie Shobe; production managers and copy editors Francis DeNisco and Tagi Adams, copy editor Deanna Zaffke and publication and web site manager, Pauline Pavlakos. I also extend sincere thanks to the associate editors and occasional reviewers who have provided such important feedback to our authors. A special thanks to Karen Gray Edwards (ASA Publications) who prompted and supported us throughout last year’s transition. Jane Carey and Boyd Printing continue to provide outstanding publication services to our readers.
Helen Moore, Editor