Applications Invited for Inaugural Editor of
New ASA Open Access Journal

The ASA Committee on Publications has issued a call for applications from scholars interested in serving as the inaugural editor for the first ASA open access journal covering all subfields of sociology. As the inaugural editor, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape this exciting new addition to the ASA’s publications portfolio.

The new open access journal will provide an outlet for innovative peer-reviewed scholarship that will be accessed freely and rapidly by users throughout the world. It will allow authors to submit manuscripts electronically, receive a publishing decision quickly, have article lengths unconstrained by printed page limits, as well as have accepted articles published online immediately after editorial review and acceptance. There is no limit to the number of accepted articles that can be published regardless of content type, article length, or scholarly methods used. (See detailed information on the approved model for the new journal.) The new open access journal joins the Association’s traditional publishing program that currently includes nine journals, an award-winning research-based general audience magazine, and three section-sponsored journals (all in electronic and print format), as well as an open access, e-only section-sponsored journal.

The selected editor (or co-editors) will be integrally involved in the development of the structure of the editorial board and review process. One potentially effective model would be one based on a set of area editors, using the general categories that comprise ASA’s areas of interest.

The official term of service will be a minimum of three years to begin as soon as possible so the journal can begin accepting submissions in 2014 if feasible, with a possible appointment of up to an additional two years.



Candidates must be members of the ASA and hold a tenured position or equivalent in an academic or non-academic setting. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.

In accordance with ASA’s mission to publish high-quality scholarship, the following criteria will be considered in selecting the inaugural open access journal editor(s):

  1. Scholarly prominence in the discipline, and an established record of scholarship;
  2. Editorial experience and demonstrated efficiency in reviewing manuscripts;
  3. Commitment to open access or public presence for the discipline of sociology;
  4. Vision for the journal’s development, including its potential strengths and challenges;
  5. Openness to the different methods, theories, and approaches to sociology;
  6. Commitment to diversity in the selection of editorial board members and reviewers per the ASA statement on diversity.

The time demands associated with these responsibilities may vary from week to week, but, in general, are assumed to require one to two full days per week.

ASA encourages applications for both sole editorships and co-editorships.


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Committee on Publications as received. It is possible that prospective editors may be contacted to clarify any issues raised in the deliberations. The Committee intends to recommend the inaugural editor to ASA Council no later than August 2014.

The application packet should be no more than six pages (excluding vitae) and include:

  1. Vision Statement: Set forth your goals and plans for the development and content of the journal, including the structure of the editorial board and pool of reviewers. This may include an assessment of the journal’s potential strengths and weaknesses (with particular attention to the open access model) and how your plan for the journal would address each.
  2. Editor/Co-Editor Background Information: The name, affiliation, and other important information about the potential editor and, if applicable, co-editors is required. Describe the qualifications of each person that supports their inclusion. Evidence of the ability and experience of the editor and editorial team to provide sound judgment and guidance to potential ASA authors is central to the application. Provide a clear description of and justification for the structure of the editorial office and responsibilities, as you envision them at this point. Name only those individuals who will serve as editor/co-editor. You may include names of individuals that you would like/plan to include on the larger editorial board, but contacting potential editorial board members can be a time-consuming task and commitment that should be done only after an editor is selected.
  3. Institutional Support: It is important for candidates to consider and address the feasibility of serving as editor in light of the resources ASA (and its publishing partner) can provide and those likely to be available to the candidate. The ASA is not able to pay for office space, release time, or tuition but does provide basic financial support for office resources as necessary to journal editors. A part-time offsite assistant to provide support for the online submission and review system will be provided, in addition to modest funds for other editorial assistance, office supplies, postage, and telephone beyond what is available at the editor's home institution. At this point in the submission process, letters of support from deans or other appropriate institutional officials are recommended but not required. Specific arrangements with a potential new editor and with that individual and his or her institution will occur after the ASA Council makes a selection and the ASA Secretary, with support from the ASA Executive Officer, works out the final agreement with this candidate.

Application packets should be sent by July 1, 2014, to Karen Gray Edwards, Director of Publications and Membership, ASA, 1430 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005;

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Edwards via e-mail or telephone (202-383-9005 x319) with any questions prior to submitting an application.