American Sociological Association

Call for Applications: Editor, Society and Mental Health

August 23, 2017

ASA Section on the Sociology of Mental Health
Society & Mental Health

Call for Editor Applications
September 2017

Individual and team applications are invited for the position of editor of Society and Mental Health (SMH), a journal of the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) Section on Sociology of Mental Health. The official term for the new editor (or co-editors) will begin on January 1, 2019. The editorial transition will start in July 2018 with the first issue of the new editorial team being the March 2019 issue. The editor’s term is for a minimum of three years, until December 2021, with a possible reappointment of up to an additional two years.

SMH is published 3 times per year and includes original and innovative peer-reviewed research and theory articles that link social structure and sociocultural processes with mental health and illness in society. It also provides an outlet for sociologically relevant research and theory articles that are produced in other disciplines and subfields concerned with issues related to mental health and illness.

Editor’s Role: In 2017, SMH will receive more than 100 original paper submissions, and over 50 revised submissions. The one-year impact factor is 1.444, and the five-year impact factor is 1.737. The editor is expected to secure timely and appropriate reviews and make the final decision on manuscripts, informing both the author(s) and reviewers of the final disposition. The editor is also responsible for maintaining the high standards of ASA journals, ensuring that issues are filled within the annual page allotments, and preventing a long backlog of articles for either review or publication. The editor must show openness to communicating with scholars about diverse ideas and eagerness to continue building the journal’s reputation.

Candidates must be members of both the ASA and the Section on the Sociology of Mental Health, and hold a tenured position or equivalent in an academic or a 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 are considered in selecting editors:

  • established record of scholarship,
  • evidence of understanding the mission of the journal and its operation, indicated by experience with the journal across any of a wide variety of activities  (submission, reviewing, editorial board experience),
  • assessment of the present state of the journal, its strengths and challenges, and a vision for the journal’s future,
  • openness to different methods, theories, and approaches to sociology,
  • record of responsible service to scholarly publishing, and
  • evidence of organizational skill and intellectual leadership.

The time demands associated with these responsibilities vary, but in general, require 1.5 days per week. The actual costs associated with editing the journal are covered by the publisher, a dedicated portion of section dues, and the editor’s university. Applicants will provide a letter from the administration of their institution assuring a suitable level of financial and in-kind support for the editor, a managing editor, and the editorial office.

Selection Process: (1) Applications will be reviewed by the Section on the Sociology of Mental Health’s Publications Committee beginning on November 15, 2017. That committee will submit a ranked list of candidates to the Sociology of Mental Health’s Council by January 3, 2018.  (2) The Council will vote and submit their editor selection back to the Publications Committee. The recommendation is then forwarded to ASA’s Publications Committee by January 15, 2018. (3) ASA’s Publications Committee will review the selection and forward the recommendation to ASA Council.

Applications: The applications should include the following:

(1) Vision Statement: Set forth your goals and plans for the content of the journal. This may include an assessment of the current strengths, weaknesses, or gaps that you plan to address and how you will carry out your plan.

(2) Editor/Co-Editor or Deputy Editor(s) Background Information: The name, affiliation, and other important information about the potential editor and, if applicable, co-editors and/or deputy editor(s) is required. Describe the qualifications and experience of each person that supports their inclusion. Please do not include names of individuals that you would like/plan to include on the larger editorial board. Contacting potential editorial board members can be a time-consuming task that should be done only after an editor is selected.

(3) Institutional Support: It is important for candidates to examine the feasibility of serving as editor in light of the resources provided by the publisher, the section, and the home university. At this point, a preliminary letter of support from a dean or other appropriate institutional official is requested. Specific negotiations will of course take place after a new editor is selected. This letter must be included for the application to be considered.

For questions and further information about the application process, please contact: Patricia Drentea (Chair, Publications Committee), Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham;

Submission: The application packet (including items 1-3 above) should be no more than five (5) pages (excluding CVs), and must be received by November 15, 2017.

Applications may be emailed as PDFs to Patricia Drentea, PhD, with SMH Application in the subject line. 

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