American Sociological Association

Applications are invited for the next editor(s) of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior - Deadline: April 30

The ASA Committee on Publications invites applications from qualified candidates to serve as the next editor(s) of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. The application deadline is April 30, 2019.

Richard Carpiano (University of California-Riverside) and Brian C. Kelly (Purdue University) are the current editors; their term ends in December 2019. The official term for the new editor (or co-editors) would commence in January 2020 (the editorial transition will begin in July) and is for a minimum of three years (until December 2022), with a possible reappointment of up to an additional two years. 

The Journal of Health and Social Behavior is a medical sociology journal that publishes empirical and theoretical articles that apply sociological concepts and methods to the understanding of health and illness and the organization of medicine and health care. Its editorial policy favors manuscripts that are grounded in important theoretical issues in medical sociology or the sociology of mental health and that advance our theoretical understanding of the processes by which social factors and human health are interrelated. JHSB is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December.

Journal editors provide leadership by publishing work that is consistent with the mission of the journal. Although the quality of a journal ultimately depends on the quality of submissions, outreach, openness to communicating with scholars about diverse ideas, and a zest for building new bridges and connections by the editor can enhance the significance and breadth of work published in a journal. At present, JHSB receives approximately 400 submissions per year. The editor is expected to secure timely and appropriate reviews and make final decisions on manuscripts, informing both the author(s) and reviewers of the final disposition. The editor is also responsible for maintaining the high standards of the journal, ensuring that issues are filled within the page allotments, and preventing an excessive backlog of articles. 

Editors generally engage in some aspect of the journal most days for three hours, on average. 

ASA encourages applications for both sole editorships and co-editorships. If you choose to apply, we ask that you do not submit any of your own work to JHSB until the editor selection has been made, to minimize potential conflicts of interest.

Editors are required to maintain ASA membership. Members of ASA Council and the Committee on Publications are not eligible to serve as editor, and the appointed candidate is required to resign from service on any other ASA editorial board prior to beginning their service as editor-elect. 

A full-time managing editor (or equivalent; the current editors use two half-time graduate students) and one quarter-time editorial assistant (or equivalent) will be needed for the basic work involved in processing and reviewing manuscripts (using the web-based SAGETrack software). ASA provides funding of roughly $60,000 per year for salary and benefits if your institution does not. Graduate students may be used on a stipendiary or hourly basis; qualified nonstudents may also be used. 

In addition, ASA also provides modest funds for supplies, telephone, postage, copyediting, and reasonable transition expenses as required. If selected, you will also have the opportunity to request additional funding for special initiatives during your term, if you desire, although most incoming editors do not do so. 

The ASA does not typically pay for office space, teaching release, or tuition. However, alternative models of funding may be possible if the impact on the overall cost for ASA support is minimal (e.g., institutional support for the managing editor position could allow for use of the ASA budgeted funds for course release or tuition). 

Because the support offered by different institutions varies widely, you are encouraged to contact Karen Gray Edwards, ASA Director of Publications, by email or telephone (202) 247-9858 to ensure the feasibility of your application. 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 their institution will occur after the ASA Council makes the appointment.

The application guidelines are available online at and will help in the application process. The ASA Publications Department ( can answer any questions you may have as you prepare your application packet. You should also feel free to contact the current editors ( and or Jennifer Glick, the chair of the JHSB selection subcommittee ( 

The completed packet should be sent by April 30, 2019, to Jamie Panzarella, Publications Manager, via email to

Review of applications will begin immediately. The Committee on Publications will review applications and submit its recommendation to ASA Council for the formal editor selection.

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