September/October 2015 Issue • Volume 43 • Issue 6

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Applications Invited for Editorships

Applications are invited for the editorships of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and Sociology of Education.

The official terms for the new editors (or co-editors) will commence in January 2017 (the editorial transition will be in summer 2016) and is for a minimum of three years (until December 2019), with a possible reappointment of up to an additional two years.

Both journals are published quarterly. JHSB is published in March, June, September, and December. SOE appears in January, April, July, and October.


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 are considered in selecting editors:

  1. An established record of scholarship;
  2. Evidence of understanding the mission of the journal and its operation, indicated by experience with the journal/series across any of a wide variety of activities (e.g., publication, reviewing, editorial board experience);
  3. Assessment of the present state of the journal, its strengths and challenges, and a vision for the journals’ future;
  4. Openness to the different methods, theories, and approaches to sociology; and
  5. A record of responsible service to scholarly publishing and evidence of organizational skill and intellectual leadership.

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

ASA encourages applications for both sole editorships and co-editorships. In order to minimize conflicts of interest if you are chosen as editor, we ask that you do not submit any of your own work to the journal for which you apply after December 31, 2015, until the decision has been announced.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Committee on Publications in December 2015. Prospective editors may be contacted to clarify issues raised in the deliberations. A list of potential editors will be forwarded to ASA Council for review in early 2016. Council appoints the editors. The chosen editors are contacted by the ASA Secretary.

Given that the Committee on Publications receives a number of qualified applications, appointment to the editorship of an ASA journal is highly selective. The guidelines below offer suggestions to streamline the application process.

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 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 implement your plan.
  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 support her/his 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. 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 consider and address the feasibility of serving as editor in light of the resources ASA can provide, and other resources likely to be available to the candidate. The ASA is not able to pay for office space, release time, or tuition, but does provide financial support for office resources as necessary to journal editors. This support may include funds for editorial assistance, office supplies, postage, and telephone beyond what will be provided by the editor’s home institution. In addition to the staff determined necessary for the work involved in processing and reviewing manuscripts (including copyediting), incoming editors have the opportunity to request additional funding or staff support for special initiatives or extra features (although most do not choose to do so). Since the support offered by different institutions varies widely, candidates are encouraged to contact the ASA Executive Office as necessary to determine the level and type of ASA support that is available. At this point in the submission process, letters of support from deans or other appropriate institutional officials are 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 the candidate.

Examples of successful past proposals are available on the journals page of the ASA website (

Application packets should be sent by November 1, 2015, to Jamie Panzarella, Publishing and Employment Services Manager, ASA, 1430 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005;

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