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APSA RACE, ETHNICITY AND POLITICS RESEARCH SECTION CALL FOR EDITORIAL TEAM PROPOSALS FOR THE JOURNAL OF RACE, ETHNICITY, AND POLITICS

Overview

The Race, Ethnicity and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association’s peer reviewed journal, the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (JREP), is published by Cambridge University Press. The journal has established a reputation as an agenda-setting outlet that publishes the highest quality scholarship on issues of race, ethnicity, immigration, and indigeneity, as well as their intersections with other axes of identity and marginalization. On December 31, 2017, S. Karthick Ramakrishnan will complete his term as editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. The section actively seeks applications for a new JREP editorial team, to be composed of two to five faculty members in this research area, preferably holding tenured positions at a college or university anywhere in the world. The term of the editorial team will be three years, with the possibility of an extension by the section for one to three more years.

Editorial Team

The editorial team for the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics will continue the tradition of promoting rigorous standards in publishing and attracting top quality research of interest to all the subfields intersecting with research in race, ethnicity, and politics. The editorial team of two to five faculty members will be responsible for managing and administering the day to day operations of the journal, selecting and appointing the JREP editorial board of 20 to 35 members (which exercises general oversight), and presenting an editorial report to the annual business meeting of the Race, Ethnicity and Politics Research Section of the APSA Annual Meeting. All proposals must also identify a managing editor responsible for ongoing journal administration, who will work in cooperation with Cambridge University Press.

Criteria

The research section will evaluate proposals based on four key criteria:

1. Comprehensive vision for the journal. Proposals should spell out a clear and compelling vision for the journal that will help the selection committee understand the intended contributions of this journal to scholarship, and show how the editors will continue to connect the JREP to readers and audiences through networking and social media. Proposals might include assessment of the journal’s current strengths and weaknesses, suggesting major lines of continuity and change through the next administration.

2. Demonstrated breadth and balance in the subfield. It is essential that the journal, and therefore the editorial team, represent breadth and balance of areas and approaches in the broad interdisciplinary field of race, ethnicity, and politics. The team as a whole could be drawn from one institution, department or center, or from multiple places, but the team should individually and collectively demonstrate a record of breadth of scholarly interest, including methodological pluralism and interdisciplinary work, sustained intellectual balance and judiciousness, and an active interest in tolerating and learning from approaches different from their own.

3. Editorial and administrative experience. Members of the editorial team should be familiar with the highest standards of scholarly assessment and publication, whether as authors of refereed journals and books, as scholarly journal and book editors, or as members of university press editorial boards. The managing editor, especially, should have administrative experience that demonstrates appropriate levels of management, organizational, and communication skills.

4. Effective organizational plans and financial/institutional support. Submissions should provide logistical information and clear lines of administrative responsibility and coordination, showing how the proposed team is planning to handle and divide up the varied managerial and logistical demands of editorial work. Submissions should indicate where the editorial office will be located and describe the facilities and staffing that will be available. Submissions should also include a proposed budget that specifies how the Cambridge University Press subsidy of US $12,000 per annum will be allocated, and specifies the contributions from the editors’ home institutions including faculty release time, graduate or undergraduate student assistance, office staff personnel, editorial team office space, and other contributions.

Additional Materials

Proposals for the JREP editorial team should include a brief biographical summary and full c.v. for each team member. In addition, relevant academic administrators should provide written statements specifying office space, financial subsidies, faculty release time, student or staff assistance and other material support that will be provided to editorial team members, should their submission be accepted.

Selection Process 

The selection committee will be led by section chair Jane Junn. Potential candidates should feel free to consult with the current editor about the journal. Please send all editorial team proposals and other inquiries via email to Jane June at junn@usc.edu

Deadline for Submissions 

Please submit editorial team proposals by March 31, 2017. The Editorial Selection Committee expects to appoint the new editorial team by July 1, 2017.