congratulations to the new asr editors!

Ding dong!

Congratulations to Rory McVeigh, Omar Lizardo, and Sarah Mustillo on being named the incoming editors of the American Sociological Review. I wish them all the best and I look forward to being rejected by them!

A few interesting notes: First, if you ever wondered whether blogging damages your career chances, this should put your fears to rest. Second, on Twitter, I asked Omar about the problem of endless R&R’s, rotating reviewers, and other problems that have plagued the current incarnation of the journal. Omar directed me to the proposal that he submitted with Rory and Sarah. A few choice quotes:

  • “We aim to maintain that standard, while also seeking out new ways to improve on past performance. We will address the issue of efficiency by strategically using members of the editorial board during the review process and by making a judicious use of the initial R & R decision. Our aim is to use the R & R decision exclusively on papers for which there is strong consensus on the part of the entire editorial team (inclusive of the deputy editors and members of the editorial board assigned to each paper) with regards to potential for publication and the feasibility of the revisions required by the reviewers. We believe that an astute use of the R & R decision will do a lot to improve the efficiency of the review process at ASR.”
  • “Our plan is to address this issue by limiting the number of R & R decisions to a maximum of two and by being exceedingly sparing with the practice of granting second R & R decisions. There may be cases where a second R & R decision will be needed, particularly in cases where authors may be somewhat inexperienced and need an additional opportunity to improve the paper or address a critical point. Early editorial intervention, however, should reduce the need for second R & R decisions. However, in no case will we issue a third R & R decision. The decision after a second R & R will be rejection, acceptance, or conditional acceptance. “

Thank flippin’ gawd. The only down side is that I will no longer be banned from the reviewer pool. C’est la vie.

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Written by fabiorojas

March 3, 2015 at 3:13 am

Posted in academia, fabio, sociology

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  1. Wonderful news! That is an extremely strong, cogent statement of purpose. Very good diagnosis of the problems and excellent direction for addressing them. What a breath of fresh air! An editorial team who actually are willing to exercise editorial judgment! I only have one question for the new editorial team, which is whether it will change the policy on article length. Otherwise, all I can say is kudos and that I too will be happy to come out of ASR-reviewing retirement (in my case, I quit but I’m sure they would have fired me anyway; my criticisms were along the same lines as Fabio’s) to help (as long as heavy administrative responsibilities allow… )

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    Ezra Zuckerman Sivan

    March 3, 2015 at 6:48 am

  2. I hereby officially unban Fabio and welcome Ezra back from retirement. Brace yourselves: Review requests are coming your way (starting around 7/15).

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    March 3, 2015 at 12:29 pm

  3. I’m slated to take on serious administrative role on 7/1, so I have a pretty good excuse to beg off… but I really will try not to use that excuse. would love to help you guys realize that mission.

    P.S. What about length?



    March 3, 2015 at 7:01 pm

  4. Ezra: I hate the article length limit as much as you do. Can’t make any hard promises just yet, but I’d put it in the endangered species list.



    March 3, 2015 at 8:13 pm

  5. Yippee. 30k word manuscripts coming your way! :-)



    March 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm

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