Call for Expressions of Interest: Chief Editorship of Socio-Economic Review

Socio-Economic Review (SER) solicits applications for one or more new Chief Editors to join the existing editorial team. Candidates may apply individually or as part of a proposed team. The term of office is four years, renewable for up to eight years, starting in January 2022. The Chief Editor(s) receive(s) an honorarium and reimbursement for necessary travel expenses. The editorial team currently consists of one Chief Editor and five Editors appointed on a staggered schedule.

Socio-Economic Review (SER) is the official journal for and operates under the auspices of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). A core mandate of the journal is to understand the socio-political foundations of the economy and to advance socio-economics; to this end, it addresses analytic, political, and moral questions arising at the intersection between economy and society. Articles in SER explore how the economy is or should be governed by social relations, institutional rules, political decisions, and cultural values. According to the Journal Citation Report rankings (Source Clarivate, 2020), SER ranked 6th in Sociology, 11th in Political Science, and 35th in Economics, putting SER roughly within the top 4-10% of journals in these disciplines in 2019. Its 2019 Impact Factor is 3.774. SER publishes 4 issues per year, and will be fully online starting this year.

The Chief Editor(s) of SER is (are) responsible for overall editorial decision making, as well as matters related to the editorial policy of SER and the coordination of production with Oxford University Press (OUP). The new Chief Editor(s) will ideally begin working closely with the current Chief Editor to learn the role and processes of leading SER as early as July 2021 and is (are) expected to engage actively with the current Chief Editor and Managing Editor (whose current contract runs until Dec. 2022) to move into that role. The new Chief Editor(s) can bring in a number of new Editors, either at the start of the term or during the first year. The first journal issue for which the incoming Chief Editor(s) would be fully responsible is April 2022 (Volume 20/ Issue 2).

Position description:

The Chief Editor(s) has (have) primary responsibility for all editorial functions of the Journal including:

  • Working collaboratively with the other Editors and the Managing Editor to ensure the smooth operation of SER.
  • Reviewing manuscripts, including decisions of fit, selection of reviewers, and decisions of acceptance.
  • Ensuring consistency in publication standards across accepted manuscripts.
  • Communicating with authors and reviewers as needed regarding invited material (review symposiums, discussion forums, special issues), as well as regarding substantive manuscript content and review questions.
  • Adhering to industry publication standards and protocols (e.g. “Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors” from the Committee on Publication Ethics), publication policies of Oxford University Press, and related international guidelines.
  • Coordinating with the other Editors to assure consistency across the manuscript review process.
  • Ensuring continuous manuscript flow of high-quality papers.
  • Appointing new Editors in consultation with the Publisher, appointing Editorial Board members in consultation with the other Editors, and nominating Advisory Committee members for approval by the SASE Executive Council.
  • Communicating and working with OUP’s editorial and production staff about review procedures and guidelines, journal production management timelines and procedures, standardized OUP Journal content and guidelines (i.e., mission & scope), marketing, and other industry-related issues such as Impact Factor ratings, open access, etc.
  • Communicating with SASE in a timely manner regarding the status of the Journal including its operations and performance, concerns or initiatives from OUP, and/or other substantive issues that may affect the success of the journal.
  • Contributing to the success of the journal through attending online or in-person editorial meetings and representing the journal at events and to institutions.

The successful candidate(s) will fulfill the following criteria:

  • A strong scholarly record in accordance with the spirit and mission statement of SER, as well as that of SASE more broadly
  • A substantive connection to SASE as a scholarly community
  • Significant editorial experience and good administrative skills
  • Interdisciplinary orientation and openness to different methodologies and research designs
  • Capacity to work constructively with authors, reviewers, and the entire editorial team, as well as with SASE leadership

Support from your home institution, such as a reduced teaching load or student assistance, is desirable but not a requirement for the position.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Sigrid Quack at sasepresident@sase.org to discuss any questions they may have about the position or the application process.

Please email your expressions of interest to Prof. Sigrid Quack at sasepresident@sase.org. Please send a cover letter, a short statement on your proposed editorial strategy for the journal (which may include thoughts on open access, organization of workflow, and the division of labor within the editorial team), a CV that focuses on your publishing, reviewing, and editorial experience, plus information on possible support from your institution, if available.

The closing date for expressions of interest is April 30th, 2021.

For more information about the SER and SASE, go to https://academic-oup-com.ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/ser and sase.org.

Achieving diversity and inclusion is a priority for the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). SASE members study issues of inequality and exclusion, and it is important that the organization follows the principles it stands for through seeking to confront our explicit or implicit biases. A diverse and inclusive environment will also enrich the perspective of our scholarly inquiry. It is therefore the policy of SASE to recruit, include, and make visible all scholars, independent of any differences among them. 

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