Call for Editors: American Political Science Review

The American Political Science Association (APSA) invites applications for the editorship of American Political Science Review, with a term beginning on June 1, 2024.  APSR is one of the Association’s three flagship journals and, now in its 117th year of publication, currently receives over 1,500 article submissions per year from all areas of political science.  It has consistently been ranked at the top of both general interest political science journals and among political science journals overall, with a current five-year impact factor of 8.6. 

We seek proposals for an editorial team with a commitment to publishing articles that represent the methodological and sub-field diversity of the discipline while maintaining the leading role of the journal in publishing cutting-edge empirical and theoretical research in political science. We are open to proposals that include innovative individual and institutional collaborations, including diverse teams at a single institution or multiple institutions. Interested parties are encouraged to submit a letter of intent by August 1, 2023, with full proposals due on September 22, 2023. 

The selected team will be expected to:

  • Develop a plan to sustain and build the journal’s strong reputation in the discipline. 
  • Create a comprehensive strategy for the journal to ensure diversity and inclusion in the authorship, methods and subfields represented. 
  • Continue the transition to Open Access publication and collaborate with multiple open research platforms such as APSA Preprints and Dataverse. 
  • Display a strong commitment to ethics in research and publishing, and to transparency in the editorial process. 

Your proposal will be evaluated on the following:

  • Vision for the future of the journal under your editorship including planned innovations, expansion, and strategies for challenges. For example, what your policy will be and how you will address preprint repositories, active citation/annotation, data repositories, and registered reports/pre-registration. 
  • Your plan to publish high-quality, impactful articles in the journal during a time of transition to Open Access and from page to article budgets. 
  • Comprehensive strategy for the journal to ensure a diverse and inclusive approach to submissions, authorship, methods, and subfield representation. Include examples that demonstrate your prior advancement of these kinds of professional diversity. 
  • Proposed editorial process and how you would conduct peer review and manage the overall process. 
  • CVs and an outline of previous journal or editing experience in political science. 
  • Budget including the financial support of your institution(s), the requested amount from APSA and how it will be used. 

APSA provides the following support for the editor and Journal: 

  • A dedicated Managing Editor based at APSA. 
  • Editorial Manager manuscript submission and peer review system. 
  • Copyediting and electronic production services. 
  • Hosting an editorial board meeting every year at the APSA Annual Meeting or virtually. 
  • Reporting on bibliometrics (citations, downloads, Altmetric, etc.) to inform decision-making. 
  • Financial support to be used for course releases, graduate student support and honoraria/summer support. 

The editorship is a four-year term beginning on June 1, 2024, with the possibility of a two-year renewal with the approval of the APSA Council.  A Search Committee has been formed to help select the editorial team, who will then be submitted for APSA Council approval, and the selected applicant(s) will be contacted shortly thereafter. 

We welcome applications from all interested parties who are encouraged to submit a one-page letter of intent indicating the proposed core editorial team, affiliated institutions, and potential institutional support for the journal in advance of the formal application submission. Please feel free at any point in the process to contact Jon Gurstelle, APSA Publishing Director at jgurstelle@apsanet.org or Claire Adida, APSR Search Committee Chair at cadida@ucsd.edu with any questions.

Applications should be submitted to Jon Gurstelle at jgurstelle@apsanet.org by no later than September 22, 2023.

​​The APSR Editor Search Committee
  • Claire Adida, University of California San Diego (Chair)
  • Susan McWilliams Barndt, Pomona College 
  • Zsolt Enyedi, Central European University 
  • Bernard Fraga, Emory University 
  • Milli Lake, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Tarek Masoud, Harvard University 
  • Marion Orr, Brown University