AJPS is on Year-End Break!

The American Journal of Political Science is taking its end-of-the-year hiatus from Saturday, December 12, 2015, until Monday, January 11, 2016. During this one-month period, no new or revised manuscripts will be accepted, although all other Journal operations will continue unabated. Thus, we will continue to process incoming reviews, and I will issue editorial decisions on manuscripts as soon as sufficient information is available to do so.

Unfortunately, authors will not be able to check the status of manuscripts through the Editorial Manager system during the hiatus. We apologize for any inconvenience that this causes. If you wish to check the status of your manuscript, please send an e-mail request to ajps@msu.edu and we will respond to you as soon as possible. Please include the AJPS manuscript number and title in your request.

On behalf of the entire American Journal of Political Science Editorial Staff, I want to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year! Again, we will resume full operations on Monday, January 11, 2016.

William G. Jacoby
Editor, American Journal of Political Science

Upcoming Year-End Break for the AJPS

The American Journal of Political Science will take its end-of-the-year break from Saturday, December 12, 2015, until Monday, January 11, 2016. During this one-month period, no new or revised manuscripts will be accepted, although all other Journal operations continue unabated. So, we will continue to process incoming reviews, and I will issue editorial decisions on manuscripts as soon as sufficient information is available to do so.

Unfortunately, authors will not be able to check the status of manuscripts through the Editorial Manager system during the hiatus. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. If you wish to check the status of your manuscript, please send an e-mail request to ajps@msu.edu and we will respond to you as soon as possible. Please include the AJPS manuscript number and title in your request.

Please remember to mark your calendars if you plan to send your work to the American Journal of Political Science sometime in the near future: Again, the AJPS Editorial Office will be closed to new and revised submissions from December 12, 2015, until January 11, 2016.

 

NEW INFORMATION AND MATERIALS ON THE AJPS WEBSITE

Greetings from the American Journal of Political Science Editorial Office! I am writing today to let you know about several documents that are now available on the AJPS website. Much of this new content is relevant not only for AJPS authors, but also for anyone conducting, reading, and evaluating scholarly research throughout the social science community. I truly believe you will find these materials interesting and useful for your own work.

As we all know, the research publication world is changing rapidly. New tools, procedures, and modes of communication seem to appear almost daily. For most of us, keeping up with this evolving technology can be difficult. If, like us, you feel this way, we have some help for you: The document, AJPS Information and Resources for Authors provides a convenient guide to several important elements of modern research productivity. Written by Katie Haemmerle, Editorial Assistant at Wiley Publishing, this document provides an excellent and accessible introduction to publishing concepts like the “DOI” for an article (or other online content) and the ORCID for a researcher. The document also explains tools that AJPS authors can use to measure and optimize the impact of their published work (“Altmetrics” and “Kudos,” respectively) along with some additional resources, including the AJPS iPhone App and the Wiley Exchanges Blog. Finally, it explains the rights that authors retain to their AJPS articles.

The American Journal of Political Science is proud to be taking a leading role in promoting data access and research transparency within the social science research community. The Journal‘s major initiative in this direction is its strict policy regarding replication and verification of all empirical analyses that appear in AJPS articles. Basically, authors of accepted articles are required to provide all the data and materials necessary to replicate the analytic results that appear in their articles. Furthermore, all materials are verified to confirm that they do, in fact, reproduce the results. Given the importance of the replication policy, I believe it should appear prominently on the AJPS website. Accordingly, a new item appears on the menu bar near the top of the page. Clicking on “Replication” produces a drop-down list containing the AJPS Replication Policy, guides for preparing and uploading replication files, a handy checklist that authors can use to ensure that their materials are complete before submitting them to the Journal, and a link to the AJPS Dataverse.

We all realize that replication policies are relatively new additions to the scholarly publishing world. So, I hope that these materials will make the replication process at least a bit easier for authors of manuscripts that have been accepted for publication at the AJPS. But, I also hope they receive broader attention: The best time to begin preparing replication materials is not after receiving the acceptance message from the AJPS Editor! Instead, thinking about the eventual need for replication materials throughout the entire research process is advantageous. Doing so will help researchers to create, organize, and document the various datasets, computer code, and other files that eventually will become the components of the replication archive for the article. The materials now available on the AJPS website should inform authors about what will be expected of them; hence, they will be helpful for creating the replication materials.

My main objective as Editor is to maintain the AJPS‘ status as one of the very best publication outlets in political science specifically and the social sciences more generally. And, this goal is accomplished by publishing only research of impeccably high quality. At the same time, however, I hope that the Journal can make tangible contributions toward strengthening the infrastructure of the research community. The AJPS website is a resource that is intended to achieve that objective.

Once again, I hope you find the new information and materials to be interesting and useful. The AJPS Editorial Staff and I will be announcing more innovations in the near future. But, we also are interested in your feedback regarding the materials that currently are available on the AJPS website, as well as suggestions about additional features that could be added. So, let us know if you have thoughts along any of these lines! .

AJPS is on 2015 Summer Break!

The American Journal of Political Science is taking its summer hiatus from Saturday, July 18, 2015, until Tuesday, August 18, 2015. During this month-long period, no new or revised manuscripts will be accepted, although all other Journal operations will continue unabated. Thus, we will continue to process incoming reviews, and I will issue editorial decisions on manuscripts as soon as sufficient information is available to do so.

Unfortunately, authors will not be able to check the status of manuscripts through the Editorial Manager system during the hiatus. We apologize for any inconvenience that this causes. If you wish to check the status of your manuscript, please send an e-mail request to ajps@msu.edu and we will respond to you as soon as possible. Please include the AJPS manuscript number and title in your request.

On behalf of the entire American Journal of Political Science Editorial Staff, I want to wish you a pleasant, fun, and productive summer! Again, we will resume full operations on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.

William G. Jacoby
Editor, American Journal of Political Science

Upcoming Summer Break for the AJPS

The American Journal of Political Science, like most other major journals in political science, takes a one-month break during the summer. This year, the AJPS summer hiatus runs from Saturday, July 18, 2015 through Tuesday, August 18, 2015. During this period no new or revised manuscripts can be submitted, although all other Journal operations continue unabated. So, we will continue to process incoming reviews, and I will issue editorial decisions on manuscripts as soon as sufficient information is available to do so.

Unfortunately, authors will not be able to check the status of manuscripts through the Editorial Manager system during the hiatus. We apologize for any inconvenience that this causes. If you wish to check the status of your manuscript, please send an e-mail request to ajps@msu.edu and we will respond to you as soon as possible. Please include the AJPS manuscript number and title in your request.

Please remember to mark your calendars if you plan to send your work to the American Journal of Political Science sometime in the near future: Again, the AJPS Editorial Office will be closed to new and revised submissions from July 18, 2015, until August 18, 2015.

William G. Jacoby
Editor, American Journal of Political Science

The AJPS Replication Policy: Innovations and Revisions

The Editorial Staff of the American Journal of Political Science is pleased to announce important new revisions to the policy regarding replication materials for AJPS articles. These innovations represent significant changes to current operations. Research transparency and replicability of results are standards to which the discipline traditionally has paid lip service. The new AJPS replication policy requires scholars to “practice what we preach” and adhere to these standards in a meaningful way

For many years, authors of manuscripts accepted for publication in the AJPS were asked to make their data available to interested researchers for replication purposes. Authors were strongly encouraged to comply with this policy, but doing so was voluntary on their part. As a result, the availability and quality of replication materials varied enormously across articles.

Former AJPS Editor Rick Wilson established a new policy by requiring authors to upload replication files to the American Journal of Political Science Dataverse on the Harvard Dataverse Network (https://thedata.harvard.edu/dvn/dv/ajps). This important innovation guaranteed that materials would be available for all AJPS articles (or at least those using empirical data) in a single, easily accessible location. To our knowledge, the American Journal of Political Science was the first publication outlet in the discipline to implement such a requirement for authors.

While the creation of the AJPS Dataverse was a critical first step, some problems remained that limited its effectiveness. Specifically, authors were given very little guidance regarding exactly what information and materials they needed to provide. As a consequence, the unfortunate variance in the content of replication files across articles persists.

Currently, we are addressing the previous issue through two important and related new innovations. First, a new document– “The American Journal of Political Science Guidelines for Preparing Replication Files” (CLICK HERE to download)– informs authors about exactly what information they are expected to provide and upload to the AJPS Dataverse. The Guidelines explain that replication materials must contain: The analysis dataset; detailed, clear code for using the analysis dataset to reproduce all tables, figures, and exhibits in the AJPS article; information about the source of the analysis dataset; and any instructions for extracting the analysis dataset from the source data (e.g., recodes, data transformations, details about missing observations, etc.).

We understand that these guidelines probably will not cover every possible situation that may arise. But, they should be sufficient for most data analyses that are reported in AJPS articles. The objective is to establish a general standard for the information that must be made available to the research community showing how to replicate the work that appears in the pages of the American Journal of Political Science.

The second major innovation is that submitted replication materials will be verified to guarantee that they do, in fact, properly reproduce the analysis results. The Midwest Political Science Association and the Editorial Staff of the American Journal of Political Science have entered into an arrangement with the University of North Carolina’s Odum Institute for Research in Social Science to carry out the verifications as a regular component of the publication workflow. When the AJPS Editor tentatively accepts a manuscript for publication, the author is informed that final acceptance is contingent upon successful replication of the results. The author is instructed to upload replication files to the AJPS Dataverse at the same time that the final draft of the manuscript is submitted.

When the author provides the final draft, the AJPS Editor notifies the Odum Institute staff about the new study. They verify that the full set of replication files has been provided, and that the files can be used to reproduce all data analyses and results from the article. If problems occur, then Odum staff inform the AJPS Editor, who gives the manuscript author the opportunity to resolve the issue and upload corrected materials to the Dataverse. This process continues until the replication is carried out successfully. At that time, the AJPS Editorial Staff sends the final version of the article to the publisher for copy editing and eventual publication, first online and then in a print issue of the AJPS.

We believe that this new AJPS policy makes an important contribution to the infrastructure of social scientific research. The procedures guarantee that complete replication materials are available and operate satisfactorily for all articles that appear within the Journal‘s pages. Moreover, given the American Journal of Political Science‘s position as one of the most prestigious, general-audience publication outlets in the discipline, the new replication policy facilitates transparency in, and helps to improve the integrity of, political science research more generally. Thus, the AJPS replication standards should contribute directly to a rigorous, rational, theory-driven, and cumulative approach to understanding political and social phenomena.

Any questions about the replication policy may be directed to the AJPS Editorial Staff at ajps@msu.edu.

 

AJPS is on Year-End Break!

The American Journal of Political Science is taking its end-of-the-year hiatus from Saturday, December 13, 2014, until Monday, January 5, 2015.  During this period of just over three weeks, no new or revised manuscripts will be accepted, although all other Journal operations will continue unabated. Thus, we will continue to process incoming reviews, and I will issue editorial decisions on manuscripts as soon as sufficient information is available to do so.

Unfortunately, authors will not be able to check the status of manuscripts through the Editorial Manager system during the hiatus. We apologize for any inconvenience that this causes. If you wish to check the status of your manuscript, please send an e-mail request to ajps@msu.edu and we will respond to you as soon as possible. Please include the AJPS manuscript number and title in your request.

On behalf of the entire American Journal of Political Science Editorial Staff, I want to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year! Again, we will resume full operations on Monday, January 5, 2015.

William G. Jacoby
Editor, American Journal of Political Science

Upcoming Year-End Break for the AJPS

The American Journal of Political Science will take its end-of-the-year break from Saturday, December 13, 2014, until Monday, January 5, 2015. During this period of just over three weeks, no new or revised manuscripts will be accepted, although all other Journal operations continue unabated. So, we will continue to process incoming reviews, and I will issue editorial decisions on manuscripts as soon as sufficient information is available to do so.

Unfortunately, authors will not be able to check the status of manuscripts through the Editorial Manager system during the hiatus. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Please remember to mark your calendars if you plan to send your work to the American Journal of Political Science sometime in the near future: Again, the AJPS Editorial Office will be closed to new and revised submissions from December 13, 2014, until January 5, 2015.

William G. Jacoby
Editor, American Journal of Political Science

The AJPS is on Summer Break: July 14 through July 28, 2014

The American Journal of Political Science is taking the second of its summer breaks from Monday, July 14 through Monday, July 28, 2014. During this two-week period, no new manuscripts will be accepted, although all other Journal operations continue unabated.

As many of you know, we are trying a new system this year, with two shorter breaks during the summer, rather than one month-long hiatus. (Recall that our earlier break took place from May 21 through June 9, 2014). This is something of an experiment on our part. If the process does not work well, or if reactions are overwhelmingly negative, then we may well return to a single longer break in 2015. So, feel free to let us know what you think!

Please remember to mark your calendars if you plan to send your work to the American Journal of Political Science sometime this summer: Again, the AJPS Editorial Office will be closed to new submissions from from July 14 through July 28, 2014.

Forthcoming AJPS Article by Glynn and Sen Discussed in the New York Times

The forthcoming article. “Identifying Judicial Empathy: Does Having Daughters Cause Judges to Rule for Women’s Issues?” by Adam N. Glynn and Maya Sen is available in Early View on the AJPS page of the Wiley Online Library. The article by Professors Glynn and Sen is the focus of a story that appears in the print edition of the New York Times on June 17, 2014. The online version of the story appeared on June 16, 2014.

About the Authors: Adam N. Glynn is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Maya Sen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester.

 

The Editor of the AJPS is at Michigan State University and the Editorial Office is supported by
the Michigan State University Department of Political Science and the School of Social Sciences.

  Michigan State University 
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