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AJPS 62: 2 – April 2018

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AJPS Resumes Operations with New Editorial Team

May 21, 2018 – The American Journal of Political Science returns today with a new editorial team led by Interim Editor Jan Leighley of American University. Sarah M. Brooks of The Ohio State University, Mary G. Dietz of Northwestern University, Jennifer L. Lawless of the University of Virginia, and Rocio Titiunik of the University of Michigan will serve as associate editors, with additional associate editors to be named soon. The editors are devoted to sustaining the reputation and contributions of the AJPS as a leading journal in the discipline as well as the social sciences, committed to publishing innovative, theoretically-motivated and empirically rigorous research.

Most aspects of journal operations, including the review process, manuscript decisions, and production have resumed. New manuscript submissions will NOT be accepted again until updates to the Editorial Manager journal submission site are complete. We anticipate that this will occur later this week. For a few more details, see the Editor’s Blog.

One important policy change is the implementation of MPSA’s Editorial Conflict of Interest Policy, passed by the Council at the annual meeting in early April. The new policy requires that both authors and editors explicitly identify potential conflicts of interest during the initial manuscript submission and editorial assignment phase of the review process. The council and editorial team is working together on clarifying the process by which authors with recognized conflicts can proceed through the review process. More details on this policy and process, as well as on conflicts of interest as they relate to reviewers, will be available here soon.

Queries about manuscript status, the submissions process, or new editorial team can be sent to the journal’s new email address at


Call for Proposals: Editorial Search, American Journal of Political Science (2019 – 2022)

MPSA invites proposals from editorial teams to lead and manage the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS). The AJPS is one of the leading general research journals in Political Science. It strives to publish manuscripts that make outstanding contributions to scholarly knowledge about notable theoretical concerns, empirical issues or methodological strategies in any subfield. The editorial team will serve a four-year term beginning in June 2019.

The editorial team has primary responsibility for the integrity, high standards, and ethics of the review process and the publication of articles dedicated to the scientific and public value of Political Science research. We seek proposals that offer a vision and plan for the AJPS to continue to be on the cutting-edge of innovation, excellence, and rigor in the discipline specifically, and in the broader social sciences and inter-disciplinary communities as well.

If you wish to submit a nomination or have questions about the responsibilities of serving as an Editor of the AJPS, please contact the Chair of the AJPS Search Committee, Rick Wilson ( See the full Call for Proposals: Editorial Search for application deadlines and instructions.

The American Journal of Political Science (AJPS) is the flagship journal of the Midwest Political Science Association and is published by Wiley.