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AJPS 61:3 – July 2017

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The AJPS Editorial Office is Open!

The AJPS Editorial Staff and I hope that your summer is proceeding well, with time for rest and relaxation as well as productivity. The 2017 Summer Hiatus ended at 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15 and the American Journal of Political Science is now open for submissions! We expect the usual post-hiatus surge of new manuscripts. But, I can assure authors that all submissions will be processed quickly and either sent out to referees or back to the author (for technical or other reasons) very quickly– probably within a day or so. We fully understand the kind of time pressure that academic authors face. Therefore, the Editorial Staff and I try to help out by providing the fastest possible turnaround times in the review process. For more information on this and other aspects of manuscript processing at the AJPS, please refer to the Editor’s Annual Report to the Midwest Political Science Association Executive Council. In addition, a 2017 Midterm Report will be available shortly before the upcoming Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association.

AJPS Tops Publication Metrics

I am very happy to announce that, for the second year in a row, the American Journal of Political Science has received the highest scores in the discipline on two of the most widely recognized publication metrics. First the Thompson-Reuters Impact Factor for a given year provides the mean number of citations during that year to articles published in the AJPS during the preceding two years. The 2016 Two-Year Impact Factors were released in mid-June and the AJPS score is 5.044. This is an increase over last year’s figure (2015 two-year IF = 4.515) and, as I said, it ranks the AJPS first among 165 political science journals. Second, the Google Scholar h5-index is the largest number h, such that h articles published in the previous five years (i.e., 2012-2016 for the 2017 h5-index) have at least h citations each. The 2017 h5-index for the AJPS is 64. This score ranks the Journal eighth among all social science journals and, once again, first among political science journals. These repeated top scores on two of the most widely-recognized publication metrics confirm the stature of the American Journal of Political Science as one of the premiere outlets for high-quality research in the social sciences. I am very grateful to the AJPS authors whose great work is, of course, the reason for these excellent metrics.

Changes in Editorial Staff

There are some major changes taking place in the AJPS Editorial Office this summer; in fact, there is 100% turnover in the Editorial Staff! I am very happy to report that the former Managing Editor, Robert Lupton, and the two previous Editorial Interns, Adam Enders and Miles Armaly, have all taken tenure-track faculty positions starting this fall. Bob is heading to the University of Connecticut, Adam is at the University of Louisville, and Miles is at the University of Mississippi. These are all excellent institutions and great places for Bob, Adam, and Miles to start their careers as university faculty. I know their experiences at the American Journal of Political Science will help them “hit the ground running” in their new positions. and I hope that everyone in the AJPS community will join me in wishing them all the very best of luck.

I have to admit that I view their departures with some anxiety and sadness. Bob, Adam, and Miles had been with me at the AJPS since the beginning of my editorial term. I think they would agree that we grew into an effective and efficient team that worked very well together. Their ongoing efforts and dedication deserve much of the credit for the wonderful success that the Journal experienced over the past three and a half years. I certainly know that I would not have been able to function as Editor without their essential contributions. So, they will all be missed.

While it would be impossible to “replace” Bob, Adam, and Miles, I am extremely fortunate to have found three highly capable individuals who will fill their positions. Marty Jordan is the new Managing Editor. The new Editorial Interns are Jessica Schoenherr and Nate Smith. All three are students in the Michigan State University Political Science Ph.D. program and they are very well-qualified to take on the various responsibilities within the AJPS Editorial Office. We have had a very smooth transition from the first editorial team to the second, and I definitely look forward to working with Marty, Jessica, and Nate as we move forward with the Journal.

Finally, I am pleased to report that President Jan Leighley and the Executive Council of the Midwest Political Science Association have offered me another term as AJPS Editor.  And, I have accepted this offer. I consider it a great honor to be the editor of what I have long believed to be the best journal in the discipline. I am very proud of the great research that appears in the pages of the AJPS and also of the progress the Journal has made in advancing the principles of data access and research transparency within the scientific research community. I am very happy that I will be able to continue in this position for the next few years.

William G. Jacoby
Editor, American Journal of Political Science

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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