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AJPS 61:3 – July 2017

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A New Virtual Issue of the AJPS!

I would like to call your attention to a new virtual issue of the American Journal of Political Science, available for viewing here. You also can access the virtual issue directly from the AJPS home page. The contents of the virtual issue are freely available to anyone, regardless of institutional affiliation or subscription status. The purpose of the virtual issue is to highlight some of the work that has appeared recently in the AJPS and has been receiving a great deal of attention from the scholarly community. So, the issue includes twelve of the most highly-cited articles published over the past few years.

I am particularly impressed by the broad scope of the subject matter that is covered in this collection of AJPS articles. The entries include work from several subfields of the discipline (American politics, comparative politics, international relations, methodology), they cover pressing current issues (e.g., immigration) as well as longstanding questions (e.g., does the structure of an electoral system have systematic political consequences?), and they address fundamental principles regarding the nature of political systems (e.g., why are authoritarian leaders responsive? What are the consequences of colonial rule? How responsive are the various components of American democracy?). Taken together, the contents of this virtual issue confirm that the AJPS truly is a general audience outlet that represents the best work across the entire political science discipline.

The virtual issue of highly-cited AJPS articles will be an ongoing component of the Journal‘s website. The content of the virtual issue will be updated approximately every three months. So, check back frequently to see the work that is receiving the most attention from the social science research community. Again, the contents of this issue are available free, to everyone. Please tell your colleagues about the virtual issue as well– we want to spread the word as widely as possible about the great research that is reported within the pages of the American Journal of Political Science!

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


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