Call for Editors for Politics & Gender

The Women, Gender, and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association actively seeks applications for a new Politics & Gender editorial team. Politics & Gender, published by Cambridge University Press, was founded by the APSA Women and Politics Research Section in 2004 and published its first issue in March 2005. The journal has established a strong reputation as an agenda-setting outlet that publishes the highest quality scholarship on gender and women and politics.

As of 2020, the journal was ranked 15th of 44 Women’s Studies journals, 89th of 182 Political Science journals, and has a 2020 impact factor of 2.088. The journal publishes four issues per year, featuring peer-reviewed scholarly articles, short Critical Perspectives essays on common thematic issues, and book reviews. Since 2016, it has also published book reviews online. Beginning in 2023 the journal will be published on-line only.

On June 30, 2022, Susan Franceschet and Christina Wolbrecht will complete their term as editors of Politics & Gender. The Section seeks a new editorial team, with preference given to a team led by two (or possibly more) faculty members holding diverse backgrounds and combined expertise in the research area of gender, women, and politics. Prospective editors should hold tenured positions at a college or university anywhere in the world. The term of the editors will be three years, with the possibility of an extension by the Section for one to three more years. Editors do not have to be based in the United States. International proposals are welcomed.

Editorial Team

The editorial team for Politics & Gender will continue the tradition of promoting rigorous standards in publishing and attracting top quality research of interest to all the subfields intersecting with research in gender and women and politics. The editors will be responsible for leading the editorial team; managing and administering the day-to-day operations of the journal; selecting, appointing, and managing the Politics & Gender editorial board of 20 to 35 members (which exercises general oversight over the journal); and presenting an editorial report to the Business Meeting of the Women and Politics Research Section at the annual APSA Meeting.

The journal receives about 200 manuscripts per year and receives the following support from APSA/Cambridge University Press:

  • Editorial Manager manuscript submission and peer review system
  • Copyediting and electronic production services
  • Hosting an editorial board meeting luncheon or reception at the APSA Annual Meeting
  • Reporting on bibliometrics (citations, downloads, Altmetrics, etc.) to inform decision-making
  • Financial support to be used to cover such costs as course buyouts/reassign time, graduate student support, travel expenses and/or honorariums.

Selection Criteria

The Editorial Selection Committee empowered by the Women and Politics Research Section will evaluate proposals based on four key criteria:

  1. Comprehensive vision for the journal. Proposals should spell out a clear and compelling vision for the journal that will help the selection committee – and eventually, readers and potential authors – understand the intended contributions of this journal to scholarship, and how the editors will continue Politics & Gender’s record of excellence and centrality in advancing research on gender, women, and politics. Proposals might include assessment of the journal’s current strengths and weaknesses, suggesting major lines of continuity and change through the next administration.
  2.  A comprehensive strategy for the journal to ensure diversity and inclusion in the authorship, methods and subfields represented. It is essential that the journal, and therefore the editorial team, represent breadth and balance of areas and approaches in the broad interdisciplinary field of gender and politics. The proposed editorial team as a whole should individually and collectively demonstrate a record of breadth of scholarly interest across the various subfields of political science. The committee also hopes to see evidence of methodological pluralism and interdisciplinary work. Preference will be given to proposals for editorial teams that represent the rich diversity of the scholars who study politics & gender.
  3. Editorial and administrative experience. Members of the editorial team should be familiar with the highest standards of scholarly assessment and publication, whether as authors of refereed journals and books, as scholarly journal and book editors, and/or as members of university press editorial boards. The managing editor, especially, should have administrative experience that demonstrates appropriate levels of management, organizational, and communication skills.
  4. Effective organizational plans and financial/institutional support. Submissions should provide logistical information and clear lines of administrative responsibility and coordination, showing how the proposed team is planning to handle and divide up the varied managerial demands of editorial work. Submissions should indicate where the editorial office will be located and describe the facilities and staffing that will be available. Submissions should also include a proposed budget that specifies how the Cambridge University Press subsidy of US $15,500 per annum will be allocated, and the contributions from the editors’ home institutions (which may include things like faculty release time, graduate or undergraduate student assistance, office staff personnel support, editorial team office space, or other contributions).

Proposals

Proposals for the Politics & Gender editorial team should include a statement addressing the criteria above and should identify a Managing Editor responsible for ongoing journal administration, who will work in cooperation with Cambridge University Press, as well as a list of prospective Editorial Board members, including any Associate Editorial team members and a Book Review Editor. Include a brief biographical summary and full c.v. for each team member. In addition, relevant academic administrators should provide written statements specifying office space, financial subsidies, faculty release time, student or staff assistance or other material support that will be provided to editorial team members, should their submission be accepted.

Selection Process

The selection committee is chaired by Section Co-Chair Nadia Brown, Georgetown University (nb865@georgetown.edu  and committee members include Sara Angevine, Whittier College (sangevine@whittier.edu), Alice Kang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (akang2@unl.edu), Amber Knight, UNC Charlotte (aknigh23@uncc.edu), Erica Townsend-Bell, Oklahoma State (etowns@okstate.edu) and Thomas Worth, University of Wisconsin, Graduate Student Representative.

Potential candidates should feel free to consult with members of the search committee and with Susan Franceschet (sfrances@ucalgary.ca) and Christina Wolbrecht (wolbrecht.1@nd.edu), the current editors, about the journal.

Deadline for Submissions

Submissions will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit editorial team proposals to Dr Nadia Brown (nb865@georgetown.edu).