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Publications Committee Report
by Irene Frieze and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, co-Chairs

We are happy to announce that we have finalized a contract to continue our relationship with Wiley Periodicals. This contract renews our journal publishing arrangements, and Wiley also continues as the publisher of our two book series. (We publish edited books and authored books relating to social issue research). Wiley has incorporated Blackwell Publishers, our former publisher, into its company. We have been very happy with our relationship with Blackwell over the past several years, and look forward to a continued positive relationship with Wiley. As part of the new contract, Wiley will be digitizing the entire collection of our back issues of Journal of Social Issues. This was our first journal, beginning publication in 1945. Having a digitized version of all the back issues will allow the early issues to be much more accessible. Many institutions now have the early copies only on microfilm, if they are available at all.

We also welcome Kevin Lanning as the new editor of ASAP, SPSSI’s second journal. Kevin will be taking over on processing new submissions on July 1, 2009 and becomes masthead editor in 2010. [See full article on Kevin elsewhere in the newsletter]. Sheri Levi takes over as masthead editor of Journal of Social Issues in 2010, but she has already been working on the transition for some time. Jack Dovidio and Vicki Esses have been successfully editing SIPR (Social Issues and Policy Review), our third and newest journal, since 2007. In 2010, we will begin to search for a new editor for SIPR. With all our publications now, we have had to work out a systematic process for bringing on new editors for the journals and the book series.  Later in 2009, we will begin the process of finding a new editor for the edited book series to succeed Marilynn Brewer. 

Another project the Publications Committee is working on is the creation of a new book on research methods for those interested in social issues research.  Past editions of the research methods book were quite successful, and we hope to duplicate this with a new version of the book.

We welcome your input on our publications. Please contact Irene Frieze ( or Rudy Mendoza-Denton (

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