The Society for the
Study of Social Issues


Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy

  by Geoff Maruyama, ASAP Editor

ASAP is just finishing its print issue for 2008. I believe that it was a very good year for ASAP, for the trend lines (submissions and acceptances) are both positive, and the overall quality of the submissions has improved significantly. Like most journals, however, we are always looking for stronger submissions.  In addition to the 2008 submissions summarized below, we already have five new papers that are part of our 2009 submissions and are being reviewed.

We received six articles for the Katrina II special issue and accepted two of them. We received 46 articles that went through the general review process and accepted seven for publication (a 15 percent acceptance rate). In addition to manuscripts reviewed, we received a number of other inquiries to the editor in response to which the authors were advised that their articles were not appropriate for ASAP. When a proposal for a submission is reviewed, if the article seems appropriate, I regularly suggest general ways in which it might be reshaped before submission (e.g., making sure that there is a strong focus on issues of policy and practice). 

Articles in the 2008 issue include papers on: bases of power with  questions and answers about how the French and Raven model developed (by Bert Raven); children’s perceptions about race, gender, and the presidency (Bigler), featured in our press release; bases of the gender gap in support of a female presidential candidate (Simon & Hoyt); economic and social factors tied to child malnutrition (Gabriele & Schettino); diversity, inequality, and social trust in Canada (Phan); conservative Christians and discrimination on college campuses (Hyers & Hyders); and relations of types of patriotism with critical thinking, respect for civil liberties, and national security (Williams, Foster, & Krohn). The Katrina articles were about the implications of a sociological embeddedness perspective on disaster planning (Iverson & Armstrong) and on aggression in New Orleans immediately after Katrina (Kemmelmeier, Broadus, & Padilla).

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