The Society for the
Study of Social Issues



NEW EDITOR for Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP)

Nominations are now being sought for an inspiring new editor to bring the journal Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP) into its third decade.  ASAP is sponsored by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), a professional community of scientists from psychology and related fields who share a common interest in applying psychological theory and practice to social issues and problems involving persons, communities, groups, and nations.  We welcome applications from candidates whose vision for the journal is matched by an awareness of the challenges and opportunities of contemporary scientific publishing.

The Mission: ASAP is a peer-reviewed, selective journal which serves as an outlet for timely and innovative psychological and related social science scholarship with implications for social action and policy. Since 2001, ASAP has provided a forum for publishing new work as well as discussing alternative approaches to important contemporary social problems. By encouraging publication of well-written peer-reviewed work, the journal serves a global audience which includes policy-makers and advocates, as well as social scientists, students, and the public at large. Unlike conventional print journals, ASAP articles are published electronically as soon as they are accepted. Where appropriate, papers are compiled into online virtual issues together with peer commentary and/or other papers on closely related topics. Submissions in any content area related to SPSSI’s goals are considered. They are evaluated in terms of scholarly excellence as well as their relevance to social problems, social action, and policy. ASAP has an international editorial board with expertise in social science research and the application of that research to real world issues.

Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy has a two-year impact factor of 0.98.

Editorial tenure and skills: Given the timely nature of its content, the Editor-elect is expected to work with the current Editor as soon as s/he is appointed to solicit manuscripts.  S/he will start as Editor-elect in August 2017 (handling all new submissions at that time) and will become masthead Editor for 4 years starting in January 2018 through December 2021. The Editor will need scientific, editorial, interpersonal, technological, and organizational abilities and, above all, will be motivated to support and enhance the work of scholars concerned with the application of social psychology to contemporary society. She or he will select an advisory board and peer reviewers to evaluate manuscripts, advise authors of potential articles on their relevance to the journal, and shepherd papers through the online portal in a timely yet careful way. The Editor will also work with ASAP’s publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, to ensure the timely publication of articles, features, and book reviews; attend SPSSI Council meetings; and prepare occasional editorial reports. The Editor may also solicit individual articles or collections of related articles on topics of special interest to ASAP readers.  

How to apply: Nominations (self-nomination and otherwise) are welcome—please type “ASAP editorial search” in the subject line of your email to Anila Balkissoon in SPSSI Central Office ( In the case of self-nominations candidates should email a copy of their CV, a one to three page statement describing their previous editorial experience, vision and views about the future direction of this journal (e.g., how to increase the impact factor and breadth of contributors, how to be responsive to the challenge of open access journals), and contact information for two referees. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. The Search Committee consists of Geoffrey Maruyama (Chair), Kevin Lanning, and Sheri Levy.

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin