American Journal of Political Science

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Edited By: William G. Jacoby, Michigan State University

Impact Factor: 4.515

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 1/163 (Political Science)

Online ISSN: 1540-5907

A Message From the New Editor

This notice is to let you know that the Editorial Offices are now open for business, and we are accepting new submissions through Editorial Manager.

Rick Wilson finished up his service as Editor and I began my own term, which runs from now through 2017. As part of this transition, the Editorial Offices moved from Rice University in Houston, TX, to Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. As of January 1, 2014, the Editorial Staff and Contact Info for the AJPS Editorial Office are as follows:

Editor-in-Chief: William G. Jacoby
Managing Editor: Robert N. Lupton
Editorial Interns: Miles T. Armaly, Adam Enders

AJPS E-mail address:
Telephone: TBD

Mailing address:
AJPS Editorial Office
Department of Political Science
Michigan State University
South Kedzie Hall
368 Farm Lane, S303
East Lansing, MI 48824

Along with my colleagues in the Editorial Office, I look forward to working with the social science research community over the next four years. During that time, our overriding mission is straightforward: We will publish groundbreaking research of the very highest quality, across all subfields of the political science discipline. In order to achieve this objective, we are committed to providing authors with efficient and timely turnaround when processing submitted manuscripts. And, we will seek to provide constructive and informative reviews that provide authors with useful information regardless of the ultimate editorial decision.

The Editorship of the American Journal of Political Science is a great honor and an awesome responsibility, with real potential to affect the course of research and the evolution of the discipline. But it is also important to emphasize that this is a cooperative endeavor. In addition to those of us in the Editorial Office there are many others involved, including:

The Editorial Board, the members of which help to establish editorial policies and formulate objectives for specific substantive content in the Journal's pages.

Manuscript Authors, who seek to use the AJPS as a highly visible and influential publication outlet for their best work.

Referees, who provide indispensible advice to the Editor about the quality and importance of submitted work.

The process of disseminating research through publication in the American Journal of Political Science can only succeed when all of these actors work together to achieve a common goal– publishing the very best work that the social science research community can produce. Those of us in the Editorial Office really do regard this as a team effort. And, we look forward to working with you on this team, pushing the theoretical forefront of our discipline to new achievements and theoretical insights over the next four years!

In closing, I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to outgoing AJPS Editor Rick Wilson and his staff (especially Editorial Assistant Donna Palizza), not only for the outstanding job that they did guiding the Journal from 2010 through 2013, but also for their wonderful assistance and invaluable advice during the transition. I would also like to express my gratitude to the Michigan State University Department of Political Science, the MSU College of Social Science, and the Midwest Political Science Association for their support and encouragement. The AJPS Editorial Offices could not exist (literally!) without their contributions. I am very grateful.

-Bill Jacoby