Editors as Gatekeepers: Getting Published in the Social Sciences

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Rita James Simon, James J. Fyfe
Rowman & Littlefield, 1994 - Social Science - 275 pages
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Why do some scholarly manuscripts get published while others do not? Who makes the decisions at scholarly journals and presses, and how do they reach those decisions? This volume brings together the experiences of editors of sociology, anthropology, political science, criminal justice, psychology, and other social science journals, and editors and directors of university and commercial presses that focus on the social sciences. Each chapter of this book provides insight into the editor's definition of his/her role, and a look at the relationships among editors, authors, reviewers and readers. The authors offer advice about where to submit, and how to read editors' letters about revising and resubmitting manuscripts. They explore the pleasures and pains, disappointments and successes experienced in their role as 'gatekeeper.'
 

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Contents

The Itch to Publish in Political Science
3
Editing Social Psychology
21
An Effective Journal Editor Insights Gained From Editing the American Sociological Review
33
Editing the Policy Studies Journal and Public Administration Review
45
Cops and Robbers in Academe Editing Justice Quarterly
59
Explorations in Economic History
73
Gatekeeping among the Demographers
85
A Quest for Interdisciplinary Scholarship
107
Special Problems in the Editing of Special Series
147
Genre in Sociology The Case for the Monograph
159
University and Commercial Press Editors and Directors
177
University Press Editing and Publishing
179
A Formula for Successful Scholarly Publishing PolicyOriented Research and the Humanities
195
Listbuilding at University Presses
209
Index
259
About the Contributors
273

Series Commercial and Monograph Editors
135
Publishing in a Proprietary Law Journal
137

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Rita J. Simon is University Professor of Public Affairs and Law at The American University and has served as editor of both Justice Quarterly and American Sociological Review.

James J. Fyfe is professor of criminal justice and senior public policy research fellow at Temple University and Editor of Justice Quarterly.

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