19 December 2017 | Request for Proposals for the Editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART) serves as a bridge between public administration and public management scholarship on the one hand and public policy studies on the other. Its multidisciplinary aim is to advance the organizational, administrative, and policy sciences as they apply to government and governance. The journal is committed to diverse and rigorous scholarship and serves as an outlet for the best conceptual and theory-based empirical work in the field. JPART is a journal of the Public Management Research Association (PMRA).
JPART is the top-ranked journal in the category of Public Administration with a 5-year Impact Factor of 4.981 according to the 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017).
The typical term of service for the editor is five years. The next editor will formally take over in January 1, 2019, with a transition process that will begin several months prior. We welcome bids from individuals who are interested in the role, and the chairs or deans in the academic units that would sponsor the journal. Bids for a shorter term of three or four years will be considered, as will bids proposing a team of editors.
The Role of the Editor
The editor of JPART is expected to be an established scholar in the field. Given the wide range of articles included in the journal, the editor should be someone who understands the breadth of the public administration field and is conversant and knowledgeable about the diverse scholars and methodological approaches in the public administration community. In addition, the editor is expected to be responsive to the individuals who submit manuscripts to the journal and able to provide constructive feedback to those individuals.
The Editor is responsible for the organization, operation and management of all aspects of the receipt of manuscripts submitted to JPART, which includes the selection of reviewers, the evaluation of reviews, and intermediate and final manuscript selection or rejection. In these duties, the Editor position is autonomous, not supervised by PMRA leadership or the Director of PMRA Journals.
The Editor is supported by a team of Co-Editors of his or her choice, appointed solely by the editor, whose primary role is to share the editorial workload by taking editorial duties on a portion of submitted articles as identified by the Editor. In practice, recent JPART Editors have employed 4-6 Co-Editors, who typically cover areas of expertise outside the Editor’s areas of expertise, but the new editor may wish to expand the number given ongoing increases in submissions. The Editor has traditionally worked with co-editors in determining whether manuscripts will be reviewed, the choice of reviewers, the publication decision, and the writing of letters to authors explaining why a manuscript was accepted or rejected.
The Editor will work with the Director of PMRA journals. The Director and the Editor share responsibility for appointments to the Board of Editors and appointments of Book Review editors. In consultation with officials from Oxford University Press, the Director of PMRA Journals organizes each issue, including the order of articles, the number of articles included, the choice of cover art, and all other aspects of issue production. The Director acts as a liaison between JPART subscribers, including PMRA members, and the Director of the PMRA Secretariat who manages the JPART subscription list.
The JPART Editor also will be expected to coordinate with the Editor of the new PMRA journal, Perspectives on Public Management & Governance (PPMG).
The Editor reports to the PMRA Board annually about the state of the journal. The Editor is also an ex-officio member of the PMRA Board.
Criteria for Selection
There are a range of criteria that will be used to assess proposals:
- A statement by the prospective Editor about that individual’s vision and goals for the journal which should include information about their expected outcomes and ideas for additions or improvements in the journal.
- A letter from the relevant Dean or other administrator that indicates a willingness to provide support for the Editor. The nature and level of support has varied from one Editor and institution to another, including reductions in teaching loads, dedicated research assistance, space, telephone, computer facilities, and conference travel funds. Oxford University Press has provided software and the structure for manuscript management, which greatly reduces the need for administrative assistance.
- Evidence that the individual has the ability to manage the journal, has relevant organizational and/or editorial experience, and has knowledge of PMRA.
Feb 1, 2018: Proposals due
March – April 2018: Interviews of applicants and selection of new editor
October – December 2018: New editor works with current editor Brad Wright to ensure smooth transition
January 2019: New editor takes over
Submitting a Proposal
Proposals should be sent electronically to the Chair of the JPART editor selection committee, Craig Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Rosemary O’Leary, President of PMRA (email@example.com).
Committee members in addition to Craig Thomas are: Brad Wright, University of Georgia; Sonia Ospina, New York University (firstname.lastname@example.org); Kirk Emerson, University of Arizona (email@example.com); Joerg Raab, Tilburg University (firstname.lastname@example.org); and Ken Meier, ex-officio non-voting member, Texas A&M University (Kennethemail@example.com).
The following individuals have volunteered to talk with anyone contemplating applying for the editor position:
Brad Wright, current editor of JPART (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Craig Thomas, former editor of JPART (email@example.com) and Chair of selection committee
Carolyn Heinrich, former editor of JPART (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Beryl Radin, former editor of JPART (email@example.com)
Stu Bretschneider, former editor of JPART (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ken Meier, Director, PMRA Journals (email@example.com)
Don Moynihan, immediate past president, PMRA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rosemary O’Leary, current president PMRA (email@example.com)
In particular, we recommend talking with Brad Wright, who has the most current understanding of the editorial tasks and load of the position.