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Notre Dame sociologists extend their term as editors of ASA flagship journal

Author: Carrie Gates

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The American Sociological Association (ASA) has announced that sociologists from the University of Notre Dame will continue to serve as editors of its flagship journal, the American Sociological Review, through 2020.

Founded in 1936 and published six times per year, ASR’s mission is to publish peer-reviewed works of exceptional quality and general interest to the discipline, including new theoretical developments, results of research that advance understanding of social processes, and important methodological innovations.

Rory McVeigh, the Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor in Sociology, and Sarah A. Mustillo, a professor of sociology who was named I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters this year, began their term as editors in January 2016 along with sociologist Omar Lizardo.

“Having ASR at Notre Dame has validated our rise to prominence as a highly productive research department,” said William Carbonaro, associate professor and chair of the department. “Only the best, most respected departments are trusted to run the field’s flagship journal.”

McVeigh, Mustillo, and Lizardo (a third co-editor on the faculty at UCLA), have raised the bar in terms of transparency, efficiency, and the overall quality of the peer-review process during their tenure, Carbonaro said. 

In fact, the impact factor for ASR — a key measure of how influential the journal is among scholars by tracking how often its articles are cited — reached an 80-year high in the last year.

“This is a great credit to the leadership and intellectual rigor that Rory, Sarah, and Omar have exhibited in running the journal,” Carbonaro said. “Given these positive developments, it is not surprising that ASA decided to keep ASR at Notre Dame through 2020.”

Hosting the journal has also allowed faculty and graduate students in the department to gain insight on how the peer-review process works and how young scholars can navigate the system and become successful at publishing, McVeigh said.

“We are looking forward to having ASR at Notre Dame through 2020. It places Notre Dame right in the center of all of the most important debates and innovations taking place in sociology.” 

— Rory McVeigh, the Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor in Sociology