[Msa-discuss] query re: M/m editorial proposal

Caughie, Pamela Pcaughi at luc.edu
Fri Feb 2 18:18:19 EST 2018

Thank you for this helpful explanation, Erin.


On Feb 2, 2018, at 1:18 PM, Templeton, Erin <erin.templeton at converse.edu<mailto:erin.templeton at converse.edu>> wrote:

Dear Jessica, Cris, Cassandra, Susan, Pamela, and members:

I'm writing in my capacity as Membership chair of the MSA Board and liaison to the MSA membership, and I hope to clarify what seem to be a few misunderstandings regarding the proposed changes to the M/m editorial term length.

1)    The proposal before you originated with the current M/m editorial team in response to the present workload and structure of M/m, which has grown and changed significantly over the last decade, and in particular over the last 4 years under the leadership of our current editors. They made their proposal to the MSA Board, who have all agreed and approved it, and as a result that proposal has been forwarded to you, the membership, for your consideration.

2)    The change from 5 to 4 years is intended to reflect the current editors' recommended best practices to accommodate the present number of submissions, workflow, time commitment, and institutional resources. The journal is a different enterprise from when MSA produced one issue a year. For example, our editors estimate that at any given time, there are approximately 50 pieces out for review, not counting the many articles rejected without going out for review. The addition of the Print Plus platform adds the equivalent of about two issues per year, in terms of work. The editors now also run the review section. The bottom line is that the editorial position has easily doubled in productivity and responsibility and requires both a greater time commitment and greater institutional support than ever before.

3)    Given this additional editorial workload, the four-year term feels more manageable and more equitable. Our proposed bylaw change would ensure that every two years the membership appoints a new editor, the junior office becomes senior, and the senior editor rotates off. This process doesn't work with a 5 year term. The staggered editorial appointments not only ensure orderly succession and the preservation of institutional knowledge, but also provide for continuity of practice for our members, our authors, and our readership. The current editors feel strongly the term be an even number of years to provide for an equal division of labor and resources over the editorial term.

4)    The Board has brought the current proposal to the membership at this time so that if approved, these changes can be implemented before the next M/m Editorial Election, which will occur later this year at the annual conference (this year's is in Columbus, OH, November 8-11).

5) The ballot for voting on the proposed change can be found here<https://vote.press.jhu.edu/msa/elections>. (You will need to login with your membership username and password).

With best wishes,



Erin Templeton, Ph. D.
Anne Morrison Chapman Distinguished Professor of International Study
Associate Professor of English

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