[Msa-discuss] query re: M/m editorial proposal
cjnoland at uci.edu
Fri Feb 2 18:50:42 EST 2018
Could you please take us off of this email string? If we haven't been
editors, then we needn't be getting all these emails.
On 2018-02-02 15:18, Caughie, Pamela wrote:
> Thank you for this helpful explanation, Erin.
> On Feb 2, 2018, at 1:18 PM, Templeton, Erin
> <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
>> . (You will need to login with your membership username and
>> With best wishes,
>> ERIN TEMPLETON, PH. D.
>> Anne Morrison Chapman Distinguished Professor of International Study
>> Associate Professor of English
>> Phone: 864.596.9099
>> erin.templeton at converse.edu
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