Changes at Political Behavior

 

I wanted to use this opportunity to publicize a few changes that go into effect for Political Behavior starting January 1, 2017.

First, I wanted to welcome the new members to the Political Behavior Editorial Board.   The continuing members have been remarkably helpful in the operations of the journal and I look forward to working with the new members:

Rosario Aguilar, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)

Bethany Albertson, University of Texas

Lee Ann Banaszak, Penn State University

Timothy Hellwig, Indiana University

Thomas Leeper, London School of Economics

Noam Lupu, Vanderbilt University

Seth McKee, Texas Tech University

Efren Perez, Vanderbilt University

Margaret Roberts, UC San Diego

Lily Tsai, MIT

Second, in continuing efforts to be at the forefront of data transparency, I am adopting the Open Science Framework’s Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) standards on data citation. Beginning January 1, 2017 the new data citation policy of Political Behavior is:
“All data sets and program code used in accepted work must be cited in the text and listed in the references. References must include a persistent identifier, such as a Digital Object Identifier. Persistent identifiers ensure future access to unique published digital objects, such as a text or data set. Persistent identifiers are assigned to data sets by digital archives, such as institutional repositories and partners in the Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS).”

Third, I am adopting a new policy for scholars who serially refuse to review manuscript. I reserve the right to refuse to send out manuscripts for review from authors who refuse to review for Political Behavior. In 2016, less than 44% of review requests resulted in a review.   The scholars who dedicate their time to ensuring that the peer review process functions effectively deserve our praise, but they are subsidizing the efforts of scholars who consistently refuse to review. I hope that I never have to implement this policy, but the reviewer response rate is threatening the practice of peer review and this is one of the few tools that I have available as editor.

 

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