VII. A. SSSP Year - A Monthly Review

VII. B. SSSP Cycles

VII. B. 1. Proposals that Involve the SSSP Beyond One Presidential Term

VII. B. 2. Editorships

VII. B. 2. A. Social Problems

VII. B. 2. B. Social Problems Forum: The SSSP Newsletter

VII. B. 3. Contracts and Agreements for Editors

VII. A. SSSP Year - A Monthly Review

SEPTEMBER: This is the first month of the SSSP organizational year. All new officers and committee members assume their duties. Revise letterhead and update Society’s website. Write letters of appreciation to the outgoing President, Local Arrangements Chair, Program Chair, Hotel Convention Services Manager, and Audio-visual Company.Follow-up begins on the decisions made at the Annual Business Meeting and by the Board of Directors. Reports presented at the Annual Meeting are posted on the Society’s website. Distribute Annual Meeting summary, attendance reports (cumulative and by division), and survey results to the outgoing and incoming Board of Directors, Division Chairs, and Program Committee. This information will also be posted on the Society’s website. Share survey results with Accessibility Committee. Contact those that took the survey and provided contact information for feedback. Create spreadsheet containing division representation at required meetings and distribute to Division Chairs. Graduate Research Associate works with Executive Officer and distributes approved resolutions. Generate reports for accounting firm. Request next year’s Annual Meeting Call for Papers information from Division Chairs and Program Committee and update the Call for Papers FAQ document. Graduate Research Associate adds “For Session Organizers” menu item to next year’s Annual Meeting page. Ask programmer to make edits to the Online Session Management System before the Call for Papers goes live. The C. Wright Mills Committee begins to seek nominations for the award from members and publishers. IT Specialist works with the Administrative Officer regarding next year’s roster of officers and committee members. IT Specialist works with programmer to perform certain tasks once all Annual Meeting reports are generated and to purge all non-member accounts from the membership database before next year’s Call for Papers information is imported. Review committee meeting minutes from Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee Chair-Elects and circulate to committee for review and final approval. Post winning abstracts on the Society’s website from the Student Paper Competition winners and honorable mentions. Update all award announcements and place on website. A contract is signed with the Local Arrangements Chair and Meeting Manager for the next Annual Meeting. Send ordered list developed by the Nominations Committee and approved by the Board of Directors to the Elections Committee Chair to secure the verbal consent of nominees by no later than two weeks following the Annual Meeting. Contact Division Chairs and request next year’s Student Paper Competition and Outstanding Scholarship Award information. Update and distribute the Roles and Responsibilities of Division Chairs. Update spreadsheet containing Association Newsletter Editors and Executive Officer information and the Ph.D. and M.A. Granting Departments information. Work with Nominations Committee Chair and update the Call for Nominations announcement and the online nomination form. Distribute Call for Nominations for next year’s General Election announcement. Work with the President regarding the Annual Meeting artwork: Call for Papers/Student Paper Competition Poster; Preliminary Program Cover; Final Program Cover; and Registration Bag/Website Image, unless it has already been provided. Prepare announcements and revise the masthead for the November issue of Social Problems.

OCTOBER: The fall membership renewal campaign begins. Ask President to write cover letters. Current members and lapsed members (two years) receive an e-mail renewal notice requesting that they renew their membership. Life members, Emeriti and sustaining members receive a request to verify their contact information and update their membership preferences. The first renewal notice is mailed two weeks later to members who have not renewed. Invoice sustaining members who have an outstanding balance. The Call for Papers poster is posted on the Society’s website and mailed to all members and Ph.D. granting departments by October 15. The roster of officers and committee members is completed and posted on the Society’s website and a link is sent to those listed in the roster. The Elections Committee completes its work and sends the full slate of candidates to the Administrative Office. Candidates, who have agreed to run for office, are asked to complete an online candidate form. The Administrative Officer processes and mails the Author Payment checks before the end of the month. Final accounting for expenses associated with the Annual Meeting occurs. Generate mailing list of members who requested a paper copy and send to publisher. Promote next year’s Call for Papers, Student Paper Competition and Outstanding Scholarship Awards, and Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship (Ph.D. only) to Graduate Student Directors (Ph.D. and M.A. Granting Departments) and Association Newsletter Editors. Place announcements in Footnotes. Send announcement regarding Call for Nominations for next year’s general election to members. Send an appreciation e-mail to previous officers and committee chairs/members (everyone listed in previous roster). Ask the Project Director’s Secretary to complete paperwork, so Project Director can be paid and Sociology Department can receive Departmental Compensation in December. Design the Annual Meeting registration form for next year. Review and update the Operations Manual.

NOVEMBER: Inform those requesting an e-mail link that the November issue of Social Problems is available online. Newsletters from divisions are distributed electronically to members. Updating of the database with new membership information continues. The Site Selection Committee visits potential sites for the meetings up to three years from the current year. The Administrative Officer in consultation with the Executive Officer renews the contract with the hosting institution(s), if applicable. The President, Meeting Manager, and the Local Arrangements Chair will conduct a site visit to the next year’s Annual Meeting location. Division chairs are contacted regarding their online mission statements, divisions that need to hold an election, and the deadline date to submit a newsletter before the holidays. Division Chairs receive a spreadsheet containing their current budget, expenses to date, and the following year’s budget. The Administrative Office and the Membership and Outreach Committee work on next year’s promotional campaign. The Administrative Officer works with the publisher to revise the membership brochure, if needed. Work on the Annual Meeting registration form for next year. Contact By-laws Committee Chair about possible by-laws changes for next year’s General Election ballot. Update User’s Guide. Third quarter financial statements are prepared and sent to the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee and the Board of Directors. Send e-mail to members informing them that the November issue of Social Problems is their last issue, unless they renew.

DECEMBER: Send e-mail to membership announcing upcoming deadlines no later than December 5: General Election, Membership Renewal, Call for Papers submissions, C. Wright Mills Award, Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship, and Student Paper Competitions and Outstanding Scholarship Awards. Ask President to write cover letters for the second membership renewal campaign. Renewal e-mail notices are sent no later than December 10. Current members and lapsed members (one year) receive an e-mail renewal notice requesting that they renew their membership. Life members, Emeriti and sustaining members receive a request to verify their contact information and update their membership preferences. Updating of the database with new membership information continues. The slate of nominees must be posted on the Society’s website by December 15. All reports of the expenditures of division or committee funds for the year are due in the Administrative Office. Any reimbursement of expenses for Society authorized activities must be in the hands of the Administrative Office no later than December 15. A contract is signed with the Meeting Manager and the Scholar’s Choice for the next Annual Meeting. Files are prepared for the following year. Ship 5-year old files to Brooklyn College Library. The Administrative Officer reviews all accounting entries made during the year for accuracy. Publishers are contacted and missing books for the C. Wright Mills Award are requested and sent to committee members. The Administrative Officer works with the President to select registration bag type and color to lock in pricing. Per the Board of Directors, all registration bags must be sourced from fair trade or union sources.  Make Annual Meeting registration form live for next year. Prepare announcements for the February issue of Social Problems. Sign contract with Book Exhibit Company for next year’s Annual Meeting. Update Wikipedia listing. Update Online Session Management Guide and FAQ document and Manage List of Papers and Manage my Sessions sections on website for next year’s Annual Meeting. Generate Program Participant Tracking spreadsheet for next year’s Annual Meeting and start tracking on the 15th and 31st of each month (December – August).

JANUARY: The renewal e-mail notices used in December are resent in early January. The second renewal notice is mailed two weeks later to members who have not renewed. Send e-mail to membership in mid-January announcing or reminding members of the following: Submit a paper for the upcoming Annual Meeting; Apply for one of the Division’s Student Paper Competitions or Outstanding Scholarship Awards; Upcoming Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship deadline; Nominations and applications are open for the Arlene Kaplan Daniels Paper Award, the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship, the Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award, the Joseph B. Gittler Award, the Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award, the Lee Founders Award, the Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award, and the Travel Fund Awards, Preview the General Election ballot; Renew your membership and Recruit members; Come join the conversation. Social Problems has established a social media presence; and Oxford University Press continues to offer all SSSP members a 25% discount on OUP’s wide range of titles. The Membership and Outreach Committee launches its recruiting campaign through promotional websites, direct mail, reserving space at professional meetings, advertising, working with departments with graduate programs, person to person contacts, and other new recruiting ideas. The deadline for submission of papers/proposals to the Program Chair and Session Organizers is January 31. The Administrative Officer prepares the 1099 miscellaneous tax forms. Schedule annual audit for early April. E-mail reminder sent to division chairs that need to hold an election. Start working on the front matter for the preliminary program. Generate a list of previous year’s contributors and post on website. Generate a list of those who signed up to participate on the Society’s listserv and verify that they are current members; contact those that aren’t and encourage them to renew; wait two weeks and remove those subscribers that don’t renew. Work with graphic artist to create artwork: Renew your Membership by February 15 to vote in the General Election and distribute to two-year lapsed members on February 15. Work with President and create: A Note from the SSSP President: General Election and Annual Meeting announcement and distribute in mid-February after the General Election starts. Update and get approval for: Book Exhibit Announcement and Call for Resolutions. Contact Division Chairs regarding Available funds for Division-Sponsored Projects. Schedule a conference call with Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship Committee Chair and GRA to discuss the check-off list and verification process. Post current year’s budget on website. Work with Erwin O. Smigel Award Committee Chair regarding outreach letter; distribute to current members who fit the dues categories for un(der)employed members on January 15 and February 15. The Administrative Officer will verify that the appropriate session form is identified for each session in the online session management system. Generate mailing list of members who requested a paper copy and send to publisher. Registrations for the Annual Meeting are processed. Updating of the database with new membership information continues. Update Program Participant Tracking spreadsheet for Annual Meeting on the 15th and 31st.

FEBRUARY: Inform those requesting an e-mail link that the February issue of Social Problems is available online. Send e-mail to membership on February 1 announcing: Preview the General Election ballot; Travel Funds deadline; Nominations and applications are open for the Arlene Kaplan Daniels Paper Award, the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship, the Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award, the Joseph B. Gittler Award, the Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award, the Lee Founders Award, and the Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award; Call for Nominations for the following year’s General Election; Register for the Annual Meeting; Make your hotel reservation; Renew your membership and Recruit members; Join the SSSP Listserv; and Connect with SSSP on social media. On February 15, an e-mail is sent to all members announcing the opening of the general election from February 15-March 15. The Meeting Manager continues discussion with the hotel staff about special arrangements for the Annual Meeting. The Local Arrangements Chair continues to work on the Annual Meeting. The Program Committee and session organizers screen papers and complete arrangements for their sessions. Session organizers must accept or refer all papers/abstracts by mid-February. Session/paper titles and contact information for each author must be in the Administrative Office by March 1. The Administrative Office continues to work with Division elections and newsletters. The Administrative Officer schedules the annual audit and begins the year-end budget preparation. If appropriate, the Permanent Organization and Strategic Planning Committee reviews the performance of the Administrative Office, Executive Officer and work of the committee structure of the organization. Submissions of application materials for the Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship are due to the committee by mid-late February. Registrations for the Annual Meeting are processed. Updating of the database with new membership information continues. Update Program Participant Tracking spreadsheet for Annual Meeting on the 15th and 31st.

MARCH: Send e-mail to membership on March 1 announcing or reminding members: Vote in the General Election; Register for the Annual Meeting; Make your hotel reservation; Sign-up for the Meeting Mentor Program; Travel Funds deadline; Nominations and applications are open for the Arlene Kaplan Daniels Paper Award, the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship, the Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award, the Joseph B. Gittler Award, the Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award, the Lee Founders Award, and the Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award; Call for Nominations for the following year’s General Election; Renew your membership and Recruit members; Join the SSSP Listserv; and Connect with SSSP on social media. Ask President to write cover letters for the third membership renewal campaign. Renewal e-mail notices are sent in mid-March. Current members and lapsed members (one year) receive an e-mail renewal notice requesting that they renew their membership. Life members, Emeriti and sustaining members receive a request to verify their contact information and update their membership preferences. The third renewal notice is mailed two weeks later to members who have not renewed. End of the year financial statements are e-mailed to the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee and to the Board of Directors. The Administrative Officer lays out the Annual Meeting program. Registration and verification materials are e-mailed to all persons listed in the preliminary program. The Administrative Officer begins working on the contents of the preliminary program. The Administrative Officer retrieves the election results and shares them with the Elections Committee Chair, President, Executive Officer, and Board of Directors. The candidates are informed of the results and the results are posted on the Society’s website. The Administrative Officer works with both President-Elects regarding their committee appointments. The Membership and Outreach Committee continues its campaign to recruit new members throughout the spring. Submission of applications for the Erwin O. Smigel Award, Lee Scholar Support Fund, and the Lee Student Support Fund are due to the committees. The Administrative Officer begins planning the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee meeting. Division Chairs are requested to submit budget revisions for the current year and to project their budget for the following year. Prepare announcements for the May issue of Social Problems. Send e-mail to membership on March 30 announcing or reminding members: Register for the Annual Meeting; Make your hotel reservation; Sign-up for the Meeting Mentor Program; Nominations and applications are open for the Arlene Kaplan Daniels Paper Award, the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship, the Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award, the Joseph B. Gittler Award, the Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award, the Lee Founders Award, and the Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award; Call for Nominations for the following year’s General Election; Renew your membership and Recruit members; Join the SSSP Listserv; and Connect with SSSP on social media. Registrations for the Annual Meeting are processed. Updating of the database with new membership information continues. Update Program Participant Tracking spreadsheet for Annual Meeting on the 15th and 31st.

APRIL: The first quarterly financial reports are completed and e-mailed to Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee and the Board of Directors. The Meeting Manager makes hotel reservations for the officers and VIPs. The Administrative Office prepares committee lists (current members) who are interested in serving on appointed committees for the Committee on Committees. The Administrative Officer obtains the name, e-mail address, and award amount of the Erwin O. Smigel Award, Lee Scholar Support Fund, and the Lee Student Support Fund recipients. The Administrative Officers works with the Executive Officer to prepare an agenda for the upcoming Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee Meeting, Newsletters from divisions are distributed electronically to members. An independent public accounting firm conducts a full audit of the Society’s books. Submission of nominations for the Arlene Kaplan Daniels Paper Award, Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award, Joseph B. Gittler Award, Lee Founders Award, and the Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award are due to the committees. Generate mailing list of members who requested a paper copy and send to publisher. Registrations for the Annual Meeting are processed. Updating of the database with new membership information continues. Update Program Participant Tracking spreadsheet for Annual Meeting on the 15th and 31st.

MAY: Send e-mail to membership on May 1 announcing the upcoming Call for Resolutions deadline. Inform those requesting an e-mail link that the May issue of Social Problems is available online. Requests for funding from committees and officers should be sent to the Administrative Office by May 1 for assembly for the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee’s mid-year meeting. The draft of the preliminary program is completed and distributed for review. The preliminary program is posted on the Society’s website and a link is e-mailed to the membership and all program participants on May 15. The Administrative Office contacts publishing companies and Ph.D. Granting Departments and urges them to advertise in the final program. The work of divisions and committees continues. Registrations for the Annual Meeting are processed and all program participants must register by June 1. The Board of Directors requests that program participants receive at least three notices prior to the June 1 deadline. Updating of the database with new membership information continues. Update Program Participant Tracking spreadsheet for Annual Meeting on the 15th and 31st.

JUNE: Send e-mail to membership on June 1 announcing: Call for Nominations for the next General Election, Register for the Annual Meeting, and Make your hotel reservation. The Administrative Officer assists the Vice President with the distribution of resolutions to the Committee on Social Action and the Executive Officer. They must comment by June 15, 2017. The Vice President will then forward the resolutions to the Division Chairs for their review and then the Vice President and Executive Officer will distribute the resolutions to the membership no later than July 1, 2017 in order to give members ample time to read and give serious consideration to all resolutions. The Meeting Manager continues to work with the hotel and the Local Arrangements Chair on arrangements for the Annual Meeting. All Award Committee Chairs report to the Administrative Officer so that arrangements for recognition at the Annual Meeting may be planned. The Administrative Officer contacts the registration workers and informs them of their arrival/departure dates, roommate, and work schedule for the Annual Meeting. The stipend/honorarium checks are processed and the letters of appreciation are sent to the Social Problems Editor, Associate Editors, and Social Media Committee. The Administrative Officer works with the Executive Officer, President, and President-Elect and prepares agendas for the Board of Directors Meetings and the Business Meeting. Once approved, the Administrative Officer distributes the agenda(s) to the appropriate committee chairs and requests a copy of their committee report. The Administrative Officers works with the Executive Officer and prepares an agenda for the following committees: Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee, Membership and Outreach Committee, and the Permanent Organization and Strategic Planning Committee. The Administrative Office orders Annual Meeting supplies; designs tour tickets; communicates with those interested in the roommate matching service, childcare matching service, and those who identified themselves as working outside academia; creates the Annual Meeting survey; and works on the ribbon list. The Administrative Officer works with the Lee Student Support Fund Committee Chair regarding the Meeting Mentor Program. The Administrative Office works with a graphic artist to design a web banner advertising the availability of the Comfort Zone at the Annual Meeting. Prepare announcements for the August issue of Social Problems. Registrations for the Annual Meeting are processed. Updating of the database with new membership information continues. Update Program Participant Tracking spreadsheet for Annual Meeting on the 15th and 31st.

JULY: The draft of the final program is completed and distributed for review. Once approved, it is prepared for printing. The second quarter financial statements are completed and sent to the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee and the Board of Directors. All reports from officers and committee chairs are due in the Administrative Office by mid-month. The Administrative Officer compiles various reports and distributes them via e-mail to the Board of Directors; Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee; Editorial and Publications Committee; Membership and Outreach Committee; Permanent Organization and Strategic Planning Committee; Program Committee; and the Council of Division Chairpersons. The final preparations for the Annual Meeting are finalized by the Meeting Manager, Administrative Office, Executive Officer, and the Local Arrangements Chair. Once the proposed resolutions are finalized, they will be posted on the Society’s website and distributed via e-mail to current members and registered program participants. The Administrative Officer assists the President-Elect and sends a Welcome Memo to current and incoming Division Chairs regarding next year’s program. Those participating in the Meeting Mentor Program are contacted regarding their placement. Generate mailing list of members who requested a paper copy and send to publisher. The Administrative Office sends the Accessibility Guidelines to all program participants one month prior to the Annual Meeting. Registrations for the Annual Meeting are processed until the registration deadline. Updating of the database with new membership information continues. Update Program Participant Tracking spreadsheet for Annual Meeting on the 15th and 31st.

AUGUST: Inform those requesting an e-mail link that the August issue of Social Problems is available online. The Annual Meeting is held. All committees and Divisions hold meetings. The Meeting Manager staffs the meeting and provides support. The Board of Directors meets and makes all relevant decisions. Following the Annual Meeting, the Administrative Office is closed for one week. The Administrative Officer contacts the publishing company of the C. Wright Mills winner and requests a camera-ready ad. The Administrative Officer distributes the online Annual Meeting survey to attendees; reviews the hotel bill for accuracy; prepares final counts for Annual Meeting registration, tour ticket sales (if applicable), and raffle ticket sales; updates the sleeping room pickup report; sends an appreciation e-mail to the registration workers; reviews and edits the Annual Meeting minutes; and assists the outgoing President with writing letters to the various winners recognized at the Awards Ceremony. Updating of the database with new membership information continues. Update Program Participant Tracking spreadsheet for Annual Meeting on the 15th and 31st.

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VII. B. SSSP Cycles

VII. B. 1. Proposals that Involve the SSSP Beyond One Presidential Term

Any proposals that would involve SSSP in activities (e.g., special projects, networking with other organizations) that go beyond one presidential term must be reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors. Any such proposals must be clearly specified, including what is to be done and what group (e.g., division, ad hoc committee, etc.) will provide the planning and implementation labor to carry out the proposal. The cost implications of the proposal must be explained and submitted to the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee prior to Board review. Projects that entail significant costs should include specific plans or commitments for supplemental funding from outside organizations and granting agencies.

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VII. B. 2. Editorships

The By-laws specify a three-year, renewable term for the Editor of Social Problems. The person appointed becomes a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and the Editorial and Publications Committee. The Board of Directors makes the appointment on the recommendation of the Editorial and Publications Committee. Because the term is three years in length, this means that a properly functioning Editorial and Publications Committee is constantly working to either appoint or assist in maintaining a functioning Editorial Office.

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VII. B. 2. A. Social Problems

1. During the first full year of an Editor’s term, the Editorial and Publications Committee will solicit applications for the next editor. An invitation will go out to all members and all Sociology Departments and other participating interdisciplinary programs. Advertisements will be posted in all SSSP information documents (division newsletters, journal, website, etc.), in ASA Footnotes, newsletters of other national and regional professional organizations (e.g., Association of Black Sociologists, Sociologists for Women in Society, American Society of Criminology, regional sociological societies), and other appropriate venues to ensure a broad and diverse pool of applicants. These advertisements should refer potential applicants to the detailed description of the Editor’s position and duties in the SSSP Operations Manual posted on the SSSP website. The detailed description will include a minimum level of institutional support and a maximum budget SSSP will cover as determined by the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee. Editorial and Publications Committee members are encouraged to seek applicants and to assist them in preparing applications, and this should be done with full disclosure. The Editorial and Publications Committee will invite applications from candidates with strong histories of academic scholarship and publishing consistent with the goals and traditional content of Social Problems. Membership in SSSP is required for application. A history of involvement with SSSP and Social Problems will be appreciated. Applicants may apply by submitting a letter of interest, CV, a proposed budget for operating the Editorial Office, and a letter of support from the applicant’s Department Chair, corresponding Dean of the prospective host institution, or appropriate official with budgetary authority. The letter of interest should include a statement of goals that the Editor might have for the journal during his, her or their term of office and any comments on how the philosophy of the Editor coincides with and/or departs from previous scholarship reflected in the journal and what financial and other support the host institution is willing to provide for the prospective Editor and the Editorial Office. Institutional support should be corroborated by letter(s) from the Dean, Department Chair, or appropriate official with budgetary authority. Under ordinary circumstances, the deadline for submitting applications should be January 15 of Year 2, that is, the year of the Annual Meeting at which the top 2-3 applicants will be interviewed and the new editor selected. Applications will be submitted to the Editorial and Publications Committee Chair.

2. The Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee representative and the Editorial and Publications Committee Chair shall clear all budgetary matters in proposals and revisions with the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee. The Editorial and Publications Committee, working in consultation with the Board and the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee, will screen the applications. In cases of conflict of interest, members of the Board or these committees shall not participate in these deliberations or the selection process. Every effort will be made to identify candidates from underrepresented racial and ethnically groups and women and extra weight will be given to candidates whose institutions provide substantial financial and other support to the editing and production of the journal. Members of the Editorial and Publications Committee may contact applicants and request additional information. In the event there are not at least two qualified candidates, the Editorial and Publications Committee will seek permission from the Board to reopen the search and advertise the opening once again.

3. Prior to March 1 of Year 2, or April 1 of Year 2 if the search was reopened, the Editorial and Publications Committee will recommend up to three applicants to the Board for review and approval. At the same time, the Board should receive a list of all applicants for the position. If the Board is not satisfied with the three recommended applicants, they may request the Editorial and Publications Committee to reconsider its recommendations until agreement between the Committee and Board is reached on a list of up to three finalists. These finalists will be notified by the Editorial and Publications Committee that they will be interviewed via a conference call by a subcommittee of 3 or more committee members no later than June 15, and by the Committee as a whole at the upcoming Annual Meeting. The subcommittee will submit a report to the Committee and the Board no later than July 15 that includes the interview protocol used, a detailed assessment of each candidate as the potential editor of Social Problems, an assessment of the institutional support of the candidate based on interviews with relevant officials, and the subcommittee’s recommendation(s).

4. Arrangements will be made by the Administrative Officer and Meeting Manager so that the committee can interview the finalists during the Year 2 Annual Meeting. The Administrative Officer may be called upon throughout the entire process for assistance in coordinating the various activities. The Editorial and Publications Committee will use the subcommittee’s report and recommendations, as well as the information obtained from its own interviews, to make a final recommendation to the Board.

If the Board of Directors accepts the committee’s recommendation, the Chair of the Editorial and Publications Committee will then notify the candidates of the decision. The Editor opens the new Editorial Office on June 1 of the following year, Year 3. This enables the receiving of manuscripts at the new office. The retiring Editor finishes out the third year with the November issue. This means that during the third year of any Editorship there will be two Editorial Offices open for a period of three to six months, depending on the length of time taken by the retiring Editor to finish the November issue. The goal is to close the retiring Editor’s Office by September 30 of the third year.

During the third year of the Editor’s term, the retiring Editor sits as a member of the Board of Directors for the meetings before the Annual Business Meeting. The new Editor sits on the Board for the meeting after the Annual Business Meeting.

First full journal year of Editor’s term: The committee solicits and collects applications for the new Editor. 

Second full journal year of Editor’s term: The committee reviews applications, recommends up to three finalists for the Editor position to the Board, interviews finalists via a conference call by a subcommittee of 3 or more committee members, interviews finalists at the Annual Meeting, and recommends the new Editor to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.

Third full journal year of Editor’s term: The new Editor opens the Editorial Office in June and begins to receive manuscripts.  The retiring Editor completes the November issue and closes the office by September 30.

Note: Subsequent transition notices will amend the indicated years as appropriate.

Social Problems Editorial Transition

New Manuscripts: As of June 1 of the transition year, all new manuscripts will be sent to Editor-Elect (to be designated).  The new Editor will make editorial decisions on all new manuscripts submitted after June 1.

Revised Manuscripts: As of June 1 of the transition year, all revised manuscripts, including those solicited by the previous Editor, will be resubmitted to Editor-Elect (to be designated).  The new Editor will make editorial decisions on all revised manuscripts submitted after June 1 of the transition year.

Conditional Accepts: As of June 1 of the transition year, all manuscripts that have been conditionally accepted by the outgoing editor will be the responsibility of that editor.  Conditional accepts are understood to be accepted with minor revisions that are intended to satisfy conditions specified by the outgoing editor who will be the only person to review the paper after said revisions are complete.

The outgoing editor will be responsible for the production of the August and November issues during the transition year.

The Editor-Elect will be responsible for all issues beginning with February of his, her or their first full year.  It is understood that the outgoing editor should forward 6-8 accepted manuscripts (this number might include conditional accepts) to the new editorial office at the time of the editorial transition.  It is anticipated that the number of such accepts will generally not exceed seven or eight which is the typical number appropriate for one issue of the journal.

Social Problems Policy – Administrative Office

The Administrative Office will keep one complete set of Social Problems.  In addition, they will keep two copies of the previous four years and ten copies of the current volume year.

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VII. B. 2. B. Social Problems Forum: The SSSP Newsletter

Social Problems Forum: The SSSP Newsletter was a publication produced by the SSSP from 1963 to 2013.  The newsletter provided essays, commentaries, letters to the editor, book review proposals, photo essays, and announcements of interest to SSSP members.  In 2011, a new interactive section of the newsletter, the Feature Articles, was launched.  The Feature Articles allowed SSSP members to make comments and participate in discussion related to social problems highlighted in these articles.

In the 2013 General Election, the SSSP membership voted to discontinue the newsletter.  The last issue was Fall 2013.  Information that historically appeared in the newsletter is now readily available on the SSSP website, as well as through e-mail blasts sent to the membership throughout the year.

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VII. B. 3. Contracts and Agreements for Editors

The Society remains flexible in the type of contract written between it and the host institution.  In some instances, the adopted budget of the Society serves as the budget used by the host institution with the supplements provided invisible to the Society but not to the Editor.  This is acceptable as long as those expenditures are not in any way transferred to the Society – either by being covered with funds from the approved budget or by being added later as expenditures to the approved budget.  It is important that budget categories of expenditures be approved by the Society when the Board of Directors takes action on the budget.  Modifications in requested amounts must come to the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee if they can be anticipated in advance of expenditure.  The Society understands that a final accounting may reveal over and under expenditures, but recognizes the value of a budget that accurately estimates income and expenses.  While the Society understands that a final accounting may reveal over and under expenditures, total SSSP expenditures should not exceed the Publisher’s contracted amount allocated for editorial office expenses.  Hence, if there is uncertainty in a submitted budget, it should be sufficiently below the contracted amount so as to prevent additional expenditures.  The support offered by the host institution must be sufficient to assure that the Journal will be published at a high level of quality, which means host institution support must be a part of the submitted budget.

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