VI. The Editors of the Agenda for Social Justice
The Editors of the Agenda for Social Justice are recommended by the Editorial and Publications Committee and appointed to a four-year term by the Board of Directors. With the recommendation of the Editorial and Publications Committee and the approval of the Board of Directors, an Editor may be reappointed for an additional period of service not to exceed four years. The Editorial Team is composed of approximately six members, appointed on a rotating basis, as feasible. The Editorial team, under the advisement of the Editorial and Publication Committee, will select a Chief Editor to serve a two-year renewable term. The Chief Editor is a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Editorial and Publications Committee.
Statement of Work
- The Editors agree to produce original biennial volumes of suitable quality, to the best of their ability, and consistent with editorial best practices such as those set out by COPE. The Editors deal directly with the appropriate personnel at the publisher to ensure the volumes appear in a timely fashion.
- The Editors agree to produce ad hoc original rapid-response volumes of suitable quality to the best of their ability, consistent with best practices such as those set out by COPE. Rapid response volumes should address particularly salient social problems. Before publication, the Editorial and Publications Committee must approve each volume and verify the publisher’s willingness to publish. The Editors deal directly with the appropriate personnel at the publisher to ensure the rapid-response volume will appear in a timely fashion.
- The Chief Editor will prepare an annual report on the operation of the book series to the Board of Directors, the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee, the Editorial and Publications Committee, and the attendees of the Annual Business Meeting. This report will include the number of chapter proposals received and the disposition of the various manuscripts. Indication of the quality of the volumes, an evaluation of challenges faced, and suggested improvements or changes needed to continue to move the book series forward and any other matters that the Editors deem appropriate included in the report.
- The Chief Editor will nominate members to serve as Advisory Editors, including former Editors and other Society members, with attention to diversity issues in ethnic background, sexual orientation, and physical disabilities. The Chief Editor will ensure all Advisory Editors are current members. As soon as the Chief Editor assembles their Advisory Editors, and the Board of Directors approves it, the list of the Advisory Editors will be updated on the Social Problems website.
- The Chief Editor will submit an annual budget to the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee in April of the year preceding the year in which the budget is to take effect. This budget will be reviewed by that committee, revised, if necessary, with the advice and consent of the Chief Editor and forwarded to the Board of Directors for final approval. Approval of the budget by the Board of Directors will constitute approval of the extension of the terms of the contract for another budget year.
- The Editors will host a luncheon for the Advisory Editors at the annual meeting. The cost of the luncheon (up to $500) is borne by the Society.
- The Chief Editor will provide appropriate documentation of expenditures as required by the auditors of the Society’s books.
- The Chief Editor must become familiar with the terms of the contract with the publisher and be prepared to recommend any appropriate changes in that contract when renegotiated and/or rebid.
The budget narrative provided each year should cover the cost of operations. It reflects the provision of monies to carry out the duties mentioned above during the budget period described. Permanent equipment expenditures to be retained by the Society must be reviewed and approved by the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee and the Board of Directors.