Journal of Rural Social Sciences Editor Proposal Guidelines
Employment Opportunities
Monday, September 20, 2021 11:04 AM

Editor of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences is one of the most important positions in the Southern Rural Sociological Association. The JRSS Editor Search Committee recommends the Editor to the SRSA Executive Committee. In order for the JRSS Editor Search Committee to make an informed recommendation, the Committee requires that each applicant submit a completed proposal (see attached template) containing the following information:

  1. the applicant’s vision for the journal;
  2. personal background and qualifications;
  3. institutional support and capacity;
  4. proposed annual and three-year budget;
  5. an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (no standard form is required); and
  6. name and contact information for two referees the committee may contact; and
  7. a letter of support from an appropriate local administrator (e.g. Department Chair, supervisor).

Applicants must use the proposal template provided and submit the proposal electronically. Submissions should be emailed to [email protected] using the email subject line: “JRSS Editor”.
A letter of intent should be submitted as soon as possible. The full proposal must be submitted by November 30th, 2021.

Proposal template can be found by clicking this link.

For further information or to submit a letter of intent or proposal, please contact:

Anne Cafer, PhD
JRSS Editor Search Chair
Center for Population Studies & State Data Center of Mississippi
University of Mississippi
PO Box 1848, Lamar Hall 537
University, MS 38677
Office Email: [email protected]
Office Phone: 402.417.6960

Responsibilities of the Editor of Rural Sociology

  1. The tasks of the Editor include:
    1. Organizing, managing and supervising the Editorial Office;
    2. Appointing and maintaining an Editorial board or team of Associate Editors;
    3. Managing the review of manuscripts using the eGrove system; and
    4. Soliciting sufficient high-quality contributions to the journal to ensure that the production schedule of two issues per year is met. For publication year 2021, this will be completed by the current editorial office. Additionally, the first issue of 2022 will be near completion.
    5. Providing leadership for the advancement of rural scholarship that will be reflected in future volumes of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences.
    6. Keeping records of expenditures and maintaining a sound fiscal basis of the Editorial Office in accordance with the rules of the host institution.
  2. The Editor will work with SRSA’s Executive Committee on marketing and strategic planning for the journal. This will involve the Editor traveling to the annual SRSA meeting and attending quarterly meetings.
  3. Financial support for the Editorial office is available from the SRSA.
    1. The support from the SRSA for the Editorial office of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences for each year during the three-year term as Editor (Jan 2022 – December 2025) can be negotiated with the SRSA Executive Committee.
    2. These funds can be used for travel related to Editor responsibilities, such as attending professional meetings not ordinarily attended to solicit manuscripts and promote the journal, paying for a managing Editor or other staff support for the Editorial office, paying for supplies and postage. The Editor is not limited to these uses of the funds. How the funds will be used must be described in a proposed annual and three-year budget for the Editorial office.
  4. The Editor of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences may not act in a significant Editorial capacity on any competing publication during the term of appointment as Editor of Rural Sociology.