Editor of Sociology of Religion

Association for the Sociology of Religion

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2019


The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) invites applications for the position Editor of ASR’s journal, Sociology of Religion. The journal has a distinguished record of publishing exceptional sociological research on all facets of religion and spirituality, along with robust two-year (1.556) and five-year (2.000) impact factors. The journal is published by Oxford University Press on a quarterly basis and is highly competitive, with a 16% acceptance rate from among the nearly 200 manuscripts that are typically submitted in a given year and a 12-week average decision time frame on submitted manuscripts. Published articles commonly feature research on the contours and antecedents of religious involvement, the consequences of religiosity for other domains of social life (gender, health, etc.), the linkages between religion and other social institutions, trends related to religious participation and disaffiliation, various expressions of faith and spirituality, and diverse methodological and theoretical approaches for examining such topics. Sociology of Religion focuses principally on the publication of basic research that meets stringent scholarly standards. Theoretical and methodological sophistication are a hallmark of articles published in Sociology of Religion. Articles commonly discuss the implications of research findings for the ongoing investigation of religion, social policy, and religious practice. Thus, while applied research is not a principal focus of the journal, practical considerations associated with research findings are commonly addressed. Research published in the journal is promoted through various venues, including social media (e.g., @SORJournal Twitter account), podcasts, and the annual meetings of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (held in August). 

Applications for the position of Editor will be accepted from sole scholars or prospective co-editors who propose working in tandem with one another. (If a co-editor arrangement is proposed, the respective responsibilities or roles of each colleague should be specified.) All applications will be subject to review by the ASR Council, with plans to have selected an Editor-elect in the latter months of 2019. The Editor of Sociology of Religion serves at the discretion of ASR Council, with the report delivered at each annual meeting serving as a critical means of Council’s assessment of the Editor’s performance. 

The successful applicant is expected to serve a three-year term as Editor beginning in 2021. A twelve-month apprentice year as Editor-elect during the 2020 calendar year will permit the successful applicant to transition into the role with direction from the journal’s current Editor. A successful three-year term as Editor may lead to one or more additional terms if the Editor and Council both support this additional appointment. Regardless of the number of terms served, an additional yearlong commitment past the regular term is anticipated to provide consultation to the next Editor on an as needed basis. The apprentice year for the Editor-elect and the consulting year for the past-Editor are each supported by a modest stipend ($1000). The apprentice year stipend is coupled with funds to support the Editor-elect’s travel to the ASR annual meeting and, if needed, a training visit between the Editor and Editor-elect. Additional Editor-elect travel for an editor orientation hosted and financially supported by the publisher is also likely during the initial transition year. At a minimum, then, the one-term appointment to the position entails a five-year commitment or, if renewed for additional terms, longer. 

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