Call for Armed Forces & Society Journal Editor

Review of Full Applications Begins: May 20th, 2024

This year The Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces & Society (IUS) is proud to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its journal, Armed Forces & Society (AF&S). We invite applications for the position of Editor(s)-in-Chief.

The IUS seeks an Editor-in-Chief or Co-Editors-in-Chief team. The Editor(s)-in-Chief will take a leadership role in fostering scholarship in our field. The editorial responsibilities for the journal include: soliciting and screening manuscript submissions; engaging qualified reviewers; securing timely reviews; providing authors with constructive feedback and transparency on editorial decisions; fostering special issues around key debates or emerging issues; collaborating with the publisher (Sage Journals); sharing key issues and insights with IUS leadership; briefing the IUS Board and Council on the “state of the journal” at the IUS biennial international conference; developing strategies to promote the journal’s content and increase its scholarly impact; and other activities as necessary to promote the Journal.

Journal description
AF&S is a quarterly academic journal that is international in scope. It publishes empirical and theoretically informed articles, research notes, commentaries, book reviews, and review essays. AF&S articles may adopt an interdisciplinary, comparative, or historical perspective; use qualitative or quantitative methods; and consider policy-relevant or theoretical themes—but they should always meet the highest standards of intellectual rigor, scholarly argument, evidence, and readability.

AF&S leadership and contributors include scholars from a wide range of disciplines, such as political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, public policy/public administration scholars, historians, and economists, as well as specialists in military organization, strategy, operations, and international studies. AF&S topics of focus include civil-military relations, veteran issues, force effectiveness and diversity, military culture, military education and training, leadership and professionalism, military recruitment and retention, military institutions, ethics, unit cohesion, military families, peacemaking, public opinion on armed forces, and conflict management. For further exploration of the scope, please read Dr. Pat Shields’s “Dynamic Intersection of Military and Society” (2020).
AF&S processes about 350-400 new and reoccurring manuscript submissions annually.

Editor Qualities
The AF&S editor should be open to and respectful of research from different disciplinary perspectives, methodological approaches, and topics within the scope of the journal. In editorial decision-making and practices in general, the editor should continuously strive to be nonpartisan, nonparochial, and inclusive. The IUS also seeks an editor who will embrace this as a role of cultivating research and scholars in our field, including offering additional guidance if needed for articles by promising early career scholars. Regardless, the editor must promote and maintain standards for scientific rigor in our publication.

AF&S editors are expected to uphold the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity. They are expected to disclose any conflicts of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest and implement mitigation strategies (e.g., recuse themselves from managing a research manuscript they wish to submit). AF&S editors are expected to notify Sage and carry out publication ethic investigations in consultation with Sage’s dedicated team to uphold the journal’s version of record.

Term and Support
The Editor(s)-in-Chief position is a three-year term renewable for an additional three-year term. The current Editor-in-Chief will support the new editor(s) during a transition period to ensure sufficient familiarity with the processes and records and to complete production of the journal issues already in progress. The expectation is that the new editor(s) will do the same to support their eventual successor.

On an ongoing basis the new Editor(s)-in-Chief will be supported by the journal’s Managing Editor. The current Managing Editor is well-versed in the journal and has agreed to continue serving in this role. He is experienced working in the online journal management platform and addressing the journal’s day-to-day needs (e.g., intake of manuscript submissions). Additionally, AF&S has an established Editorial Board to assist with identifying qualified reviewers, reviewing manuscripts, advising on specific cases, and overall strategies for promoting the goals of the journal.

AF&S editors and their managing editor work closely with the Sage editor to promote special issues and call for papers, update the journal’s website, as well as troubleshoot any journal-related issues. As a publishing partner, AF&S is supported by Sage’s research integrity team who will assess, monitor, and recommend actions for any publication ethics or queries, a dedicated production team, and support teams to execute submission system issues, journal access issues, and ensure all technical aspects of the journal run smoothly.

Institutional Support
Given the commitment involved in editing a journal such as AF&S and the institutional prestige and attention it can bring, the editor’s home institution typically provides some support for the endeavor. Types of support could include course releases, computing support, and other support to ensure the editor has sufficient time and resources to succeed in the editorial role. The IUS is open to discussing with candidates the potential need for IUS to contribute additional financial support. The IUS will support in-person IUS biennial international conference participation, which is a source of author and reviewer recruitment, and is the venue where journal and IUS leadership meetings are held.

Most of the editorial work is accomplished through remote communications: Candidates and their home institutions need not be based in North America, where the publisher and IUS Secretariat are based.

Search Committee
The advisory search committee will be an international, interdisciplinary group of active IUS members, including current and former IUS leaders and members of the AF&S Editorial Board.

We are open to applications from scholars or a pair of scholars proposing individual and institutional collaborations. Current IUS membership is strongly preferred among candidates and expected for the selected Editor(s)-in-Chief. We encourage interested parties to submit applications to the IUS Secretariat at by May 20th, 2024, when the search committee will begin its review.

If you know of someone who might be right for the AF&S Editor(s)-in-Chief position, please feel free to forward this announcement and encourage them to apply.

Members of the search committee will begin meeting with the viable candidates as early as May 2024. A decision is expected to be made in July 2024. The editor transition period is expected to continue to spring of 2025 to ensure adequate opportunity for the new editor(s) to prepare their schedules, to learn from the considerable experience of the existing team, and to gradually assume the duties of the position.

The application will include:

  • Curriculum vitae for the applicant(s)
  • Proposal no more than 5 pages long (about 2,500-3,000 words) outlining:
    • Qualifications that make the applicant(s) particularly well-suited for the AF&S Editor(s)-in-Chief position.
    • Motivation for wanting to serve in this position.
    • Vision Statement describing goals and plans for the AF&S. This could include how you would build upon its current strengths, how you would address any potential gaps or limitations you observe, and how you would implement your plan.
    • For proposals for Co-Editors-in-Chief: a description of your envisioned division of labor and joint or delegated decision-making processes.
  • Statement from the institution(s) of the applicants describing commitments for institutional support.

Questions? We welcome questions about the position or process: Please send them to the IUS Secretariat at, who will route them to the appropriate recipients.

AF&S: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement
Traversing the fine line between armed violence and peacekeeping, our mission at AF&S is to represent fully the constituents we serve as well as those underserved or marginalized throughout history and today. Our international team of scholars and reviewers reflects and champions the diversity of our audience across the spectrum of human experience. We aspire to equity in our policy and administration. We are committed to inclusion. We endeavor to cultivate peace.