The Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media has, for many years, been one of the top-tier journals in which media scholars publish. In September 2007, I become the editor-select of this journal, an appointment I'm deeply honored to assume. For the past 50 years JOBEM has been edited by many of the leading scholars in our field and their unselfish work resulted in the Journal's stellar reputation. I am humbled to be included in their company and pledge to maintain the Journal's premiere standing.
The editorial transition has already begun. Donald G. Godfrey, the current editor, and his staff graciously shared their time with me during a visit to Arizona State University in early February 2007, during which I learned the administrative intricacies of managing submissions and publication. Don, Beverly Fraser, and Jennifer Barraza are terrifically supportive and encouraging, and I appreciate their efforts on my behalf. I assure members of the Broadcast Education Association, and media scholars around the world, that I will make every effort to maintain the same efficient review and editorial process that currently exists at JOBEM.
Regarding the review process, authors can expect that their manuscripts will continue to be reviewed by leading scholars in a timely fashion. I do not plan to make significant changes in the Editorial Board, although it is likely that I will invite a few additional scholars to join it.
Currently, reviewers are asked to assess manuscripts within 60 days. That turnaround time seems a bit long. There are many junior faculty who are under considerable tenure pressure. When I start reviewing manuscripts September 1,2007, I plan to shorten the review period to 6 weeks. Finally, I will institute a strict policy regarding the length of manuscript submissions to JOBEM. Manuscripts that exceed 30 pages in length (including references, appendices, tables, etc.) will be returned to the author(s) without review. Brevity is strongly encouraged.
One of the great strengths of our discipline is the multiplicity of methodologies we use to better understand the relationship between media and individual/society. The Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media has a long-standing and excellent reputation of being a...