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Editorial Team

Lead Editors

  • Matt Ruen - Grand Valley State University
  • Teresa Schultz - University of Nevada, Reno

Associate Editors

  • Joshua Neds-Fox - Wayne State University
  • Brianne Selman - University of Winnipeg
  • Leila Sterman - Montana State University
  • Stephanie Towery - Texas State University


Editorial Board Administration

Recommended Terms

Editors may step down at any time by emailing the Editorial Board. In the event an Editor steps down unexpectedly, the Lead Editors will work with the Editorial Board to reallocate responsibilities and/or recruit new editors.

Editorial Board Responsibilities

The Editorial Board is responsible for:

  • Developing and revising journal policies
  • Oversight of the Lead Editors
  • Adjudicating Code of Conduct violations, when convened in whole or in part by the Ombuds.

Journal Review Decisions

Associate Editors will make recommendations for Journal Review status to Lead Editors including actions taken thus far. A Lead Editor and Associate Editor will reach consensus, or bring in the second Lead Editor for further deliberation.

Although multiple reviews of a specific journal are discouraged within the same year, in the event that multiple reviews of the same journal are received before the first is published, all accepted reviews will be published.

Submitting authors may read the Editorial Board Conflicts of Interest. Editors will recuse themselves from consideration of submissions as appropriate to their own conflicts of interest.

Editorial Governance

Lead Editors are responsible for interpreting and implementing journal policy, as well as making operational decisions. The Editorial Board as a body shall vote on any changes, additions, or removal of the journal’s policies.


The Ombudsperson is a position outside of the Editorial Board, responsible for coordinating the response to reported Code of Conduct violations or reports of misconduct by Lead Editors or members of the Editorial Board. The Ombudsperson will serve a term of three years that can be renewed.

If the Ombudsperson receives a report of a Code of Conduct violation that does not involve any member of the Editorial Board, they will forward the report to the Editorial Board to investigate and determine an appropriate response.

If the Ombudsperson receives a report of misconduct or Code of Conduct violation which involves an Editorial Board member, the Ombudsperson is empowered to select and convene a subset of the Editorial Board (excluding any member(s) involved in the report) to investigate and determine an appropriate response. Where necessary, the Ombudsperson may enlist external adjudicators and empower them to to act alongside, or in place of, the Editorial Board.