Call for Proposal to Serve as Editor of Public Opinion Quarterly


The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and publisher Oxford University Press invite applications and nominations for the position of Editor(s) of Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ). We seek an editor or editorial team with the expertise and enthusiasm to lead the journal. In addition to the typical editorial responsibilities, the editor or editorial team should be leaders who can think creatively about special issues, identify and engage qualified reviewers, secure timely reviews, develop innovative ways to disseminate the journal’s content, and craft strategies to increase POQ’s scholarly impact.

Published since 1937, Public Opinion Quarterly is the leading interdisciplinary journal that publishes both theoretical and empirical contributions in the field of public opinion and related fields, including communication research, survey research, and methodology. POQ selectively publishes important theoretical contributions including analyses of current public opinion, and investigations of methodological issues involved in survey validity—including questionnaire construction, interviewing and interviewers, sampling strategy, and mode of administration. The theoretical and methodological advances detailed in the pages of POQ ensure its importance as a research resource.

The journal receives more than 400 manuscript submissions per year, publishes four issues plus one special issue per year, and has a five-year impact factor of 6.2. In 2021, POQ ranked 13 out of 111 interdisciplinary social science journals.  For more information on POQ’s aims and scope, please see

POQ and its editors are accountable to AAPOR’s Executive Council through AAPOR’s Advisory Committee (POQ-AC) to the journal.

The term of the current co-Editors-in-Chief (EIC), Allyson Holbrook (University of Illinois  Chicago) and Eric Plutzer (Pennsylvania State University), will end with Volume 88 (2024). The new editorial team will be responsible for articles to appear in Volumes 89-92 (published January 1, 2025 through December 31, 2028), with the editorial transition beginning July 1, 2024. The term is renewable for an additional four-year term.

In light of the prestige and commitment of editing a journal such as POQ, it is typical for the home institution to provide some support for the Editor(s). Forms of support have included course releases, editorial assistantships for students, flexible funding, and other resources that allow the Editor(s) the time and resources to accomplish their editorial duties. AAPOR may provide additional financial support that is commensurate with the details of the proposal. The search committee is willing to discuss with the candidate(s) the exact nature of that additional support.

Position Description

The overarching charge to the Editor(s) is to sustain and build POQ’s stature as the preeminent journal of public opinion research and related fields, maintaining the highest scientific standards for the articles it publishes. By its nature, research in POQ will be relevant to a variety of traditional academic disciplines.

In addition, the Editor(s) are expected to:

Search Committee

The search for the Editor(s) will be conducted by the POQ-AC, comprising Fred Conrad, Alisù Shoua-Glusberg, Jennifer Dykema and David Wilson, appointed by AAPOR’s Council.


If you know someone who would be right for the editorship of POQ, including yourself, please nominate that person by sending their name, email address, and a brief description of their qualifications to [email protected]. Please describe whether you have discussed the nomination with the possible candidate. Because the search committee will need time to confirm the person’s interest, please make such nominations as soon as possible. The search committee will review nominees, contact them to discuss applying, and encourage their applications if they are interested. Self-nominations are also welcomed and encouraged in the form of applications as described below.


To apply, send a letter of intent by November 1, 2023, to [email protected]. Then submit the application materials described below. Submissions completed by Monday, December 15, 2023, will receive full consideration.

If an applicant requires additional time to complete all parts of the application, please contact the search committee at [email protected].


Develop and include a proposal that includes: