Political Analysis has gone through various incarnations since the first volume of the journal was published in 1990 by The University of Michigan Press. Volume 1 of Political Analysis , edited by James A. Stimson, was an annual publication and contained eight articles. In 1999, Political Analysis shifted to a quarterly publication, and the first quarterly issues of the journal were published beginning with Volume 8, under the editorship of Nathaniel Beck. Since 2002, the journal has been published by Oxford University Press (OUP), during which period the journal and the Society for Political Methodology have thrived. This issue of Political Analysis , however, will be the last published with OUP.
The journal’s relationship with OUP has been productive, and as editors of the journal since 2010, we have enjoyed our work with the many wonderful people at OUP who help us to edit, produce, publish, and market the journal. OUP has given us the opportunity to experiment with many different initiatives; indeed, they have been a close partner in many of our efforts to try new ideas. They have facilitated and worked with us to seek out new ways to make Political Analysis an attractive journal for authors and given us the ability to experiment with innovative approaches to getting our content in front of as many readers as we can.
We are grateful that OUP has given us the opportunity to publish ten Political Analysis Virtual Issues, all of which are online on the journal’s website. They have worked closely with us to make many of our articles freely available for reading online, either for special promotional opportunities or in conjunction with events that made the articles particularly relevant. OUP gave us the opportunity to develop a strong and successful social media presence for the journal and to write for the OUP Blog. They have helped us develop various initiatives, like our successful replication effort and Dataverse, and our new Letters format. These, and the various other initiatives that OUP has helped us with since 2002, have helped to advance the development of political methodology in our discipline, to grow the Society for Political Methodology, and to propel Political Analysis into the top tier of high-impact academic journals in Political Science.
There have been many at OUP who have been integral to our success. We want to thank Laura Bannon, who has long been a champion of the journal; her energy and enthusiasm have helped make the journal a success. More recently, Valentina Tursini has taken over as editor of Social Science Journals for OUP, and her help has been indispensible. Many others at OUP have given us a great deal of their time and energy over the years, especially helping us with our efforts to produce the journal in an efficient and timely manner, to market the journal widely, and to continue to be innovative with the journal.
The next chapter in the history of Political Analysis will begin in January 2017, with the first issue of Volume 25. In that issue, we will report on what readers, authors, and reviewers can expect from the next incarnation of Political Analysis . We will miss our friends and colleagues at OUP, but at the same time we look forward to our new opportunities in 2017 and the future.