The Society of Americanists (SOA), a new organization devoted to the study of the United States, is accepting submissions to its journal, the Society of Americanists Review (SOAR).
The Society of Americanists is a coalition of persons, organizations, and academic programs devoted to the study of the United States. SOA has as its purpose fostering integrated studies of American history, society, arts, and culture in all their aspects; providing a forum for discussion of scholarly and professional issues among its members, including an annual conference and communications; and promotion of the profession of Americanists devoted to the study of the United States in a global context. Its distinctive niche in the organizational landscape of learned, professional societies in American Studies is to represent the discipline and profession of Americanists and advance analytical approaches to the research and interpretation of the United States.
The SOA is a not-for-profit educational organization incorporated in the United States. In compliance with civil rights laws, it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. It also does not enter into boycotts or exclusionary actions against scholars on the basis of national origin, political beliefs, or academic affiliation.
At the inaugural meeting last spring, the SOA took initial steps to create its new flagship publication SOAR: Society of Americanists Review. Drawing on scholarship in the fields of history, literary studies, media and communications, anthropology, folkloristics, sociology, and American studies, among others, this journal’s mission is to bring together an interdisciplinary and international conversation on the history, culture, and social life of the United States. The first issue will be released this winter.
In its early stages, SOAR will be published once annually in an open-access online format using an OJS platform hosted by the Pennsylvania State University. All journal content will be made available online at no cost, but the journal will also be made available for purchase in an on-demand printed form as well. While it is initially planned to be published only once annually, the long-term goal of the editors is to build toward a quarterly publication schedule by 2020.