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Phil Jones, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, and research director for the Center for Political Communication, has been named editor in chief of the international journal Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ), beginning in July 2024.

Published since 1937, POQ is sponsored by the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and is one of the most frequently cited journals of its kind, with a five-year impact factor of 4.7 in 2022. POQ covers opinion and communication research, analyses of current public attitudes opinion, and investigations into survey research and methodology.

“We are very excited that Phil Jones was named an editor in chief of Public Opinion Quarterly," said Alice Ba, acting department chair. “It's a great acknowledgement of Phil's standing in the field of political opinion. We are very much looking forward to having the journal associated with UD and the Department of Political Science and International Relations."

Jones will hold the position for four years, working with co-Editor in Chief Allyson Holbrook of the University of Illinois–Chicago, 10 associate editors and a professional staff member.​

“It's exciting and daunting, for the exact same reason," Jones said of the appointment. “POQ is a truly interdisciplinary journal that draws the best research from political science, psychology, communication, sociology, and other fields. So, it's exciting because I get to learn from these other disciplines that I otherwise don't interact with as much. But it's also daunting because our journal is speaking to a much more diverse audience than many outlets. So, there's a real responsibility to get things right in the eyes of multiple research communities."

The selection committee noted the editorial team's proposal was “packed with thoughtful ideas centered around the core values of attracting the best scholarly work, work that is transparent, ethical and accountable; promoting diversity, equity and inclusion both in the pages of POQ and in the composition of the editorial team; collaborating with AAPOR and the editors of AAPOR's other journals; and thinking about where the journal will need to be in the future."​

Having the journal based at UD recognizes the Department of Political Science and International Relations as a leader in cutting-edge social science research, Jones said. “We're already home to so many world experts in public opinion. It's fantastic to see those strengths recognized by AAPOR and the POQ Board."​

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Public Opinion Quarterly

Jones said POQ is more important than ever in today's divided world.

“Politics has always been divisive – people will always have different attitudes about who should get what in society. But we're in an era where citizens disagree about basic facts, not just opinions. That means there's a special role for any outlet that produces rigorous, objective, social science evidence on how the world works. My hope is that POQ can help push us in the direction of understanding where these divides come from, and providing some basic facts we can agree on," he said.​

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