Texas Tech University

William Gardner Appointed Editor of Top Journal

Trevor Bell

December 10, 2013


William L. Gardner, DBA., the Jerry S. Rawls Chair in Leadership at Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business, has been selected the next editor for the prestigious Group and Organization Management.

SAGE publishes the journal six times annually. Gardner's editorship runs from July 2014 to December 2017.

"One of the unique properties of GOM is that it promotes integrative research that moves beyond the boundaries of management subfields," Gardner said.

GOM's 2012 Impact Factor, which is the average number of citations to articles published in the journal in the prior two years, ranks it as sixth among 72 applied psychology journals and 29 among 172 management journals. In 2012 the journal published more than 800 pages, and more than 120,000 articles were downloaded.

"In 2012, GOM accepted only 13 percent of 221 submitted manuscripts, based on a rigorous peer-review process," Gardner said.

His primary responsibility at GOM will be like an airport flight controller in ensuring the timely processing of manuscripts. He initially will appoint five associate editors and 80 reviewers to the editorial board.

Gardner will read each article submitted, which historically results in 30 percent being "desk rejected" for failure to follow submission guidelines or for a very low likelihood of being accepted. Gardner then will assign the remaining papers to an associate editor and three reviewers.

"While overseeing the review process, I expect that I will delegate the responsibility of the editorial decisions to the AEs, including sending the decision letters," Gardner said. "But, I still will make editorial decisions for a small subset of manuscripts myself."

As editor, Gardner also will solicit and evaluate proposals for special issues, represent the journal at conferences and work with SAGE to promote the publication.

Gardner brings to the editorship extensive experience in scholarly publishing; his experience includes serving as a reviewer, ad hoc reviewer and guest editor. He has published more than 60 refereed articles in top journals, including Group & Organization Studies, Journal of Management and The Leadership Quarterly. He has served as the associate editor of The Leadership Quarterly since July 2013.

"I also have held a number of leadership positions, and that experience will help me guide the editorial team and inspire authors to submit high quality research," Gardner said.

Those positions include director of the Area of Management Doctoral Program and coordinator of the Area of Management at Texas Tech and president of the Southern Management Association.

"I think my combination of research, editorial and leadership experiences will serve me well in leading our GOM editorial team," Gardner said.

His editorship will ripple benefits to his research and teaching duties at Rawls College.

"My research will benefit because I will be exposed to new and creative research methods and emerging areas of research, and I also will be sharing that cutting-edge information with graduate and undergraduate students," Gardner said.