Research and Social Interaction: A journal published by Taylor & Francis

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Brief History

The journal has an intriguing pre-history as Papers in Linguistics (first published 1969), which published adventurous and often unconventional essays. (Curious readers can still read such papers as "Organismic communicology: a second prologue - Reflection, shadow, and illusion", in ROLSI volume 14 via on the publishers' webpages.)

The journal as we know now it started life when Stuart Sigman took Papers in Linguistics over in 1987. He renamed it Research on Language in Interaction, putting out out a double issue on multi-channel codes. Thereafter Robert Sanders took on the responsibilities of Editor (with Sigman staying on as Associate Editor), and widened the network of reviewers and contributors to better capture the field of work implied in the title of the journal.

It's pleasing to note that a number of people on the first ROLSI editorial Board in 1988 are still active supporters of the journal - Robert Craig, Charles Goodwin, Bob Sanders, Emanuel Schegloff, Deborah Tannen and Karen Tracy, for example, are all happily still on the Board.

It didn't take long after the move to publishing interactional research before the success of the journal attracted the interest of an ambitious publisher, and the firm of Lawrence Erlbaum bought the title in 1993. That gave the journal the professional support to publish quarterly.

The journal prospered under the continued editorship of Sanders, and thereafter Karen Tracy, Don Zimmerman and most recently Kristine Fitch. Fitch saw Erlbaum taken over by Taylor and Francis, who are now our publishers.The journal has long been international in scope, contributors and readership, and Charles Antaki is the first Editor from outside the USA.

The journal, if I may be allowed to blow its own trumpet, is probably one of the most respected in its field. True, the titles of the papers are now less exciting than the days of "Organismic communicology:...", but their citation counts, at least, are probably higher.

Past editors:
Stuart Sigman
Robert Sanders
Karen Tracy
Don Zimmerman
Kristine Fitch


Previous Editorial Boards.

2005-9

Robert Arundale

University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Janet Bavelas

University of Victoria, Canada, USA

Nancy Baym

University of Kansas, USA

Shoshana Blum-Kulka

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Richard Buttny

Syracuse University, USA

Donal Carbaugh

University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Robert Craig

University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Frederick Erickson

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Barbara Fox

University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

James Gee

University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Howard Giles

University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Phillip Glenn

Emerson College, USA

Charles Goodwin

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Brad Hall

University of New Mexico, USA

John Heritage

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Ian Hutchby

University of Leicester, United Kingdom

Tamar Katriel

University of Haifa, Israel

Adam Kendon

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Jenny Mandelbaum

Rutgers University, USA

Douglas Maynard

University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Junko Mori

University of Wisconsin-Madison , USA

Gerry Philipsen

University of Washington, USA

Anita Pomerantz

University at Albany, SUNY, USA

Jonathan Potter

Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Robert Sanders

University at Albany, SUNY, USA

Emanuel Schegloff

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Deborah Tannen

Georgetown University, USA

Karen Tracy

University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

D. Lawrence Wieder

University of Oklahoma, USA

Ruth Wodak

University of Vienna, Austria

Linda Wood

University of Guelph, Canada

Previous Editorial Boards.

2009-2011

Robert Arundale

University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Christina Beck

Ohio University, USA

Mary Bucholtz

University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Peter Bull

University of York, UK

Donal Carbaugh

University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen

University of Helsinki, Finland

Robert Craig

University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Paul Drew

University of York, UK

Frederick Erickson

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Derek Edwards

Loughborough University, UK

Kristine Fitch

University of Iowa, USA

Phillip Glenn

Emerson College, USA

Charles Goodwin

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Brad Hall

University of New Mexico, USA

John Heritage

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Ian Hutchby

University of Leicester, United Kingdom

Adam Kendon

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Curtis LeBaron

Brigham Young University, USA

Anna Lindström

Orebro University, Sweden

Douglas Maynard

University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Junko Mori

University of Wisconsin-Madison , USA

Anssi Peräkylä

University of Helsinki, Finland

Ben Rampton

King's College, UK

Robert Sanders

University at Albany, SUNY, USA

Emanuel Schegloff

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Marja-Leena Sorjonen

University of Helsinki, Finland

Deborah Tannen

Georgetown University, USA

Karen Tracy

University of Colorado at Boulder, USA