The Israel Studies Review (ISR) is the journal of the Association for Israel Studies, an international and interdisciplinary scholarly organization dedicated to the study of all aspects of Israeli society, history, politics, and culture.

ISR (this Journal has appeared previously under the title Israel Studies Forum or Israel Studies Bulletin or Israel Studies Newsletter) explores modern and contemporary Israel from the perspective of the social sciences, history, the humanities, and cultural studies and welcomes submissions on these subjects. The journal also pays close attention to the relationships of Israel to the Middle East and to the wider world; it encourages scholarly articles with this broader theoretical or comparative approach provided the focus remains on modern Israel.

One of the main tasks of the ISR is to review in a timely manner recent books on Israel-related themes, published in English and Hebrew. Authors and publishers are invited to send their books for review consideration.

The Israel Studies Review editors fully recognize the passions and controversies present in this field. They are dedicated to the mission of the ISR as a non-partisan journal publishing scholarship of the highest quality, and are proud to contribute to the growth and development of the field of Israel Studies.
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Israel Studies Review

Volume 34/2019, 3 issues p.a.

ISSN 2159-0370 (Print) • ISSN 2159-0389 (Online)

2019 Institutional Pricing

Institutional Rate (Print & Online)

$336.00 / £236.00 / €284.00

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$302.00 / £213.00 / €255.00

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Search for editor(s): Israel Studies Review

The AIS’s interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal

Published (in English) by the Association for Israel Studies, the Israel Studies Review is seeking a new editor/editorial team as the current editors, Yoram Peri and Paul Scham, will be stepping down in the summer of 2021.  The selection committee—Ilan Peleg (Chair), Ayelet Harel-Shalev and Paul Scham—invites applications from qualified  persons, effective immediately.   It hopes to complete the process by the end of 2020. Following examination of applications, the search committee will make a recommendation to the AIS Board of Directors for its decision.  Instructions for applying are below.



The ISR is published 3 times yearly by Berghahn Books and is committed to publishing rigorous, peer reviewed, academic research. The editorial staff is responsible for soliciting articles, reviewing them, identifying qualified peer reviewers, overview of the review process, and either rejecting or approving the articles. Approximately once a year there may be a guest-edited special issue of interest to ISR readers; the guest editor should generally handle all elements of the editor’s job, but the ISR editor is responsible for overview of the process and conducting a final edit.

Each issue consists of 6-7 articles (optimally 7-8000 words each), a Table of Contents, an Editors’ Note (generally 800-1300 words) and 6-7 book reviews.  We recommend a separate Book Review Editor. The book review editor will identify notable new books in Israel Studies, choose qualified reviewers, and edit the reviews for publication.

In recent years the ISR has been recognized as within the top category of academic journals in the Humanities. 

Editors are ex officio members of the AIS Board and will present a yearly report to it.



• A scholar engaged in studying and teaching Israel Studies, broadly defined; preferably ranked as associate professor or full professor or equivalent, with a substantial record of peer-reviewed academic publications.

• Editing/editorial experience.

• Proficiency in English, defined as the ability to write and edit fluently and correctly.  The editorial team may be composed of one person with high proficiency in English and others with proficiency in other criteria; up to 3 people total. 

• Wide knowledge of the field of Israel Studies, including both the subject matter and scholars in the field.  This knowledge may be divided among the editor and an associate editor.

• Openness to a diversity of opinions and topics, including choice of articles and authors, peer reviewers, books for review and their reviewers, and so forth.

• A vision for where the ISR should go in the coming years should be included with the application.

• Organizational flexibility:  Since editing the ISR requires an appreciable investment of time and energy, as well as several skill sets, we encourage various configurations of potential editors with different expertise to apply.  This could include an Editor and an Associate Editor, two Co-Editors, and so forth.

• 3-5 years commitment from the editors and the host institution, which should be an established academic institution.

• It is desirable to include assurances that the editor(s) will have sufficient release time from other professional duties to edit the journal, as well as secretarial/administrative support.  The AIS will provide some financial assistance to cover expenses involved in the editorial process.



Please send a C.V. (including professional experience and affiliations and a full list of publications), as well as a cover letter to the 3 addresses below.  The cover letter should address how the applicant qualifies for the job based on the criteria above.  We will begin reviewing applications as of September 1, 2020, but later applications will be accepted as well until the position(s) are filled.  Applicants being seriously considered will have one or more Zoom sessions with the Search Committee to enable wide-ranging discussions of the work and skills required.  Interested applicants are invited to contact any member of the search committee if more information is needed. 

The search committee for the ISR editorial team encourages diversity and will ensure equal opportunity, treatment, and access for all candidates regardless of their sex, race, color, ethnic, or social origin.



Prof. Ilan Peleg, Chair,

Prof. Ayelet Harel-Shalev,

Prof. Paul Scham,

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