Current Editors
Editors-Elect 2018-2020
Past Editors
Change in Editor Submission Policy
    •  Background
    •  Basis for Policy Change
    •  New Policy

    •  Appointment of Special Guest Editor
Conflict of Interest Policy and Recommended Governance Norms

Current Editors

Darren Dahl Eileen Fischer Gita Johar Vicki Morwitz
Darren Dahl
is the BC Innovation Council Professor, Senior Associate Dean–Faculty, and Director of the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business

Eileen Fischer
is the Anne & Max Tanenbaum Chair in Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, and Director of the PhD Program at York University’s Schulich School of Business
Gita Johar
is the Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business
Vicki Morwitz
is the Harvey Golub Professor of Business Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business

Editors-Elect 2018-2020

Jeff Inman Meg Campbell Amna Kirmani Linda Price

On behalf of the Policy Board of the Journal of Consumer Research, I am delighted to announce the journal’s next team of editors. Professor Jeff Inman will serve as editor in chief, and professors Margaret (Meg) Campbell, Amna Kirmani, and Linda Price will serve as co-editors. Their three-year term will start January 1, 2018, when they will begin overseeing all new manuscript submissions. The current editor team will continue to process all revised manuscripts until April 1, 2018.

J. Jeffrey Inman is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty, Albert Wesley Frey Professor of Marketing, and Professor of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. Margaret C. Campbell is Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. Amna Kirmani is Professor of Marketing at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Linda L. Price is Philip H. Knight Chair and Professor of Marketing at the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business.

The editorial team comprises highly recognized and accomplished scholars who offer a broad range of conceptual, methodological, and substantive perspectives, which is critical for our interdisciplinary journal. JCR will be in excellent hands. More details regarding the editorial transition will soon be available.

For their thoughtfulness and professionalism during the editor selection process, I thank my Policy Board colleagues: professors Greg Allenby, Eric Arnould, Hans Baumgartner, Ed Blair, Amber Epp, Don Lehmann, Debbie MacInnis, Daphna Oyserman, L. J. Shrum, and Fred Wherry.

Richard J. Lutz

Past Editors

  Mary Frances Luce, 2011-2014
Ann McGill, 2009-2014
Laura Peracchio, 2011-2014
John Deighton, 2005-2011
Deborah MacInnis, 2009-2011
Baba Shiv, 2009-2011
Dawn Iacobucci, 2003-2005
David Glen Mick, 1999-2003
Robert Burnkrant, 1996-1999
Brian Sternthal, 1993-1996
Kent Monroe, 1990-1993
Richard Lutz, 1987-1990
James Bettman, 1982-1987
Harold Kassarjian, 1982-1987
Seymour Sudman, 1981-1982
Robert Ferber, 1977-1981
Ronald Frank, 1972-1977

Change in Editor Submission Policy

The Policy Board of the Journal of Consumer Research has voted to institute a new policy regarding current editors publishing in JCR. The previous policy precluded editors from submitting their work to JCR during their term. Effective July 1, 2016, a new policy went into effect that allows current editors to submit their work to JCR for publication consideration. The new policy provides for special review procedures for editor submissions. This policy is designed to ensure the anonymity of the editor and author(s), thereby eliminating potential favoritism in the review process.


Several years ago the Policy Board instituted an exclusion policy by which editors could not submit their research to JCR
during their terms. The primary reasons for instituting this policy were twofold:
  • To minimize conflicts of interest that may result in the review process when current editors submit papers to JCR.
  • To minimize perceptions of an unfair advantage for current editors in the review process.

Basis for Policy Change

The Policy Board believes that both actual and perceived conflicts of interest and preferential advantage are important
issues, and that managing them is critical to maintaining the credibility and integrity of JCR. However, after considerable
deliberation and discussion of these and related issues, the Policy Board voted to discontinue the exclusion policy. The main
reasons for the change are the following:
  • The exclusion policy adversely affects co-authors of editors. The vast majority of papers published in JCR and
    other major journals are co-authored. Moreover, the detrimental impact of the current exclusion policy is particularly
    pronounced for doctoral students and tenure-track assistant professors. The prevalence of this impact has
    increased given the current practice of having multiple co-editors.
  • The exclusion policy might induce editors to effectively withhold their research and wait until their terms conclude
    before submitting it. Alternatively, they might rush to submit their work before their term officially starts. Both of
    these alternatives are detrimental to advancing knowledge.
  • An editor may remove his or her name from a manuscript to allow the research to be submitted to JCR. This alternative
    denies credit fairly earned by the editor as a researcher and is ethically questionable (i.e., by the author not
    taking responsibility for his or her work).
  • Minimizing the perception of a conflict of interest is complicated by the nature of the publication process itself.
    One admirable goal of the exclusion policy was to reduce conflict-of-interest perceptions that can arise when papers
    authored by current editors appear or are accepted during their term. However, because of publication lag times, (a)
    papers submitted prior to the editors’ term may appear in the journal during their actual term as editors; and (b) if
    editors are allowed to submit papers during their term, these papers are often published in issues appearing after
    their term has ended. Thus, unless readers are fully aware of the exclusion policy or look closely at the publication
    footnote that indicates which editor was responsible for accepting the article, the exclusion policy is far from airtight
    in minimizing perceptions of conflict of interest.
Given these issues, the Policy Board debated whether to continue the exclusion policy or develop a new policy that better
addresses all of these issues.

New Policy

After considerable discussion, the Policy Board has decided to permit JCR editors to submit papers during their term. To address some of the concerns that (appropriately) exist, submissions of papers on which an editor is an author or coauthor
will be required to follow a special process, as follows:
  • A special guest editor oversees any submission on which a current editor is an author. The special guest editor has
    sole responsibility for the entire review process, including the final decision on the papers.
  • To parallel the normal JCR editorial process, the special guest editor recruits Associate Editors (not from the existing
    list of Associate Editors) and has access to the JCR Editorial Review Board (ERB) and ad hoc reviewer database
    for soliciting both Associate Editors and reviewers. Obviously, these manuscripts are “firewalled” in terms of their
    accessibility by the editorial team. Depending on workload and possible conflicts of interest, the special guest editor
    also has the authority to appoint another guest editor to handle any given submission.
  • To maintain the anonymity of the special guest editor, a modification of the current procedure for soliciting
    reviewers has been made. Henceforth, review requests sent to ERB members and ad hoc reviewers will not reveal
    the editor in charge of the manuscript. The editor will be revealed only at the end of the process, whether that result
    is acceptance or rejection. This change will allow all manuscript review requests to appear the same, so as not to
    “tip off” the reviewers that it is an editor’s submission.
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Appointment of Special Guest Editor David Glen Mick

David Glen Mick  
The Policy Board is pleased to announce that David Glen Mick has agreed to serve as the first guest editor under the new editor publication policy. Professor Mick is the Robert Hill Carter Professor of Marketing in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He served with distinction as editor of JCR from 1999 to 2003. He is a long-term member of the JCR ERB, a past president of ACR, an SCP Fellow, the founder of the transformative consumer research movement, and one of the most respected and prolific scholars in our field. His willingness to assume the special guest editor responsibilities will greatly assist JCR in implementing this new policy as fair, balanced, and as free from conflict of interest as is feasible. Professor Mick assumed his responsibilities July 1, 2016 and has agreed to an initial three-year term.

Conflict of Interest Policy and Recommended Governance Norms

A conflict of interest occurs when someone in a position of authority has the opportunity to participate in decisions that may lead to a perception of bias or favoritism based on that person’s relationship with an individual who would be affected by the decision.

At JCR, conflicts of interest typically involve decisions made by editors or members of the editorial team, members of the Policy Board, and the like that affect colleagues (former and current), classmates, coauthors (from the past four years), students/advisees, mentors/advisers, rivals, family members, or close friends. Editors might also have conflicts because of their obligations to other journals or organizations.

JCR's Conflict of Interest Policy aims to specify some circumstances in which a conflict of interest might occur. Further, it offers some policy and governance remedies to address such conflicts and avoid perceptions of bias as well as favoritism and to preserve the journal’s reputation.

If you have any questions, please contact the editorial office.