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Peer-reviewed book in OP ?
It's an idea that I had. And I think it deserves to be considered. Especially, such project can assemble people with different views. Emil, for example, cares that this journal can attract scholars with very diverse views on group differences in IQ. As a matter of illustration, I have two books in mind :

Modgil, S., & Modgil, C. (Eds.). (1987). Arthur Jensen: consensus and controversy. Routledge.
Nyborg, H. (Ed.). (2003). The scientific study of general intelligence: tribute to Arthur Jensen. Elsevier.

We can, following what the above authors did, choose one particular topic of discussion, and invite people with different views (the sine qua none condition) to write a chapter (alone or with co-authors). That could be a research article or a commentary. Each person (or group) will submit here a draft version of the chapter. We will read them, make requests if there are any. Each authors can possibly refer to other chapters (this is something they do) in their own discussion.

In some instances, there are books where several authors respond to other authors. This journal can allow that, I think (and I hope).

Of course, one needs to be the editor of the book, and (s)he will write the 1st and last chapter, as well as the introduction section, as is usually the case. The editor of the book should probably decide about the maximum or minimum length of a given chapter. The editor(s) should also be the one(s) to initiate a contact with scholars, describe the main theme of the book, and ask them to write a chapter.

In other journals, the books are not made available. So, OP has a great advantage here. You can capitalize on it.
This is something we could do in the future, yes. It has been 4 years since the last major review of the genetic model (Rushton and Jensen's 2010 review paper of Nisbett's book). Before one can do this, we need more prestige I think.

Cate Unbound did something similar in 2007.
Whenever you decide to do this, I'd probably be interested in writing a chapter for it on the importance of educating the public about psychometrics topics, if you're interested in having a chapter about that. We've previously discussed the idea of me writing an article about it for OP, but I think a book chapter is more likely to have a meaningful impact.
Now that I think about it, a book should have a cover, with illustration, pictures and colors, and all, no ? Is it necessary ? If so, who is talented enough to perform such a task ?
If you want it to be fancy, you will want to use Illustrator or LATEX. However, authors usually write in word processors which means that the editor will have to spent a lot of time converting.
I'm a scientific illustrator by trade, and though most of my experience lies in restorations of animals, I can also do technical diagrams and am able to draw just about anything if I need to. Tetrapteryx is also very skilled at Illustrator and technical diagrams in general, and we have collaborated on a number of these. You can see my online portfolio here:

I would definitely enjoy being involved if my skills are up to par.
Well, a book reviewing the evidence concerning racial differences may be in order. Really, the last good book review was Jensen 1998, 16 years ago. There are a lot of new findings by now. I know John Fuerst has coauthored a book dealing with racial classification at length, but not so much about the evidence for genetic differences in g or other traits.
The more I think about it, the more I'm skeptical. If you want to assemble scholars, that would be near impossible, or it will take at least 10-20 years, if I'm very optimistic. It's bad having to wait that long. So, I was thinking about something else. Something more accessible.

One feature of OP is that it allows pseudonyms. So why not using this at your advantage ? Instead of asking for scholars who only seek celebrity, you can target bloggers. Why not ? It has some originality. A scientific-related book written by non-scholars.

It's even possible to start the project right now.

But in a book, it is usual that we know who the authors are. So, a short presentation is needed, if the author uses a pseudonym; in that case, (s)he should say the blog or website he has, so that we can identify him.

Having lot of HBDers is not a problem for me. I don't think it should be a strict requirement, even though you initially planned to target everyone. But not everyone will join and accept collaborating for a book. Especially anti-HBDers.

Still, someone should decide which subject is worth discussing. If anyone is interested of course.

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