Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe Call for Editor

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Application Deadline
15 January 2021

Routledge, Taylor & Francis, a leading publisher in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for the Editorship of the peer-reviewed Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe.

Closing date for applications:  Friday 15th January 2021

Role Description

Routledge are seeking a new editor (or editorial team) with an academic background in central and eastern European Studies and the passion which will be required to drive the journal forward into the next phase of its history. The new editor(s) will be given a wide remit by the Publisher to reshape the Journal’s aims and scope as they see fit in collaboration with the editorial board.  Applications from individuals or a team of individuals are equally welcome, and individuals need not be based at the same institution.

The successful candidate(s) will guide the development of the journal according to their vision, taking on responsibility for editorial oversight and decision-making on submissions. He or she will have authority to accept articles following successful peer review and will ensure that reviewers and authors adhere to the Journal’s and Publisher’s Code of Publishing Ethics.

This is a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity where you will be able to build your own networks, promote the research that you are passionate about, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community. It will also allow you to play an important role in creating an audience for important work being done in the region covered by the journal. The Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe will be supported in his or her activities by the Publisher and an annual contribution will be made towards editorial expenses.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Soliciting, receiving and processing new contributions to the journal through the peer review process and ensuring that all reviewers and authors uphold the journal’s and publishers’ code of publishing ethics.
  • Proactively identifying strategies to enhance and maintain the quality and reputation of the journal, particularly with relation to the quality and timeliness of the published research.
  • Liaising with the Forum Editor and Book Reviews Editors.
  • Working with Taylor & Francis, the Editorial Committee and International Advisory Board to develop the editorial strategy and direction of the journal and to act as ambassador for the journal.
  • Commissioning special issues and assigning topical Guest Editors.
  • Reviewing and expanding the Editorial Committee and pool of reviewers as necessary, in terms of size, subject specialisms and geographical representation.
  • Organising at least one Editorial Committee meeting annually, also attended by Taylor & Francis.

The appointment is for three years, renewable for a further three-year term, subject to mutual agreement between Taylor & Francis and the Editor(s).  It is envisaged that the successful candidate(s) will officially start on 30th April 2021 and will benefit from a three-month handover period with the current Editor.

Candidate Qualifications

Applicants should have recognised expertise and an established record of scholarship in Central and Eastern European Studies and be actively involved with networks within the field. Key qualities sought for the position of Editor(s) include energy, enthusiasm, managerial skills to oversee the editorial cycle, and the ability to meet deadlines and work effectively with a major commercial publisher. Applicants should ideally have clear employer or institutional support for this activity for the duration of the three-year appointment, and if possible general office support.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates are requested to email a letter of interest, a full C.V., including a list of published papers, and a statement of editorial intent, to Mr Andrew Kilmister ([email protected]) and Ms Elizabeth Walker, Global Head of Portfolio, European Studies Journals, Taylor & Francis, ([email protected]).  Your statement of editorial intent should be no longer than 2 pages, and should cover:

  • Where you believe the field is going, and the journal’s place within it
  • How you would work in partnership with the editorial board
  • How you would maintain and increase the quality of submissions
  • How you would work with authors

All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. Taylor & Francis will judge each application on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, gender identity, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate.

Interviews may be held, and if so, candidates will be contacted in January 2021.

Further Notes

The outgoing Editor of the journal, Mr Andrew Kilmister is happy to discuss the duties and responsibilities of the post informally and can be contacted at [email protected]

About the Journal

Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe (JCCEE) is a multi-disciplinary journal providing a radical critical analysis of economic, social, cultural and political perspectives and developments in the region bounded by Germany in the west and Russia in the east.The journal welcomes submissions in all fields of the social sciences and historical and cultural studies and seeks to stimulate social and political debate on current issues. In addition to single country analyses, JCCEE accepts multi-country analyses linking the region with the wider issues of world order, globalisation and inequality.

The journal publishes three issues a year, containing research articles and review articles, a ‘Forum’ section highlighting key interviews and eyewitness accounts, as well as an extensive section containing reviews on recently published books relating to central and eastern European areas and themes.

For more information on the journal, please visit