Co-Editor needed for

Journal of Contemporary European Studies

07 June 2024

About the role

Journal of Contemporary European Studies is looking to appoint an additional Co-Editor to join its editorial team. The term of office is three years, renewable for a further three years by mutual agreement.

This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong research background in European societies, politics and cultures, and who also has the commitment, drive and ability to help develop the journal as part of a team. An interest in interdisciplinary methods and/or knowledge of wider Area Studies as a discipline would also be beneficial. As part of this role, you will be involved with administering a rigorous and proper peer review process that delivers an agreed amount of content of suitable scope and quality within an agreed publication timeframe.

The journal is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion across the editorial team, editorial board, reviewer network and decision-making processes, to represent the diverse research community working in this field.

 The role comes with a modest annual honorarium (£500) and involves commitment, energy and focus. Becoming the Editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you have the opportunity to draw on and build your own networks, develop and promote research in the field of European Studies, and be recognised as a leading figure within the academic community.

Candidates must hold a PhD in a relevant discipline, but applications are welcome from scholars at all stages of their career.

About the journal

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Journal of Contemporary European Studies (JCES) is a multidisciplinary journal for the empirical study of European societies, politics and cultures and is committed to the encouragement and promotion of debate on these topics. The central area focus of the journal is European in its broadest geographical definition and articles are welcomed from both cross-national and single-country specialists in European studies. The JCES differentiates itself from other European Studies journals in that it is not EU focused - its focus and interests extend beyond the EU - and in that it also provides a forum for debate about the theory and practice of ‘area studies’ and the advantages, scope and limitations of interdisciplinarity. Furthermore, the Journal is enhanced by non-European perspectives.

Research and review articles are published in the JCES, as well as an extensive section containing reviews on recently published books relating to European areas and themes. The journal publishes articles from a variety of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, including sociology and social policy, politics and economics. Recent issues have considered a range of themes including: gender, migration, labour, identity and integration. Thematic issues are regularly published and the Journal welcomes critical replies to articles that have appeared in earlier issues.

The journal has undergone exponential growth in the past six years in terms of both submissions and readership, and this has been reflected in an expanding Editorial Team to deal with the increasing volume of work. This new role represents the latest expansion in the team. The new co-Editor should broaden and/or deepen the existing range of expertise of the academic team, thus strengthening the team’s evaluative capacities, widening its networks and increasing the range and spread of its referees.

The Current Editorial Team (and their broad areas of expertise) comprises:

Editor-in-Chief: Martin Bull (University of Salford): Italian politics; South European politics; comparative European politics; political parties; the political left; political corruption; the Eurozone.


Christian Kaunert (University of South Wales): European Union institutions; migration; refugees; border security; EU justice and home affairs; EU foreign policy; European security; terrorism and counter-terrorism; intelligence.

Daniela Irrera (School of Advanced Defence Studies, Rome): Non-state actors (civil society, NGOs, terrorism, organised crime, insurgency); humanitarian action, peace-keeping, conflict studies; EU foreign policy, EU humanitarian aid, EU justice and home affairs;

Ross Campbell (University of the West of Scotland): Politics of the Federal Republic of Germany; public attitudes to democracy; sample surveys of public opinion; political support, trust in democratic institutions and satisfaction with democracy; social capital; elections and political parties.

The Editor-in-Chief and Co-Editors are joined by Book Review Editors Anna McKeever (University of the West of Scotland) and Natasza Styczynska (Jagellonian University, Poland), and Editorial Assistant Mary Cenci.

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Key Skills and Attributes

Ready to apply? Here are the skills and attributes we are looking for in a successful applicant:

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience in academic publishing and familiarity with all stages of the process.
  • The capacity to devote time each week to the role, and to attend Editorial Board meetings and training sessions as needed.
  • The ability to ensure submitted manuscripts are considered in a prompt, consistent and professional manner.
  • The ability to confidently and competently use the ScholarOne Manuscripts peer review management system (training will be provided).
  • Experience with working effectively with independent peer reviewers.
  • The ability to read, summarise, and make decisions based on independent reviewer reports.
  • A commitment to communicating promptly, consistently, and professionally with authors during the peer review process.
  • A commitment to engaging promptly and efficiently with Taylor & Francis staff and suppliers to implement necessary processes and improvements.
  • A strong commitment to ethical rigour, as well as knowledge of the COPE guidelines and commitment to ensure that the journal adheres to strict ethical standards at all times.
  • A proven track record as a key opinion leader and known figure within your academic discipline.
  • Actively involved in growing and developing your academic networks through conference attendance; experience of networking through social media would also be beneficial.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the open access publishing environment.
  • A vision and enthusiasm for the continuous development of the journal.

Shortlisting and interviews will take place from the end of June. The role is planned to formally begin from 1st September 2024.

Role Profile (Abridged)

  • Processing submissions assigned to you by the Editor-in-Chief. This includes (where appropriate): first evaluation of submission; identifying and inviting at least two referees; evaluating referee reports; sending a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief; undertaking the same for revised and further revised submissions, until the final recommendation and verdict is reached.
  • Using your networks to identify good referees, to invite them to review and, in the process, adding them to the reviewer database in ScholarOne Manuscripts.
  • Contributing to the Editorial Team’s work in producing a shortlist of articles for consideration for the annual best article award by the Prize Jury.
  • Attending the annual meetings of the Editorial Team and Committee (either in-person or online) in June/July and the online meeting of the Editorial Team in December/January.
  • Liaising closely with the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Assistant concerning the running of the journal.
  • Proactively flagging to the Editor-in-Chief any expressions of concern or allegations of research misconduct received about content published in the Journal, and assisting with working with Taylor & Francis to resolve these according to the Journal’s Guidelines on Publishing Ethics.
  • Promoting the Journal within relevant subject communities.
  • Being actively involved in subject communities and identifying emerging research trends.

Application Instructions

A full version of the role profile for the Co-Editor role is available on request. Applications should include your CV, a cover letter and a vision statement. Your vision statement should be no longer than one page and include:

  • 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
  • Given that you would be working as part of a team, what broad areas of expertise you would feel most comfortable with, in terms of the evaluation of submissions and the identification of suitable referees

For any questions, or for the role profile, please contact Madeleine Markey, Area Studies Portfolio Manager – [email protected].


The journal is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion within its editorial team and decision making processes. All applications will be treated as strictly confidential, and each will be judged on its merits without bias for seniority of institutional affiliation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or protected veteran status, citizenship, or other protected characteristics.