Editor-in-Chief needed for

Central Europe

14 April 2024

About the role

Central Europe is currently recruiting for an Editor-in-Chief. The term of office is three years in the first instance, with the opportunity for a further three year extension.

This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong background in the Social Sciences, Arts or Humanities whose research focuses on the region of central Europe, and who has the commitment, drive and ability to help develop the journal. The role comes with a modest honorarium and involves dedication, energy and focus. As part of this role you will be responsible for the oversight and administration of a rigorous and proper peer review process that delivers an agreed amount of content of suitable scope and quality within an agreed publication timeframe.

Becoming the Editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you can draw on and build your own networks, develop and promote research in your field, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community.

Central Europe 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. 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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Central Europe publishes original research articles on the history, literature, visual arts, culture and music of the region, from the Middle Ages to the present. We welcome specialized examinations of the different traditions that make up ‘central Europe’ (a term that can be understood in different senses) and, in particular, contributions that cross over the linguistic, ethnic, and cultural boundaries so salient to the region. Interdisciplinary approaches, as well as reflection on the particular challenges this region raises for relevant academic practices, are also encouraged. The journal does not publish articles on economics or that focus on the Balkans or Russia.

The journal includes a full section of book reviews, as well as occasional discussion forums. From time to time calls for papers for themed issues will be issued. The editors welcome suggestions for such special issue topics.

Central Europe is published twice a year as a refereed journal cited in the major abstracting and indexing services. The journal is edited in association with University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), and grew out of The Masaryk Journal established by Katya A. M. Kocourek at SSEES in 1997. Past Editors have been based at SSEES but we are now seeking to broaden the editorial team of the journal.

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Key Skills and Attributes

  • 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 all submitted manuscripts are considered in a prompt, consistent and professional manner.
  • The ability to confidently use an online peer review management system and ensure members of the editorial team do the same.
  • Experience with working effectively with independent peer reviewers.
  • The ability to read, summarize, 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 willingness to proactively lead the journal’s Editorial Board, to include arranging and leading Editorial Board meetings.
  • 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 and experience of networking through social media.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the open access publishing environment.
  • A vision and enthusiasm for the continuous development of the journal

The role will formally begin from 1st September 2024, with a handover period with the outgoing Editor from June 2024.

Application Instructions

A role profile 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 increase submissions
  • How you would maintain and increase the quality of submissions
  • How you would work in partnership with the Editorial Board

For any questions, or for a copy of the role profile, please contact [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.