Recruiting for Editorial Board Members

Ethnic and Racial Studies

30 November 2023

About the role

Ethnic and Racial Studies is seeking members to join its International Editorial Board. The IEB works alongside the Editor-in-Chief, John Solomos, and the ERS Office to ensure the smooth running of the journal. This role is an excellent opportunity for researchers to contribute to the development and success of the leading interdisciplinary journal in the field of ethnic and racial studies.

Applications are welcomed from scholars at all stages of their careers. We are particularly interested in applications from scholars who are based in the Global South (including Asia, Africa and Latin America) and who have networks that may help to broaden the scope and reach of the journal. Successful applicants will be invited to join the Board for an initial period of five years. Being a member entitles you to a gratis online subscription to the Journal and a 30% discount on Routledge, Taylor & Francis books.


International Editorial Board Member Role and Responsibilities

IEB Members have a critical support role in a Journal’s success and help shape its future direction by supporting the Editor-in-Chief and the ERS Office. Members of the IEB are expected to:

Review articles: When requested by the Editor-in-Chief we expect members of the Board to review about 4 papers a year. This is a crucial part of being on the International Editorial Board and integral to the continuing success of the Journal.

Encourage submissions: Encouraging quality submissions to Ethnic and Racial Studies helps the journal to grow in quality and reputation. Please consider submitting a paper yourself to the Journal and actively encourage research students and colleagues to submit.

Encourage book reviews: We publish over 100 Book Reviews and Book Review Articles annually and members of the Board are invited to do book reviews and to encourage their colleagues and research students to do so.

Suggest special issues, review articles, or articles on new topics: Special issues, review articles and articles on emerging topics can attract more readers and citations to the Journal. If you spot any trends or areas that might help raise the profile or benefit Ethnic and Racial Studies please let the editor know your suggestions or submit your own for consideration.

Cite the Journal: If you are writing articles please remember to use the Journal in your research, where appropriate. Citing articles from Ethnic and Racial Studies will help increase the Impact Factor and other citation measures.

Encourage usage of the Journal: Encouraging your faculty, students and other professionals to use the Journal helps librarians to decide to retain/subscribe to the Journal at your institution.

Encourage your institution to subscribe to the Journal: If your institution does not already subscribe, please recommend Ethnic and Racial Studies to your librarian. Subscriptions ensure the Journal’s commercial success and increased circulation means increased usage and citations.

Participate in annual Board meetings: By attending Board meetings (in person or online) we can work together to develop the Journal. Your feedback and experience as an Editorial Board member are central to informing decisions about the future of the Journal.

Promote the Journal: Acting as an ambassador for the Journal within key communities and at conferences, and engaging with the Journal’s social media presence, helps to reach new corners and further diversify the authorship and readership.

About the journal

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Ethnic and Racial Studies, established in 1978, is the leading international journal for the analysis of the role of race, racism, ethnicity, migration and forms of ethno-nationalism. These social phenomena are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the modern world. As the leading journal in these areas we seek to provide an interdisciplinary academic forum for the presentation of original research and theoretical analysis, drawing particularly on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, international relations, geography, history, social psychology and cultural studies.

We welcome contributions from established scholars and early career researchers who are producing cutting edge empirical and theoretical work in our main areas of interest in all areas of the world. Our global orientation is evidenced in the wide range of articles we publish by scholars from all over the world as well as in the variety of special issues we produce. We particularly welcome contributions from scholars based in the Global South.

Articles in the journal are normally 9000 words. All are peer reviewed by two or more referees. Each volume is composed of sixteen issues, and is typically made up of a mixture of regular and special issues, and three Review issues. Proposals for special issues are considered by the editors on a regular basis and we work with the guest editors to peer review the issue and produce it to the highest standard. The ERS Review issues offer expert guidance to the latest research through the publication of book reviews, symposia on books of current interest or issues of current contention, discussion pieces and longer articles of up to 12000 words that provide an overview of particular fields of research and analysis.

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Key Skills and Attributes

Ready to apply? Here are the skills and attributes we are looking for in successful applicants.

  • Experience in academic publishing and familiarity with all stages of the publication process
  • A strong commitment to ethical rigor
  • The ability to confidently use an online peer review management system
  • Actively involved in growing and developing academic networks
  • A commitment to communicating promptly, consistently, and professionally with the Editor-in-Chief and ERS Office
  • An enthusiasm for the continuous development of the Journal

Application Instructions

Those interested in making an application should send a short statement outlining their reasons for wanting to join the Editorial Board.

Enquiries and expressions of interest should be directed via email to John Solomos, Editor-in-Chief: [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.