Middle East Studies Senior Editor needed for

Cogent Social Sciences

31 May 2024

About the role

Fully Open Access (OA) journal Cogent Social Sciences is currently recruiting for a Senior Editor within its Area Studies section, to take the lead on a new strand focusing on Middle East Studies (North Africa, the Levant, the Gulf, and the Arabian Peninsula). This role reports to the Editor-in-Chief, and you will be joining the Senior Editors for African Studies, Asian Studies, and Central Asian, Russian and East European Studies.

This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong research background in Social Sciences and whose research focuses on the Middle East, and who also has the commitment, drive and ability to help develop the journal. 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 an Editor is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you have the opportunity to build your own networks, develop and promote the research in your field, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community.

Cogent Social Sciences 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 the interdisciplinary field of Area Studies. 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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Cogent Social Sciences is a multidisciplinary Open Access journal with a mission to make research and knowledge accessible to everyone without discrimination. Our vision is based on inclusivity, dissemination and the power of collective wisdom. The journal’s broad scope facilitates the discovery of connections between disciplines and communities.

We strive to help researchers communicate with a global audience and interact with experts from across the social science community and beyond. Each submission is evaluated on its own scholarly merit and research integrity, and our expert academic editors take an objective and constructive approach to peer review. Article-level metrics let the research speak for itself.

Cogent Social Sciences considers original research and review articles, publishing submissions that are theoretically and empirically grounded. The new Middle East strand of the Area Studies section will provide a forum for research on and about the region taking multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. You will have the opportunity to shape the broad topical areas in conjunction with the Editor-in-Chief and T&F, but these will likely include the following topics and questions in respect of the region: sustainability, environment, conflicts, the state, security and the politics of authoritarianism, development, labour, (political) economy, identity, gender, migration, society and education.

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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 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.

This role is envisaged to formally begin from 1st August 2024 and is a new position.

Application Instructions

A role profile for the Senior Editor, Area Studies 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

For any questions or the role profile, please contact Samuel Ward, Open Access 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.