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European Political Science


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Editorial Vacancy - Editor (EPS)

We are seeking an innovative political scientist with strong international networks and experience of journals publishing to join the editorial team of our professional journal European Political Science (EPS)

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2023.

About the journal

European Political Science (EPS) is an international journal which continues to grow in reputation, readership, and impact year on year (recording its highest Impact Factor to date of 2.436 in 2021).

EPS presents articles that explore how the discipline is, can and ought to be and publishes across four broadly defined areas: research matters, including debates within the discipline, research projects, information sources and funding opportunities; professional matters such as career structures and prospects, external evaluation, higher education reforms and accreditation issues; doctoral training and teaching topics; and relations between academics and politicians, policy-makers, journalists and ordinary citizens.

EPS also includes more substantive pieces that provide a political science perspective on important current events. In addition to original articles, the journal also publishes shorter notes, review articles and symposia, progress reports on lively areas of research, profiles of people in the profession, and book reviews.

Its interpretation of 'political science' is wide and encompasses comparative politics, political economy, international relations, public administration, political theory, European studies, and related disciplines. 

The current editorial team members are:

  • Alasdair Blair De Montfort University (Editor)
  • Linda Basile University of Siena (Editor)
  • Luis Ramiro UNED (Reviews Editor)

Alasdair Blair will complete his term by 30 September 2023, so we are seeking a new Editor to join the journal from 1 October 2023, after an end-of-September handover.

About the role

Working closely with the other Editors, ECPR and the Publisher, the Editor will:

  • Evaluate the academic quality of all commissioned and independently submitted articles, deciding which to accept for publication 
  • Using their international networks, proactively identify and occasionally commission potentially suitable articles for the journal, reflecting both established and emerging fields, new trends or areas of debate 
  • Decide which articles are to be published in each issue throughout the year, aiming to keep a regular supply of copy in hand 
  • Contribute to new projects, developments and innovations designed to increase the reach and impact of the journal and respond to a rapidly changing scholarly publishing landscape
  • Determine the composition of the Editorial Board and meet with them at least once a year
  • Produce and then present to ECPR an annual report reviewing trends in submissions, published works and progress against agreed aims and objectives for development
  • Develop and participate in activities that represent and raise the profile of the journal throughout the year, for example, the annual roundtable at the General Conference, selection of the Jacqui Briggs Prize jury, podcasts etc
  • Contribute to cross-portfolio projects initiated by ECPR when requested 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to improving equality, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in ECPR’s publishing and related activities 
  • Take an active part in the professional debate about trends and standards in political science journals

The role is for six years, starting 1 October 2023, with a review by the ECPR Publications Subcommittee at the mid-point.

About the applicant

Applications are welcomed from all subfields of political science; successful applicants will be from an ECPR Member or Associate Member, or an institution which is committed to joining ECPR at least for the duration of the Editorship.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply – please see ECPR’s Gender Study and Gender Equality Plan for more information and agreed targets for reaching better representation across our publishing programme.

Institutional support

The editors are supported by a dedicated Editorial Coordinator (Anna Hubbard) who supports the peer review process and all aspects of the day-to-day running of the journal, including social media and marketing, liaison with the copyeditor, publisher and other ECPR departments.

The successful applicant will receive an annual editorial fee and a fund to cover travel expenses incurred in attending meetings related to the journal. 

How to apply

Applications should be made in the form of a covering letter explaining how the candidate would develop and innovate EPS to support its broader mission, and a full CV.

All applications should be sent to Editorial Coordinator, Anna Hubbard at eps@ecpr.eu by 31 July 2023.

For further information about the role, please contact eps@ecpr.eu or the current Editors.