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European Political Science Review

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Editorial Vacancy - Editor (EPSR)

We are seeking a dynamic political scientist with strong international networks and experience of journals publishing to join the editorial team of our generalist research journal European Political Science Review (EPSR). 

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2023.

About the journal

European Political Science Review (EPSR) publishes high quality scholarly research in political science, focusing on the most important debates in the discipline. and demonstrating the highest possible standards in conceptualisation, theorisation and methodology.

It publishes empirical papers based on qualitative or quantitative methodologies whose research is placed within the context of larger (theoretical) debates in the discipline. The journal also welcomes conceptual and theoretical papers as well as contributions from the field of normative political theory.

The journal is not concerned solely with European political issues, nor is it conceived as exclusively for European scholars, publishing submissions dealing with global issues and non-European topics.

EPSR is a SCOPUS top 15 and Clarivate top 50 political science journal, with an Impact Factor of 3.123 (2021).

The current editorial team members are:

  • Matt Qvortrup Coventry University (Editor)
  • Marina Costa Lobo University of Lisbon (Editor)
  • Catherine Moury Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Associate Editor)

Matt Qvortrup 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 EPSR Early Careers 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 four 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 sections 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 EPSR alongside the Journal’s editorial team in order to support its broader mission, and a full CV.

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

For further information about the role, please contact or the current Editors.