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Political Research Exchange

Strategies of Secession and Counter-Secession

Call for Associate Editors


Associate Editor role

The PRX Associate Editors will work together as an editorial team led by the Editors-in-Chief. The Editors-in-Chief will make an initial assessment of submissions and the journal will implement a triple-blind review process in order to maximise impartial treatment, so journal submissions will be anonymised prior to being allocated to Associate Editors. Associate Editors will own the review process of allocated papers, including an initial assessment, sourcing peer review reports (the journal will be working on the basis of three external reports) and recommendation to publish. They will make the publication recommendation to the Editors-in-Chief, who make the final decision as to whether to publish. The editorial team will work together as needed to jointly assess material submitted within the remit of the blog platform. The full team will be supported by an editorial office, an online submission and peer review system and the expertise of Taylor & Francis. The Associate Editor position will formally start in summer 2018 in preparation for the journal’s launch in 2019, and will run for four years.


Associate Editor responsibilities will include:

  • Taking editorial responsibility for research articles through the stages of desk reject, the full peer review process, and recommendation to publish (made to the Editors-in-Chief);
  • Providing advice on problematic articles as needed;
  • Contributing editorial judgment on occasional material submitted to the journal blog;
  • Attending regular editorial skype meetings.

More generally, Associate Editors will be expected to:

  • Liaise with EiCs on editorial direction and coverage, contribute to innovations designed to develop the journal and increase its impact and reach;
  • Encourage high quality research articles and contributions within the remit of the journal;
  • Take part in the professional debate about trends and standards in political science scholarly communication.


Applicant background

The ECPR is seeking political scientists with a PhD and at least three years’ professional experience in research. Successful candidates will have an international reputation and a wide range of contacts in Europe and the rest of the world. Previous editorial experience is a merit. It is expected that Associate Editors will come from an ECPR Member, or Associate Member, institution and be a member of one or more Standing Groups throughout their term. The composition of the Editorial team will take into account the need to cover a broad thematic and methodological spectrum in the study of politics, and Associate Editors will be expected to take responsibility for research areas also beyond their own Standing Group(s). It should be clear that the position, though rewarding, requires significant commitment. It is also important that applicants understand and are committed to the open access and online-only character of the journal.


Application process

Applications should be sent to ECPR Communications Manager, Rebecca Gethen, by 5 March, and should include:

  • A concise statement of research area, including the following: research interests, possible areas of research coverage, key methodological approach(es), Standing Group membership(s) (approximately one half page);
  • A concise statement of intent detailing how the applicant can contribute to and champion the journal (approximately one half page);
  • A concise CV focused on education and employment history; key research publications; formal research networks and collaborations; editorial experience (approximately 3 pp).