FES | Federación Española de Sociología

The European Sociological Association seeks Editor-in-Chief, Assistant Editor and Book Reviews Editor for European Societies

The European Sociological Association (ESA) is seeking applicants for the positions of Editor-in-Chief, Assistant Editor and Book Reviews Editor for European Societies.

Closing Date: 31st March 2014

About the Journal

European Societies (ES) is the journal of the European Sociological Association and is published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis). As an international platform for the sociological discourse on European developments, ES publishes research on Europe rather than research by Europeans. The journal covers social theory and analysis on three levels: the European level itself, comparative research on Europe, and Europe in international perspective. Concentrating on the present, ES articles examine themes reflecting recent and significant changes in Europe from a cross-disciplinary viewpoint. The journal is essential reading for all sociologists, economists, political scientists and social policy analysts wishing to keep abreast of the very latest debates. The journal is in its 15th year and currently publishes five issues per year in English. Details about the journal are available at the following website: www.tandfonline.com/reus.

Role Descriptions

The ESA is seeking energetic, enthusiastic individuals or teams of individuals with international reputations for research excellence in line with the aims and scope of European Societies. Key qualities sought for these positions include energy, enthusiasm, managerial skills to oversee the editorial cycle, and the ability to meet deadlines and work effectively with the ESA and Routledge.

The term for all positions is three years (extendable), starting in January 2015 following a transition period with the current editorial team in late 2014.


European Societies is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and dedicated Editor to replace the outgoing Editor. The interested person should be a highly respected sociology scholar with significant publications in monographs and international journals.

Major responsibilities of the future Editor-in-Chief of European Societies include:

  • providing a clear vision for the direction of the Journal, and identifying strategies to enhance the quality and reputation of the journal;
  • managing the peer review of manuscripts, using the online submissions and peer review system, ScholarOne Manuscripts™, including:
  • assigning manuscripts to referees for evaluation,
  • accepting articles following successful peer review,
  • ensuring that manuscripts are handled in a fair and timely manner;
  • soliciting high-quality manuscripts from potential authors, and (with the help of the editorial board members) assisting these authors in seeing their manuscripts to publication;
  • collaborating with Editorial Board members, the ESA President, and the publishers.

Routledge will provide advice, support and performance analysis of the journal and seek to work closely with the editorial team.

Assistant Editor

The Assistant Editor will support the Editor-in-Chief in his/her responsibilities outlined above. He/She should have an established record of scholarship in the field of sociology, and excellent managerial and communication skills.

Book Reviews Editor

This editor will be responsible for gathering reviews on books of interest (in any European language) within the broad area of sociology in Europe. Editor’s duties will be soliciting reviews, offering editorial feedback to authors, and helping to format reviews. Duties also include maintaining contact with publishers to receive new titles, and ensuring that review authors receive copies of reviewed texts.

Application Procedure

All applicants or teams of applicants are kindly asked to submit the following:

a)      A Vision Statement Set forth your goals and plans for the content of the Journal. This may include an assessment of the current strengths, weaknesses, or gaps that you plan to address and how you will operationalize your plan; up to two pages please.

b)      Background Information The name, affiliation, and other relevant information about the candidates. Please describe the qualifications that support your appointment. Of particular importance is evidence to show the ability and experience of the Editor to provide sound judgment and guidance to potential authors. Please also provide a clear description of the structure of the editorial office and responsibilities, as you envision them at this point.

c)       Full Curriculum Vitae Please include a list of published works.
Applications should be emailed to Sokratis Koniordos, Chair of the Editorial Board, by the end of March 2014 at the latest: skoni@social.soc.uoc.gr

Applications will be reviewed by the Search Committee immediately after the deadline submission date. The final selection will be taken by the journal’s Editorial Board and the Executive Committee of the ESA. Please note that all members of the Editorial team are expected to be members of the European Sociological Association. 

All applications will be treated as strictly confidential.