Call for Expressions of Interest: Early Career Editor, The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR)

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03 Dec 2020

The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) redefines and modernises what international development is, recognising the many schools of thought on what human development constitutes. It encourages debate between competing approaches to understanding global development and international social development.

The journal is multidisciplinary and wide-ranging. It welcomes submissions that improve our conceptual understanding of international development processes, and those that propose policy and developmental tools by analysing empirical evidence, whether qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods or anecdotal. Submissions must be well-grounded in theory and must also indicate how their findings are relevant to development practitioners in the field and/or policy makers. The journal encourages papers which embody the highest quality standards, and which use an innovative approach.

The European Journal of Development Research is an ISI-rated journal and is part of the European Association of Development and Training Institutes (EADI).

EJDR has long recognised the need to provide a forum for the publication of original and high-quality research by individuals that are early in their research career. Recognizing that early career researchers can face particular challenges in getting their work published in peer reviewed journals, whether due to lack of experience and/or lack of access to peer support, the EJDR appointed an Early Career Editor in 2017. Due to the success of its existing Early Career initiative over the past three years, EJDR is seeking to appoint and additional Early Career Editor to join its thriving editorial team.

For further details on EJDR’s Early Careers initiative, please refer to the EJDR's Early Career Researcher's Initiative

Early Career Editor person specification

EJDR is looking for an international development research-active scholar from any relevant social science or related discipline, with 10 years’ experience with publishing and reviewing for high-ranking journals. To complement EJDR’s existing editorial team, it would be highly preferred (though is not required) that the scholar have both qualitative and quantitative experience across the international development studies spectrum.

 Early Career Editor role

The Early Career Editor focuses on submissions by authors that are early in their career (here defined as having completed their latest qualification, PhD or Masters, within the last five years). S/he conducts an ‘internal review’ of the paper, acting as a first-step referee and mentor, and providing the early career authors with specific and targeted feedback and advice on their manuscript.

Specific responsibilities for the Early Career Editor role are to promote EJDR as a journal with a particular interest in publishing the output of early career researchers, and to provide additional support and feedback to authors making submissions, including prior to sending papers for review and in the event of desk rejection.

The Early Career Editor may be requested, on an ad-hoc basis, to manage the revision process for  other ‘original article’ EJDR submissions, specifically in the case where a paper falls into their area of specialism, or at times of very high editorial workload needing redistribution across the Editorial Team.

The selected candidate will join an active team of EJDR Editors. The Early Career Editor will receive financial support to promote the journal at relevant international conferences.

 Application process

To be considered for this role, please email your curriculum vitae (including a list of any awards and publications) with a covering letter detailing why you are interested in the role to: Natalia Lorenzoni, Managing Editor, European Journal of Development Research -

Closing date for receipt of expressions of interest: 31st January 2021

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