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ESA Journals News – European Societies
Michalis Lianos, Editor of European Societies
European Societies is a symbol for the European sociological community. It is a unique endeavour in the sense that it spans all our subdisciplines and focuses on Europe. European Societies is fully and freely accessible to all ESA members via their member dashboard at https://www.europeansociology.org/user. We publish five issues per year.
As a member of three academic communities and cultures (Greece, UK, France), I have been involved in European research for over twenty years and feel comfortable with the scope of the journal (you can find more about me here or here). In the last two years I have cautiously pursued some priorities that seemed to me to be important.
It has become increasingly difficult for all journal editors to find colleagues who are prepared to spend the time needed to produce a high-quality review of an article. European Societies contacts reviewers who are highly specialised in the area of each submitted article. In order to respect the efforts of the submitting authors, we seek to match submitted research with those among us who can really assess it rather than use a standard editorial committee whose members could never be at the forefront of research in all fields.
Going East and South:
We have made consistent efforts to bring more engagement from Eastern and Southern Europe into the journal and we have managed to increase the number of both reviewers and authors from these parts of Europe while consolidating our strength in Western Europe.
We are very clear and strict about our authorship and review ethics and very sensitive to the protection and support for early career colleagues. Our guidelines are on our website.
Impact has increasingly become a consideration for all academic journals. European Societies is doing well. It focuses on quality and plurality at the same time. Its remit as the flagship ESA journal is not to compete for the highest possible impact factor by contributing to the Matthew effect of established themes and reputed authors but to continue with publishing high quality research and offering everyone who works on Europe a fair chance.
We regularly publish special issues and currently have five at different stages of development.
I am confident that you will contribute both as authors and as reviewers to the pivotal role of the journal in the analysis and interpretation of social developments in Europe. There is so much to be done in order to bring sociology to bear on the conscience of the people of Europe and on the political and economic decisions that shape their future.