Revisit: EJM Seeks AEs


The European Journal of Marketing is moving to a system with a number of Associate Editors under an Editor-in-Chief. It is therefore seeking Associate Editors; Application deadline 30 Jun 2010

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The deadline for this great opportunity to be an Associate Editor for the European Journal of Marketing is fast approaching. Please remember to get your CVs and applications to or before the 30th June.

During 2010, EJM will move from a dual-Editor system to a system which incorporates a number of co-editors under a single Editor-in-Chief (EIC). Professor Nick Lee of Aston Business School will assume the position of EIC on retirement of Professor Gordon Greenley. The exact number of associate editors (AEs) is currently undecided, but is expected to be around 10 initially.

An EJM associate editor will be responsible for the day-to-day management of a limited number of papers per year (the actual number could vary depending on the subject area), through the review process up until making a recommendation of acceptance or rejection. It is envisaged that the EIC will officially have the final sign-off on acceptance or rejection, but that in only exceptional circumstances will this be in any way different from the AE. In this way then, an EJM AE is a full member of the editorial team for EJM, and the position is thus one of great responsibility and service to the academic community. Consequently, it should also be considered to be of significant prestige.

It is easiest to explain the job specification for an EJM AE by explaining the intended review process for a typical paper submitted to EJM under the new AE system:

Authors will submit their work to the Scholar One online submission system as normal, recommending one or more appropriate AEs.

Each paper will be allocated to an AE by the central EJM EIC team, consisting of the EIC and Editorial Assistant (EA). The paper may be desk rejected at this stage on occasion.

From there the AE will be responsible for managing the review process in its entirety; deciding whether to send it for review, selecting reviewers, making revise and resubmit decisions, and managing the revision process.

The AE will make a final recommendation on accept or reject for each paper, and provide a detailed set of decision comments to the EIC. The decision will then be confirmed by the EIC, who will send the final decision letter to authors.

In very rare instances, the EIC will recommend additional work on acceptance, and in extremely rare cases, the EIC will reserve the right to change a decision. This would only ever be done in consultation with the AE.

The EIC will take an overarching strategic role in terms of allocating papers to issues, and the like.

While the amount of papers to be dealt with by each AE may vary, it is expected that only a small number per week will be allocated. At the same time, AEs will need to keep the ongoing process of review under control. Going on the experience of the existing editorial team, we envisage the job of an EJM AE will therefore require around an hour per week on average.

All incoming AEs will get full support and training on the review process at EJM, in order to keep consistency in terms of the experience for submitting authors. In the first instance, AEs will have a bank of form letters to use for each decision, which can be modified according to needs, as well as a flowchart and ‘manual’ of the EJM decision making process and EJM goals and objectives. AEs will also receive access to the current EJM review database, and will be expected to help to expand this where appropriate, using their own academic networks.

EJM AEs may be asked to serve on ‘meet-the-editor’ panels at conferences where they are in attendance and where the EIC is not available. AEs should also wish to act as ‘cheerleaders’ for EJM in their academic networks where they feel this is appropriate.

There is no preference for geographic location for an EJM AE, and in fact EJM wishes to considerably expand its influence. Therefore, applications from all parts of the world are sought.

While applicants are free to suggest key areas, specific topics which will be considered for associate editor positions are:

  • Consumer behavior
  • International marketing
  • Selling and sales management
  • Marketing strategy
  • Internet/Electronic marketing
  • Marketing models
  • Research methods
  • Marketing theory
  • Consumer psychology
  • Advertising
  • Social marketing
  • Supply chains
  • Marketing channels
  • Business to business marketing
  • Services marketing
  • Marketing ethics

Applications are sought from all interested marketing academics, regardless of location or research interest. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong and continuing record in publishing research in international academic journals. Prior experience of editing or editorial board membership will be positively regarded but is not essential.

Questions regarding the AE post can be addressed informally to Professor Nick Lee or Professor Gordon Greenley via email at either, or

Interested applicants should forward a CV, plus a cover letter explaining the reasons that they should be considered for the post, as well as any ideas they have about the AE role, electronically to:

Professor Gordon Greenley
Co-Editor: European Journal of Marketing

The closing date for applications to be received is 30 June 2010.