Almost a year into our editorship of JCMS, we are very proud to launch our official blog. The purpose of the blog is to facilitate the space for debate on issues of academic importance and policy relevance in European and comparative regionalism studies.
As we stated in our editorial note a couple of months ago, we intend for JCMS to remain the place for original and exciting research. Moreover, we seek to actively promote the diversity inherent within this field and thus undertake to support new approaches and multidisciplinary stances.
In this sense, we acknowledge the inequalities in our field, and will work with others to decrease the gender citation gap while supporting the work of early career researchers towards publication. Moreover, we aspire to increase representation especially for scholars in the global South.
Already, we believe that the global nature of our team, a change to the previous editorial model, is a great start to attaining many of the objectives of our term as editors. Within our team, we have attained gender parity and have a mix of expertise within European and regionalism studies.
Looking to the future, we believe our ambitions have practical implications. With more scholars and readers accessing online-only content, we will be moving to an electronic format in the medium.
The 2020 JCMS Special Issue will be our first to appear online only. The online only format allows us to provide the benefits of rapid publication, while still offering the thematic and topical grouping of content for readers. We are grateful for the support of our professional association, UACES and our publishers John Wiley & Sons in facilitating this move.
This blog will support the work of our authors, by giving visibility to the articles published in the main journal and the JCMS Annual Review by communicating key themes of published articles. This will also be the space for scholars in the discipline to communicate new ideas, pedagogical innovation and support other authors, especially early career researchers.
The blog will also communicate news and additional content on the JCMS. The use of alternative forums, including this blog and other modes of social media, is essential to promoting new research, strengthen dissemination and generally enhance the visibility of newly published research.
Through our new journal website, designed and supported by Wiley, we hope that you will see our commitment to ensuring easy access to forthcoming articles, see the journal’s most cited and most downloaded pieces and allow for the editors to promote details on citations and the journal’s Twitter account.
We hope that through the of social media, and especially through the JCMS blog, we will be able to reach our contributors and reviewers in manner that allows for greater interaction with the journal and creating a space for communicating the cutting edge ideas and research that is the hallmark of the journal.
JCMS Editorial Board
Editors in Chief
Toni Haastrup, University of Kent, UK
Richard G Whitman, University of Kent, UK
Heather MacRae, York University, Canada
Annick Masselot, University of Christchurch, New Zealand
Alasdair Young, Georgia Tech University, USA
Book Review Editors
Ruby Gropas, European University Institute, Italy
Gaby Umbach, European University Institute, Italy
Annual Review Editors
Theofanis Exadaktylos, University of Surrey, UK
Roberta Guerrina, University of Surrey, UK
Emanuele Massetti, University of Surrey, UK