About us

The idea for a ‘European’ journal in the area of international studies emerged from discussions among an international staff at a summer school for research students held at Arcachon in France in 2010 (who constituted themselves as a Steering Committee).. Since then planning meetings have been held, publishers contacted and collaboration begun with various institutions, notably the Centre for International Research and Studies (CERI-Sciences Po, Paris) and Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). There have been extensive talks with the Standing Group for International Relations (SGIR). From its starting point at Arcachon, ERIS has become a truly European enterprise.

The Raison d’être of the new journal is:

i. To reflect the European specificities and approaches.

ii. To be an outlet in English for non-English language authors in particular but including English language authors.

iii. To make the Anglophone world aware of research in other languages.

iv. To make non-English language authors aware of research in other non-English academic cultures and languages.

v. To encourage transdisciplinarity across the social sciences and humanities among those concerned with international studies broadly defined.

vi. To be eclectic in terms of concept, method and approach with rigorous international academic standards.

In short, we seek to be a journal to which those who wish to know what is happening in ‘European’ International Relations can turn. We hope to achieve this goal by an extensive review section of monographs published in European languages and review articles of the literature on substantive themes or significant developments in different European academic communities. Our other principal goal is to publish original articles and, from time to time, translations of existing major articles not readily available in English.

ERIS is intended to reflect European approaches to International Studies (it is not a journal of European studies, nor is it primarily a policy-oriented journal). It is thus complementary to existing journals. It aims to be the journal of the 1000 participants who attended the SGIR Conference in Stockholm in September 2010 and of the numerous European ISAs which exist often without a suitable outlet in English. This is not to exclude Anglophone writers from Britain, Ireland or elsewhere as a matter of policy, but the Editors will seek a balanced agenda in order not to undermine the ‘continental’ European ethos of this journal.

It is very difficult for young non-Anglophone researchers to break into the English language world of publishing despite this often being a career requirement. Yet, from our experience, there is an abundance of excellent research ‘hidden’ from the Anglophone world. Moreover, approaches vary between academic cultures of which the English-speaking world is ignorant. Nevertheless, there is no sense in publishing a journal that does not insist on the highest standards simply to have an international spread. Eclectic yes, but rigorous too.

Manuscripts may be submitted in languages other than English such as Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese and French. Papers will be submitted where possible to peer-reviewers with both the necessary thematic competence and linguistic skills, and then decisions are taken on the usual basis. When a paper has been accepted, publication is conditional on the submission of a new translated version in good English by the author, with no additional cost for the Review. We expect that, with the acceptance for publication in hand, authors will be able to secure funding for the translation.

ERIS envisages, as a rule of thumb, that some 60 percent of the content will be original academic articles and the balance reserved for reviews, review articles and occasional translations. In short, our ambition is to create a journal to which everyone will turn if they are interested in International Studies in Europe. We expect that one issue per annum (out of initially 3 issues per year) will be a special issue or have a cluster of articles on a particular theme. All academic articles will be subject to double blind peer review. The final decision rests with the Editors.

Structure: An Academic Advisory Council is being created of leading figures in the field both from Europe and elsewhere (the ‘great and the good’). Its function is to advise on academic matters, to make available personal and institutional networks, to bring ERIS to the attention of scholars as an outlet especially for those who have high quality work and who need publications in English. We would also invite the members of the Council to contribute their own work.

The core Editorial team consist of an Editor (Anglophone), a non-Anglophone Editor and a Managing Editor. Initially the Anglophone Editor for 3 years will be AJR Groom and the non-Anglophone Editor, Christian Lequesne, will be for 6 years. The review section will be the responsibility, under the direction of Christian Lequesne, of CERI, and IRSEM who will together also supply administrative support. Original articles and the final copy will be the responsibility of AJR Groom. The Managing Editor for 3 years will be Antoinette Groom.

Supporting the core Editorial team is a group of Associate Editors from language areas (Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Scandinavian, Spanish and Turkish). The function of the language area specialists is to promote the journal by encouraging authors to submit their work to ERIS, suggest books for review and reviewers, and write occasional surveys of developments in their language area.

A second group supporting the core Editorial team is a group of Associate Editors in sub-fields in international studies such as IR theory, International History, IPE, International Law, International Organisation, Strategic Studies, Conflict Studies and FPA. The aim is to encourage transnational-disciplinarity. Its function will be to support the core Editorial team in the same manner as the language area specialists.

Owners and Sponsors: A consortium of two institutions owns ERIS namely CCCU and CERI. In addition, a number of institutions have made a financial contribution to the ERIS project and this is recognised by a status as sponsor: Association des Internationailstes (AI), ESSEC-IRENE, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement (HEID), Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’Ecole Militaire (IRSEM) and the Compagnia di San Paolo.

The editorial team is delighted that Barbara Budrich Publishers have accepted to publish ERIS.


Planning Summary

Owners: CCCU and CERI

Sponsoring organisations: Association des internationalistes (AI), ESSEC-IRENE , Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIAA), HEID, IRSEM, Compagnia di San Paolo

Steering Committee: Mika Aaltola, Bertrand Badie, David Bates, Tom Biersteker, Frédéric Charillon, Aurélien Colson, Wolf-Dieter Eberwein, Elise Féron, AJR Groom, Christian Lequesne, Karoline Postel-Vinay, Frédéric Ramel, Ben Rosamond.

Editors: A.J.R. Groom (Kent and CCCU), 3 years, and Christian Lequesne (Director, CERI), 6 years.

Original articles and preparation of final copy: CCCU to manage under the direction of AJR Groom and CCCU committee eris@canterbury.ac.uk

Review Section: CERI - Sciences Po, under the direction of Christian Lequesne eris.ceri@sciencespo.fr


Managing Editor: Antoinette Groom, supported by CCCU eris@canterbury.ac.uk

Chairperson, Academic Advisory Council: Bertrand Badie (Sciences-Po, Paris)

Publisher: Barbara Budrich Publishers, Leverkusen, Germany


Language area Associate-Editors:

CEE: Ondrej Ditrych (Institute of International Relations, Prague)
Dutch Flanders: Tomas Baum (Flemish Peace Institute) and Dutch, NL: Jaap de Wilde (University of Groningen)
French: Frédéric Ramel (Sciences-Po, Paris)
German : Wolf-Dieter Eberwein (IEP, Grenoble)+ Heinz Gärtner, (oiip, Vienna)
Greek: Alexis Heraclides (Panteion University)
Italian: Anna Caffarena (University of Turin)
Spanish: Oriol Costa (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)
Portuguese: Laura Ferreira-Pereira (University of Minho)
Scandinavian: Mika Aaltola (Finnish Institute of International Affairs)
Turkish: Sinem Acikmese (Kadir Has University, Istanbul)
Russian: Andrei P. Tsygankov (San Francisco State University)


Sub-field Associate-Editors:

Conflict: Elise Féron (University of Kent, Brussels) and Aurélien Colson (ESSEC-IRENE, Paris)

FPA: Frédéric Charillon (Université Clermont-Ferrand I and IRSEM)

Geopolitics, Sociological and Anthropological Studies: Bertrand Badie (Sciences-Po, Paris)

International History: Andrew Williams (University of St Andrews)

International Law: Anne Lagerwall (ULB, Brussels), Photini Pazartzis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and Harm Schepel (University of Kent, Brussels)

International Organisation: Bob Reinalda (Radboud University Nijmegen) and Franck Petiteville (IEP, Grenoble)

International Theory: Bertrand Badie (Sciences-Po, Paris), Tom Biersteker (Graduate Institute, Geneva) and Iver Neumann (LSE)

IPE: Ben Rosamond (University of Copenhagen)

Strategic Studies: Frédéric Charillon (Université Clermont-Ferrand I and IRSEM)


Contact: AJR Groom eris@canterbury.ac.uk

Christian Lequesne eris.ceri@sciencespo.fr