The European Stroke Journal (ESJ) is the official journal of the European Stroke Organisation (ESO). ESJ covers all aspects of clinical stroke research and publishes all of the ESO Guidelines. It is listed in Medline and Pubmed and has an impact factor of 6.1. Submissions to ESJ have grown 2.7-fold since 2021, and even with a suppressed acceptance rate of 17%, its published content has increased 2.4-fold. ESJ reaches over 5,000 colleagues working in the stroke field, including all ESO members and attendees at the ESO conference. The journal will move to monthly issues from January 2025. To support the expanded workload of the editors, ESO seeks candidates interested in serving as one of two ESJ Associate Editors for a 3-year term, commencing on 1 January 2025 after a trial period from October 2024. Enthusiastic members of ESO are invited to apply.  

The Editor-in-Chief and Vice Editor enjoy full editorial independence. The two Associate Editors will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief and Vice Editor, sharing the workload of handling manuscripts and recommendations, and will take primary responsibility for manuscripts if applicable, e.g. in case of a conflict of interest. Together, the editorial team is responsible for assembling the editorial board, involving reviewers, and for maintaining the international profile of the Journal. The principal day to day work is to assess submitted manuscripts, to organise their timely expert peer review and to reach decisions on suitability for publication, if necessary following revision. No copy-editing is required. The Editors work in close cooperation with the publisher’s team at SAGE and receive limited administrative support provided by SAGE. 

ESO is looking for a colleague who will be available for a 5-10% workload. To maintain the rapid turnaround times that the journal achieves, of under 10 days to first decision, associate editors will be asked to devote a short time each day to monitor and respond to manuscript flow. Candidates should be dynamic, well-organised and reliable. Administrative efficiency will be at least as important as scientific experience. They should have the ability to network effectively with colleagues across Europe and worldwide, although in practice the work is almost entirely conducted online or by email. Fluency in the English language is essential. 

A modest honorarium will be paid. The appointment will be for a period of three years starting 1 October 2024.  

Suitable applicants are asked to apply by 1 August 2024 

Please provide a CV listing relevant qualifications and any previous editorial experience, plus a mission statement addressing the future development of the journal. Applications will be assessed by an internal panel consisting of the Editor-in-Chief and the Executive Committee. 

As ESO is actively committed to inclusion and support of women and younger colleagues, all ESO members will be eligible for consideration, regardless of age, gender, or geographic location. Criteria that may be assessed will include:  

  • Experience within the scientific community of stroke research (including peer review or other editorial tasks) 
  • Credibility in terms of career stage and other commitments to devote necessary time and effort to this project as a significant external interest (e.g., 5-10%) 
  • Clinical and research experience 
  • Knowledge of the field of stroke and current trends and advances 
  • Enthusiasm and commitment 
  • Organisational ability, particularly administrative efficiency 
  • Institutional support 
  • Fluency in English language 

For additional information and answers, please contact ESJ Editor-in-Chief Professor Kennedy Lees ( or ESO Secretary General Guillaume Turc (   

Applications should entail a CV and motivational letter that describes how you would cope with the workload, why you are interested and what particular skills you would bring to the role.

Please submit your documents electronically to ESO at the following address: