The European Stroke Journal is the official journal of the European Stroke Organisation (ESO).

As the commitment of ESJ’s current Editor-in-Chief Bo Norrving is ending, ESO seeks candidates to take over his position as of January 2022.

About ESJ

ESJ covers clinical stroke research from all fields, including clinical trials, epidemiology, primary and secondary prevention, diagnosis, acute and post-acute management, guidelines, translation of experimental findings into clinical practice, rehabilitation, organisation of stroke care, and societal impact. It is open to authors from all relevant medical and health professions. Article types include original research, review articles, guidelines, protocols, editorials and letters to the Editor. It is fully peer-reviewed and a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

ESJ is indexed in PubMed Central, a hallmark of its quality. The journal is published quarterly, and has an annual quota of 480 pages. The number of submissions was 303 in 2020, and is steadily increasing. The current accept rate is 15 %.

The Editor-in-Chief enjoys full editorial independence. Together with the Vice Editor, she/he will be responsible for assembling the editorial board, involving reviewers, and for maintaining the international profile of the Journal. The Editors will work in close cooperation with the publisher team at SAGE and will receive administrative support provided by SAGE.

Detailed responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief 

  • Making final decisions regarding publication of submitted articles.
  • Managing the peer review of the submissions to the highest ethical standards.
  • Act as the senior authority on all matters of editorial policy, decisions and scope, acting with impartiality, confidentiality and fairness.
  • Working and leading a team including Vice Editor, Board members, authors and the publisher (SAGE) on the strategic development of the Journal, focusing on ensuring that only high quality content is accepted with the aim to further increasing the journal’s standing.
  • Taking an active role in soliciting submissions and encouraging high quality articles.
  • Representing the Journal at events and carrying out promotional activity with the support of the publisher.
  • Organising at least one Editorial Board meeting per year with support of the publisher.
  • Regularly providing feedback on journal performance to the ESO Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
  • Outlining a mid-term vision for the ESJ that promotes further development and innovation.

Criteria that ESO will consider in filling the position

Along with extensive experience in clinical stroke medicine, we seek a well-respected person prepared to devote sufficient time for this task, who also enjoys an international reputation as a stroke researcher. She or he should have the ability to network effectively with colleagues across Europe and worldwide.

We look for a dynamic, well-organised and reliable colleague with the commitment and resources to build on the past successful years since ESJ’s inauguration. Prior editorial experience is a merit but not mandatory.

The ideal candidate will have the following profile

  • Scientific and personal prominence and wide acceptance within the scientific community of stroke research in Europe and beyond
  • Breadth of clinical/research experience
  • In-depth knowledge of the field of stroke, its leadership and current trends and advances
  • Publication record
  • Editorial experience
  • Experience with reviewing manuscripts
  • International reputation
  • Enthusiasm and commitment
  • Organisational ability
  • Institutional support
  • Fluency in English language

A modest annual honorarium will be paid. The appointment will be for an initial period of three years starting 1 January 2022, with the possibility of a single renewal.

Suitable applicants are asked to apply by 15 July 2021.

Please provide a CV listing relevant qualifications and previous editorial experience including a motivational letter, which includes your vision how you would progress ESJ during your term of office as well as five possible review articles.

Applications should be submitted electronically to the ESO office at the following address:

For further questions, please contact Prof. Martin Dichgans, ESO President,