Call for Editor in Chief "Cognitive Linguistics"

Cognitive Linguistics is the official journal of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association and the flagship journal of the discipline. The current Editor-in-Chief, Professor Dagmar Divjak, is stepping down in June 2024 after 6 years in the role and we are looking to appoint a new Editor-in-Chief to lead the journal and the editorial team.

Cognitive Linguistics is keen to increase the diversity on its editorial team. We welcome applications from cognitive linguists in any region of the world, provided that the prospective post-holder is fluent in English. We particularly welcome candidates who are invested in increasing equality, diversity, and inclusion, and in supporting Open Science.

Editorial responsibilities

The editorial responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief will include:

  • Having overall responsibility for the quality and rigour of the content published in the journal.
  • Organising and managing the editorial office and the Associate Editors, ensuring workloads are equitable and manageable.
  • Managing the peer review process using the Scholar One system.
  • Making final article acceptance decisions on assigned manuscripts.
  • Recruiting and engaging with members of the Editorial Board.
  • Representing and promoting the journal globally and at international events (e.g., workshops, symposia, conferences).
  • Attending relevant conferences and regular editorial meetings.
  • Commissioning content for submission to the journal and overseeing the journal's special issue pipeline.

The successful candidate will have the following Essential and Desirable characteristics:


  • Excellent track record of publishing articles/books in the field of cognitive linguistics
  • Extensive experience editing and reviewing, including
    o Proven ability to maintain the level of excellence of every article published
    o Ability and commitment to ensure the timeliness of the review and decision-making process for articles received
    o Ability to work closely, collaboratively and successfully with Assistant Editor, Associate Editors and other staff on the journal
    o Experience overseeing the selection of reviewers and supporting the double-blind peer review process
    o Understanding of and ability to instruct contributing assistant editor and authors in copyright law and open science policies
    o Record of providing an opportunity for novel contributors and early career researchers in cognitive linguistics


  • Previous publication in Cognitive linguistics or its sister book series
  • Membership in ICLA and record of attending ICLCs
  • Familiarity with the Scholar One system or willingness to learn

The Editor-in-Chief will serve for an initial 4-year term (July 2024-2028), extendable with 2 years. They will start on 1 January 2024 as incoming Editor-in-Chief. The outgoing Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Professor Dagmar Divjak, will remain in post until the end of June 2024 to facilitate the transition.

For any questions about the role or the application process, please get in touch with Megan Gough (Journal Manager, Cognitive Linguistics, De Gruyter) at

Application process and deadline
To apply for this position, please send your CV and a cover letter (maximum 500 words) to Megan Gough (Journal Manager, Cognitive Linguistics, De Gruyter) at

Candidates should include the information below in their cover letter:

  • Your previous editorial experience on the Boards of academic journals.
  • Your interest in and suitability for the role.
  • Your ideas for developing the journal.

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2023.

Applications will be reviewed by the ICLA Board in collaboration with De Gruyter. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in October/November 2023. The successful candidate will be contacted in December 2023.

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