Call for Co-Editor(s), Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees


Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees is a non-profit, independently published, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal. Founded in 1981, it publishes articles in English and French from a wide range of disciplinary and regional perspectives, presenting work of academics, policy-makers, and practitioners in the field of forced migration. The journal provides space for discussion of emerging themes and debates, as well as ongoing topics. It also features a book/film review section and occasionally publishes special issues on specific themes related to forced migration. All Refuge articles are open access. They are indexed and abstracted widely, from the DOAJ, Érudit, Google Scholar and Scopus (Elsevier) to PAIS International (ProQuest).


To support the work of the current editorial team, the journal is recruiting two additional co-editors with research outputs and a broad interest in forced migration. Applicants must hold a PhD (or be close to completion) and be affiliated with a postsecondary institution (as a SSHRC funded journal, a minimum of one third of our core editorial team must be affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution). Preference will be given to tenure-track candidates, colleagues who are fluent in French and in English, and/or those who possess a strong foundation in research methods (especially quantitative skills). 


Please see the job description below for more information on the role. Interested candidates should submit their CV together with a short letter explaining their qualifications and interest, the names of two references, and a brief statement on their commitment to fostering the journal’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI), by email to Deadline: July 15, 2024. 


In particular, applications should highlight any previous editorial or reviewing experience, international or community connections, and/or interdisciplinary research relating to refugees and forced migration.


Questions can be directed to the current editor-in-chief, Prof. Dagmar Soennecken, at Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We expect to conclude the recruitment process by July 15, 2024.  Thank you for your interest! 

Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, Co-Editor(s) - Job Description 
  • The co-editor(s) will normally serve for an initial three-year period (with the possibility to be renewed). The position is voluntary.
  • Co-editors are expected to participate in regular, hour-long meetings (twice a month) with the rest of the editorial team (currently held via Zoom). Overall time commitment (estimate): 5 to 10 hours a month.
  • Under the direction of the editor in chief, co-editors are responsible for: 
    • assisting in the initial assessment of new submissions for peer review; identifying peer reviewers; verifying revisions (based on peer reviews); providing editorial comments on revised submissions; making recommendations on final editorial decisions.
  • Co-editors also contribute to the strategic direction of the journal (e.g., special issue proposals, new initiatives) and may participate in representing and promoting the journal externally (e.g., at conferences and through their existing networks).

Summary of Qualifications:

Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Ability to demonstrate attention to accuracy and detail.

Ability to use knowledge of writing skills and research methods to identify and assess strengths and weaknesses of manuscripts.

Ability to use technological tools to access manuscripts & to interact professionally with the rest of the editorial team.

Ability to meet deadlines and organize time effectively.

Ability to maintain confidentiality.