Focus and Scope

The Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER) is an interdisciplinary, open-access, online academic journal in the field of contemporary European Studies.

The JCER is devoted to promoting original research and insightful debate in contemporary European Studies by publishing academic articles, research comments & policy analysis and book reviews across a number of disciplines including Public Policy, International Relations, Law, Economics, Sociology, Politics and the History of Integration. 

The JCER welcomes contributions on all of these aspects of European Studies from academics and practitioners. In addition, the JCER is also committed to providing a forum for emerging scholars of European Studies by allowing them to present their ideas alongside those of more established scholars. Contributions from PhD students in the advanced phase of their doctoral research, post-doctoral fellows and young academics in the early stages of their careers are particularly encouraged


Peer Review Process

Research articles will undergo a double-blind, peer-reviewing process. The decision of the reviewers will be acknowledged by the JCER Editor in accordance with eligibility for publication. Authors will be informed of the review decision and all relevant comments will be forwarded to authors. Commentaries will also be peer-reviewed.


Publication Frequency

From 2014, the Journal of Contemporary European Research will be published online four times a year.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Registration is not required to read or download an article. The JCER is listed on the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and on SHERPA.

There is no charge or fee to authors for article submission or processing.


Articles are already archived on the JCER website and are available for immediate access.


Authors can 'self-archive' their articles in digital form on their personal homepages, funder repositories or their institutions' archives provided that they link back to the original source on the JCER website. Authors can archive pre-print, post-print or the publisher's version of their work.

British Library

Articles are also archived by the British Library. Use the ISSN to search their main catalogue for current item holdings.



Material published in the JCER is done so under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence, with copyright remaining with the author. In brief, this means that you are free to share this material, under the following terms:

  • You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
  • If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

A summary of the licence can be read at The full licence can be read at For authors funded by the ESRC or AHRC, please read the extra notes below about the RCUK.

Compliance with Research Councils UK (RCUK)

It is the intention of JCER, to comply with the requirements imposed on authors by the RCUK, which includes the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as well as by other funders not named here. Effective from 1 April 2013, it is RCUK policythat research articles, published under the auspices of an RCUK grant (including the ESRC and AHRC) be deposited in an Open Access archive. The RCUK recognises a journal as being compliant with their Open Access policy if:

"The journal provides, via its own website, immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the paper, which should be made available using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, and allows immediate deposit of the final published version in other repositories without restriction on re-use. This may involve payment of an ‘Article Processing Charge’ (APC) to the publisher."


"The journal consents to deposit of the final Accepted Manuscript in any repository, without restriction on non-commercial re-use and within a defined period. No APC will be payable to the publisher. In the case of papers in the arts, humanities and social sciences, the maximum embargo period will be twelve months."

The JCER meets the criteria of the second option and is therefore compliant. The JCER does not have any embargo periods. Research articles from the JCER are already archived on this website and by the British Library. Permission is also granted for the articles to be archived in any other appropriate repositories that may be required by the RCUK including the ESRC Research Catalogue and the UK Data Archive.


Journal ranking, indexing and abstracting

Since 2011 the JCER has been ranked in SJR.

The JCER is also indexed and abstracted via the following:

Google Scholar

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)