Duodecim Astra – College of Europe Student Journal of European Studies

About the journal

"Duodecim Astra – College of Europe Student Journal of European Studies" is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary student-run journal launched by students of the Mário Soares promotion of the College. The journal publishes articles in French and in English, accepting submissions related to European affairs in the various disciplines taught at the College. The journal is published under the supervision of the College of Europe.

On this page, you can find details about ongoing calls for applications and other opportunities offered by the journal. On social media, you can follow the journal on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

You can contact the journal Committee via email at duodecimastra@coleurope.eu.

Call for Applications: Peer Reviewers

Students of the Mário Soares promotion of the two campuses of the College of Europe in Bruges and Natolin are launching an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed student-run journal, “Duodecim Astra”. The student journal will include articles on European affairs written in English or French, and the theme of our first issue is “Future of Europe”.

The Executive Committee of the Journal, composed of nine students of the College of Europe, is currently searching for peer reviewers. You can find the details regarding the main responsibilities, the qualifications required and the recruitment process below. The Call for Applications is open.

Responsibilities: Each article will be subject to a double-blind peer-review. Each member of the peer-review team may expect to review 1–2 articles. The peer review phase for the upcoming issue will be in May. A peer reviewer should properly evaluate the manuscripts considering the quality of the content. During their work, peer reviewers should be objective and constructive when they review manuscripts. In addition, they should assess the articles in a timely manner, ensuring the respect of confidentiality.

Qualifications: In order to ensure the quality of the Journal, the peer-reviewers should be PhD candidates, PhD holders or post-doctoral researchers. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Student Journal, we are looking for researchers in Diplomacy and International Relations, Economics, Law and Political Science with an expertise in European Affairs. Based on responses to our Call for Articles, the subject matters covered in articles to be peer reviewed may include climate, trade, Brexit, EU-Russia relations, and other topics.

Recruitment process: Researchers who are interested in becoming peer-reviewers are invited to send a statement of interest via email, indicating the reasons why they wish to become a peer reviewer in “Duodecim Astra” and their expertise, fields of research and specialized knowledge. Please note that the description of expertise is particularly important in order to assign a peer reviewer  with relevant expertise to each article. Your statement of interest can be sent in English or French.

You can respond to the call for peer-reviewers by sending an email to the Heads of Peer Review Péter Budai (peter.budai@coleurope.eu) and Erriketi Tla Nta Silva (erriketi.tla@coleurope.eu).

Call for Applications: Copy Editors

Dear everyone,

Duodecim Astra – College of Europe Student Journal of European Studies is actively seeking Copy Editors. Our first issue will be on the theme of ‘The Future of Europe’. We are a cross-campus society who accept submissions in English and French, and across all courses offered by the College: law, economics, politics, international relations, and European interdisciplinary studies.

Experience in copy editing is desired but not necessary. This could be a great learning experience for those new to it. Copy Editors will edit the grammar, spelling, syntax, referencing and formatting of articles following the formal editing process. If you’re worried about workload, we can be flexible. Copy editing will take place in May, after which the first edition of the journal will be published.

What is copy editing?

  • Fixing punctuation, grammar, and style.

  • Editing referencing to align with given guidelines.

  • Final preparations for journal publication.

Prospective copy editors will have:

  • Ability to edit academic work.

  • Flexibility, multitasking and time management skills.

  • Excellent knowledge of either or both of French & English language/grammar.

Copy editors may expect to edit 1 - 2 articles. As the journal accepts both English and French submissions, please indicate if you would like to copy edit in both or either of the languages. 

If you’re interested or have any questions, drop an email to ludovica.grossi@coleurope.eu or jean.mccarthy@coleurope.eu.

We would prefer you to complete a short editing exercise (see attached, both in English and French) and email this, along with a personal introduction, to ludovica.grossi@coleurope.eu or jean.mccarthy@coleurope.eu. Through this exercise, we can assess your editing ability. But don’t be scared - everyone is welcome, no matter their background or experience. The deadline is 19 March 2021

Yours sincerely,

Ludovia Grossi & Jean McCarthy (Co-Heads of Copy Editing)


Cher tous,

Duodecim Astra - La Revue étudiante d’études européennes du Collège d'Europe recherche activement des Correcteurs (Copy Editors). Notre premier numéro sera consacré au thème "L'avenir de l'Europe". Nous sommes une société inter-campus qui accepte des propositions en anglais et en français, et dans tous les domaines de cours offerts par le Collège : droit, économie, politique, relations internationales et études européennes interdisciplinaires.

Une expérience dans la correction de textes est souhaitée mais pas nécessaire. Cela pourrait être une excellente expérience pour les nouveaux venus. Les Correcteurs réviseront la grammaire, l'orthographe, la syntaxe, le référencement et le formatage des articles en suivant le processus formel de révision. Si la charge de travail vous inquiète, nous pouvons faire preuve de souplesse. Le processus de correction aura lieu en mai, après quoi la première édition de la revue sera publiée.

Qu'est-ce que la correction/copy editing ?

  • Correction de la ponctuation, la grammaire et du style.

  • Révision des références pour s'aligner sur les directives données.

  • Mise en place des derniers préparatifs pour la publication de la revue.

Les Correcteurs potentiels devront faire preuve de :

  • Capacité à réviser des travaux universitaires.

  • Flexibilité, polyvalence et gestion du temps.

  • Excellente connaissance de la langue/grammaire française et anglaise, ou des deux.

Les Correcteurs peuvent s'attendre à réviser un ou deux articles. Comme la revue accepte les propositions en anglais et en français, veuillez indiquer si vous souhaitez que la correction soit effectuée dans les deux langues ou dans l'une d'entre elles.

Si vous êtes intéressé ou si vous avez des questions, envoyez un courriel à ludovica.grossi@coleurope.eu ou jean.mccarthy@coleurope.eu.

Nous aimerions que vous fassiez un court exercice de correction (voir ci-joint, en anglais et en français) et que vous l'envoyiez, avec une introduction personnelle, par courriel à ludovica.grossi@coleurope.eu ou jean.mccarthy@coleurope.eu. Cet exercice nous permettra d'évaluer votre capacité de révision. Mais n'ayez pas peur – tout le monde est le bienvenu, quels que soient ses antécédents ou son expérience. La date limite est fixée à 19 mars 2021.

Bien cordialement,

Ludovia Grossi & Jean McCarthy (Co-responsables de la rédaction)

Call for Articles: First issue of Duodecim Astra

Students in the Mário Soares promotion are launching a peer-reviewed student-run journal, Duodecim Astra – College of Europe Student Journal of European Studies. The Call for Articles for the journal’s first issue is now open.

About the journal

Duodecim Astra is an interdisciplinary journal specialised in European affairs, run by College of Europe students coming from the Bruges and Natolin campuses. The journal is published under the supervision of the College of Europe.

Submissions may be sent in English or in French. The journal accepts submissions from College of Europe students and alumni, as well as from students and alumni of other universities. Articles may fall under any of the academic disciplines taught at the College of Europe.

The theme of the first issue is “Future of Europe”. The theme is broad, and enables you to discuss a wide range of topics related to the EU and European affairs. You may either start writing from scratch, or turn a past unpublished work of yours (for example a course essay or dissertation) into an academic article.

The length of the articles published in the journal is 5,000 – 8,000 words, including footnotes but excluding bibliography.

Submission instructions

You can respond to the Call for Articles by emailing the Editor-in-Chief Juuso JARVINIEMI (juuso.jarviniemi@coleurope.eu), Deputy Editor-in-Chief Benoît COMMESSIE (benoit.commessie@coleurope.eu) and the Head of Editing Ciara CAMPBELL (ciara.campbell@coleurope.eu). You may also address any further queries to Juuso, Benoît and Ciara. You may communicate in either English or French.

Your submission should include the following:

  • A short description of your proposed article (150 - 300 words). The description may be either an abstract, or a free-form explanation of the topic you will discuss and the angle you plan to take.
  • You are expected to articulate your indicative research question(s) in your submission.
  • Optionally, you may provide a short list of works you may cite in your article.
  • Optionally, you may attach any draft you already have, for example the past work that you wish to convert into a journal article.

There are two deadlines for submission:

  • If you submit your proposal by 23:59 CET on Sunday 28 February, your proposal will be assessed early on in the week starting on 1 March.
  • If you submit your proposal by 23:59 CET on Sunday 7 March, your proposal will be assessed early on in the week starting on 8 March.

The submission may be made in the name of one or two individuals.

Timeline and next steps

If the journal’s editorial team accepts to work with you on your article, an Editor will be assigned for your article. Acceptance at this stage does not constitute a guarantee that your article will be published in the journal’s next issue. The Editor is a student studying the discipline covered by your article. The Editor will comment on your article, and help you develop the structure, methodology and argument of your article. The Editing process will last until mid- to late April.

At the end of the Editing process, the journal’s editorial team decides whether to send your article for peer review. Peer review is conducted by PhD students or scholars with knowledge of the field covered in your article. The journal follows the double-blind peer review process, which means that neither the Peer Reviewers nor the authors know each other’s identity. During the peer review process, you may be requested to make minor revisions to your article.

If your article is accepted at the end of the peer review process, it will be published in the journal. Publication of our first issue is indicatively scheduled for May/June. The journal will be published online.

Terms and conditions

Your article should not be currently under review by another journal. When submitting an article for review by Duodecim Astra, you are asked to accept that the article will be published exclusively by the journal. Articles published by the journal will be freely available online, and may be cited according to academic conventions.

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