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Last updated: Tuesday 30 January, 2018
Temporary Editorial Assistant - Peer Review Management (STM Journals)
< £20,000
Central London

About the Job

We are seeking to fill an Editorial Assistant position in the Peer Review Management team, within the UK Journals Editorial Department. This is an entry level position and an ideal first job within the academic publishing industry.
You will sit within a small team of fellow assistants, reporting to the Senior Peer Review Manager. You will be responsible for overseeing the peer review process of a varied list of subscription and open access journals using our primary manuscript submission tracking system, ScholarOne.
Please note that this role does not involve proofreading or editing.
This is a one month fixed-term rolling contract commencing in March 2018.
To apply please fill out an online application form* using the following link:
*Please note that we will only consider applications for editorial positions which are submitted through the application form. CVs and cover letters will be discounted.
∙ Responsible for managing the peer review process for journal(s) within the team, this includes:
o Gaining knowledge and understanding of the peer review process, its purpose and form and an understanding of how this process links to other areas of the business
o Administering the peer review process for journal articles using online manuscript tracking systems according to agreed procedures
o Researching referees, adding new contacts and updating the existing records for account holders on the online manuscript tracking systems
o Monitoring the quality of peer reviews received and communicating to the Senior Peer Review Manager where necessary
o Efficient processing of journal articles through the online manuscript tracking system, ensuring none are stuck in various queues
o Using software to assess whether journal articles have issues with plagiarism or duplication; referring issues to colleagues
o Dealing with enquiries from authors and other stakeholders in a prompt manner
o Monitoring and improving performance of the journals (processing times, copy flow) and providing feedback to other team members
o Monitoring progress of Special Issues, liaising with Guest Editors and meeting publication date targets
o Providing training and support for Editors, Associate Editors and reviewers.
o Using ScholarOne to report on turnaround times and peer review standards
∙ The role also includes extensive liaison with external contacts and internal colleagues in our UK, US and India offices.
Any combination equivalent to, but not limited to, the following:
Degree-level qualification in any subject.
Any combination equivalent to, but not limited to, the following:
Will be seeking an entry level position in academic publishing
Will have an interest in academic publishing and developments within the industry e.g. new models of peer review
Will demonstrate commitment, curiosity and enthusiasm
Will be confident to ask questions, suggest ideas and contribute to group discussions
Will have good analytical skills and attention to detail
Will be proactive and able to spot and communicate problems
Will be able to quickly digest a large amount of new and complex information
Will have excellent time management skills and an ability to prioritise
Will be an excellent communicator with strong relationship management skills.
Will be a highly organized multi-tasker with the ability to work as part of a team and unsupervised.
Skills: Editorial

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Salary: £Competitive + Benefits
Start date: 05 Mar, 2018

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