Assistant Editor – Journal of Applied Ecology

We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate with outstanding communication skills and an interest in further developing their career in academic publishing to join our publications team

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Salary: £28,000 – £31,000 + excellent benefits
Location: London
Hours: Full-time
Contract: 12 months fixed-term maternity cover contract
Closing date: 17.00, Friday 24th February 2017
Interview: Thursday 16th March 2017

The British Ecological Society (BES) is seeking an enthusiastic candidate with outstanding communication skills and an interest in further developing their career in academic publishing to join its journals’ publications team.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with relevant experience in journals publishing, who is looking for an interesting and varied role in academic publishing. Reporting to the Managing Editor, the Assistant Editor will take overall responsibility for one journal but will also work closely with the rest of the publications team.

Core duties will include:

  • Managing a timely and fair peer review process for a successful international journal
  • Dealing with enquiries from authors, reviewers and editors
  • Maintaining accurate records of manuscript progress from submission to final acceptance or rejection
  • Contributing ideas for journal development and improvements to processes to Managing Editor and Editors
  • Providing regular reports to Editors and Managing Editor from ScholarOne on all aspects of manuscript processing
  • Liaising with publisher’s production department to ensure publication runs smoothly
  • Assisting in ongoing journal marketing and promotion via online campaigns, printed publicity and social media channels
  • Updating journal web pages to highlight new journal content
  • Developing and managing the journal blog, including writing or editing posts
  • Attending the BES annual conference and any other external journal relevant meetings as required.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent with the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders. They will have demonstrable experience of working in academic publishing and an excellent command of the English language. A proven interest in ecology is essential. A postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject and experience in synthesising information from academic journals or copy writing would be an advantage. They also need to have a good eye for detail and experience using ScholarOne or a similar journals database is desirable.

This role offers an opportunity to be part of an experienced journals team and is located at the BES offices in Central London. A salary between £28,000 – £31,000, depending on experience, is offered plus a contributory pension scheme.

About the BES

The BES is a thriving learned society established in 1913 whose vision is a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology. It publishes six successful journals, an ecological book series and a quarterly newsletter, the Bulletin, which is distributed to its 5,000 members worldwide.

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To apply, please send a copy of your CV, with a cover letter explaining why you feel that you are the right person for this role, to

Closing date:                    17.00, Friday 24th February 2017

Interview date:                Thursday 16th March 2017