Assistant Editor – Medicine & Life Sciences Journals
Closing date: 22nd October 2019
As an Assistant Editor within the Medicine & Life Sciences Journals team, you will work both on our academic journals, and on ISRCTN–a clinical trial registry that is administered by BioMed Central (BMC). You will be responsible for efficiently progressing the content of a list of priority academic journals within health sciences through peer review, with the aim of minimizing time to publication. This includes assessment of manuscripts for adherence to editorial policies, working with the handling Editors to select and invite appropriate peer reviewers, liaising with funding bodies and suggesting potential new members of the Editorial Board. For ISRCTN, you will work alongside the Database Editors and Database Manager to efficiently progress clinical trial registrations and ensure a high quality of service for researchers registering in the database.
This is a great opportunity to learn research publishing and to develop a career in this space. We don’t require you to come with lots of existing publishing experience as we will teach you the more technical aspects of the role. You should ideally have biomedical experience to BSc level or equivalent, and a strong interest in medical research methodologies and evidence-based medicine. An MSc in a relevant topic could be useful also.
Excellent time management and broad scientific competence is a key part of this role. You will balance the needs of both a variety of journals within health sciences and ISRCTN and demonstrate confidence in working on manuscripts and trial registrations across a wide spectrum of biomedical disciplines.
Please see a detailed summary of responsibilities below:
Progressing individual journal content to ensure efficient peer review and adherence to editorial policies
Assessing manuscripts for suitability for peer review and adherence to requirements, rapidly resolving questions with authors when required.
Liaising with funding bodies to clarify details of authors’ funding applications.
Working with Associate Editors to select appropriate reviewers and obtaining their agreement to handle manuscripts.
Providing support to reviewers and Editors to ensure that manuscripts are progressing efficiently and that turnaround time goals are met (e.g., reminding them of deadlines and providing support in resolving any manuscript issues).
Ensuring the successful handling of transfers into other Medicine & Life Sciences journals and successful transfer of out-of-scope manuscripts to more appropriate journals.
Identifying and highlighting problems promptly and proposing improvements to process.
Responding effectively and within agreed timelines to queries from authors and Editors
Assisting the Journal Development Manager with calls and meetings with Editors.
Processing new submissions and updates to ISRCTN
Processing study applications to ISRCTN, from submission to publication, including reviewing and editing content for accuracy, legibility and completeness
Completing updates to the ISRCTN registry in order to ensure content remains current as trials progress
Writing plain English summaries for submitted studies to make them more accessible to a non-specialist audience
Developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with trialists, Advisory Group members, ISRCTN directors and other key contacts in the field, with the aim of building and maintaining the registry’s reputation and increasing submissions
Monitoring, developing, and implementing processes and policies to ensure that best practice is applied in the curation and publication of study records
Generating promotional content, including composing tweets, writing and commissioning blogs and suggesting marketing copy
Building Editorial Boards
Proactively suggesting to Editors areas where additional Editorial Board members would be beneficial
Identifying potential new members for the Editorial Board for Editors’ consideration
Supporting projects to improve Editor engagement
Routinely assessing the handling Editors’ activity and responsiveness
Other editorial duties
Other duties may include, on occasion, writing Editor’s Picks for highlighted articles, writing posts for relevant blogs, liaising/communicating with internal and external stakeholders, and other tasks of a similar nature as directed.
Experience skills and qualifications
Educated to degree level in a health science, biomedical or clinical subject area
Highly customer-focused, with excellent communication and influencing skills
Experience of developing and maintaining productive and friendly relations/partnerships with academic and industry-based researchers
Excellent time management and organisational skills; including proven ability to take ownership to drive and complete tasks, to meet deadlines consistently, and adapt quickly to change
Excellent critical appraisal, analytical and problem-solving skills
Ability to work collaboratively in a team
Strong attention to detail/high accuracy
Developed knowledge of the health sciences field
Interest in scientific research and publishing
Interest in medical research methodologies and evidence-based medicine
To make an application to this position please submit a CV and a cover letter that details your interest and enthusiasm for the position, including your salary expectations.