Job Title: Assistant Editor, Peer Review
Organisation: BMC Series
The BMC series is a group of open access, peer reviewed journals that span all areas of biology and medicine. There are over 60 subject-specific journals focused on the needs of individual research communities, offering an efficient, fair and friendly peer review service, and committed to publishing all sound science, provided that there is some advance in knowledge presented by the work.
As Assistant Editor you will contribute to the editorial management of the BMC Series, with a focus on facilitating the peer-review process by assisting in the recruitment of editorial board members (EBMs), assigning manuscripts to Associate Editors from the Editorial Board, selecting and inviting appropriate peer reviewers, reviewing editorial decisions for adherence to policy in conjunction with the Editor, and responding to author and EBM queries.
Key performance indicators include rapid publication, sound peer-review practices, and high levels of service to Authors and Editors alike, ensuring the quality of published content remains high. You will be part of a large and growing team and play an important role in the success of The BMC Series.
Assessing manuscripts for suitability for peer review and adherence to requirements, rapidly resolving questions with authors such as when manuscripts are flagged with ethics concerns, as required
Work within the publishing team on the allocation of manuscripts to Associate Editors from the Editorial board successfully obtaining their agreement to handle a sufficient number of manuscripts as appropriate.
Liaise with Associate Editors to follow up on peer-review to ensure that turnaround time goals are met, e.g. by reminding them of deadlines and providing resources to help them source peer reviewers, and supporting them in resolving manuscript issues.
Work closely within the BMC Series Peer review team to ensure a smooth and joined-up manuscript journey and seamless author experience
Verifying and final decisions by Associate Editors, escalating to the Editor as necessary.
Ensuring the successful handling of transfers into BMC-series journals and successful transfer of out-of-scope manuscripts to more appropriate BMC-series journals.
Identifying and highlighting problems promptly and proposing improvements to process, assisting in the review and improvement of peer-review processes and systems
Responding effectively and within agreed timelines to queries from authors and editors
Proactively suggest to Editors areas where additional Associate Editors or Section Editors would be beneficial
Other duties may include, on occasion; writing Editor’s Picks for highlighted articles, writing for the BMC series blog, highlighting interesting articles for PR, contacting external Editors for advice, liaising with the Research Integrity Group for advice and other tasks of a similar nature as directed.
Knowledge, Skills, Experience:
Educated to degree level (or equivalent)
Ability to work to complete a specified and varied list of priorities with speed and accuracy, adhering to (often competing) deadlines
Ability to follow instructions and adhere carefully to established procedures
Strong written communication skills, including accurate spelling and grammar
Capacity to make thoughtful decisions and use initiative
A positive attitude in the workplace and a willingness to co-operate with colleague
Proficient computer skills (including MS Office, Outlook and internet browsers)
Self-starter with a positive, can-do approach to problem-solving
An interest in open access publishing and a sound knowledge / interest in science in general, knowledge of editorial process and related matters is desirable
To apply, please submit a CV and a cover letter outlining your key ambitions in the role, including your salary expectations.
Closing date: 10th December 2018