Journal Development Editor

Journal Development Editor

Springer Nature

London, United Kingdom

Journal Development Editor
BioMed Central
Location: Berlin, London, New York
Closing Date: 16th January 2019

The Open Research Group (ORG) is part of Springer Nature, the world’s largest academic book publisher, publisher of the world’s highest impact journals and a pioneer in the field of open research. We are in a unique position to think differently about what publishing should mean today. By using our combined expertise, scale and the reach of our brands, we aim to grow and innovate in order to better serve academic researchers, institutions and the wider public by helping them to access, share, use and apply the very best research and information available.

As a Journal Development Editor you are responsible for the success of a defined set of journals within our growing neuroscience portfolio.

This involves prioritisation of journals for development and the setting and implementation of journal plans accordingly, as well as supporting our stakeholders (Editors, authors, reviewers, and societies). The aims are to optimise the publishing service, optimise commercial opportunities and to increase submissions. Communication is a key part of this role, developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with our stakeholders.

Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with Editors-in-Chief, Society contacts, Editorial Board members and other stakeholders, acting as their key point of contact for publishing matters.
Resolving queries and corresponding with Editors by email, phone and in person, ensuring that communications are responded to within a timely fashion and upscaled when required.
Build excellent relationships and team working within the immediate team and other departments.
Prioritise journals for development or maintenance in line with company strategy
Develop knowledge of the fields the portfolio operates within (e.g. to identify important journals/features/hot topics etc) and use knowledge to actively identify journal development opportunities for BMC.
Manage set up activities for journals within your cluster within expected timeframes.
Work alongside Editors and Editorial Board members to increase journal visibility, submissions and reputation within the field.
Increase the portfolio’s share of citations compared to the competition, through article inflow, commissioning and appropriate marketing
Ensure appropriate representation in indexing services and work to ensure journals are performing at level for acceptance by selective services.
Ensure that journals receive appropriate promotion (e.g. blogs, press releases, social media etc) as per targets set.
Ensure that authors and reviewers who contact a journal receive appropriate support from the Publisher, ensuring that communications are responded to within a timely fashion (2 working days) and upscale when required.
Monitor data on peer review service to optimise manuscript flow. Pre-empt issues and work with the Editorial Office as well as internal and external Editors to resolve and delays.
Be familiar with COPE Guidelines to be able to advise on ethical queries, and ensure all journals comply with these.
Ensure correct filing of documents and correct data entry into relevant systems and databases to enable monitoring of renewal dates, correct honoraria payments, and that all journal information (eg on website and marketing material) is kept up to date.

Experience, skills and qualifications
Educated to degree level, with a scientific background
An interest in Open Access publishing
Knowledge of publishing process and related matters
Excellent communication and influence skills
Pleasant and tactful telephone manner
Strong organisational skills, with attention to detail
Able to complete tasks, working to (often competing) deadlines
Analytical skills
A positive and proactive approach to problem-solving in daily tasks
Able to work cooperatively with colleagues at all levels
A high level of computer literacy (including MS Office, Outlook and internet browsers)
Willing to travel occasionally and represent BioMed Central at external events
Work experience in an online environment

To apply for the position, please submit a CV and a covering letter, including your salary expectations and notice period.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.