Publishing Assistant, Scientific Reports - Springer Nature

Publishing Assistant, Scientific Reports - Springer Nature

Springer Nature

London, United Kingdom

Publishing Assistant, Scientific Reports
Springer Nature
Fixed-term or Permanent contract

Scientific Reports is a primary research journal from the publishers of Nature, covering all areas of the natural and clinical sciences. Online and open access, Scientific Reports publishes a high volume of scientifically valid, original research papers, without barriers to access. With the support of external editorial board members, papers are rapidly peer-reviewed to ensure they are technically sound.

As Publishing Assistant, you will contribute to the editorial management of Scientific Reports, with a focus on facilitating the peer-review process by assisting in the recruitment of editorial board members (EBMs), assigning manuscripts to EBMs, reviewing editorial decisions for adherence to policy, 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 EBMs, 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 Scientific Reports.


Work within the publishing team on the allocation of manuscripts to EBMs
Liaise with EBMs to follow up on peer-review (including the chasing of referees) and final decisions
Assist in the review and improvement of peer-review processes and systems
Assist in the recruitment and training of the editorial board
Respond to authors, reviewers, board members, editorial advisory panellists and readers of Scientific Reports in a timely, professional and customer-focused fashion
Implement editorial policy as and when required
Maintain a broad understanding of the technical support requirements for the peer-review system
Work closely with the manuscript assistant and production teams to ensure a smooth and joined-up manuscript journey and seamless author experience
Journal development
Assist marketing in driving social media engagement with content
Ensure EBM records are updated
Provide general administrative assistance as and when required

Experience, skills and qualifications


Degree in a science subject, preferably Biology
Good administrative and organisational skills
Attention to detail
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including written and in person/on the phone
Proficient computer skills — Word, Excel, and web-based technology
Able to work effectively independently and part of a team
Sound knowledge and interest in science in general
Ability to follow instructions and adhere carefully to established procedures
Ability to organise and juggle a varied workload under pressure and to work quickly and efficiently
Capacity to make thoughtful decisions and use initiative
Punctuality and reliability
A positive attitude in the workplace and a willingness to co-operate with colleagues


Previous publishing experience would be advantageous but is not essential

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

Closing date: 20th February 2019

Please apply via recruiter’s website.