Open Access Assistant, Springer Nature

Open Access Assistant, Springer Nature

Springer Nature

London, United Kingdom

Open Access Assistant, Springer Nature
Fixed Term Contract (6-12 months)

The Open Access Group at Springer Nature has responsibility for overall OA: revenue, performance monitoring, business model migration, operations, policies & funder relations. Part of the wider commercial business, the OA group works in close co-ordination with both publishing & sales teams in developing of policies and business.

The Open Access Assistant is responsible for supporting the OA Policy and Performance team in monitoring and responding to developments in the open research landscape, and implementing policies and initiatives to optimise our open access business. This role is a fantastic opportunity to work for one of the world’s leading academic publishers, and to learn more about the rapidly evolving area of open research.


With support from colleagues, respond to standard OA funding and policy queries directing colleagues and authors to SN policy information, and providing authors with info on APC funding and OA policy requirements

Review and update existing records in Springer Nature’s OA funding and policy database, and conduct online research to add new records as appropriate

Perform online research to support OA Policy and Performance team as required; this could include gathering data on competitors, collecting information on the open access landscape, and monitoring developments in OA funding/policy

Check and update information on SN websites as required, including but not limited to OA funding and policy pages, APC pricing information

Update documentation used by Springer Nature staff where required, e.g. updates to OA policy documentation on company intranet

Support team in preparing and checking data to support OA Policy and Performance projects, e.g. identifying articles that are not compliant with research funder OA policies; combining data from different sources to enable monitoring of success of performance initiatives

Send out communications to authors/ colleagues where required and track responses

Support P&P team with additional project work and data preparation as required

Experience, skills and qualifications

Undergraduate degree
Numerate and computer-literate, with a sharp eye for detail and a working knowledge of Excel
Strong communication skills, including a good standard of written English
Able to learn quickly and adapt to different tasks


Knowledge and understanding of open access publishing and open research

To apply, please submit a CV and a cover letter outlining your key ambitions in the role, including your salary expectations.

Closing date: 24th April 2019 (candidates will be considered as they apply, therefore early applications are encouraged)

Please apply via recruiter’s website.