Assistant Editor (2 positions available)

We are seeking enthusiastic candidates with demonstrable experience in academic publishing and an interest in further developing their publishing career to join our journals’ publications team.

Role: Assistant Editor (2 positions available)
Contract: Full-time, 2 year fixed-term
Working pattern: Monday to Friday, typically working 7 hours per day
Location: Hybrid in the London office (at least 3 days per week) or remote within the UK
Closing date: This position will be closed when we have appointed to both positions
Interviews: Interviews will be held as applications are received. Interviews will be conducted over Microsoft Teams, with at least 3 working-days notice, and involve a short written activity followed by a panel interview.

About you

We are seeking enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals with demonstrable experience in an academic publishing role. You will have excellent organisational and time management abilities, great attention to detail and interpersonal skills, and be competent in Microsoft IT packages including Microsoft Office.

You will assist the BES in publishing one of the Society’s world-renowned journals. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is looking for an interesting and varied editorial role to be part of an experienced publications team.

We actively value the diversity and wide range of perspectives that people from different backgrounds bring to their work, to ecology, and to our Society.

About the role

Reporting to the Managing Editor, the Assistant Editor will take overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the journal but will also work closely with the rest of the publications team.

Core duties will include:

  • Managing a timely and fair peer review process for a successful international journal
  • Dealing with enquiries from authors, reviewers and editors
  • Maintaining accurate records of manuscript progress from submission to final acceptance or rejection
  • Contributing ideas for journal development and improvements to processes to Managing Editor and Editors
  • Providing regular reports to Editors and Managing Editor from ScholarOne on all aspects of manuscript processing
  • Liaising with the publisher’s production department to ensure publication runs smoothly
  • Assisting in ongoing journal marketing and promotion via online campaigns, printed publicity and social media channels
  • Updating journal web pages to highlight new journal content
  • Developing and managing the journal blog in collaboration with the Blog Associate Editor
  • Attending the BES annual conference and any other external relevant meetings as required

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