Publishing Editor – Maths/Physics

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Our client, a leading Open Access Publisher, requires a new Publishing Editor with a background in Physical Sciences to form part of a new team in London.

If successful, you would be responsible for the success of a defined set of journals within Physical Sciences. The primary goal of this role will be to develop a close working relationship with members of the academic editorial boards to further develop the journals within the portfolio.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Be the key point of contact for your Chief and Academic Editors and build a close working relationship with them
  • Prioritise journals for development and create as well as implement a strategy plan
  • Ensure journals are represented in relevant indexing services and prepare journals for acceptance by additional services
  • Develop knowledge of the research areas of your portfolio and use this knowledge to actively identify journal development opportunities
  • Work alongside your Chief and Academic Editors to increase journal visibility, submissions, and reputation within the field
  • Increase visibility and citations through commissioning and appropriate marketing
  • Work with the Content Development team on Special Issues

Skills & Experience:

  • A minimum of 1-2 years; experience in the publishing industry
  • Degree in a scientific discipline (Physical Sciences, computer science, mathematics or engineering background), further degree a plus
  • Knowledge of peer review and the publishing process
  • An interest in Open Access publishing
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong organisational skills, with attention to detail
  • 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
  • Experience of working in a startup and/or tech environment desirable

3x Executive Editor, Journals

Our client, a leading society publisher, requires 3x Executive Editors to lead, set and implement the editorial strategy for a portfolio of journals.

The Executive Editor positions have a key strategic role within the department and is responsible for leading, setting and implementing the strategy for a portfolio and the individual journal strategies within it. The successful candidates will have a high level of external contact with the relevant research communities and will use this market information to develop strategic priorities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Setting, developing and implementing the portfolio and individual journal strategies and delivering KPIs in terms of usage, market share, quality, reputation and customer service.
  • Developing the best authorship and readership for the journals, through networking, personal contact, commissioning, attendance at conferences, site visits and roadshows etc.
  • Managing, leading and motivating a team of up to 5 direct reports, and a number of remunerated external Associate Editors and wider base of Associate Editors.

Skills & Experience:

  • Significant experience in STM journal publishing, including commissioning; an excellent understanding of the peer review process, editorial policy and marketing.
  • A good honours degree in science (chemical sciences normally preferred). Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Proven ability to lead and motivate a team.
  • Good organisational and time-management skills are required together with the ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to travel extensively nationally and internationally.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of and passion for the chemical sciences.

Senior Publisher – Journals

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Our client, a leading STM publisher requires a new journals publisher reporting to the Associate Director. You will be a key member of the Publishing team, alongside three other Senior Publishers. You'll be responsible for the performance of a portfolio of journals which includes overseeing journals and commissioning strategy, managing resources and budgets, as well as line management of the journal’s portfolio team.

You will develop portfolio- and journal-level strategies and motivate the team to deliver the commissioning plans, achieving sustained growth and delivery of key targets. This will require advanced line management skills and the ability to forge a strong team-working ethos, whilst focusing on individual team member development. You will have responsibility for managing team member resource across your portfolio and will ensure that plans and activities are commercial and delivered in line with business strategy and budget.

To inform and support the development of the journal portfolio’s editorial strategies, you will manage and establish strong working relationships with the journals’ Editorial Boards and continuously develop links with the journals’ author communities through international conferences and institutional visits.

Skills & Experience:

  • A first degree or PhD
  • Physical or life science degree desirable
  • Significant STM Journals publishing experience
  • Extensive experience of managing and motivating a team
  • Experience of managing and maintaining financial budgets
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A Collaborative approach to team management and to working with peers.

Head of Journal Publishing – Dubai

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Our client, a leading journal and conference proceedings publisher for the research and academic markets requires a new Head of Publishing to manage the day to day operations of the publishing department and set the publishing strategy.

We are looking for an experienced publishing professional with a commercial focus and experience of leading publishing strategies. We are looking for a talented individual with a proven track record within, and a passion for, the publishing industry.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for successful delivery of publishing projects to achieve strategic goals
  • Developing the publishing offerings
  • Leading and managing the publishing team to ensure objectives are met
  • Devising and implementing publishing strategies, the business plan and annual budget
  • Implementing efficient publishing processes and standards to ensure publications are on time and within budget
  • Accelerating the growth of the online Open Access publishing platform, working in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders
  • Responsible for the planning and shaping of the company’s publishing programme

Skills & Experience:

  • Established senior editorial or production experience in professional, STM or educational publishing
  • Experience of working with journals is essential and conference proceedings publishing experience would be advantageous
  • Proven team management experience
  • Excellent communication, influencing and relationship building skills
  • Native English speaker or equivalent level
  • Experience working with web-based technology and management information systems
  • In-depth understanding of the publishing industry and its workflow
  • Ability to identify market needs and define services to address them