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Microbiology Society - Managing Editor


London (central), UK


06 February 2018

Apply by

20 February 2018


The Microbiology Society is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe and publishes several leading journals. The Managing Editor works with the Publisher to drive the development of the journals portfolio, contributing to the growth in quality and impact of the journals by assisting in the creation and implementation of journal development plans.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties; the post holder may be asked to collaborate on cross-departmental projects and take on other duties commensurate with the grade of the post.


Key work areas include (but not limited to):

1.1 Journal development

  • Overseen by the Publisher and with assistance from Journal Operations Editors, create and implement editorial strategy via journal development plans, working closely with Editors-in-Chief, Editorial Boards and other Society staff.
  • Deliver, with help from the Journal Operations Editors:
    • In-depth annual reports, including bibliometric and usage analysis.
    • Author and Reviewer surveys
  • Solicit high quality content relevant to assigned journals through direct commissioning, in line with journal development plans.
  • Work with Editors to develop the best authorship and widest readership for the journals, through networking, personal contact, commissioning, attendance at conferences, etc.
  • Act as the primary representative of the Microbiology Society at Editorial Board meetings
  • Attend conferences relevant to assigned journals, including the Microbiology Society’s annual conference.
  • Monitor individual journal performance indicators, including submissions and publications, usage, market share, quality, reputation, and customer service.
  • Ensure the continuous and active maintenance and development of the journals, responding to developments in the market and recommending changes in response to emerging opportunities and threats.
  • Maintain an accurate record of Editors, Reviewers, and Authors for assigned journals, including terms of reference, journal-related activities, and other relevant material. 
  • Input into budgeting for editors’ travel and conference attendance and other discretionary marketing spend; monitor expenditure against budget
  • Work with other Society departments:
    • With Marketing colleagues on tactical marketing plans for assigned journals.
    • With Membership colleagues on plans to promote membership to authors, and authorship to members.
    • With Communications on comms plans for assigned journals, including social media and press activity.

1.2  Publishing development

  • Working with all members of the publishing team:
    • Contribute to the annual review and update of the five-year departmental plan.
    • Take part in special projects as outlined in the plan.

Person Specification


  • Expertise in journal development and commissioning.
  • Experience managing relationships with Editors.
  • A degree or equivalent in a scientific subject.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • First-rate time management and organization skills, with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Computer literate, with the ability to quickly develop expertise in new software.
  • Experience of providing high-quality customer service.
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to change


  • Up-to-date knowledge of scholarly communications, including aspects of Open Science.
  • An interest in or understanding of microbiology.

How to apply

Please send CV with letter of application to


circa £35,000 per annum depending upon experience.

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