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Royal Society of Chemistry - Senior Publishing Editor, Journals


Cambridge, UK


13 November 2020

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26 November 2020


At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we publish the new research that is a catalyst for the chemistry that enriches our world. Collaboration is essential. We connect scientists with each other and society as a whole, so they can do their best work and make discoveries and innovation happen.

 We develop, recognise and celebrate professional capabilities. We bring people together to spark new ideas and new partnerships. We support teachers to inspire future generations of scientists. And we speak up to influence the people making decisions that affect us all.

 We have an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of our journals, as a Senior Publishing Editor on the Materials & Nano team, working on the journals Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C, Nanoscale, Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons. 

 Your responsibilities will focus on: 

  • Managing a team of Publishing Editors, Journals (5–7 direct reports) to deliver KPIs in line with the departmental and journal strategies, leading and motivating the team to deliver excellent customer service.
  • Managing the team’s workflow from manuscript submission to final decision and inputting into the management of the journal’s workflow from acceptance to final publication, ensuring that best practice and a standardised workflow is followed.
  • Working closely with the Editorial Production Manager, Journals to ensure that submitted articles are reviewed to the journal’s standards and quality, and ensure consistency across the journal teams.
  • Managing the support for the manuscript processing of external Associate Editors as required. To monitor their performance and advise the Editorial Production Manager, Journals of any performance issues.
  • Carrying out the assessment of articles submitted for publication to agreed standards, and handling appeals and ethical cases that arise through the peer review process as required.
  • Carrying out the production of Royal Society of Chemistry journals, including journal issue make up, themed collections, and associated tasks, and providing feedback to the Supplier Relations Team on the quality and performance of the external suppliers as required.
  • Advising authors and referees of Royal Society of Chemistry policy relating to publication and ethical issues, ensuring that the team are aware of publication and ethical issues.

We are looking for:

  • A good honours degree in science (chemical science normally preferred) is essential.
  • Experience of STM publishing is essential.
  • Ability to lead and manage a team. Previous experience of managing or supervising a team is desirable and advantageous.
  • Ability to train staff effectively on technical and non-technical matters.
  • Good organisational and time-management skills.
  • A proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Good communication skills in interacting with internal and external contacts.
  • Proven ability to work well as a team.

For more information and to apply here.


Salary £34,335 - £38,150 per annum plus benefits

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