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PLOS ONE Associate Editor


Cambridge, UK or San Francisco, US


16 March 2017

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21 April 2017


PLOS is a non-profit publisher and advocacy organization with a mission to transform research communication. We are currently looking for several talented Associate Editors to join the PLOS ONE editorial team in our San Francisco, CA or Cambridge, UK offices.

The Associate Editor will work with other editors to oversee the editorial process for submissions to PLOS ONE. The role involves a wide array of editorial responsibilities, from daily submission assessments to the development of editorial policies.

The position offers an opportunity for candidates looking for a move from research into Open Access scholarly publishing, as well as those seeking to advance their editorial experience. Applicants should be versatile, able to adapt to fast-paced environments and show a proven interest in editorial matters and the scholarly literature.

We are looking to broaden the skills covered by our editorial team and would particularly welcome candidates with experience in a number of areas including:

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Clinical
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Life sciences
  • Neurosciences
  • Psychology
  • Social sciences


  • Assessing new submissions and guiding manuscripts through the review process
  • Overseeing editorial decisions
  • Providing support and training to external Academic Editors
  • Development of editorial policies and processes
  • Representing PLOS ONE at scientific meetings

Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience in a scientific research environment
  • Strong familiarity with the scholarly literature is essential, proven experience in STM journals publishing would be an advantage
  • Highly organized
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and oral
  • A degree in a relevant subject area
  • A PhD qualification is desirable but not essential

About PLOS

PLOS (founded as the Public Library of Science) is a non-profit publisher and advocacy organization located in San Francisco, CA, USA and Cambridge, UK. PLOS makes scientific research openly available to everyone online, free of embargoes and other restrictions. Our journals accelerate discovery by implementing innovative approaches to the assessment, communication and reuse of research. 

PLOS strives to recruit talented professionals from many backgrounds and disciplines who share a passion for our mission. We offer a dynamic start up culture and open, collaborative work environment together with a comprehensive compensation and benefits package. 

If you’re passionate about making a difference in the dissemination of scientific research, explore PLOS for the next move in your career.   For more information about PLOS, visit

Application Process

Please apply on our company’s website 

No phone calls or visits, please. Principals only – email from recruiters will be ignored.

Equal Opportunities

PLOS is an equal opportunity employer.

The aim of our policy is to ensure that no job applicant or employee or agency or other worker or client or visitor receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex (including pregnancy and gender reassignment), marital or civil partner status, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, or mental or physical disability. When making recruitment and employment decisions, PLOS does not discriminate unlawfully on the basis of sex, marital or civil partner status, sexual orientation, race, age, colour, nationality, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability or any condition other than that person’s suitability. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfilment of this policy, with respect to recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, termination, recruitment advertising, pay and other forms of compensation, training and general treatment during employment.


We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.

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