Publishing Assistant (Scientific Reports), Nature Research

Working as a Publishing Assistant for Scientific Reports is a great way to stay connected to science while taking a first step into a publishing career. You’ll get to work with a large team of like-minded people who are passionate about science and enjoy learning new things.

Scientific Reports is a primary research journal from the publishers of Nature, covering all areas of the natural and clinical sciences. Online and open access, Scientific Reports publishes a high volume of scientifically valid, original research papers, without barriers to access. With the support of external editorial board members, papers are rapidly peer-reviewed to ensure they are technically sound.

As Publishing Assistant, you’ll contribute to the editorial management of Scientific Reports, with a focus on facilitating the peer-review process by assisting in the recruitment of editorial board members (EBMs), assigning manuscripts to EBMs, reviewing editorial decisions for adherence to policy, and responding to author and EBM queries.

The key performance indicators you’ll work towards include rapid publication, sound peer-review practices, and high levels of service to authors and EBMs, ensuring the quality of published content remains high.  You will be part of a large, friendly and growing team and play an important role in the success of Scientific Reports.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work within the publishing team on the allocation of manuscripts to Editorial Board Members (EBMs)

  • Liaise with EBMs to follow up on peer-review (including the chasing of referees) and final decisions

  • Assist in the review and improvement of peer-review processes and systems

  • Assist in the recruitment and training of the editorial board

  • Respond to authors, reviewers, board members, editorial advisory panellists and readers of Scientific Reports in a timely, professional and customer-focused fashion

  • Implement editorial policy as and when required

  • Maintain a broad understanding of the technical support requirements for the peer-review system

  • Work closely with the manuscript assistant and production teams to ensure a smooth and joined-up manuscript journey and seamless author experience

  • Journal development

  • Assist marketing in driving social media engagement with content

  • Administration

  • Ensure EBM records are updated

  • Provide general administrative assistance as and when required

Skills required:

  • Degree in a science related subject and an on-going interest in science in general

  • Good administrative, organisational skills and excellent attention to detail

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including written and in person/on the phone

  • Proficient computer skills — Word, Excel, and web-based technology

  • Ability to follow instructions and adhere carefully to established procedures

  • Ability to organise and juggle a varied workload under pressure and to work quickly and efficiently

  • Capacity to make thoughtful decisions and use initiative

  • A positive attitude in the workplace and able to work effectively both independently and part of a team

Closing date: not specified

Salary: undisclosed

To Apply: please submit a CV and a cover letter outlining your key ambitions in the role, including your salary expectations.  We'll be assessing applications as they come in, so please submit yours as soon as possible.

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