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BioMed Central is the leading open access publisher of STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) research. Since it was founded in 2000, BioMed Central has successfully pioneered the open access publishing model and brought open access to the mainstream. With offices in London, North America and Asia, the company employs over 290 people across a range of operations including editorial, production, IT and business. BioMed Central is a vibrant and innovative company. It operates in a fast-paced and high-energy environment, hiring talented people who are passionate about science, technology, medicine and open access.
Job Title: Assistant Editor, Peer Review
Location: New York
The BMC series is a group of open access, peer reviewed journals that span all areas of biology and medicine. There are over 60 subject-specific journals focused on the needs of individual research communities, offering an efficient, fair and friendly peer review service, and committed to publishing all sound science, provided that there is some advance in knowledge presented by the work.
As Assistant Editor you will contribute to the peer review process of the BMC Series, assigning manuscripts to Associate Editors from the Editorial Board, reviewing editorial decisions for adherence to editorial policies in conjunction with the Editor, and responding to author and EBM queries.
Key performance indicators include rapid publication, sound peer-review practices, and high levels of service to Authors and Editors alike, ensuring the quality of published content remains high. You will be part of a large team based in New York, Shanghai and London and play an important role in the success of The BMC Series. You must be task focused and work towards deadlines.
Assessing manuscripts for suitability for peer review and adherence to editorial policy requirements
Allocating manuscripts to Editorial board members based on their suitability
Ensure manuscripts comply with journal policy ahead of publication
Ensuring the successful handling of transfers into BMC-series journals and successful transfer of out-of-scope manuscripts to more appropriate BMC-series journals.
Responding effectively and within agreed timelines to queries from authors and editors, ensuring you provide a good customer service to external contacts
Identifying and highlighting problems promptly and proposing improvements to process, assisting in the review and improvement of peer-review processes and systems
Liaise with editorial board members to support them in resolving manuscript issues
Proactively suggest to Editors areas where additional editorial board members would be beneficial
Contribute to project work to improve the peer review process
Resolve questions with authors such as when manuscripts are flagged with ethics concerns, as required
Work closely with colleagues in other teams to ensure a smooth and joined-up manuscript journey and seamless author experience
Other duties include highlighting interesting articles for PR and liaising with the Research Integrity Group for advice.
Acquire additional skills in preparation for applying for senior positions across the department
Knowledge, Skills, Experience:
An interest in open access publishing and a sound knowledge / interest in science in general, knowledge of editorial process and related matters is desirable
Ability to work to complete a specified and varied list of priorities with speed and accuracy, adhering to (often competing) deadlines
Ability to follow instructions and adhere carefully to established procedures
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including accurate spelling and grammar
Ability to work as part of a team and by yourself
Use initiative to problem-solve
Educated to degree level (or equivalent)
To apply, please submit a CV and a cover letter outlining your key ambitions in the role, including your salary expectations.
If you are an internal applicant please inform your line manager.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
Medical, Dental and Vision
Life and AD&D
Flexible Spending Accounts
At Springer Nature we value and celebrate the diversity of our people. We recognize the many benefits of a diverse workforce and strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles.