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Assistant Publisher

IOP Publishing
Bristol, UK / Hybrid
Negotiable Salary + Excellent Benefits
Posting live until
21 May 2024

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Assistant Publisher


Making science better, together.

Be part of a community working together to make science better. A society publisher with the perfect blend of a not-for-profit purpose and a commercial perspective. Here, we help each other be the best we can be: a team big enough to create impact and small enough to care. 

We have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Publisher to join our team on a 12 month fixed term contract. You will provide commissioning, administrative and title management support and coordination for the Materials Journals Development team so they can achieve profitable growth in output, quality and reputation of our journal publishing. 

Role Summary

What will you be doing? 

Key job accountabilities include: 

  • Acting as first point of contact for external stakeholders - answering and escalating queries from authors, guest editors, partners;
  • Carry out desk-based commissioning for a list of journals, in line with journal commissioning plans ;
  • Day-to-day management of focus issues, liaising with external Guest Editors as necessary ;
  • Regularly inform Publisher and Senior Publisher of commissioning activity progress ;
  • Keep databases, as well as commissioning and contact databases up to date to ensure accuracy of information and effective communication;
  • Coordinating the activity of external journal stakeholders as directed (e.g. coordinating the content for Board meetings);
  • Monitoring and running reports for Senior Publishers on journal performance against agreed targets;
  • Assist with data retrieval for custom reporting and analysis for journal strategies and commissioning plans, by using both internal reporting systems and external resources. 

About you: 

The successful candidate will demonstrate: 

  • An awareness of the role of academic research journals, as well as interest in scientific developments;
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) to work effectively with internal colleagues and external stakeholders (authors, referees, editors, board members and society partners);
  • Strong working knowledge of Excel;
  • Strong customer service ethos;
  • An ability to work autonomously and also as part of a team. 
  • Good attention to detail;
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise effectively;
  • Well-developed analytical skills with the ability to independently solve problems;
  • Publishing experience in STM publishing (books or journals) desirable but not essential. 

We know it is unusual for someone to tick every box so, if you don’t meet all the criteria, but demonstrate most of the skills and experience we are looking for, and have the enthusiasm to work with us, go ahead and apply. 

We aim to review applications soon after they are received and will arrange interviews when there’s someone we’re keen to meet, therefore we may conduct interviews prior to the closing date and reserve the right to close the advert early. 

Why work with us at IOP Publishing: 

Purpose: We are a world leader in the development of electronic publishing for the scientific community - working in the interests of science and scientists, we aim to maximise the impact of the research we publish; 

Culture: We offer a truly international culture with offices in Europe, Asia and the US and our reach is global. Our culture is the perfect blend of dedicated and intelligent professionalism, informal, friendly collaboration and authenticity with a social conscience. 

Financial benefits: A competitive salary starting from £24,400 (Band B) depending on experience, an excellent pension scheme (up to 12% company contribution), a discretionary annual bonus scheme, a £200 stipend payment on completion of the probation period, and a range of other useful and cost-saving benefits available through our benefits platform; 

Health and Wellbeing: 33+ days holiday (including bank holidays), a 35-hour working week, life assurance, cycle-to-work scheme, dental insurance, health care cash plan, and a great positive working environment in our brand new office in central Bristol - modern airy and designed with all of our colleagues in mind – for work and social time. 

Flexible Working: The contractual location of this role is our Bristol office, but we have recently moved to a hybrid working model with a dynamic and blended combination of office and remote working, dependent on business and team requirements. As there will not be a requirement for the person in this role to be in the office on a weekly basis, we are open to considering applicants from a wider geographical area who are happy to travel to Bristol on a regular basis.(please note any travel to the Bristol office is at the employees expense).

To apply, please submit your CV through our careers site. 

IOP Publishing is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are built into our identity in a way that is natural and sustainable, visible through the work we produce, our company branding, our professional networks and the communities we serve and support, which includes our employees, talent communities and candidates. We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented backgrounds. 

We make recruitment and workplace adjustments wherever we can, so please let us know if there’s anything that we can do to support you. 


IOPP imageIOP Publishing is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, a leading scientific society with a worldwide membership of physicists from all sectors. Complementing the Institute’s mission of promoting physics and bringing physicists together for the benefit of all, IOP Publishing provides a range of journals, ebooks, magazines, conference proceedings and websites for the scientific community. Any profits generated by the publishing company are used by the Institute to support science and scientists in both the developed and developing world.

Why work for us
IOP Publishing provides a friendly, positive, open, relaxed but purposeful environment. People who come to work here tend to stay. This is because it feels like you come to work with your friends, not just colleagues. We like to think that we’ve got the kind of environment that encourages people to do well and to enjoy what they do. We believe in treating each other with respect, providing an opportunity for you to contribute to our future. IOP Publishing is a great place to work.

Our success is made possible by the talent, energy and commitment of our people to the company and what we do. This success is founded on having the right people in the right place, in an environment in which they can flourish.

What we are looking for
As an organization, we are the sum of our parts. While we employ specialists in a range of fields, all our employees share a number of qualities and attributes: our people are professional and dedicated, talented and energetic. They work collaboratively to help us expand in a rapidly changing scientific landscape.

The IOP Publishing culture is one of growth, learning and innovation, and we are looking for people who want to develop, innovate and succeed; people who see the exciting opportunities that digital publishing has to offer.

Join the community  
Making science better, together: be part of a community working together to make science better. A society publisher with the perfect blend of not-for-profit purpose and commercial perspective. Here, we help each other be the best we can be – a team big enough to impact and small enough to care.

UK, USA, China, India, Japan and Russia

Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
Associate editor, publishing services assistants, research integrity officer, platform engineer, product manager, campaign manager

How to apply

Closing date
All year round

Tel +44 (0)117 929 7481

Company info
+44 (0)117 929 7481
No.2 The Distillery
Avon Street

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